New Research: Why you should do the isometric mid thigh pull in an upright position

I’ve been using the isometric mid-thigh pull extensively since I was first exposed to it as a master’s student. It is a useful test for evaluating strength and rate of force characteristics in athletes. Most of the variables obtained from the test are reliable, both within a session and between multiple sessions, and the majority relate well to a variety of dynamic (i.e. not isometric) skills, such as the countermovement jump and change of direction. … Read more

Training recommendations for developing a golfer

In Fall 2015, when I started here at CSUMB, I started working with the new Women’s Golf Coach, James Earle, to develop and run their strength and conditioning programming. Since then, the team has trained religiously in the weight room 2-3 times per week. We have had growing success, which has led to a few folks wondering what we are up to. After one tournament, another coach remarked that they were one of the most … Read more

How to Choose a Training Method

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Ultimately, there are going to be thousands of ways and thousands of methods that you could possibly choose to use with your athletes. If you narrow the potential methods and combinations of methods that work, we are probably down to the hundreds, and if you narrow the methods down to those that work, that are appropriate for your athlete, and the ones that are truly feasible for your situation, then you’re probably down to tens … Read more

Cohen’s d and Hedges’ g Excel Calculator

I needed to put together a simple little Excel calculator for the Cohen’s d and Hedges’s g effect sizes. While there are many different online calculators out there, I like the idea that I can go in and verify the calculations if necessary, and add things to it (I would eventually like to add in confidence intervals for both effect sizes, if I can figure it out). I have this sheet calculating both Cohen’s d … Read more

Strength and Conditioning Ethics

Something I think we can universally agree upon is that one of the foremost obligations we have as strength and conditioning coaches is to give our athletes the training that is most optimal for their needs. We are ethically obligated to give them effective, efficient, safe programs that are based on the best and most recent scientific evidence available. I doubt there is little controversy among coaches and sport scientists that this is the case. … Read more