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2014 Year in Review

It has been a pretty busy year! Here’s a bit of summary, and a bit of play by play. Website: I launched the website in August of this year, as a place for me to put down my thoughts, and write about topics I really like to write about. I get the luxury of writing with bad jokes, sarcasm, and well, voice. You don’t typically get that in academic/scientific writing- though don’t get me wrong, … Read more

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9 tips for getting the most out of graduate school

Now that I am in the home stretch of my PhD, I started reflecting on my experiences throughout. I recently saw a post on Cal Newport’s blog about some of his thoughts on grad school, so I thought I might toss my hat in the ring. Below are two sections. The first section is aimed at ideas for all graduate students, but the second section are ideas geared mostly toward PhD students in the same … Read more

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A facelift for Sportscienceed.com

About a year ago, we changed over our main website to one that was hosted by Blogger.  At the time, we were using WordPress as our content management system. Problem was, it was really sluggish.  I assume that it was due to the host, but I don’t quite know.  We switched it over to Blogger, but about a month ago, I was introduced to another system called Weebly.  This is a webpage design environment that … Read more

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First Post

Here is the first post of my new blog.  This will be a place for me to talk about the transition to graduate school and my experiences there, about strength and conditioning, sports science, powerlifting and just about anything related.  I also want to keep my writing ability up.  I am going to need to be able to write like a madman once I start in the fall, so I want to get those words … Read more

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Great TED Talks: John Wooden on Success

While John Wooden has passed, he left an indelible ink on coaching. He was the head men’s basketball coach at UCLA from 1948-1975, but had a long career as both a player and teacher. He has a legacy from both his wins and his approach to coaching. This TED talk is from 2001. Here are some highlights from his talk: A direct quote of his definition of success: “Peace of mind, obtained only through self-satisfaction in … Read more

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Great TED Talks: Melissa Marshall on Scientific Communication

Being able to relay what we do to the public and practitioners as scientists is incredibly important. My field, in particular, is especially applied. Most of what I study aims to improve the methods of practitioners. However, if I don’t take the time to relay this information to the people whose practice I am trying to improve- I’m not doing enough.  Here’s a TED talk from Melissa Marshall about how scientists can do a better … Read more

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Old Posts

Once upon a time, I started putting together a blog. I had let it fall by the wayside for the past year or so, because of putting my time into everything else. I suppose it is time to start again! This was a great avenue for me to get down ideas about academics, training and coaching. The archive goes all the way back to when it was first started. My first post mentioned that “I … Read more

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The Update- Part 4

It’s been about a month since my last post, which admittedly is far too long. Instead of the usual fare, I thought it was a good time to give a quick update as to where I am, and where I am headed. To sum it up- I am finished with my PhD. I received the official notice of the acceptance of my dissertation by the graduate school. It’s funny, the big steps in the end … Read more

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The Update!

Well, this has been a long time coming. I have been extremely busy over the last few months, with the big move and all. For those who don’t know, I moved across the country from California to Johnson City, Tennessee to get my master’s degree. “Why in the world would he move to Tennessee?” you might ask. I chose to move here to join a program that is centered around Sports Science. When I was … Read more

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The Update! Part 2

It has been a breath of fresh air here at ETSU in the Sport Science program.  I finished up my bachelor’s degree last year in a program that was mostly geared toward health and wellness.  Unfortunately, this is far from my interests, and I found myself in a place that was not an ideal fit for me.  This is not to say that my previous program isn’t up to par.  That is far from the … Read more

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The Update! Part 3

As you can tell, I’ve been slacking here.  Things have been really busy, and unfortunately, this fell to the bottom of the list. I’ve been swamped with new things going on- weightlifting, weights for ETSU Women’s tennis, my thesis, and a couple of side projects I may speak on at a later date.   My first competition was in February, where I totaled a meager 227 kilograms (92 snatch, 135 C&J).  Terrible for a super … Read more

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Why you can’t forget about the context of training

The vast majority of us are intimately familiar the major principles of training.  If you’re not, here’s a quick review: Progressive Overload You must create a stimulus that is a large enough to disturb homeostasis, and elicit an adaptation. Variation The stimuli you introduce to the athlete must be sufficiently novel to disturb homeostasis, and elicit a training adaptation. You can vary load, intensity, exercise selection, rest period, range of motion, body position, etc etc etc … Read more

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