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Focus on the Basics – aka KISS

In my strength and conditioning class today, my students worked through the ACSM Position Stand “Progression Models in Resistance Training for Healthy Adults“. A major concept to take home from that paper, and something I try to emphasize in the class, is that the basics are important. The basics are what the biggest part of your progress is going to come from. The basics should be the vast majority of the training that you or your … 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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Great TED Talks: Sir Ken Robinson

In short, here is Ken Robinson’s idea: “My contention is that all children have talent, and that we squander it ruthlessly… My contention is that creativity now is as important for education as literacy, and we should treat it with the same status.” And an important subpoint: “If you are not prepared to be wrong, you’ll never come up with anything original.” (I’m paraphrasing here) …and yet the way we have structured education is to … Read more

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On Lofty Language

I’m a sucker for five-dollar-words. Sometimes the monstrous, multi-syllabic words just roll right off the tongue and fight perfectly into what it is that you want to say. In scientific writing, and scientific speech, those extremely specific words often do a great job of making what you are saying very, very clear. The problem is that there is a correct and an incorrect time to use certain types of language. When I am talking to … Read more

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