Breaking Down The Broad Jump

In the second portion of our football testing series we will take a look at the standing broad jump. This test is a fantastic assessment of lower body horizontal power. This tool works great for football players, who have to explosively move of the line of scrimmage once the ball gets snapped. A common misconception is that you merely stand on a line and jump. Don’t be fooled by the simplicity of this assessment. Horizontal jumping can be a complex coordination pattern because the upper and lower extremities must move harmoniously in order to achieve optimal results. Let’s take a look at a few factors that can help you or your athletes add a few inches. The Arm Swing It’s […]

5 Not-So-Common Tips on Finding and Cultivating a Mentorship

  When pursuing excellence in a particular discipline – athletics, business, academics, music, “life” in general, you name it – finding and procuring a mentor to guide and sharpen you is not a nice-to-have. It’s a must-have. I’m not going to delve into the why of the matter, however, as I believe you already know the why. Besides, if the one and only Gandalf had mentors during his time on Middle-earth, then you and I both need them during our time on Regular-earth. The equation is simple. Now, while the why may be simple, the how is a different matter entirely. Many individuals recognize the supreme value of mentorship, but often feel stymied in their attempts to actually make it […]

Rate of Force Development: What It Is and Why You Should Care

No, sorry, this is not a post on how to become a Jedi by increasing your rate of using the Force. Shucks. The Rate of Force Development (RFD) we’re going to talk about is that of muscles and is *kinda* important (read: essential to athletic performance). Today’s post will enlighten you as to what RFD is and why one should pay attention to it. Next post will be how to train to increase RFD. So grab something delightful to munch on (preferably something that enhances brain function, like berries.) Caveat: There is a lot of information and other stuff that I’m not putting into this post, sorry, this is just a basic overview of why RFD is important for everyone. What is RFD? It is a […]