Why Train In-Season?: Strength and Power Gains

Hopefully by now, you’ve read about the signs and reversal of overtraining. Now let’s look at why and how to train intelligently in-season. A well-designed in-season program should a) prevent overtraining and b) improve strength and power (for younger/inexperienced athletes) or maintain strength and power (older/more experienced lifters). First off, why even bother training during the season? 1. Athletes will be stronger at the end of the season (arguably the most important part) than they were at the beginning (and stronger than their non-training competition). 2. Off-season training gains will be much easier to acquire. The first 4 weeks or so of off-season training won’t be “playing catch-up” from all the strength lost during a long season bereft of iron. […]

Tackling Technique: How to (Safely) Pummel Your Opponent

Today’s special guest post comes one of our athletes, Dumont, who’s played Rugby professionally and currently coaches for the Washington Rugby Club. Given his past history and present involvement in Rugby, and the fact that the dude is a monster, it stands to reason that he knows a thing or two about pummeling an opponent. He graciously offered his expertise on tackling to share with everyone here on SAPTstrength. Here he provides many practical tips on not only executing an EFFECTIVE tackle, but also how to do so in a safe and concerted manner. Hit it Dumont! The NFL combine is just days away, and many aspiring athletes will be jumping, running, and lifting in an attempt to impress potential […]

Femoroacetabular Impingement and Football Kickers. “That’s Why My Hip Hurts!”

Femoroacetabular impingement (FAI) syndrome has become more widely recognized thanks to folks such as Kevin Neeld, Eric Cressey, Mike Reinold, and a plethora of other smart coaches.  FAI is a common* syndrome/injury in athletics and football kickers are especially susceptible due to the nature of the violent hip flexion during the kick off/punt.  At the end of the article I’ll put some links for more information regarding testing for FAI, research regarding FAI, and other resources. The last two posts have been marathon length, so we’ll keep today short and to the point. What is FAI? FAI is essentially: Femoroacetabular impingement or FAI is a condition of too much friction in the hip joint.  Basically, the ball (femoral head) and socket (acetabulum) rub […]