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The Upside Of Uphill

Men running up a hill

Uphill Running Increases Metabolic Cost

When running on level surfaces athletes use their techniques to minimize metabolic cost. Efficient running mechanics allows an athlete to participate at a high level longer as they compete in their perspective sport. Running efficiency is an important part of coaching, a skill that is essential and should always be under refinement, even during conditioning when the object is to heighten the difficulty of the drills to improve fitness.

Ramps, steps and hills are conditioning strategies used by coaches to enlarge the metabolic cost of, as well as strengthen the bodies and minds of their athletes. As the elevation rises effort and step frequency increase, step length decreases, all to maintain speed. As stride frequency increases there is elevated metabolic demand, greater oxygen consumption eliciting a greater heart rate need. Uphill running is a great drill to stress and improve the most skillful runners in any program.


Manual Training Has Rules

In 1979 Manual Resistance was introduced at the National  Strength and Conditioning Convention. Weight training’s ability to enhance athletic performance had become accepted and coaches were beginning to be hired by major sports programs. Facilities everywhere were extremely limited or...

Powerful Hands

The hand is a complex anatomical system. This appendage is composed of twenty seven bones and fifteen joints. Having 30 degrees of rotational and translational freedom it’s able to grasp and apply force to objects of multivarious shapes and sizes....

Getting Back To Normal

The health practitioner’s return-to-play protocol after a concussion, whiplash, nerve or muscle trauma must contain a measurable strength component to restore each muscle to normalcy, redressing this tendency to substitute by the injured athlete.  The athlete, strength coach,  and/or trainer...