Category Archives: Performance enhancement

Steroids and Eating Disorders

There is a dark side to sports that many parents and coaches are unaware of. And this dark side can lead to dangerous consequences. There are more and more kids that are taking lessons from the pros and seeking easier … Continue reading

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Keep the Knees Bent

I was watching the Lakers/Spurs game the other night. The speed, agility and coordination of those athletes is amazing, isn’t it? One thing I noticed was that most of the players had their knees bent all the time. And they … Continue reading

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Running easy

I took a guitar lesson the other day. Now, I’m a pretty good guitar player. I’ve played for quite a few years and know my way around the fret board. But I’ve never been able to play fast. I know … Continue reading

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Nine Year Old Soccer Star Part 2

Watch the video again.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hG47FDenyXw What he does really well are the fundamental athletic skills. Watch him run. He runs fairly upright. His foot plant is under his hips, not out in front. The feet lift off the ground quickly. … Continue reading

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Nine Year Old Soccer Pro

By now you’ve probably seen the video  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hG47FDenyXw It’s basically a five minute recruitment ad to United Soccer Club in England. There are a lot of issues this video brings up. I’d like to talk first, about nine year olds. … Continue reading

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How to teach proper running to kids

  Do you ever notice how some kids run like the wind-and others like they were knee high in mud? A lot of coaches think that running style is inherited and there’s not much you can do other than to … Continue reading

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Steroids, Kids and Tomorrow’s Headlines

With all the fuss over Barry Bonds, Tour de France and steroids, I got to thinking about the issue. It hasn’t become a headline issue yet, but it will. It has to. And here’s five reasons it will. 1) It’s in … Continue reading

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Good coaching

My son and I were talking after swim practice. He had a great point about something his coach does. I’ve seen it done by parents, coaches and teachers.  It is easy to do, but doesn’t work. What is it? Glad … Continue reading

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GPP and plyometrics

GPP stands for “General Physical Preparation”.  It means basic athletic conditioning. This is what all young athletes need. Ninety nine percent don’t need sport specific training. GPP develops strength. It develops the cardio vascular systems. By just getting stronger an … Continue reading

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Running: Technique or Training

If you want to get faster what is more important; good technique or training? What do you want to spend more time on? This is a critical question for all coaches, especially youth coaches. It doesn’t matter what the sport … Continue reading

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