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Jumping Progressions for Young Athletes

Like a rubber band being pulled back, when tendons or muscles are stretched, there is elastic energy stored inside tendons. When the muscle and connective tissue is stretched and immediately contracted, like in a quick change of direction or jumping, the contraction is stronger. This

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Triage Your Health

Triage is a medical term defined as “the process of determining the priority of patients’ treatments based on the severity of their condition. This rations patient treatment efficiently when resources are insufficient for all to be treated immediately.” This idea can transfer easily to thinking

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Prioritize Strength

Strength: the capacity to create and maintain force. It is arguably the most valuable physical quality for sports. Athletes need to learn to improve their force production to move powerfully. Football, baseball, volleyball, soccer, and generally any ball or combat sport athlete must learn to

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Why You Shouldn’t Wait Until January to Begin Training

It may not surprise you to read that many people would rather not try, than try and fail. Loss aversion refers to our tendency to strongly prefer avoiding losses over acquiring gains. To many, the pain of losing something is greater than the joy of

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Youth Athlete Development

Tom Barry states: “if you only read one book, no matter how many times you read it, you will only learn so much.” It is important to learn the basics of more than one subject to create a better foundation of knowledge, which makes it

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Learning From Mistakes

Through competing and training to compete I have made many mistakes and learned a lot of lessons along the way. Some took longer than others to learn, but all been valuable. Here are some mistakes I’ve made and hope to help you avoid: Competing too

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Training Tips for Middle School Athletes

There are no shortcuts to learning the basic skills, regardless of age. – Michael Yesis The speed with which young athletes learn a skill varies greatly. However, the greater their level of development of the various physical qualities, especially strength, the faster and more effectively

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Mastering Double Unders

With practice, double unders are a learnable skill for anyone who has the health to do 5 minutes of single unders. If you are are brand new to jumping rope, it is worth spending time doing single unders to develop a base of doing some

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How to Build a Jump Rope Foundation

Jumping rope is an inexpensive way to improve coordination, aerobic and anaerobic endurance, foot speed, and elastic properties of the lower limbs. Some of the benefits include: Improving coordination: Jumping rope is self correcting in that if you can jump more revolutions or for a longer

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