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May 2011

May 2011


Strength Report: Developing Functional Strength and Conditioning

by: Rick Regan
Physical Training Consultant with Dustin Smith, High School Coach and Teacher
© May 2011

Over the past five decades, the physical requirements and the tactical and technical sophistication of football have increased drastically. Preparation of athletes for specialized demands requires that strength and conditioning programs be position-specific.

Conditioning 

    The initial task is to identify the physical demands of the game. Football is an intermittent sprint sport. It demands a series of explosive maximum efforts with relatively full recovery. In addition, it is also a high-impact collision sport. Physically stopping an opponent is a key element in success. The implication here is that the emphasis for overload training is the enhancement of muscle mass along with strength gains. However, quickness and mobility are also essential for success. Therefore, football-specific conditioning ....The full article can only be seen by subscribers.
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