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August/September 2011

August/September 2011


Strength Report (Expanded) – Position Performance Training: Defensive Line

by: Nick Pinkelman
Assistant Athletic Performance Director, Explosive Edge Athletics
© August/September 2011

When it comes to performance training for linemen, the common thought is to have them lift as much weight as possible. On the surface, this might seem to make a lot of sense due to the fact that linemen have to move heavier loads at the point of contact in most cases. But what’s going to affect the point of contact most is the movements the linemen go through before contact. Factors such as how one comes out of his stance, his body positioning, and the efficiency of his steps prior to contact will all correspond more to performance on the field. We need to think more comprehensively about performance training for defensive linemen.

The play starts with the snap of the ball. The quicker a defensive lineman can move after the moment the ball moves will go a long way in determining his success against the opposing lineman. Most ....The full article can only be seen by subscribers.
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