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January 1, 2018
Year in Review: Top 10 Articles of 2017
As this year closes out and a new year begins, it is important to reflect on the past twelve months. As a follow up to last year’s top articles, below is a collection of the most popular articles from this year. These articles usually stem from popular topics in the field or discussions with coaches, athletes, parents, medical staff, and front office or administrative personnel. We hope you enjoy reading them as much as we enjoy writing them!

Without further ado, in no particular order, here are The Top 10 Articles of 2017:

Actionable Data: Does what gets measured truly get managed?

It is easy to get caught up with new technologies and data tracking devices because we confuse digital with scientific. Sexy and cool can help to excite coaches and athletes, but there are more explicit requirements needed when it comes to using data to help your athletes or organization. Is the data reliable? Is it valid? Is it practical? Read More >

Teaching: Are You a Programmer or a Coach?

Being a great teacher no doubt requires an in depth knowledge of the subject matter, but being a Ph.D. alone rarely makes you a great teacher, in fact, most of my best coaches and educators didn’t have the most impressive degrees or qualifications. They understood the goal of teaching is to get an athlete or student to understand the concepts and perform. Read More >

Why Sports Medicine and Strength and Conditioning Need to Align

More and more organizations are working to increase transparency and communication between medical staff and performance staff. This is a huge step forward as the goals of both of these departments should align: keeping athletes healthy and performing their best. Read More >

Why Peak Force will Always Fall Short for Athletes

All sports rely on timing. As strength coaches we have all seen the “strong and slow” and the “weak and quick” athletes subjectively for years. How does the athlete who cannot squat his own body weight jump out of the gym? He uses timing differently to produce larger amounts of force by decreasing time not increasing mass. Read More >

Sports Software Solutions: What Should Technology Do for You?Sparta Science Technology

To scientifically validate, the quality of the data (reliability) and the quantity of the data (depth) cannot be sacrificed. But to take this science from the research lab into the real world it must also be practical and intuitive. This marriage of science and practicality is truly rare. Read More >

New Published Research: Improving Vertical Jump Profiles Through Prescribed Movement Plans

The medical model utilizes objective data in pursuit of scientific truth. While we don’t necessarily want to compare the stakes of life and death to wins and losses, understanding their process and applying it to other avenues of research is the most effective way to begin this pursuit of truth. Read More >

Don’t Blame the Movement: Deadlifts and Back Pain

The fact is, any movement can cause injury or harm if performed improperly but avoidance or abstinence can increase injuries as well. The visual of big weighted plates and large men conjures up an irrational fear of a movement which could actually save an athlete’s life…or at least their back. Read More >

Challenges of Sports Science in the US

Countless US organizations have looked internationally to the Europe and Australia to hire more formally educated sports scientists. With the outrageous amounts of money and interest in sports in the United States, why have we lagged so far behind in the field of Sports Science? Read More >

What Makes An Athlete Special Can Also Put Them At Risk

Athletes today are playing and practicing their sport more than they ever have. Coincidentally, the number of performance coaches, training facilities, injury prevention programs, and the number of athletes utilizing these things is also growing. But as we continue to learn more about how the human body moves and injury risks, shouldn’t injury rates be decreasing? Read More >

How Often Should you Test your Athletes?

One of the most common questions we get is “How often should we assess?” Our answer to this is always the same: “As often as you’re willing to do something about it.” Sport today is obsessed with MORE analytics and MORE data collection, but the truth is if we don’t understand this information and it doesn’t change anything, what is the value? Read More >

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January 1, 2018
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