Strength Coach Concepts Strength Coach Concepts en-us GW Press Release <img src="" alt="" /><br /><p><a href=""></a></p><br /><br />(To read and post comments for this entry, visit <a href=""></a>)<hr /> 10 Medicine Ball Speed Drills (VIDEO) <img src="" alt="" /><br /><p><br /> <object style="width: 500px; height: 350px;" width="500" height="350" data=";feature" type="application/x-shockwave-flash"><br /> <param name="src" value=";feature" /><br /> </object><br /> </p><br /> <div>Follow me on<a href=""> twitter </a>for daily basketball speed and agility tips!</div><br /> <div></div><br /> <div>Matthew Johnson, M.S, CSCS</div><br /> <div>@strengthcoachmj</div><br /><br />(To read and post comments for this entry, visit <a href=""></a>)<hr /> Basketball Speed and Agility Tips <img src="" alt="" /><br /><p>Starting May 1st 2013 until the end of August 2013 I will be posting <span style="text-decoration: underline;">daily</span> basketball speed and agility tips for players and coaches via my <a href="">twitter</a> account. Speed and agility training is my passion and I have always taken a vested interest in developing new methods to enhance my athletes speed! I am excited to share my knowledge and expertise in the upcoming months. Follow me on <a href="">twitter</a> so you don't miss any of the content. &nbsp;</p><br /> <p>Matthew Johnson, M.S., CSCS, CPT</p><br /> <p><a href=""></a></p><br /><br />(To read and post comments for this entry, visit <a href=""></a>)<hr /> Interview with DMV Elite <img src="" alt="" /><br /><p>Recently, I sat down with DMV Elite for an interview covering my position/role with the Men's Basketball Team at Nike Elite Montrose Christian. &nbsp;I would like to extend a sincere "thank you" to DMV Elite for granting me this opportunity. &nbsp;You can read the article by clicking the link below.</p><br /> <p><strong><a href="">JOHNSON KEEPS MUSTANGS RUNNING STRONG</a></strong></p><br /> <p>&nbsp;</p><br /> <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; left: -10000px; top: 0px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow-x: hidden; overflow-y: hidden;">Matthew Johnson</div><br /> <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; left: -10000px; top: 0px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow-x: hidden; overflow-y: hidden;"></div><br /> <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; left: -10000px; top: 0px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow-x: hidden; overflow-y: hidden;">"Research-Driven Performance"</div><br /> <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; left: -10000px; top: 0px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow-x: hidden; overflow-y: hidden;">Facebook:</div><br /> <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; left: -10000px; top: 0px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow-x: hidden; overflow-y: hidden;">Twitter:</div><br /> <div id="_mcePaste" style="position: absolute; left: -10000px; top: 0px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow-x: hidden; overflow-y: hidden;">LinkedIn:</div><br /> <p>Yours in Performance,</p><br /> <p>Matt</p><br /> <p><strong><a href="">Facebook</a>&nbsp;/&nbsp;</strong><strong><a href="">Twitter</a>&nbsp;/&nbsp;</strong><strong><a href="">LinkedIn</a></strong></p><br /> <p>Click <a href="">HERE </a>to Subscribe to the FREE Newsletter!</p><br /> <p><strong><br /></strong></p><br /> <p>&nbsp;</p><br /> <p>&nbsp;</p><br /><br />(To read and post comments for this entry, visit <a href=""></a>)<hr /> 2011 Montrose Christian Basketball Coaches Clinic <img src="" alt="" /><br /><p>On Saturday October 1st Montrose Christian Basketball will be hosting a Fall Coaches Clinic. &nbsp;I am honored to speak with such a great lineup of presenters. &nbsp;My topic is on how to develop a basketball strength and conditioning program. &nbsp;I have listed the Division 1 coaches who will be in attendance, along with their presentation topics. &nbsp;</p><br /> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>Montrose Christian Coaches Clinic (2011) Presenters</strong></p><br /> <p style="text-align: left;">Mark Turgeon (Head Coach <a href="">University of Maryland</a>): Build your man to man defense</p><br /> <p style="text-align: left;">Kevin Sutton (Assitant Coach&nbsp;<a href="">George Washington University</a>): Player development</p><br /> <p style="text-align: left;">Mark Few (Head Coach <a href=";SPID=90846&amp;DB_LANG=C&amp;DB_OEM_ID=26400&amp;ATCLID=205173778&amp;Q_SEASON=2011">Gonzaga</a>): 4 out motion and inbounds plays</p><br /> <p style="text-align: left;">Paul Hewitt (Head Coach <a href=";SPID=80389&amp;DB_LANG=C&amp;DB_OEM_ID=25200&amp;ATCLID=205145864&amp;Q_SEASON=2011">George Mason</a>): Defend and execute the pick and roll</p><br /> <p style="text-align: left;">Rick Barnes (Head Coach <a href="">Texas</a>): &nbsp;Offensive sets and quick hitters</p><br /> <p style="text-align: left;">Matt Johnson (S&amp;C Coach <a href="">Montrose Christian</a>): Player strength and conditioning</p><br /> <p style="text-align: left;">Stu Vetter (Head Coach <a href="">Montrose Christian</a>): &nbsp;Practice planning and execution</p><br /> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>Clinic Information and Registration</strong></p><br /> <p style="text-align: left;"><strong>Date: </strong>Saturday October 1st 2011</p><br /> <p style="text-align: left;"><strong>Time:</strong> 9am-6:30pm</p><br /> <p style="text-align: left;"><strong>Admission: </strong>$45 before September 29th &nbsp;$55 at the door</p><br /> <p style="text-align: left;"><strong>Registration:</strong> Contact Coach Mark Vincent <span style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS';"><a href=""></a></span></p><br /> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS';">For more information <a href="" target="_blank">Click to View</a>&nbsp;the Clinic brochure.</span></p><br /> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS';"><img src="webkit-fake-url://38CE497E-C33B-4188-BB18-A009F5161498/image.tiff" alt="" /></span></p><br /><br />(To read and post comments for this entry, visit <a href=""></a>)<hr /> Soft Tissue Treatment: The Missing Piece <img src="" alt="" /><br /><p>New Article on Soft Tissue Treatment</p><br /> <p>Click <a href="/articles/Soft+Tissue+Treatment%3A++The+Missing+Piece/"><strong>HERE</strong></a><strong> </strong>to read.</p><br /><br />(To read and post comments for this entry, visit <a href=""></a>)<hr /> Summer Speaking Engagements: First Choice Basketball Academy <img src="" alt="" /><br /><p>I will be presenting and conducting basketball strength and conditioning workouts at the First Choice Basketball Academy from July 11-14. &nbsp;The camp is held at <a href="">Leadership Through Athletics</a> in Landsdowne, Maryland.&nbsp;</p><br /> <p><strong>Camp Director:&nbsp;</strong><strong>Damien Jenifer</strong></p><br /> <p>Damien Jenifer is the owner and operator of First Choice Basketball Training and Conditioning.&nbsp; Coach Jenifer provides mental preparation and programs designed to address the goals and needs for basketball players in the Maryland and D.C. area.&nbsp; In his 6 years as Assistant Coach for the nationally renowned Montrose Christian Mustangs boy&rsquo;s basketball program, he has developed a solid foundation of teamwork in practice, workouts and games.&nbsp; He is committed to each athlete he trains by creating a customized training experience in order to maximize player development and career enhancement.&nbsp; Coach Jenifer has helped train over 30 college basketball players and numerous professionals.</p><br /> <p><strong>Camp Overview</strong></p><br /> <p>The First Choice Basketball Camp is designed to provide aspiring competitive players (boys and girls) with a basketball training system that is consistent and reliable.&nbsp; The system emphasizes &ldquo;skill progression&rdquo; in addition to focusing on competitive team concepts.</p><br /> <p>The First Choice Basketball Camp seeks to develop a positive all around athlete on and off the court.&nbsp; Giving campers an opportunity to fully realize their potential in an enriching, fun and safe environment.&nbsp; The&nbsp; camp environment encourages teamwork, gamesmanship, self-confidence, respect and dedication to the game of basketball.&nbsp; The First Choice Basketball Camp is committed to the development of fundamental skills and technique enhancement.&nbsp;</p><br /> <p>Campers will learn:</p><br /> <ul><br /> <li>Ball Handling </li><br /> <li>Defensive Skills</li><br /> <li>Rebounding</li><br /> <li>Passing</li><br /> <li>Court Spacing</li><br /> <li>Shooting Drills</li><br /> <li>Basketball Strength and Conditioning</li><br /> </ul><br /> <p><strong>Where:</strong>&nbsp;&nbsp; Leadership Through Athletics</p><br /> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; 2900 Hammonds Ferry Road</p><br /> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; Landsdowne, MD 21227</p><br /> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;<a href=""></a></p><br /> <p><strong>When:</strong>&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Session 1: July 11 &ndash; 14 &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;9 am &ndash; 3 pm</p><br /> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; Session 2: July 25- 28&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 9 am &ndash; 3 pm</p><br /> <p><strong>Price:</strong> &nbsp; &nbsp; 1 Session (Either 1<sup>st</sup> or 2<sup>nd</sup> week)&nbsp;&nbsp; $250 per athlete</p><br /> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; Both Sessions: $400 per athlete</p><br /> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>T0 REGISTER CONTACT COACH JENIFER&nbsp;</strong></p><br /> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>443-825-1951</strong></p><br /><br />(To read and post comments for this entry, visit <a href=""></a>)<hr /> Summer Speaking Engagements: Hoop Skills and Strength Clinic <img src="" alt="" /><br /><p style="text-align: center;"><a href=""><img src="/images/userPics/tinymce/hss cropped.jpg" alt="" /></a></p><br /> <p>I will be presenting and conducting basketball strength and conditioning workouts at the Hoop Skills and Strength Clinic from July 29th-31st in Bowie, MD.</p><br /> <p><strong>Clinic Overview</strong></p><br /> <p>Every basketball player's development is built in two specific areas; Skill and Performance. &nbsp;Skill is the sport tasks an athlete must master to become proficient at the desired sport. &nbsp;Performance is the components that improve athleticism such as strength, speed, power, agility, nutrition and recovery. &nbsp;Only focusing on one area will prevent you from reaching your full potential as a player. &nbsp;This clinic was developed for this reason, to help aspiring, goal oriented players become successful in their journey of becoming the best player they can be.</p><br /> <p>Hoop Skills and Strength was created for basketball players in the Maryland, D.C and the Northern Virginia area who are looking for the &nbsp;a complete package in basketball training. A clinic that offers players both skill development and performance training. &nbsp;This clinic is currently the only one of its' kind and will prove to be a valuable experience for every athlete who participates. Take the next step toward becoming the player of your dreams by registering online today!</p><br /> <p><em><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Hoop Skills and Strength Clinic Information</span></em></p><br /> <p>When:&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><br /> <ul><br /> <li>Friday July 29th (6-9 pm)</li><br /> <li>Saturday July 30th (9 am - 4 pm)</li><br /> <li>Sunday July 31st (1 pm- 5 pm) </li><br /> </ul><br /> <p>Where:&nbsp;&nbsp;Bowie City Gymnasium (Bowie, Md)</p><br /> <p>Ages:&nbsp;Boys 13-18 years&nbsp;</p><br /> <p>Price:&nbsp;&nbsp;$150 per athlete</p><br /> <p style="text-align: center;">For more information, visit</p><br /> <p style="text-align: center;"><a href=""><strong></strong></a></p><br /> <p>&nbsp;</p><br /><br />(To read and post comments for this entry, visit <a href=""></a>)<hr /> Premier of Montrose Christian Basketball Reality TV Show <img src="" alt="" /><br /><p style="text-align: left;"><img style="float: left;" src="/images/userPics/tinymce/ha_logo-cropped-best3.png" alt="" width="149" height="154" />Last night&nbsp;marked a momentous occasion for the Montrose Christian Basketball program and community.&nbsp; It&nbsp;was the premier of a documentary on the 2010-11 basketball team at Montrose Christian School (Rockville, MD).&nbsp; The show is titled Hoops Academy and the premise behind the show is to display all the hard work and time that is put into running one of the nation's top high school basketball programs.&nbsp; The show spotlights highly ranked <strong>Tyrone Johnson</strong> (Villanova), <strong>Tyler Hubbard</strong>,<strong> Justin Anderson</strong>&nbsp;and our international players <strong>Michael Carrera</strong> (Venezuela), <strong>Carmello Betancourt</strong> (Puerto Rico), <strong>Yuki Togashi</strong> (Japan) and<strong> Kevin Larsen</strong> (Denmark).</p><br /> <p style="text-align: left;">The show is being televised on <a href="">Fox College Sports Atlantic </a>(Channel 300 Verizon/Channel 720 Comcast) on Tuesday nights at 9 or 9:30pm. The show will air 3 repeats every week after every new episode.&nbsp;For more information regarding the show visit the <a href="">Offical Hoops Academy Website</a>.&nbsp; For live updates on show news and bonuses visit <a href="!/HoopsAcademy">Hoops Academy </a>or <a href="!/MontroseHoops">Montrose Basketball </a>on Twitter.</p><br /> <p style="text-align: left;">It is an honor and a privilege for me to be a part of this amazing opportunity.&nbsp;If you saw the show last night I would love to hear your feedback.</p><br /> <p style="text-align: left;">I hope you enjoy the series!&nbsp;</p><br /> <p style="text-align: left;">Matt</p><br /> <p style="text-align: left;">** Are you a high school basketball player in the <strong>DMV</strong> area? Maximize your off-season with our <strong>basketball performance training</strong>!&nbsp; Gain a competitive edge on your opponent by moving better, getting stronger and gaining confidence. Visit the following link to learn more <a title="Off-season Basketball Performance Training" href=""></a></p><br /><br />(To read and post comments for this entry, visit <a href=""></a>)<hr /> Montrose Christian Basketball Update <img src="" alt="" /><br /><p>It has been a while since my last update regarding the progress of the Men's Basketball Team at Montrose Christian (Rockville, MD). &nbsp;Currently the team is 15-0 and ranked Top 10 in the nation amongst numerous ranking agencies (#5 USA Today and #8 ESPN). Within the next couple of weeks we play a number of great teams. &nbsp;This week we have three tough games on our schedule that will be a battle from start to finish. &nbsp;This Wednesday Feb. 3rd we play Oak Hill Academy. &nbsp;For those of you who are not familiar with Oak Hill, they are another High School Hoops powerhouse. &nbsp;This Saturday Feb. 5th we play TC Williams, a VERY good team from Alexandria, VA. &nbsp;On Sunday Feb. 6th we play one of the best teams in the Baltimore area, St. Frances Academy. &nbsp;Lastly, be sure to tune in to our game against Findlay Prep (Las Vegas, NV) on Feb. 12th. The game will be televised on ESPN or ESPN2. &nbsp;Check your cable provider for game time and information. &nbsp;</p><br /> <p><strong>Perspectives from the Strength Coach</strong></p><br /> <p>Since the first game, our guys have come a long way. &nbsp;Not only in terms of basketball but attention to their strength/conditioning and recovery. &nbsp;I believe I have engrained the importance of these two areas into every member of our team through consistency and education. My players simply don't feel comfortable if they fail to foam roll, weight train or stretch each week. Due to our attention and time spent in these areas, our guys are healthy, prepared and confident for every game.</p><br /> <p>I have received a number of emails asking what I do with the team during the in-season. &nbsp;During the season I believe every strength coach should be focused on three areas.</p><br /> <p style="text-align: center;">1<strong>. Maintenance &nbsp; &nbsp;2. Injury Prevention &nbsp; &nbsp; 3. Recovery/Regeneration. &nbsp;</strong></p><br /> <p>If you are a strength coach and not doing these things, I encourage you to reevaluate your approach. &nbsp;When considering training objectives for your team, put yourself in the shoes of your athletes. &nbsp;What is their class schedule? &nbsp;When is practice? &nbsp;How many games a week do you play on average? &nbsp;Doing this will help you evaluate the essential needs of your team and prevent against wasting time on areas of lesser impact. &nbsp;</p><br /> <p>Training high school athletes is difficult, it challenges your coaching, methodology and philosophy to the greatest degree. &nbsp;It all boils down to time. &nbsp;Here in lies my point, pick three areas and place all your time and effort on accomplishing them during the season. &nbsp;Below I will explain how I strive to accomplish each area of importance for the team.</p><br /> <p><em>Maintenance-</em><strong> &nbsp;</strong>Depending on our game schedule we will lift one to two days a week. &nbsp;Our lifts are short in duration (30-45 minutes) and train the total body. &nbsp;I do not lift legs heavy or include plyometrics in our in-season program. &nbsp;However, I do include body weight/sandbag/medball/low/mod. Lb. DB lower body exercises in all planes of motion and in various bases (deficit, Rear Leg Elevated, Single Leg, Bilateral). &nbsp;</p><br /> <p>In games and practice, players perform a TON of plyometric exercise. &nbsp;This is why I do not include any in my in-season program. &nbsp;They simply get enough of it day in and day out during the season. &nbsp;However, I still include other neuromuscular demanding exercises (explosive movements) such as Kettlebell swings and med ball throws/slams to train the hips to be fast and explosive. &nbsp;Jumping capability is all about creating a connection (primarily neuromuscular) between the upper and lower body. &nbsp;These movements do just that! Kettlebell swings aren't just for <a href="">Dragon Door </a>enthusiasts or RKC Leaders. &nbsp;Basketball players can do them too and jump better by performing them! &nbsp;</p><br /> <p><em>Injury Prevention- &nbsp;</em>During our training sessions we will perform a number of stability and mobility drills. &nbsp;To keep the ankles resistant to injury, I implement various manual resistance and band exercises at the end of each training session to strengthen the ankle complex and glute medius. &nbsp;Soft tissue quality is also an area I tend to focus on. &nbsp;At the end of every session we perform a foam roll series to improve circulation, range of motion and localized tightness/soreness. &nbsp;Click <strong><a href="">HERE</a></strong> to read more about our foam roll program. &nbsp;The article appeared in last months issue of <a href="">Dime Magazine</a>.&nbsp;</p><br /> <p><em>Recovery/Regeneration- </em>&nbsp;To touch on this area we team stretch after every practice and game. &nbsp;Foam rolling also falls into this category. &nbsp;When we have the time, once a week I will encourage our guys to do a bit of contrast treatment by icing and heating. &nbsp;If you have had the chance to talk to any of our players I am always keeping tabs on them. &nbsp;On off days, I put calls/text messages into players I feel need the attention of our Athletic Trainer's (EJ Scofield) clinic to receive stim, ultra sound and cold/warm tub treatment. &nbsp;Lastly, I am continuously staying on top of the nutrition and sleep patterns of our players. &nbsp;Quite possibly the two most important factors to keep your athletes healthy!</p><br /> <p><strong>Media on the Team</strong></p><br /> <p>I have included a number of articles and videos from our past games this season. &nbsp;I am extremely proud of each member of this years team and take every advantage to acknowledge their successes. &nbsp;Be sure to read/watch and extend your support in the comments section.</p><br /> <p><a href="">Montrose Christian vs. St. Albans Article</a></p><br /> <p><a href="">Montrose Christian vs. St. Albans Video Recap</a></p><br /> <p><a href="">Donnell Diggs Article:Diggs' Potential makes his dad beam</a></p><br /> <p><a href="">Michael Carrera Article</a></p><br /> <p><a href="">Justin Anderson Article and Video</a></p><br /> <p><a href="">Fox D.C. News Chapelgate Highlights</a></p><br /> <p><br /> <object style="width: 500px; height: 400px;" width="500" height="400" data="" type="application/x-shockwave-flash"><br /> <param name="src" value="" /><br /> </object><br /> </p><br /> <p><br /> <object style="width: 500px; height: 400px;" width="500" height="400" data="" type="application/x-shockwave-flash"><br /> <param name="src" value="" /><br /> </object><br /> </p><br /> <h1 style="font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; font-weight: bold; color: #000000; text-decoration: none;"><br /> <object style="width: 500px; height: 400px;" width="500" height="400" data=";feature" type="application/x-shockwave-flash"><br /> <param name="src" value=";feature" /><br /> </object><br /> </h1><br /> <p>&nbsp; <br /> <object style="width: 500px; height: 400px;" width="500" height="400" data=";feature" type="application/x-shockwave-flash"><br /> <param name="src" value=";feature" /><br /> </object><br /> </p><br /> <p><br /> <object style="width: 500px; height: 400px;" width="500" height="400" data="" type="application/x-shockwave-flash"><br /> <param name="src" value="" /><br /> </object><br /> </p><br /> <p><br /> <object style="width: 500px; height: 400px;" width="500" height="400" data="" type="application/x-shockwave-flash"><br /> <param name="src" value="" /><br /> </object><br /> </p><br /> <p>If you are at any of our upcoming games be sure to say hello! Follow me on <a href="">TWITTER </a>if you would like to receive daily training and game updates on the basketball team at Montrose Christian. &nbsp;Hopefully the remainder of the season will bring us many more shining moments. &nbsp;Thanks for your continued support!</p><br /> <p>Matt Johnson, M.S</p><br /> <p>Head Strength and Conditioning Coach at <a href="">Montrose Christian</a></p><br /><br />(To read and post comments for this entry, visit <a href=""></a>)<hr /> Random Thoughts <img src="" alt="" /><br /><p>Well, you asked for it so here it is!&nbsp; I have received numerous emails from my readers asking why I didn't do a "Random Thoughts" blog post like many of my colleagues.&nbsp; Guys like&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Eric Cressey</a>, <a href="">Mark Young</a>, <a href="">Tony Gentilcore</a>, <a href="">Bret Contreras</a>&nbsp;and <a href="">Mike Robertson</a> are the kings of "Random Thought" posts....even&nbsp;<a href="">Mike Boyle</a> and&nbsp; <a href="">Lee Taft </a>have contributed their randomness to their readership.&nbsp; How would&nbsp;I fit into the mix?&nbsp;I have to admit, I was reluctant to the idea.&nbsp; However, one characteristic I pride myself&nbsp;in is&nbsp;my willingness to try new&nbsp;things and challenge myself while attempting them.&nbsp; it goes!&nbsp;</p><br /> <p>1.&nbsp; <strong>Grab a Barbell, Med Ball, Resistance Band, ANYTHING!-</strong>&nbsp;&nbsp;<img style="float: left;" src="/images/userPics/tinymce/scales-of-justice 1.jpg" alt="" width="190" />Recently, a college buddy of mine passed his bar exam&nbsp;and began practicing law in&nbsp;NYC.&nbsp; I don&rsquo;t know why but this made me think about the scale of justice and what it stands for.&nbsp;&nbsp;In a nutshell....the scale is how&nbsp;the jury reaches it's verdict.&nbsp; Right from wrong, good from bad, guilty&nbsp;from not guilty.&nbsp;&nbsp;Athleticism is exactly like&nbsp;the scale of justice.&nbsp;&nbsp;On one side Skill and&nbsp;on the&nbsp;other Performance.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; I can't tell you how many&nbsp;players I have trained who think "training"&nbsp;means putting a basketball in their hands.&nbsp; Skill is only 50% of the picture.&nbsp; Work hard to reach a happy medium between performance and skill and <a href=";feature=related">anything is possible</a>!!!. Just want to work on&nbsp;your handles??&nbsp;<a href="">Nike Basketball</a> and the <a href="">And 1 Mixtape Tour </a>are always looking for qualified individuals.&nbsp;</p><br /> <p>2.&nbsp; <strong>Mike Boyle Does it Again:</strong> I usually don't plug products on my site but it's&nbsp;hard not to mention&nbsp;Mike's latest product.&nbsp; &nbsp;If you are looking for a fully comprehensive, tell all, nuts and bolts strength and conditioning source look no further than <a href="">Functional Strength Coach 3.0 </a>I recently ordered a copy and have been glued to the TV ever since.&nbsp; I highly recommend you check out this product!&nbsp; I do not receive any commission with your purchase.&nbsp; I am just spreading the word about a product that I strongly believe in.</p><br /> <p>3.&nbsp; <strong>YouTube Sensations:</strong>&nbsp; What do collegiate S&amp;C interns do to keep their sanity during the long hours they put in day in and day out?&nbsp; A little bit of YouTube medicine always did the trick for me.&nbsp; Here are a few of my favorite clips&nbsp;that always seemed to put a smile on my face no matter how many times I watched them (they still do). <a href="">Let's get physical </a>(mind boggling what this guy thought he was doing). <a href="">All that matters is that you leave the ground....right?</a>&nbsp;<a href="">Cue the circus music</a>&nbsp;<a href=";feature=related">Speechless</a>&nbsp;<a href=";feature=related">Spotter...?Nahhh</a></p><br /> <p>4.&nbsp; <strong>Social Networks:</strong>&nbsp; I have embraced the world of social networking with open arms and it has rewarded me with new friends and knowledge.&nbsp; If you are hesitant about twitter, facebook or LinkedIn don&rsquo;t be.&nbsp; I have been involved in all three networks and have met a number of coaches that I would have never met otherwise.&nbsp; Let's face it, $400 dollars plus air fare and accommodations&nbsp;is expensive to attend a conference.&nbsp; These networks allow you to attend a conference 24/7 365 days a year.&nbsp; People are always sharing new content and willing to network with professionals with the same interests.&nbsp; Let's connect further, shoot me a request if you are on <a href="">facebook</a>, <a href="">twitter</a> or <a href="">linkedin</a>.&nbsp;</p><br /> <p>5.&nbsp;&nbsp;<strong>Aren't an advocate&nbsp;of the FMS?</strong> Here is some <a href="">research</a> that may change your mind.</p><br /> <p>Enjoy the weekend!&nbsp; Spend time with the people you love!&nbsp;</p><br /> <p>Yours in performance,</p><br /> <p>Matt</p><br /><br />(To read and post comments for this entry, visit <a href=""></a>)<hr /> Where I Want to Be in 5 Years <img src="" alt="" /><br /><p>Recently, myself and a number of my fellow colleagues reflected on our career goals.&nbsp; Click the link below to find out what I had to say!</p><br /> <p><a href="">Where I Want to be in 5 Years....</a></p><br /> <p>Yours in Performance,</p><br /> <p>Matt</p><br /><br />(To read and post comments for this entry, visit <a href=""></a>)<hr /> Speed Development with Lee Taft <img src="" alt="" /><br /><p>A few days ago I sat down with my good friend Lee Taft to discuss speed development. &nbsp;I have known Lee for over a decade as an athlete and colleague. &nbsp;His philosophy and coaching methodology regarding speed and agility training is phenomenal! &nbsp;</p><br /> <p>Below are a few of the topics we discussed:</p><br /> <p><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif; color: black; font-size: 7.5pt;">1.&nbsp; How to develop a speed training program for different training populations such as youth, adolescent and collegiate.</span>&nbsp;</p><br /> <p><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif; color: black; font-size: 7.5pt;">2.&nbsp; Lee's thoughts on Pre- Training assessments.</span>&nbsp;</p><br /> <p><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif; color: black; font-size: 7.5pt;">3. Speed on top of dysfunction?</span>&nbsp;</p><br /> <p><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif; color: black; font-size: 7.5pt;">4. The plyo step? What is it?</span>&nbsp;</p><br /> <p><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif; color: black; font-size: 7.5pt;">5.&nbsp; How to structure a speed training session for youth athletes.</span>&nbsp;</p><br /> <p><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif; color: black; font-size: 7.5pt;">6.&nbsp; How to correct movement dysfunction.</span>&nbsp;</p><br /> <p><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif; color: black; font-size: 7.5pt;">7.&nbsp; Lateral movement for basketball players.</span>&nbsp;</p><br /> <p><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif; color: black; font-size: 7.5pt;">8.&nbsp; Lee's Top 5 coaching tips for speed development</span></p><br /> <p>Click <a href="">here</a> to listen to the podcast. &nbsp;It's over 50 minutes of information!</p><br /> <p>I hope you enjoy listening to the podcast. &nbsp;As always, your feedback is greatly appreciated. &nbsp;Leave a comment below or <a title="email" href="">email</a> me your thoughts.</p><br /> <p>Matt</p><br /> <p>&nbsp;</p><br /> <p>&nbsp;</p><br /> <p>&nbsp;</p><br /><br />(To read and post comments for this entry, visit <a href=""></a>)<hr /> Montrose Christian: Pre-Season Objectives <img src="" alt="" /><br /><p>This is my first update regarding the strength and conditioning of the Men's Basketball team at Montrose Christian. &nbsp;Earlier this week, I conducted Pre-training assessments, a full scale FMS, Strength and Performance tests. &nbsp;I am and always will be a strong believer in training assessments. &nbsp;If you are a current or past athlete, you know why. &nbsp;Competition, the will to win, runs deep through our veins. &nbsp;When training a younger population, motivational keys are essential! After testing was complete, I spent Wednesday analyzing and organizing the results into line/bar graphs, ranking profiles and averages. &nbsp;On Friday, I arrived to the weight room 1 hr early to post the results. &nbsp;As it got closer to the start of our training session, a number of players started to come in and gather around the cork board (where the results were posted). &nbsp;Soon, they were running in and out reporting their scores to their teammates. &nbsp;My job was done..... they are hungry to improve! &nbsp;Our first session was great due to the enthusiasm and energy the guys brought. &nbsp;Don't get me wrong, my guys are extremely motivated young men but it would be crazy to say that the testing results didn't have an impact on their effort and energy for the day. &nbsp;</p><br /> <p>After looking further into the pre-test data, we still have a lot of work to do prior to the start of the season. &nbsp;Have you ever evaluated yourself? &nbsp;Professionally, at work or athletically, on the hardwood. &nbsp;Lets face it, it&rsquo;s easy to overlook your weaknesses. &nbsp;Who wants to admit their left hand needs a bit more work or their shot needs to be tuned? &nbsp;Here in lies one of my many roles as the team&rsquo;s strength and conditioning coach. &nbsp;To identify points of weakness and design a training program to move toward a significant level of improvement in each deficient category.</p><br /> <p>Below, I have listed the teams Pre-Training objectives. &nbsp;We are going to work hard while practicing "smart" strength and conditioning to accomplish each objective by the start of the season. &nbsp;Wish us luck!</p><br /> <p>1. &nbsp;During Pre-Testing, the team marked an average of 14.4 points on the full scale FMS. &nbsp;Research states that players less than 14 points are 11x more likely to get injured in the future. &nbsp;<strong>Team Goal:</strong> &nbsp;Average of 16.5 points on the FMS prior to the start of the season.&nbsp;</p><br /> <p>2. &nbsp;To achieve an improved level of upper and lower body strength. &nbsp;</p><br /> <p>3. &nbsp;To achieve an improved level of aerobic fitness. &nbsp;<strong>Team Goal:</strong> &nbsp;Front Court less than 63 seconds in 300 yard shuttle / Back court, less than 58 seconds.</p><br /> <p>4. &nbsp;Improved skill acquisition through formal coaching and teaching. <strong>Team Goal:</strong> Improved movement efficiency, decreased 20 yd dash and pro agility times.</p><br /> <p>5. &nbsp;Improved joint mobility, stabilization and proprioception. &nbsp;</p><br /> <p>6. &nbsp;Improved soft tissue quality through Self Myofascial Release.</p><br /> <p>7. &nbsp;Eliminate referred pain through trigger point therapy.</p><br /> <p>8. &nbsp;Improve landing and change of direction mechanics.</p><br /> <p>Yours in Performance,</p><br /> <p>Matt</p><br /><br />(To read and post comments for this entry, visit <a href=""></a>)<hr /> My First Published Work <img src="" alt="" /><br /><p style="text-align: center;"><img src="/images/userPics/tinymce/photo.JPG" alt="" width="402" height="300" /></p><br /> <p>A few days ago, I received a pleasant surprise in the mail. &nbsp;It was my research I performed a few years ago in graduate school. &nbsp;After three years and countless hours of work, my thesis was published for reference at Bridgewater State College in Bridgewater, MA. &nbsp;My publication, isn't by any means a best selling novel with numerous copies in circulation. &nbsp;In fact, there are only 11 copies you can presently get your hands on. &nbsp;Nevertheless, I am extremely proud of my accomplishment.</p><br /> <p>Those of you who have experience conducting research will understand why I am filled with jubilation. &nbsp;The lab hours, the regulations, the statistics, the DRAFTS..... the list goes on and on. &nbsp;It tests you physically and mentally, almost to the point of retirement. &nbsp;During your journey you grow tired of the topic at hand but you persevere in hopes of a successful completion. &nbsp;I have to be honest, I felt discouraged more than a few times! &nbsp;When my published copy arrived, I flipped the pages and laughed a bit recalling how one graph took me 4 hours to complete. &nbsp;Until the day my work arrived, i didn't realize the multitude of what I did. &nbsp;A few years ago it was only a thought but now it's a reality.&nbsp;</p><br /> <p>I plan to submit my work to a number of research publications. &nbsp;Before I do so, I want to express my appreciation to my readers for their continued feedback and support. &nbsp;Below is the abstract which describes in a nut shell my research topic. &nbsp;I am releasing it to you first because you possess the same eagerness to learn as myself. &nbsp;I know this because you wouldn't be reading my content otherwise. &nbsp;My gift to you for striving to excel on every level. &nbsp;</p><br /> <blockquote><br /> <p align="center">&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; Acute Strength Responses to Variable Resistance Training: &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</p><br /> <p align="center">A Muscular Strength Comparison Between Traditional Barbell and Plate Loaded/Chain&nbsp;</p><br /> <p align="center">Resistance Squatting Movements.&nbsp;</p><br /> <p align="center">&nbsp;</p><br /> <p align="center">Abstract</p><br /> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; This study examined the strength improvements of subjects who utilized two different bilateral squat modalities, a combination of chain and free weight resistance and plate-loaded weight only.&nbsp; Twelve adults (24.5+ 2.5 yrs.) with previous resistance training experience (8.6 + 2.1 yrs.) were selected from the undergraduate and graduate student population at Bridgewater State College (Bridgewater, MA). Subjects were randomly placed in either a control group (n=6) or experimental group (n=6).&nbsp; While squatting during training sessions, the control group was instructed to only use plate-loaded resistance (PLR). The experimental group was instructed to train with a combination of chain variable resistance (CVR) and plate loaded resistance (PLR). During pre and post-test data collection, each subject&rsquo;s squat strength was assessed by utilizing a 3RM protocol.&nbsp; &nbsp;By using a standard percentage chart, each subject&rsquo;s 3 RM was used to obtain an estimated 1 RM squat.&nbsp; In order to track the strength improvements amongst each research group, data collection was done before and after the eight weeks of training.</p><br /> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; During the eight weeks of training, both groups trained two times per week (Monday and Friday).&nbsp; The workouts for both groups consisted of the same exercises, intensities and volumes throughout the entire study. The only significant difference between the workouts was that the experimental group (n=6) trained with CVR when squatting during each training session.</p><br /> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; After analysis was complete, both groups displayed an increase in 1 RM squat strength. The control group (n=6) had an average pre-test squat (r =150 lbs.) of 317 + 16 lbs. and an average post-test squat (r =170 lbs.) of 352 + 18 lbs.&nbsp; The experimental group obtained an average pre-test squat (r = 280 lbs.) of 371 + 19 lbs. and an average post-test squat (r =230 lbs.) of 418 + 21 lbs. After the training program was complete, the control group displayed an average percent gain of 10.7 % + 3.&nbsp; The experimental group had an average percent gain of 14.7 % + 3. Therefore, within error bars, training with CVR and PL (Experimental Group) did not result in any significantly different strength gains in comparison to the strength gains of the control group (PLR).&nbsp;</p><br /> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; However, the data displays that both methods increase muscular strength over eight weeks.&nbsp; Due to the sample sizes used, our ability to determine differences between each training method was hindered.&nbsp; To truly determine if there is a difference in strength improvement between the two modalities, further research is needed which utilizes larger sample sizes and clustered subject groups.</p><br /> </blockquote><br /> <p>I hope you enjoyed the abstract. &nbsp;If you would like to read the rest of my publication, send me an email at expressing your interest. &nbsp;Once hearing from you, I will be happy to send you a PDF copy.</p><br /> <p>Yours in Performance,</p><br /> <p>Matt</p><br /><br />(To read and post comments for this entry, visit <a href=""></a>)<hr />