Aug 23

DEVELOPING MENTAL TOUGHNESS

              By Kevin Marks, Kinesiology and Health Science Professor School of Health Science Solano College It’s intriguing to see individuals who have the ability to stretch themselves and push through physical and mental barriers. For example, Navy Seals, Army Rangers, athletes, business leaders, etc. These highly competent people have a “no quit mentality” and can …

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Aug 22

ADVICE TO YOUNG COACHES

Through my experience as a Graduate Assistant at The University of Southern Mississippi and as a high school and Division III coach, I have been fortunate to learn from some tremendous coaches. Here are 10 things that I would like to share with young coaches as they continue to chase their dreams in this ultra …

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Jul 27

Open Letter To Any Parent Considering A Recruiting Service

Dear Parent(s), I would like to take a minute to address a growing concern with you – recruiting services.  I have coached at the collegiate level for 20 years (serving as a Recruiting Coordinator for 10 of those years) at every level except FCS and now coach at the high school level.  I believe this gives …

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Jul 25

Keys to Success – The Two-Task Method For Football Security

As If you grip the ball HIGH and TIGHT you will prevent a fumble!   As a twenty year high school varsity football coach, I drew upon any technique to improve productivity. The two-task method works while teaching any skill. The amazing Coach Tom Creguer state-of-the-art invention gives both coach and athlete one more technique …

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Jul 24

Are All Sports Skills Equal?

Before we can answer the question of whether all sports skills are equal it is necessary to define what is meant by a sports skill. The reason for this is obvious if you talk to most coaches who teach football skills. For example, there are some coaches who consider basic skills as most important. This …

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Jul 24

Myths of Football In-Season Strength Training

A common practice in football conditioning (training) is to do strength exercises to increase strength in-season. This seems to be a universal practice as I haven’t seen any recommendations to the contrary. Can this practice be substantiated by science? The in-season strength training is typically high-intensity in which players use weights in the 85% to …

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Jul 24

Bobcat Legs’n’Lungs Summer Off-season Program

The countdown continues, with under one month left before we strap up the helmets and shoulder pads to begin the 2016 football season. Many coaches are finishing up their final phase of the off-season during the summer months. Conditioning and strength training will begin to be reduced in exchange for more fundamental drills and X’s …

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Jul 24

Training Season Game Plan

At the end of the 2015 season there were three things at the top of my list of improvements for my team’s overall physical performance: speed, explosiveness, and flexibility. Improving strength is always a priority, but not at the top of the list because I believe we have a great weight training program in place …

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Jul 19

High School Athlete’s Guide to Complete Nutrition

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PROTEINS Muscle Repair Proteins are responsible for muscle recovery, repair and growth as the amino acids it provides are the building blocks of new muscle tissue. Typically protein quality is maximized in animal products; therefore, a vegetarian is at high risk for protein deficiencies and for optimal athletic performance. The protein quality of a diet can …

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Jul 07

Coach Russell’s Summer Ruminations

College football hasn’t had the best run of PR over the course of this past spring and early summer –  and deservedly so. We’ve seen some truly horrific allegations come to light, and learned of some truly terrible decisions which were made within our profession. As a coach, I’m willing to give the benefit of …

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