Sunday, October 5, 2008

Football conditioning

Despite loss, Tors happy to be playing football
Daily News - Galveston County - TX,USA
"You could tell the conditioning was not there yet, because they hadn't played in so long. There is a difference between running in practice and being in ...
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New York Daily News
Queens high schooler tackles her football dream
New York Daily News - New York,NY,USA
Gjoka had never played an organized sport before, but impressed her coach and teammates with her grit and conditioning (click for gallery). ...
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A footloose Bronco Keeps Alvirne going
Nashua Telegraph - Nashua,NH,USA
Being a basketball player has helped Donnelly with his conditioning and footwork. It's hard to imagine, but the kid could get even bigger. ...
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Homeless footballers lace up for 'World - Philippines
The HWC is an international football tournament that requires teams to be composed of homeless people 17 years old and above. "Because he was under 18, ...
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Timely turnaround
In-Forum - Fargo,ND,USA
If this is what Missouri Valley Football League is about, the Fargodome better crank up the air conditioning the rest of the season. ...
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Durham Herald Sun
For the love of the game
Durham Herald Sun - Durham,NC,USA
Soon after the semester opens, conditioning begins with three weeks of six-day-a-week, instant-in-shape practices in late afternoon summer heat. ...
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Venice High revs up for homecoming
Sarasota Herald-Tribune - Sarasota,FL,USA
Student Body President Lizzie Barton promised a fun dance and pledged that "the air-conditioning in the gym will work this time."
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Saturday, October 4, 2008

Football conditioning

The Bay City Times -
Cancer canceled Jeremy Sharrard's football season at Western High ...
The Bay City Times - - Bay City,MI,USA
He started working with the football team on July 7, the first day of conditioning drills. Despite having lost his hair and more than 15 pounds to ...
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Former Hodag Enjoying Life in Big Ten - USA
"I want to get bigger and faster, so you keep working on conditioning. I watch a lot of film, and you do whatever you can to compete every day. ...
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UConn Football: Off the field, Lunn plays it off the cuff on his blog
Norwich Bulletin - Norwich,CT,USA
Lunn dives deeper into his conditioning and film study for the next opponent, which can rise in intensity. "If it was just football and film study and ...
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Small Football Team Plays Hard As The Big Guys
WCCO - Minneapolis,MN,USA
They credit their success to a lot of heart, a lot of conditioning and a little versatility -- some guys play four different positions. ...
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Ridgewater football weekly preview
West Central Tribune - Willmar,MN,USA
Jeff Kalow, a sophomore captain and outside linebacker, is ready again for extensive action since a hamstring tear in preseason conditioning. ...
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Michigan quarterback Threet thrust into spotlight - MI,USA
He also enlisted Mike Howe, a local conditioning coach, and Gray, a physical therapist by trade who has treated professional athletes such as Mario Lemieux ...
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Coming together?
St. George Daily Spectrum - St. George,UT,USA
"Coach said football is going to be the easiest thing we ever did (after the work in the weight room and conditioning). All of our players appreciate that. ...
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Friday, October 3, 2008

Football conditioning

Shooting For The Star - USA
"He got himself in football conditioning and football shape, and that's great. He's practiced his butt off, he's taken all of the snaps against the defense ...
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Stull Stands Tall - Chicago,IL,USA
We'll have some conditioning days. That's for sure.'' Pitt coach Dave Wannstedt believed that Stull started to loosen up a bit after he connected with ...
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Bleacher Report
Do Recruiting Rankings Equal Success in College Football?
Bleacher Report - San Francisco,CA,USA
We all know college football doesn't just live from September to January. There's spring and summer practices, and Strength and Conditioning coaches kick ...
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OSU Column: Buckeyes, Badgers in shape for showdown - OH
That offseason conditioning is not just about physical conditioning. It's also a form of mental conditioning. Maybe there will be a moment in the season ...
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North Dakota State Cornerback Richard Bowman Battles Back From Injury
NDSU Bison Athletics - Fargo,ND,USA
... spring football in April, but doctors were extra cautious and held him out from contact, allowing him to run and do strength and conditioning drills. ...
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Wildcat football off to a great start
Ukiah Daily Journal - Ukiah,CA,USA
Our off-season conditioning has really paid off. We've been injury free. We've worked a lot on speed and agility with Erik Kraft. We have some nice depth, ...
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Ex-Hokies Toughen Up Dukes
Harrisonburg Daily News Record - Harrisonburg,VA,USA
Of course, every college football team in the nation knows the importance of conditioning, weight lifting and diet. Durning said two differences at JMU are ...
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Thursday, October 2, 2008

Football conditioning

Ruston Daily Leader
'Cats train hard
Ruston Daily Leader - ruston,la,USA
7 ranking in Class 5A football. Conditioning has played a big part in the 'Cats' strong start, with first-year strength and conditioning coach Patrick Hall ...
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Clemson Football, Danny Ford, and Me
Charleston City Paper - Charleston,SC,USA
... and conditioning coach, get a bunch of fat strong offensive line men, a fast tailback, a nasty defense and start playing smash mouth football again. ...
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Prep football: East's Mason explodes on football scene
Wisconsin State Journal - Madison,WI,USA
Hill said Mason picked up the Purgolders' spread offense "very quickly," and Mason said preseason conditioning was his biggest challenge. ...
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Seattle Post Intelligencer
UW freshmen simply getting overpowered
Seattle Post Intelligencer - USA
That is no fewer than 52 combined years in a major college strength and conditioning program. Huskies sports performance coach Trent Greener said of the ...
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Western Howard County View
Mt. Hebron Vikings get win they needed
Western Howard County View - MD,USA
Patrick McNicholas said all of the off-season practice and conditioning exercises gave Hebron the edge. "We had more stamina" he said. ...
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Football: Maury-Lake Taylor preview
The Virginian-Pilot - Norfolk,VA,USA
We've improved every outing — in the stats, in conditioning ... in every aspect of the game." Quinerly says that the Titans (5-0, 2-0) throw out plenty of ...
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Explore Howard County
Football: Wildecats do the dirty work for DuVall
Explore Howard County - Ellicott City,MD,USA
"But all the conditioning we do definitely helps in the third and fourth quarter when it rains." Wilde Lake missed a 23-yard field goal just before halftime ...
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Bobcats ready to face Tarkington
Orange Leader - Orange,TX,USA
Still, that's not completely staying in football shape. "Conditioning was definitely a concern during those early practices," Morrison said. ...
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Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Football conditioning

Wisconsin denies claims of conditioning problems
"Michigan's a good football team that's in shape and our football team, over the test of time, has been very good finishing. But the powers that be and the ...
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WVU Football: 'Package' adds new wrinkle on offense
Pittsburgh Post Gazette - Pittsburgh,PA,USA
With Brown playing for Bob Huggins' basketball team and missing a healthy portion of winter conditioning, he didn't show up fully for football until spring ...
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UConn vs. North Carolina Football
UConn Huskies - Storrs,CT,USA
UConn strength and conditioning coach Jerry Martin was in his first year at the school. UConn is 4-8 against active ACC members all-time entering Saturday ...
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Football Weekly: Shook carries the load for NC
The Newark Advocate - Newark,OH,USA
"It is amazing the conditioning you lose and the rhythm, so we as coaches always go into things cautiously and evaluate as the game goes. ...
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Cheerleader provides insider glimpse of the squad
Echo Online (subscription) - Chattanooga,TN,USA
We practice Monday, Wednesday, Friday from 4-6, and starting soon we will start conditioning twice a week, plus football games Saturdays, and coming up in ...
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Bama's McClain has few peers in the middle
He said he arrived at Alabama weighing 266 pounds, but that the strength and conditioning staff helped him shed a lot of that weight. ...
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LSU takes advantage of open date
KTAL - Shreveport,LA,USA
The schedule for the Tigers this week calls for three practices – Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday – before a conditioning session on Friday afternoon. ...
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NOTEBOOK: Candid quotes from Wulff - Seattle,WA,USA
... of longtime, well regarded strength and conditioning coach Rob Oviatt. When he stepped down just prior to the start of the football season, ...
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Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Football conditioning

Duke winter conditioning at root of improvement
The root of the transformation within Duke's football program began in the weight room this past winter, where over 500 collective pounds were shed for a ...
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James Logan football players observe Ramadan and stay in the game
Contra Costa Times - Walnut Creek,CA,USA
They never want to get out of any type of conditioning, which is something we really stress. They just suck it up and go. I have a lot of respect for their ...
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HList takes a look at weekend of football
Gazette Online - Solon,IA,USA
Wolverines receiver Greg Mathews: "Their strength-and-conditioning coach was talking about how we were soft and out of shape, and ESPN was talking about how ...
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Andrews in defence of development squads - Dublin,Ireland
My experience is that because of poor physical conditioning techniques (mainly running) players have poor functional movement and core stability. ...
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Kids learn fundamentals of football by starting early
The Newark Advocate - Newark,OH,USA
"They also do a little bit of conditioning as well." Ruff said at the start of the season he had to use flash cards to show the players what play they were ...
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Joey Jones likes South Alabama football program's early progress
Press-Register - - Mobile,AL,USA
In fact, twice a day he and his coaching staff are directing 111 players, including eight with full scholarships, in conditioning drills. ...
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Pahokee football teammates remember slain friend - Fort Lauderdale,FL,USA
Before the team ran its final conditioning sprint, the players stood shoulder to shoulder in the end zone holding hands. As they began to run, ...
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Long Beach Poly LB commits
Honolulu Advertiser - Honolulu,HI,USA
Wideout Malcolm Lane and running back Kealoha Pilares both competed in conditioning drills yesterday and expect to play against Fresno State. ...
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Monday, September 29, 2008

The Latest on football conditioning

The Alphabetical: NCAA Football, Week 5 - USA
Each Sunday during college football season, Spencer Hall offers a letter-by-letter analysis of Saturday's college football games. A is for Anarchy! Anarchy! ...
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ALABAMA FOOTBALL: Fast start critical to Bama's success against ...
Montgomery Advertiser - Montgomery,AL,USA
It was, as Tide strength and conditioning coach Scott Cochran predicted on Monday, as if the Bulldogs fans had dressed for a funeral. ...
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Monday Morning Longsnapper
Seattle Post Intelligencer - USA
I would even like to see a new strength and conditioning staff. Last week, I talked about the uniforms. Change those. Change the songs being played by the ...
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Hampton escapes Pleasanton in football
York News Times (subscription) - York,NE,USA
Great team effort," he said, adding "Our depth and conditioning wore them down physically." Kohtz said he's "happy with our improvements each week. ...
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Oklahoma No.1 in Legends Poll
Los Angeles Times - CA,USA
We hear Kush is in charge of the legends' grueling pre-season, poll-conditioning exercises at Camp Tontozona. Anyway, the legends have mostly fallen in line ...
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Michigan closes strong in biggest comeback at home
Chicago Tribune - United States
Michigan's strength and conditioning program was revamped by Rich Rodriguez, who hoped the Wolverines would get stronger toward the end of games. ...
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Legend Rush plans island football academy
WalesOnline - United Kingdom
The new Cypriot project will consist of 345 two-bedroom apartments with air-conditioning, private verandahs, marble staircases and sound systems on the ...
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Fall Sports Peak Time for Lower Leg Damage
Washington Post - United States
... podiatric medical consultant for the Buffalo Bills of the National Football League, said in an APMA news release. "From maintaining proper conditioning ...
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Saturday, September 20, 2008

Start Your Day off Right

Football players are constantly moving, practicing, and playing. It slows you down when you're working so hard on an empty stomach, or even worse, one full of all the wrong foods. Have a bowl of oatmeal for breakfast. It's a whole grain with soluble fiber, which means it soaks up unwanted fat and cholesterol in your blood, making sure you're not carrying around any extra baggage throughout your workouts. It also contains the GOOD carbohydrates, meaning your energy is increased, more efficient, and longer lasting. It slows the absorption of glucose, so you won't feel too hungry as you work hard, either. Add some milk, fruit, or nuts to give it some more taste, and enjoy your whole day!

Center Your Strength and Put off the Tackle

Aside from your routine workout and strength training, add in some stabilization and core work in order to center the body's balance and power. Instead of doing sit-ups and other ab exercises, try holding some planks. Place your forearms and elbows on the floor (elbows should be close together right underneath the shoulders) and place your toes back as if they were in push-up position. Lift up your body weight and center your hips so your back is not arched or hunched over and hold for 30-90 seconds, pressing the belly button into the spine. This will strengthen the deeper layer of the abdominal muscles and improve balance, so you will be more likely to withstand a hard hit than with sheer superficial musculature.

Monday, September 15, 2008

A Quick Change of Direction

Condition your body to be able to juke and run by practicing a quick change of direction. Find an open field or grassy area, wear your cleats, and designate a starting and stopping line about 50 meters long. Add another line (even a rolled up t shirt works) about 5 meters from your start/stop points as well. Sprint your way through from start to finish and then quickly try and stop yourself from going past the second line, turn around and do the same thing toward the other two marks. Add some side shuffles in with the same change of direction tactic after a forward sprint to practice lateral movement as well.