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Richard B. Kreider

athlete, team, and victory there are professionals who spend countless hours helping the athletes, coaches, and teams succeed (see Figure  1 ). This includes strength and conditioning coaches, sport nutritionists, athletic trainers and physical therapists, sports-medicine and specialty physicians

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Matthew R. Rhea and Derek Bunker

Baseball demands speed, power, and quickness. To perform at a high level, and avoid injuries that are common among baseball players, an evaluation of current trends in strength and conditioning practices is helpful. Based on the demands of the sport and the injury risks, qualified strength and conditioning professionals can develop effective baseball-specific conditioning programs. This commentary briefly covers historical aspects of baseball conditioning, recent injury trends, current practices among elite baseball professionals, and provides suggestions for future improvements in training.

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Mark Stanborough

One of the most difficult and negative parts of practice has traditionally been conditioning. For years, coaches have used conditioning (running and exercise) as punishment. When athletes do not meet the expectations of the coach, conditioning is often used as discipline. However, highly conditioned teams are more likely to be successful teams. Therefore, conditioning is positive and is a desired effect. Conditioning as punishment gives it a negative association that may have a negative effect on the attitude towards conditioning and a negative effect on the lifelong commitment towards exercise. Effective coaches should seek ways to make conditioning a positive experience. This presentation will look at methods to make conditioning positive with athletes seeking to do more conditioning for improvement and as a source of pride.

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Martina A. Maggioni, Matteo Bonato, Alexander Stahn, Antonio La Torre, Luca Agnello, Gianluca Vernillo, Carlo Castagna and Giampiero Merati

modalities, particularly in the development of aerobic, anaerobic, and technical conditioning. 6 However, the design of such training sessions requires precise knowledge of the physiological qualities associated with different training stimuli. For these reasons, coaches need to design training protocols

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Maria Angelika Peer and Nigel Gleeson

neuromuscular control and increase functional joint stability are therefore a critical component in conditioning and rehabilitation programs designed to assist in injury prevention. 8 , 11 Noncontact mechanisms have consistently accounted for more than 70% of serious ligament injuries, 12 , 13 with the

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Andy Gillham, Michael Doscher, Jim Krumpos, Michelle Martin Diltz, Nate Moe, Shepard Allen and Reese Bridgeman

coaching staff and the strength and conditioning coaching (SCC) staff. Much in the same way that athletes can detract from a team’s performance due to cohesion-related factors, poor working relationships among sport coach and strength and conditioning coaches can also reduce team performance. Massey and

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Christoph Szedlak, Matthew Smith, Melissa Day and Bettina Callary

individual athletes’ funding ( DCMS & SportEngland, 2012 ; UKSport, 2014 ). While performance is multifaceted, the level of strength and conditioning (S&C) is one of the key contributors to an athlete’s development and performance ( Brink, Nederhof, Visscher, Schmikli, & Lemmink, 2010 ; Newton & Kraemer

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Martin Buchheit, Mathieu Lacome, Yannick Cholley and Ben Michael Simpson

decrease physiological interferences 2 and, in turn, lead to greater adaptations. 3 This so-called horizontal alternation in the physical components to be prioritized is often achieved while targeting all within-session training sequences toward the same quality. For example, a “strength-conditioned

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Christoph Szedlak, Matthew J. Smith, Bettina Callary and Melissa C. Day

reduced to a simple, dominant instructional paradigm, where learning is linear and instruction-centred ( Paquette & Trudel, 2016 ). Indeed, when S&C coach developers, such as National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and the United Kingdom Strength and Conditioning Association (UKSCA), teach

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Kemal Idrizovic, Bahri Gjinovci, Damir Sekulic, Ognjen Uljevic, Paulo Vicente João, Miodrag Spasic and Tine Sattler

Plyometric training is a method aimed at improving conditioning capacities that require the fast development of muscular force ( 27 ). This form of training uses the stretch-shortening cycle in order to enhance the ability of the neuromuscular system to produce maximal force in the shortest