Posts Tagged: change of direction

Hamstring Flexibility is Overrated

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Tight hamstrings are one of the biggest plagues over young athletes. The problem: How much does it really matter? A lot of young athletes have trouble hitting a full hamstring stretch or touching their toes. The fix? Usually its hamstring stretches. Hamstring stretching will not help the following causes of hamstring tightness: Growth spurts Core […]

So You Want to Get Quicker…

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Improving quickness is one of the biggest reasons that athletes will seek out training. Quickness is a great thing because everyone notices it. Opponents, coaches, and scouts will always recognize and respect quickness. I also find quickness to be the biggest area of growth in most athletes. It has the most room for improvement. In […]

4 Strength and Power Exercises for Better Quickness

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The importance of strength and power to training for quickness is often underrated. There is no speed or quickness without a strong, powerful motor. You cannot improve strength and, subsequently, power without resistance training. Resistance training is a big complement to speed and agility training. Athletes need to be able to balance both good technique […]

5 Tips for Avoiding a Hamstring Pull

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Hamstring pulls are one of the more annoying injuries an athlete can suffer. The pain might not be as bad as a collision based injury and the recovery isn’t as bad as an ACL but they are definitely more annoying. The difference with hamstring injuries is that they need time to heal. We have ways […]

How Much Sport Specific Training Do You Need?

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Every so often, I will get an inquiry about training and someone will ask me if we do sport specific training. The answer is yes, but it might not be what most people are looking for. That becomes my follow up question. Most of the time the person doesn’t actually know what they meant when […]

10 Core Exercises for Soccer Players

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Core training for soccer players is an underrated aspect of training. Most athletes are worried about touches, conditioning, and showcases when they need to prioritize their training. Good core stability helps soccer players achieve the following: Faster running speed Better running technique Improved quickness Ability to handle contact More power kicking the ball Thats a […]

3 Key Strength Needs for Soccer

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Soccer is the most popular sport among our athletes at Evolution. I think at one point it was 50% soccer players. It also seems to be one of the more competitive sports in the area. A lot of the teams are state title winners and many clubs compete on a national level. This makes soccer […]

3 Reasons to Avoid Running on Your Heels

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Any athlete that has spent time in Evolution has probably heard Chris tell them or someone in the group to stop running on their heels. The reasoning is simple, fast sprinters do not strike the ground with their heel. Proper foot contact should be with the front half of the foot. I think the reason […]

Does Lifting Weights Improve Speed and Agility?

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Speed and agility is a topic that we take very seriously at Evolution Sports Performance in Easton. It is one of the things that allows athletes to get faster and quicker. Every time speed and agility gets brought up there seems to be someone who is ready to start putting it down. Many strength coaches […]

Being Fast vs. Being Quick

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Athletes are always looking to improve on their skills, speed, strength, agility, and conditioning. This is for good reason. The athlete that has the best physical qualities is probably going to have the better chance for success. There are exceptions but most of the time it is true. Quick and Fast are two terms that […]