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Designing Dryland to Improve Flip Turns

Posted by BridgeAthletic on Aug 21, 2017 11:36:15 AM

Oftentimes in swimming, it is said that a flip turn will make or break a race. Considered to be a “blind” turn, a swimmer’s head should stay directly in line with their body and not look around at their competition when completing the motion. The goal of a flip turn is to eliminate extra drag and remove any unnecessary body movements to quickly change directions. Swimmers must trust themselves when coming to the wall in order for it to be a successful transition. While a large part of a swimmer’s focus should be on the somersault going into the flip turn, an explosive push off the wall can be the determining factor on out touching opponents.

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Topics: S+C, Swimming

Can Social Media Provide a Competitive Advantage in Athletic Performance?

Posted by Lillian Hinrichs on Aug 15, 2017 11:26:18 AM

There are endless forms of technology in today’s tech-savvy world, and social media, in particular, has become the preferred method of communication for millennial athletes and plays a major role in sports of all levels. Oftentimes, people think that technology is detrimental in sports for a player’s performance when, in reality, it can be very beneficial. Social media has changed the way players communicate with the world and how they prepare for competition. Whether coaches or athletes are using technology, it is a great way to promote upcoming events, increase program awareness, and announce major team accomplishments. Players can use technology to their benefit by getting in the right pre-game mindset and use it as motivation to perform to the best of their ability.

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Topics: Competition, Coaches

Water Polo Leg Strength Progression

Posted by BridgeAthletic on Aug 9, 2017 4:30:31 PM

There are many different elements that strength coaches must consider when designing water polo and position-specific strength programs. Whether players are just beginning to build strength or are well-developed professionals, the most effective strength and conditioning programs implement progressions. In water polo specifically, players in all positions must have strong legs in order to rapidly propel themselves, and leg strength is crucial for staying ahead of the game, building power, and achieving success in the pool.

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Topics: Competition, Water polo

Recovery Between Water Polo Games to Improve Athletic Performance

Posted by Sarah Connors on Aug 4, 2017 12:37:23 PM

Recovery is an important process to implement for players in order to prevent injury, reduce fatigue, and enhance athletic performance. After an intense game, players should re-fuel their body and incorporate a variety of recovery methods to prepare for the next game, especially during long tournaments. Below is a list of six specific recovery tips that water polo players should do to accelerate recovery and enhance performance in the pool for back-to-back games.

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Topics: Recovery, Water polo

#BridgeBuilt Series: Par4Success Golf Fitness

Posted by BridgeAthletic on Aug 3, 2017 3:15:29 PM

Every day we hear championship stories about how BridgeAthletic's strength training software is helping coaches and athletes achieve their goals and overcome obstacles. These stories motivate us to build better athletes across all sports. Featured in this #BridgeBuilt Series is Chris Finn, owner of Par4Success, Physical Therapist, Strength and Conditioning Specialist, and TPI certified golf-medical professional, who breaks down how he's using BridgeAthletic to help train golf athletes at every level, both in person and around the world. 

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Topics: Bridge Teams, Coaches

Staying Fit to Prepare for Collegiate Athletics

Posted by BridgeAthletic on Aug 3, 2017 11:24:43 AM

The transition into college athletics is not always easy for athletes. It can be particularly difficult for players that are not in shape or for players that are used to being the star and now find themselves sitting on the bench. It is crucial for collegiate athletes to use time in the offseason to stay physically fit and prepare for the upcoming season. New players do not want to come into preseason behind and be trying to play catch-up all season long. While preparing for the collegiate level, players should prioritize strength and conditioning, nutrition, and sleep.

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Importance of a Taper Phase in Dryland Training

Posted by BridgeAthletic on Aug 2, 2017 9:45:47 AM

Preparing for competition both mentally and physically is essential for the big day. From early morning practices to intense dryland training, swimmers have put in the hard work to get ahead of their competition. During the crucial weeks and days leading up to swim meets, swimmers should properly implement a taper phase in their training to optimize performance on race day.

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Topics: S+C, Recovery, Swimming

Beach Volleyball: 3 R’s to Keep Up With & Exceed Your Goals

Posted by Ami Strutin Belinoff, M.A on Aug 1, 2017 4:07:46 PM

At this point in the season you are in full swing of your beach season. In our previous discussions, we covered pre-tournament readiness, resetting during matches, and setting and establishing goals. You have most likely had up’s and down’s and so goes the nature of sports and competition. Four of the most critical tenets to success in competition are Focus, Motivation, Confidence, and Managing stress and anxiety. Your level of self-awareness and reflection will dictate your ability to step fully into the above mentioned principles. Establishing your goals in detail helps drive these principles, but once they are established we must monitor our journey towards them.

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Topics: Sport Science, Volleyball

Designing Progressions in Volleyball Strength Training

Posted by Sarah Connors on Aug 1, 2017 11:48:08 AM

There are many different elements strength coaches must consider when designing a strength program for their volleyball players. Whether players are just beginning to build strength or are well-developed professionals, the most effective strength and conditioning programs implement progressions.

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