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Training The Upper Trap

Training the superior or upper portion of the trapezius can not effectively be exercised by shrugging or even high pulling.

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When you are shrugging, you are holding onto the bar to raise it, no matter how high you pull the bar you are still capable of extending the head with your extensors. Since there is no resistance to push against there is no overload and little development of  the superior trapezius muscles. 

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When you securely stabilize the torso while holding on to something and the resistance is placed on the occiput or back of the skull the upper trapezius can extend the head and be maximally developed.

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Fixating the torso during neck extension on the Pendulum 4 or 5 Way Neck augments the upper trapezius muscles.

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Since their inception, the Grand Valley State Lakers lead the NCAA with the highest overall winning percentage at .734 (353–129–3).  This ability to win football games is ahead of all teams from all the NCAA divisions. 

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Grand Valley State just completed their new strength training facility with the Pendulum Rack System. The Lakers know how to win and Get Strong.

Checkrein And Strength Trian

FROM THE COACH'S DAUGHTER

Kaylee Gittleson ran hurdles for Ann Arbor Pioneer High School.  The team won three out of four Division I State Championships during her four years.  She is now a Senior at the University of Michigan.  Kaylee was told by her dad to write about training from her perspective on the Rogers Blog.

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Kaylee explains ....My Dad was a Strength and Conditioning Coach for 30 years.  I literally grew up in a home that was a gym with furniture.  I was taught in high school that running requires developing strong legs. Growing up in a home with five neck machines you understand that neck training is important as well.  

When you run, the neck muscles contract before your foot hits the ground, which is an important factor in performance. This contracture is in anticipation of the ground reaction force, which pitches the head forward at foot strike.  This bracing action occurring during the aerial phase of sprinting is called checkraining. Our head, which is pitched forward upon contact, is countered by neck extension and also requires dampening the vertical acceleration of it with the downward swing of our stance side arm.

I learned in physics Newton's third law which stated, for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction: so when you run as your trunk accelerates forward and then backward your head and neck accelerate backward then forward. Sit in your car accelerate quickly forward then step on the brake, the more the trunk pitches the more the head reacts.  Not only we do we use our arms to help control this pitching motion of the skull, we use our head and neck muscles, which are just as important. 

Hurdling requires running as well as jumping and great strength to maintain your form as you sprint over 10 hurdles and land violently on the ground. For an athlete to excel, they must train the structures that decelerate opposing masses. This means an athlete must have head and neck training as part of their exercise regime. The head and neck muscles are countering arm swing as the arms are countering head pitch and rotation. A strong neck can mean a still head and aid in excellent form and a faster time.

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As an athlete, I never had a coach, other than my father, require me to train my neck musculature. I asked my father why programs neglect training this important region. Dad said, "For the same reason you never did what you were supposed to do when growing up." Yep, Newton's Law applies to father and daughter interaction as well.

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Neck flexion on the Pendulum 5-Way Neck

 

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Annual Strength and Conditioning/Athletic Development Virginia Clinic

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The Virginia Clinic will be taking place on Saturday, March 15, 2014. SMARTER Team Training will host a dynamic regional clinic that is more hands-on and practical than your typical lecture only format. This year's speakers will create full engagement presentations that will have participants getting out of their seats and truly learn by doing. This will be a great opportunity for attendees to learn from those that work with professional athletes, collegiate athlete, and youth athletes. The clinic will highlight a multidisciplinary approach to sports performance training in a high energy and supportive learning environment. Attendees will leave with a true understanding of how to apply techniques to their training sessions immediately to add value to all their clients. This is going to be an exciting event - a chance to take your game to the next level!

Regency Sport & Health Club
1800 Old Meadow Rd 
McLean, VA 22102

CEUs will be 0.8 NSCA, 7.0 BOC, 3.25 CSCCa and 8 NSPA

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Itinerary for Saturday, March 15, 2014 


7:00-7:45 Registration / Check-In – Drinks and bagels will be provided in Sponsor/Vendor Area

7:45-8:00 Opening Remarks – Kevin Boyle/Rob Taylor

8:00-8:50 "Drills To Develop Your First Step Speed" - Dave Brixius, Owner of Explosive Sports Performance

9:00-9:50 "Winning the Six Inch War" - Al Johnson, Assistant Director of Sports Performance for Northwestern University

10:00-10:50 "Med Ball Power Development Tips, Drills And Exercises" – Dr. Josh Funk, Founder and President of Lax Factory

11:00-11:50 "Weight Room Wisdom" - Mike Gittleson, Former Head S&C Coach at the University of Michigan

11:50-1:00 Lunch Break

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12:00-12:50 “Round Table” for Q&A – Presenters will field questions, provide advice, suggestions, and guidance where applicable.

1:00-1:50 "Training Outside The Weight Room" - Jay Merlino, Tactical Performance Manager at Athletes' Performance

2:00-2:50 "Serious Training From The Neck Up" - Doug Scott, Head Strength and Conditioning Coach for The Pingry School

3:00-3:50 "Get BIG! Enough Said." - Rob Taylor, Jr., Founder and Owner of SMARTER Team Training

4:00 Closing comments – Kevin Boyle/Rob Taylor

For additional information, email Coach Taylor at coachtaylor@smarterteamtraining.com.

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Neck Muscle Strength And Cervical Muscle Activation

In the January, American Journal of Sports Medicine, Effect of neck muscle strength and anticipatory cervical muscle activation on the kinematic response of the head to impulsive loads. The authors concluded...."In male and female athletes across the age spectrum, greater neck strength and anticipatory cervical muscle activation ("bracing for impact") can reduce the magnitude of the head's kinematic response." 

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Neck strength and anticipating the impact are modifiable. All coaches attend to developing skill and all coaches should develop head and neck strength with their athletes to reduce risk and potentially lower the incidence of concussion.

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Strength and Conditioning/Athletic Development Virginia Clinic

Annual Strength and Conditioning/Athletic Development Virginia Clinic

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The Virginia Clinic will be taking place on Saturday, March 15, 2014. SMARTER Team Training will host a dynamic regional clinic that is more hands-on and practical than your typical lecture only format. This year's speakers will create full engagement presentations that will have participants getting out of their seats and truly learn by doing. This will be a great opportunity for attendees to learn from those that work with professional athletes, collegiate athlete, and youth athletes. The clinic will highlight a multidisciplinary approach to sports performance training in a high energy and supportive learning environment. Attendees will leave with a true understanding of how to apply techniques to their training sessions immediately to add value to all their clients. This is going to be an exciting event - a chance to take your game to the next level!

Regency Sport & Health Club
1800 Old Meadow Rd
McLean, VA 22102

CEUs will be 0.8 NSCA, 7.0 BOC, 3.25 CSCCa and 8 NSPA

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Itinerary for Saturday, March 15, 2014 


7:00-7:45 Registration / Check-In – Drinks and bagels will be provided in Sponsor/Vendor Area

7:45-8:00 Opening Remarks – Kevin Boyle/Rob Taylor

8:00-8:50 "Drills To Develop Your First Step Speed" - Dave Brixius, Owner of Explosive Sports Performance

9:00-9:50 "Winning the Six Inch War" - Al Johnson, Assistant Director of Sports Performance for Northwestern University

10:00-10:50 "Med Ball Power Development Tips, Drills And Exercises" – Dr. Josh Funk, Founder and President of Lax Factory

11:00-11:50 "Weight Room Wisdom" - Mike Gittleson, Former Head S&C Coach at the University of Michigan

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11:50-1:00 Lunch Break

Grip Cart

12:00-12:50 “Round Table” for Q&A – Presenters will field questions, provide advice, suggestions, and guidance where applicable.

1:00-1:50 "Training Outside The Weight Room" - Jay Merlino, Tactical Performance Manager at Athletes' Performance

2:00-2:50 "Serious Training From The Neck Up" - Doug Scott, Head Strength and Conditioning Coach for The Pingry School

3:00-3:50 "Get BIG! Enough Said." - Rob Taylor, Jr., Founder and Owner of SMARTER Team Training

4:00 Closing comments – Kevin Boyle/Rob Taylor

For additional information, email Coach Taylor at coachtaylor@smarterteamtraining.com.

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Negative Only On The Pendulum Combo Lat Pull

Doing one arm negative only rope pulldowns on the Pendulum Combo Lat Pull will do wonders in increasing an athletes ability to do chins. This exercise increases the hands 'power grip' strength while accelerating latissimus dorsi growth.

The goal is 8 negative repetitions at an 8 count

To start the exercise bring the rope low and tight toward to the body and pause. The tendency is to grab the rope and squeeze the hands tightly. The athlete should think about using the upper back muscles not squeezing the hand during training. 

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Once paused slowly begin the ascent. The lifter should be exactly half-way up with the upper arm parallel to the floor in four seconds and all the way up with the arm straight in 8 seconds. Allow the arm to stretch at the top of the movement. Once a repetition is completed quickly grab the rope with two arms and return the weight to the starting position. After pausing slowly release the hand you are assisting the movement with. You should be able to hold the weight in the bottom position at a dead stop before beginning the 8 second count.

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Every inch of the exercise is important, being half way back in four seconds means that you are 1/8 of the way back in 1 second  and 1/4 of the way back in 2 seconds. Perfect repetitions is what you are after. The exercise is completed when you can no longer keep an 8 second pace. The goal is 8 reps at an 8 second count. Only accept absolutely perfect reps before adding weight.

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