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Searching for Hard Science in Sport

As much as we want it to be, athletics is not a “hard” science. The truth: unequivocally, sport falls within the realm of “soft” sciences. No experiment demonstrates this better than the US Olympic Track & Field trials, which I was pirvileged to coach at and witness this month. Read more

Training Talk with John Kiely (Part 2)

Earlier this month Irish strength coach and academic John Kiely provided a biting criticism of periodization as it is known by most people. While we like to think of it as scientific, it is based on a shaky foundation that favors the plan rather than the process. You can read the critique in its entirety here. But as frustrated as Kiely is with the common talk about periodization, he is also optimistic about the way forward. When we continued our discussion, this was his main focus. Read more