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Updated ANS & Training Series

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We’ve all heard the stories regarding instantaneous superhuman strength. The mother who lifts a car off her child who’s trapped underneath it, the man who involuntarily launches himself across the room after receiving a total body electrical shock, or the soldier who moved a one-ton helicopter off his comrade’s trapped body. While many of these stories are not proven and probably exaggerated, scientists are terming this “phenomena,” alleged as it may be, “hysterical strength.” The postulated mechanism is a sudden surge in hormonal output, such as adrenaline, that potentiates both central and peripheral outputs of other various physiological systems while ignoring protective mechanisms and homeostatic modulators. Effectively, this would result in abnormally temporal superhuman capability. Read More→
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  Part one of this series covered the very basic physiology of the autonomic nervous system. Part two discussed some of the many practical assessment strategies of the ANS. Here in part three we’ll uncover some practical applications for your programming. Read More→

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In our last installment, we reviewed the mechanistic effects of both good and bad autonomic balance. We discussed how constantly leaving your athletes in a state of sympathetic dominance will cause your training program to underachieve and absolute level results to decline either acutely, chronically, or both.
Here in part 2, we'll elucidate assessment strategies for ANS balance. For the coach or clinician, some methods are highly practical while others are a bit more complex. For the sake of practicality we'll stick with the “low tech” versions I believe will fit most people’s setting best. Read More→
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   Knowing physiology is great but applying that knowledge to our program design is what we’re all after. This three part series will discuss the selective science (part 1), assessment (part 2), and application (part 3) of particular physiological aspects in relation to athletic performance, “conditioning”, and longevity. I chose this topic because I feel the essential messages hereafter have still not permeated mainstream coaching, especially in America, and thus require continual campaigning despite the fact that for some this is already common knowledge. Note I am not a physiologist nor am I an expert. The following is based on my current understanding and how I think it applies to training athletes. Read More→

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