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HOW TO TRAIN FOR BASKETBALL, PART 1: NEEDS ANALYSIS

BASKETBALL NEEDS ANALYSIS Before creating any strength & conditioning program, first one must conduct a needs analysis to determine what physical characteristics are required in the sport.  Basketball is classified as an intermittent team sport (ITS), and requires periods of activity that span across varying intensities, distances and durations (McInnes, Carlson, Jones and McKenna, 1995).  …

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CONTEMPORARY PROBLEMS IN BASKETBALL STRENGTH & CONDITIONING

INTRODUCTION Basketball is one of the world’s most popular sports. In Canada, the popularity of basketball is at an all-time high, which may be attributable several cumulative factors, such as the 20th anniversary of the National Basketball Association (NBA) in Canada, the illustrious career of two-time NBA Most Valuable Player (MVP) and global sports ambassador …

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THE ERGOGENIC EFFECTS OF CAFFEINE

CAFFEINE AND PERFORMANCE After talking with other coaches and athletes, it seems that caffeine is one of the most underrated and underutilized training aids in strength and conditioning.  This is surprising considering that the ergogenic benefits of caffeine supplementation are well documented in the literature. Caffeine is taken as a pre-activity supplement in order to …

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WHAT IS SALTUS?

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] BEHIND THE SALTUS NAME At Saltus Athletic Academy, our vision is to foster a collective passion for Canadian sports and to cultivate a culture of tradition and excellence in competition by providing gifted athletes with the necessary environment to develop the athleticism and talent they need to reach their full potential. We aim to …

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HOW TO BE A GREAT COACH: BRUCE LEE AND THE ART OF COACHING

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] THE POWER OF SPORT   Sport has the power to transcend all barriers in contemporary society, as race, gender, sexuality, religion, status, education, socioeconomics, intelligence – the roots of politics themselves – seemingly lose all relevance once athletes come together onto their chosen battlefield and immerse themselves in the sanctuary of sport, and time …

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CULTIVATING CANADIAN SPORTS CULTURE

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] WHY DOES CANADIAN SPORT STRUGGLE?   In sports, conditioning is paramount.  All else being equal, the strong, quick, powerful, agile, and efficient athlete will always dominate the weak, slow, and uncoordinated athlete.  Given this common knowledge, why then in typical Canadian athletics is formal strength and conditioning an afterthought?  In the typical Canadian athletic …

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