FNF Coaches Talk — Coach talks racial inequality, NCAA testing procedures, tempo lifts

FNF Coaches Talk

Good afternoon, Coaches. We’ve got three stories to take you into the weekend.

1. Football coaches proud to make social issues, like racial inequality, a part of their locker rooms (PA Prep Live)

Here’s a good idea if you’re looking to talk about racial justice with your players without rushing through it in a practice setting. Set up a Zoom call and listen as much as you talk.

As the lone Black coach in Chester County, Lance Frazier’s viewpoint held extra weight.

“There’s a lot of people unaware of the plight of an African American in this country. And for me, it was about, make this tangible, make these kids feel where you’re coming from,” Frazier said. “So I shared personal stories so they can know how I was brought up, some of the messaging that was happening in my household and some of my personal experiences with white Americans and also cops.”

For those listening on the Zoom call, a connection was made.

“You see kind of like light bulbs, that look,” Frazier said. “You saw faces of anger. You saw some disappointment. And then you see some puzzled faces, like ‘I had no clue.’ And you also got that, ‘Coach Frazier, that happened to you?’ Yeah, and you know what I represent, you know what type of person I am. We’re family and this is what this is about, this is why I’m sharing with you.”


In what ways have you engaged with your players to have a discussion about racial justice?

2. NCAA says infected players don’t need to be retested for three months after being cleared of virus (Stadium)

The NCAA has provided guidance to schools that athletes who have recovered after being infected with COVID-19 do not need to be tested again for three months.

Here’s what the CDC has to say:

Studies have not found evidence that clinically recovered persons with persistence of viral RNA have transmitted SARS-CoV-2 to others. These findings strengthen the justification for relying on a symptom based, rather than test-based strategy for ending isolation of these patients, so that persons who are by current evidence no longer infectious are not kept unnecessarily isolated and excluded from work or other responsibilities.

What is your team’s testing protocol when a player recovers from being infected with the virus?

3. How To Maximize Training Using Tempos (TeamBuildr)

Tempo training is defined as the execution of a movement pattern under a prescribed time per each phase of movement.

Normally we break down tempo training with a specific diagram (x-x-x). Let’s use (3-2-1) as an example: The “3” represents the eccentric (muscle lengthening) portion of the lift, the “2” represents the isometric (end range of motion isohold) portion of the lift, and the “1” represents the concentric (muscle contraction) portion of the lift.

Ex: Squat (3-2-1) = 3 seconds going down, 2 seconds holding at bottom of squat, 1 second coming back up to standing position

Tempo training is prescribed to establish two things:

  • Build neuromuscular control over the movement pattern at hand
  • Increase time under tension (TUT) to increase hypertrophy of the muscles utilized.

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How do you incorporate tempo training into your strength and conditioning program?

What’s driving the conversation in your locker room? Email Managing Editor Dan Guttenplan or Tweet us @fnfcoaches. Don’t forget to use that hashtag #FNFCoachesTalk