Happy Friday, Coaches. We hope this collection of stories kicks off your weekend in a positive way.
1. IU football hoping to sprint past competition with new speed technology (Wish TV)
Indiana football coach Tom Allen always seems to be at the forefront of new technology in football, and that’s why we featured him our College Coaches Q&A in our technology edition in February.
Indiana football is currently the only program in the nation using “1080 Sprint”. It’s a computer device that uses resistance to measure speed and power with every step. It isolates their weaknesses by identifying the flaws in each athlete.
They can figure out if a player has issues with balance or even if there’s an unknown injury holding them back from reaching their potential.
Indiana is also using an EMG system, which helps measure muscle coordination. The training staff uses a 3D camera and laser technology to track their every move and it tells players what workout is best for them. The Hoosiers may have already seen some results in the 2019 NFL Combine. They had three participate in the event.
Dan Godsil, a long snapper, capped off his combine with a record-breaking performance. He was the top performing specialist in five out of the seven drills at the combine as a specialist and set a new record for the vertical and broad jump.
What new technology are you using to help increase your team speed?
2. UNC’s New S&C Program Focused on Detail, Competition (Inside Carolina)
The University of North Carolina football team has a new strength and conditioning program and staff under Mack Brown. The common theme from the players is the new staff’s attention to detail. That means spending more time warming up, stretching and doing mobility exercises.
“One thing I will definitely say is that we spend a lot more time and a lot more attention to detail on warming up and doing a lot more stretching and mobility,” Crawford said. “We are doing a lot more football-related conditioning and football-related activity than we have done in the past. The attention to detail is a lot greater and I think that will help us in the long run.”
The strength and conditioning staff also designed specific programs for each position group. It’s a strategy that certainly makes sense in theory, although we recognize most high school programs don’t have a strength and conditioning “staff” as much as one individual to design a program for 100-plus players.
“We wanted a guy that could individualize each position,” Brown said. “…We wanted somebody who related each thing they did in stretching and in lifting and in conditioning to football. Just like this morning in the offseason program, we had a first half, we had a halftime, the coaches got them ready to start, the coaches were with them at halftime, we had a fourth quarter and then we had an overtime. So we want a guy who is a football strength coach who everything he does relates to helping them prepare for the game, and that’s what this bunch has done.”
In what ways have you changed your strength and conditioning program this offseason?
3. Heritage football team forgoes winter break, volunteers with Habitat for Humanity (The News & Advance)
Here’s a nice story on a Friday afternoon. Heritage High (Va.) football players braved bitter winter weather Thursday as the team helped the Greater Lynchburg Habitat for Humanity kick off construction on a new home.
According to head coach Brad Bradley, the players, who are currently on winter break, volunteered to take part in the construction effort.
“We like to think of ourselves as built different and we hold ourselves to a higher standard,” Spencer Goolsby, a senior linebacker, said. “So when Coach Bradley asked for volunteers for Habitat for Humanity, everybody raised their hand.”
The total construction time for a house generally takes up to 15 weeks, but with the help of the football team the new home could be finished ahead of schedule.
Bradley said the team, which won the Class 3 state championship in December, regularly volunteers with local nonprofits and city organizations such as Lynchburg Parks & Recreation. The work holds the student athletes accountable and offers them a chance to give back to the city.
“If you can’t make it in the classroom and in the community, you’re never going to make it for us on the field,” Bradley said. “Heritage football is way beyond just a football team.”
What volunteer opportunities are you bringing to your players’ attention this spring?
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