FNF Coaches Talk for Monday, Dec. 17

Happy Monday, Coaches. Here are some of the topics we’re discussing in our newsroom today.

1. Appalachian State reaches into its bag of tricks for two touchdowns in New Orleans Bowl (CBS Sports)

Appalachian State faced off with Middle Tennessee in the New Orleans Bowl, and the Mountaineers took control of an otherwise sloppy game by running a pair of trick plays for touchdowns.

The first one is a trick play you’ve probably seen before — the double pass.

The second is one we’ve seen several times since last year’s Super Bowl, when Nick Foles caught the “Philly Special” to give the Philadelphia Eagles control over the Patriots.

Coaches — Would the extra time between games during Bowl season make you more or less likely to run trick plays?

2. Arkansas launches new concussion education using virtual reality (40/29 News)

Arkansas is the first state to launch a virtual reality program to curb concussions. The program is called “Crash Course” and it uses virtual reality to simulate and educate student-athletes on the dangers of concussions – including the signs, symptoms and long-term effects caused by these injuries.

Crash Course includes four parts: An interactive film that puts the viewer on the field during a high school football game; a visual fly through the human brain; awareness training and a symptoms simulator.

We know what you’re thinking, coaches. Virtual reality sounds expensive … How much does it cost?

The concussion curriculum is free to every Arkansas high school and now available. The virtual reality component won’t be released until the beginning of the new year.

How do you educate your players on the dangers of concussions?

3. The Best Plyo Moves for a More Athletic Workout (Men’s Health)

Many coaches are preparing to start — or have already started — the offseason strength and conditioning program. Plymometric workouts seem to be gaining in popularity among football coaches, and this story offers some introductory information on incorporating that type of training into a strength program.

The first step is to master the most basic plyos—jumps, explosive pushups, and medicine-ball throws and catches. For the lower body, Even-Esh recommends the squat jump, frog jump, and box jump, to start.

If you are just incorporating plyometrics into your program, it’s important to start slow. Soreness will be rampant among players, and injuries could increase if the technique isn’t perfect.

Plyometrics have to be explosive, and the form you use must be sharp. Therefore, the number of reps you do will generally be low—before fatigue sets in, making you slow and sloppy. If you want to develop maximum power in the weight room or for sports like football, basketball, and baseball, Even-Esh suggests keeping your reps for all your plyos in the range of 12 to 24 total.

Why haven’t you incorporated plyometrics into your strength and conditioning program?

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