FNF Coaches Talk — Georgia Dodgeball and Tug-of-War, Penn State’s Lifting Philosophy, Coronavirus Advice for Athletes

Good afternoon, Coaches. It’s the best day of the week, and we’ve got a few stories for you.

1. Between dodgeball and tug of war, Georgia football showing different ways to attack offseason grind (Dawg Nation)

Offseason conditioning is rarely supposed to be fun. Especially when you are molding and training your body for the rigors of the SEC and the highest levels of college football. It’s supposed to be hard, that way when you’re taking the field on a hot Saturday in Columbia, S.C., you don’t wilt under the heat.

But on Sunday, the Georgia football account showed a couple of different ways how this team is attacking the offseason. And it looks a lot more fun than your traditional weight training video.

The first one that popped up seemed to be an individual Tug of War drill, where players would try and pull another with a rope attached between the two. Watching the video, it’s easy to see running backs Zamir White, James Cook and Kendall Milton showing off, as this seems to be the type of drill best suited for running backs.

The second video the Georgia football account put out though just seemed like pure fun, along with sweet graphics.

It featured members of the Georgia football team as the coaches were facing off against the players, with a sweet overhead shot of the action. Peter La Fleur would likely approve of the energy and ability that the Bulldogs were showing.

What level of participation will you have in your players’ strength and conditioning program this spring?

2. Penn State Director of Performance States Two Offseason Goals (Daily Collegian)

The Penn State strength program features more than just lifting the most weight or running the fastest times.

Dwight Galt, the assistant director of performance enhancement, explained the three tiers of the program and how once a player reaches a certain point, instead of continuing to push their weight, they focus on velocity training and speed.

“If I can see anything happening, I think the velocity based, speed based and not just linear speed, speed of movement, those are the things that we will continue to push even more and find more creative ways for guys to maximise their potential there,” Galt said.

Galt also explained how this approach adds mass to the players more slowly but produces a leaner mass, allowing the players to get bigger and move faster at the same time.

And a big part of this is taking a look at how the team recovers from his workouts.

“The second thing is giving them this heavy workload and being able to get them to recover in shorter periods of time so you can do it again and we now have these tools, these methodologies that we use that we can get them to recover faster and if you can recover faster then you can train harder the next workout,” Galt said. “So I think recovery, regeneration, nutrition, all of these things we are really trying to embrace so we can put a better product on the field on Saturday.”

What are the two major goals of your strength program at this time of year?


Here are 4 ways to help your athlete cope with the coronavirus crisis

1. You’ll Probably Get Depressed.
2. Be An Athlete.
3. Routine, Routine, Routine…
4. Focus on Others.

For further explanation on any of these four points, we recommend reading the entire article.

What advice are you giving your players about dealing with coronavirus?

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