Empowered by Powerlifting at NASA Nationals

The ballroom was full of sweat, AC/DC, and chalk dust. Athletes from around the country had come to Oklahoma City to compete on a national stage. NASA (Natural Athlete Strength Association) was hosting its annual High School Nationals competition, there were strong athletes everywhere… for two young girls, powerlifting has given them so much more than physical strength.

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Everybody, Move!!

at the end of the day. Movement, as Caroline Williams explains, should be an essential component of our lives.

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The Relationship Between Posture, Stress, and Chronic Pain

Posture is not as simple as your mom telling you “sit up straight”.  Rather, it is a product of common daily actions (like sitting, driving, or using a smartphone). Actions which are continuously executed result in an enhanced ability to recreate, due to increased neurological proficiency. Without an intervention, this cycle can significantly exacerbate poor posture, leading to chronic pain during daily life. This is because an improvement in posture is essentially a reduction in the amount of tension placed upon the bones by the muscles. 

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2022 Illinois H.S. Powerlifting Season

IHSPLA Gearing Up For Spring 2022 Powerlifting Season! by Chris Dertz It’s time to replenish your supply of chalk and make sure that your singlet, lifting belt, and Chuck Taylors still fit! The 2022 Illinois High School Powerlifting Association (IHSPLA) 2022 spring season will be here soon! The last few years have been tough on…

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Creatine: Benefits and Drawbacks

By Matt Klem In high school athletics, the use of creatine has been a controversial topic, often leaving athletes and parents with questions regarding the potential benefits and consequences that it can have on athletic performance. However, there is emerging evidence indicating that if used in conjunction with a balanced diet and a consistent exercise…

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3 Keys to Aligning P.E. with Athletics

By Kate Kalnes, Ed.D., C.S.C.S. & Jim Davis, Ed.M., RSCC*D Strength and conditioning is one of the fastest growing fields in high school sports. Many have recognized that stronger, faster, and safer athletes have a better athletic experience; additionally, students who participate in a coordinated strength training effort have more opportunities to improve health &…

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“Coaching is Teaching” with Eric McMahon

Coaching and teaching require similar skillsets. Leaders in each must develop subject matter expertise, create cultures rich with learning, and share information with students/athletes. The “classrooms” look different (some might have desks, others might have hoops or barbells), but the methods and objectives are similar. Eric McMahon understands those similarities. He played college football at…

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3 Keys to Support Mental Health in the Weightroom

The weight room can be one of the most powerful learning environments in all of athletics. For 9 months each year (an offseason), dedicated educators create cultures within a “classroom” full of novelty, goal-directed behavior, hard work and fun. Time after time, young people report learning valuable lessons in the squat rack, or between sets…

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Intern To Strength Coach: My Time At Northwestern University

my natural social personality is to be laid back and let things come to me. No such thing as a laid back strength coach when you’re asking an athlete to squat twice their body weight at 6 AM on a Monday morning

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Are Sports at Harvard Worth the Risk?

This article originally appeared in the Harvard Crimson in September, 2019. Football season is upon us. The current instantiation of the 10,000 men of Harvard take the field on Sept. 21 and finish on Nov. 23 when, for the 136th time, Harvard locks horns with Yale. But the battle surrounding Harvard football will not end…

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