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How to Make an Informed Wearable Tech and Activity Tracker Purchase

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  – Derek M. Hansen – When I was ten years old in 1980, my parents received a pedometer as a gift from a friend. It was an interesting little device that looked like a fancy stopwatch of sorts. It was round and had a belt clip that you could fasten on your waist. When… [Continue Reading]

Globus SpeedCoach – A Practical Guide to EMS Application

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After creating a customized program of electrostimulation for speed development, namely the Globus SpeedCoach series, I wanted to make sure that people would be able to implement it with little to no hassles. I developed a detailed supplementary user manual for guiding coaches and athletes through the individual electrostimulation sessions. However, some of the information… [Continue Reading]

Product Update: Start Mechanics and Training Applications

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In my ongoing quest to provide simple solutions to complex problems, I have created a video resource to help coaches and athletes develop an organized approach to improve starting and acceleration for their given sport. The result of this effort is “Start Mechanics and Training Applications.” Research has shown that how an athlete starts can… [Continue Reading]

Book Review: Runners on Running by Rich Elliott

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– Derek M. Hansen – As a track and field athlete, I always ran in the sprint races or competed in the jumping events. In college, a 200 meter sprint race was an eternity for me even though I ran the quarter mile in high school. So my foray into middle distance running was limited… [Continue Reading]

Product Review: Running Anatomy by Joe Puleo and Dr. Patrick Milroy

– Derek M. Hansen – Running is one of the most practiced methods of exercise in the world today, mostly because it is a relatively simple and accessible activity. Just get yourself a pair of running shoes (unless you are a barefoot running fanatic), pick a route and put one foot in front of the… [Continue Reading]

Product Review: GoPro HD Point of View Camera

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– Derek M. Hansen – As a ‘gadget geek’ who works with athletes, I’m always looking for new ways to capture performances that will either give me a better look at the way an athlete moves or provide a point-of-view that gets the athlete excited about the performance. The Casio Exilim high speed cameras provide… [Continue Reading]

Product Review: “Lore of Running” by Tim Noakes

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– Derek M. Hansen – I’m a big fan of books in general. I have a pretty comprehensive collection of books on all aspects of training and conditioning: Textbooks, science books, “how to” books, biographies and others. Call it a thirst for knowledge, obsessive-compulsive disorder or just plain hoarding, I’m always looking for a book… [Continue Reading]

Product Review: Globus Premium Sport Plus Electronic Muscle Stimulator

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– Derek M. Hansen – Having used electronic muscle stimulator (EMS) technology for over 12 years for both personal and professional applications, I am always on the lookout for innovations with this type of technology. There are many different EMS units for sale out there these days. Some units are quite inexpensive, while others can… [Continue Reading]

Book Review: “Running Well” by Sam Murphy and Sarah Connors

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“Running Well” by Sam Murphy and Sarah Connors Human Kinetics, 2009. 184 pages. ISBN-10: 0736077456, ISBN-13: 978-073607745 I often browse the sports section in the book stores to see what new books on the topic of training, conditioning and fitness have come out on the market. Now and then I flip through the books on… [Continue Reading]

Product Review: Casio EX-FH20 – High Speed at a Budget

– Derek M. Hansen – Just when you think Casio was going to leave the high-speed video market alone for a while with their EX-F1 offering, they introduce a lower-priced, similarly-featured Casio EX-FH20. The Casio EX-FH20 can capture 40 high resolution, 7 megapixel images in one second providing many more images to choose from than… [Continue Reading]