Athlete Intelligence Blog

Technology at the US Bank Stadium

6/22/17 10:55 AM / by Lidia Harding

Minnesota’s US Bank Stadium, home of the 2018 Super Bowl LII, is a vast slab of asymmetric glass and metal. Dallas-based HKS Architects looked to Nordic architecture, Minnesota culture, and local environmental conditions for their design inspiration.

It’s an architectural marvel with the largest translucent roof in North America and the biggest glass doors in the world and it’s also been decked out with more than $60 million worth of technology. The $1.1 billion home of the Minnesota Vikings aims to deliver the space and technology for the ultimate fan experience.

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How Sleep Can Affect Athlete Performance

6/16/17 11:51 AM / by Lidia Harding

Did you know that some of the world’s best athletes get over ten hours of sleep a night?

If you want to become a high performing athlete or even just a more productive person in life, then sleep needs to be one of the most important things to focus on. Research shows that a lack of sleep hinders performance not only in daily life but also plays an enormous role in athletic performance.

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How to Fund Your Teams Safety and Performance

6/1/17 12:15 PM / by Lidia Harding

Everyone wants to be a part of a winning team. And while using coaching tools, and new and innovative technology could be a huge competitive advantage for teams, most high schools and youth leagues don’t have the funds for extras.

The great thing about sports, is that it offers a perfect opportunity to get the community involved. There are many fundraising options that can help your team bring in the money you need for the technology that will set you apart.

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Implementing Ideas Learned During The Off-Season

5/25/17 3:19 PM / by Lidia Harding

Implementing Ideas Learned During the Off-Season Requires Careful Consideration | AFCA Weekly for Football Coaches

By Mike Podoll, Associate Oublisher, This is AFCA Magazine

Here’s how the typical scenario unfolds for many coaching staffs each off-season. After taking a short break away from football, coaches finally find themselves fully re-energized and with enough free time to self-scout the previous season and dive into that long-bookmarked “Chalk Talk” article, instructional DVD, coaching book or game-film that they’ve been meaning to check out.

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Top 3 Reasons Why Participation in Youth Sports is Declining (and Solutions)

5/18/17 3:35 PM / by Lidia Harding

Participation in sports has multiple positive impacts on children’s mental and physical development but many of us in the sports industry are also aware that participation in youth sports has been at a decline.

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Organization for the new head coach

5/10/17 3:16 PM / by AFCA Weekly

Organization for the New Head Coach | AFCA Weekly for Football Coaches

By Bill Shepard, Durand (III.) High School

Now that you are the person in charge of the football program, what comes next?

With this position comes great power to organize, develop, plan and direct. Yet also what comes with this new position is great responsibility. There are five important elements that can help new head coaches be successful. The first is organization.

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How to Use an Athlete Centered Approach to Change Nutritional Habits

5/4/17 11:14 AM / by Lidia Harding

With managing a whole team, 12-14 hour days and a limit on time, many coaches don’t take the time to work on nutrition with their athletes. It’s easy to just hand out a meal plan and to say, “eat this, not that.” If coaches took the time to understand behavior change, helped athletes understand their goals, and created an environment for them to succeed, they would not only see positive results, but they would also build a stronger team.

Strength and conditioning coach Adam Feit, was recently invited to the NSCA Coaches Conference to speak about an athlete-centered approach to nutrition coaching. The entire session is available to watch directly on their website.

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Winning with Sportsmanship

4/28/17 9:57 AM / by Lidia Harding

Winning with Sportsmanship | AFCA Weekly for Football Coaches

By Mark Ehlers, Former Head Coach, Dubuque Hempstead (Iowa) High School

Sportsmanship is one of the most important life skills coaches can teach their athletes. It is the foundation skill of how we act before, during and after the game. This skill must be practiced when we win or lose and whether we’re happy or sad. As coaches, we hope that sportsmanship develops and matures into real life citizenship as athletes move into adulthood.

To achieve this, coaches must be passionate about the teaching and modeling of this very important life skill. Here are some suggestions on how your program can stress and promote the value of sportsmanship.

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How the NFL Uses Data Analytics in the Draft

4/27/17 9:25 AM / by Lidia Harding

As the 2017 NFL draft kicks off this week, many teams are pouring over data as well as traditional scouting methods, to evaluate and choose their next big stars.

Scouting is a combination of what the coaches and scouts, see, hear and believe and these days it’s also supplemented with data and facts to help give coaches a clear picture of what a player has to offer.

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How Rugby Style Tackling Is Benefiting Football

4/20/17 8:36 AM / by Lidia Harding

The term “rugby style tackling” was coined in 2012 when a guest rugby coach from England visited the Seahawks’ team facility. Coach Pete Carroll and Assistant Head and Defense Coach Rocky Seto were practicing the fundamentals of a leverage-based shoulder tackling method: track the near hip, target the thigh, hit with the leveraged shoulder. The visiting coach said it looked like a rugby tackle, and it added element to how the Seahawks teach tackling.

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