SUMMARY: PREACTIVITY WARM-UP AND STRETCHING RECOMMENDATIONS ARE WELL ESTABLISHED IN THE RESEARCH LITERATURE, BUT MANY COACHES DO NOT USE THEM. ALTHOUGH CERTIFICATION PROGRAMS EXIST TO GUIDE COACHES THROUGH THE WIDE VARIETY OF AVAILABLE KNOWLEDGE TO HELP THEM DEVELOP EVIDENCE-BASED PRACTICES, QUESTIONS REMAIN AS TO WHAT EXTENT CERTIFICATION ACTUALLY IMPACTS COACHING PRACTICES.
1Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana
2University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Lafayette, Louisiana
The Bridging the Gap Column provides a better understanding of the science of training by explaining how the current research connects to practical applications.
COLUMN EDITOR: Bruce W. Craig, PhD, FNSCA
Lawrence W. Judge is an associate professor and coordinator of the graduate coaching program at Ball State University.
Bruce Craig is a professor emeritus at Ball State University.
David Bellar is an assistant professor and assistant track and field coach at University of Louisiana at Lafayette.
Elizabeth Wanless is an instructor of sport administration at Ball State University.