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College Coaches Corner—CrossFit

Petersen, Drew MS1; Pinske, Kim MS2; Greener, Trent MS3

Section Editor(s): Hedrick, Allen R. MA, CSCS*D, RSCC*D, FNSCA

Strength & Conditioning Journal: April 2014 - Volume 36 - Issue 2 - p 56–58
doi: 10.1519/SSC.0000000000000037
College Coaches Corner

ABSTRACT: CROSSFIT HAS BECOME A SIGNIFICANT FITNESS TREND, WITH MULTIPLE CROSSFIT GYMS SHOWING UP IN CITIES ACROSS THE UNITED STATES. BECAUSE OF ITS WIDESPREAD POPULARITY, MANY COLLEGIATE ATHLETES ARE FAMILIAR WITH CROSSFIT AND MAY VIEW IT AS A WAY TO TRAIN TO IMPROVE SPORTS PERFORMANCE AND REDUCE THE OPPORTUNITY FOR INJURY. AS A RESULT, OUR PANEL OF STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING COACHES WERE ASKED TO EXPRESS THEIR OPINION IN REGARD TO THE APPLICABILITY OF CROSSFIT AS A TRAINING METHOD FOR THEIR ATHLETES. IT IS IMPORTANT FOR THE READER TO REMEMBER THAT THIS IS A COLUMN, AND THE AUTHORS ARE SHARING THEIR OPINIONS REGARDING CROSSFIT.

1Department of Athletics, Humboldt State University, Arcata, California;

2Department of Athletics, United States Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colorado; and

3Department of Athletics, University of Wyoming, Laramie, Wyoming

The College Coaches Corner Column provides practical information on a variety of topics that college coaches experience daily in directing a strength and conditioning program.

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COLUMN EDITOR: Allen R. Hedrick, MA, CSCS*D, RSCC*D, FNSCA

Conflicts of Interest and Source of Funding: The authors report no conflicts of interest and no source of funding.

Kim Pinske is an Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach, Athletic Department, United States Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Trent Greener is Head Strength and Conditioning Coach and Head Football Strength Coach, Athletic Department, University of Wyoming, Laramie, Wyoming.

Drew Petersen is Head Strength and Conditioning Coach, Athletic Department, Humboldt State University, Arcata, California.

© 2014 by the National Strength & Conditioning Association