Chris Scarborough

Background

I am a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (NSCA) and Licensed as a Physical Therapist Assistant in the State Of Alabama.

I have a BS in education from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and have practiced Strength and Conditioning/ Rehabilitation since 1990.

I specialize in training young athletes (18 and under). I recently trained the 2 athletes with the fastest high school football combine times (4.42) at the 2004 High School Football Combine at Mountain Brook High School. I also trained the athlete with the greatest number of reps in the bench press (34) with 185 pounds. The interesting thing about this athlete was that his group did bench press at the end of all the other tests as well as other drills. It was late in the day and he still got 34 reps.

Personally, I trained with Christy Opara (2 time Olympian in Track and Field for both Nigeria and the USA) to develop my coaching techniques for speed development. I had an initial 100 meter time of 14.4 seconds and ran 11.8 after only 10 sessions with her.

I also do audio interviews for www.SportSpecific.com as well as my own website www.TrainingYoungAthletes.com. I have interviewed many coaches that currently write for your site such as Dave Tate, Louie Simmons, Joe DeFranco, Alwyn Cosgrove, Josh Henkin and many others. My articles have been featured on websites such as Sportspecific.com, SportsSpeedEtc.com, DevelopingAthletics.com, BodyBuilding.com, BetterHockey.com and others.

Articles

  • The 40 Yard Dash - The King Of The Combine Tests: Part 1.

    The 40-yard dash - The first thing is the starting position. I will focus this article on the shin and leg angles at the start. Get the details right here.

  • Develop Your Rack Position For Cleans!

    The importance of the Power and Olympic squat, right here. Yes, wrist strength, lat strength, and flexibility are important, however... the hips and back are where the holding ability begins. Get the basics of these exercises right here.

  • The Grasso Lunge: Get Strong And Fast On The Football Field.

    One of my favorite exercises is the Grasso Lunge. It trains the hamstrings, glutes and calves in a similar fashion as sprint training. See below how it is done.

  • Developing Speed-Strength For Football

    Try this technique if you are in need for some explosive power and are not afraid of squatting fast.

  • The Grasso Lunge: Develop The Strength For Acceleration!

    One of the best single leg exercises I use is the Grasso Lunge. It develops speed, strength, agility and much more. Read on.

  • The 90 Degree Myth: Acceleration Mechanics - Part Two.

    In my previous article, I improved the time on three athletes who ran the 40-yard dash. In this article, we will go into more detail about the 90-degree myth and how to improve your speed!

  • The 90 Degree Myth: Acceleration Mechanics - Part One.

    Recently I trained a group of 7 athletes for speed development - specifically a 40-yard dash, I improved their times by implying the 90-degree myth. Find out what it is and how it can help you become faster.

  • Squat Comparison (Front View) -- Part 2.

    No other exercise in the athlete’s arsenal is as necessary as the squat. There are also several ways to do this exercise. Which is best?

  • Side Comparison Of Power And Olympic Squats!

    No other exercise in the athlete’s arsenal is as necessary as the squat. There are also several ways to do this exercise. Which is best?

  • The Knee Squat & The Knee Jump.

    Many athletes have difficulty learning how to perform a squat properly. Although it is one of the most basic exercises, it is also a basic human movement. Learn how to improve your squat.

  • Should Young Athletes Focus On One Or More Sports?

    Young athletes benefit their skills in any sport by playing a multitude of sports. A young athlete does not need to be exposed to a single sport to get optimal stimulation and skill development for his/her age.

  • Should Young Athletes Focus On One Or More Sports? - Part 2

    While it is important to always develop your strength and conditioning – no matter what your age, there are certain times to avoid certain activities and certain times to add them in.