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October 10, 2015 | Brandon Marcello, PhD

People often ask me what it takes to be a successful high-performance director, and who should be doing it? Should it be a physician, sports scientist, strength and conditioning coach, athletic trainer, or any other positions one can find on most pro teams today?... 

January 12, 2017

War isn’t NASCAR; not everyone drives the same tanks, shoots the same weapons, nor wears the same body armor. War isn’t a level athletic playing field, and shouldn’t be.

Perhaps it is time to reconsider using phrases such as “tactical athlete” or “warrior athlete” to de...

April 8, 2016

Over the years, individuals have asked me a number of times about the differences between the collegiate world and private sector.  I believe they ask me this to develop a better understanding between the two areas to perhaps decide if one area suits them better than a...

February 23, 2016

It takes many tools to build a house. No tool is superior to another, and each tool plays a very particular role throughout the construction of the house; roles they perform really well.  For instance, hammers are exceptional at driving nails but don't cut wood very we...

February 2, 2015

The Navy SEALs - a group of elite operators who continue to sacrifice themselves to preserve our freedom.  To be transparent, I believe that the term “elite” is a gross understatement when describing them.  Furthermore, what they have done (on or off the record) for al...

January 19, 2015

I just returned from speaking at the 2015 NSCA Coaches Conference in Louisville, Kentucky, and evidently this was the largest turnout in the history of the conference. 

Since I enjoy learning, I tend to enjoy attending conferences.  I also enjoy catching up with others...

December 30, 2014

“Methods there are many, principles but few, methods often change, principles never do.” 

This quote is a modified and more recognizable iteration of Ralph Waldo Emerson’s quote, “As to methods there may be a million and then some, but principles are few. The man who gr...

November 12, 2014

I cannot place a premium on continuing education.  Striving to learn as much as possible to better yourself and seeking to perfect your craft is essential to being successful in any field.

I have always had a love of learning. While I likely inherited this love from my...

October 20, 2014

In the world of American musical theatre, fewer people are better known than Stephen Sondheim.  Recently HBO aired a one-hour and twenty minute documentary about this iconic composer and lyricist centered around six of his musical creations. 

Now you might be think...

September 22, 2014

There is a saying believed to be of Buddhist origin, “when the pupil is ready, the master will appear”.  Another iteration I have often seen says “when the student is ready, the teacher will appear.  I once believed the underlying message of this proverb was a simple o...

September 3, 2014

“Everything in moderation”, a mantra all to familiar to us, especially when it comes to food.  This saying is by far the single, most common phrase I hear from those who are seeking to justify either what they are about to eat, or what they have already eaten.  It shou...

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