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Sept. 25, 2019

How do you manage workload for athletes (or powerlifters?) w/Dr. Ramsey Nijem

How do you manage workload for athletes (or powerlifters?) w/Dr. Ramsey Nijem

How do you balance the strength and conditioning work of an athlete with the practice, and actual performance, of their sport? Dr. Ramsey Nijem gives us insight from his doctoral thesis, as well as his work with professional athletes. There are some...


How do you balance the strength and conditioning work of an athlete with the practice, and actual performance, of their sport? Dr. Ramsey Nijem gives us insight from his doctoral thesis, as well as his work with professional athletes. There are some great takeaways for coaches, athletes…and even powerlifters.

Here are some of our thoughts:

  • How is exertion in a game setting quantified?
  • How much is based on personal observation versus some automated system?
  • What role does sleep play?
  • How much do food, and alcohol, choices affect everything?
  • Does travel screw things up as much as you’d think?
  • Are there emotional factors that seriously impact performance?
  • How can a coach help an athlete improve their recovery?

Dr. Nijem earned his Doctorate of Science in Human and Sport Performance as well as Health Promotion and Wellness in 2018. He has published research in top scientific journals in strength and conditioning and is currently investigating injury risk in NBA athletes. He earned his B.S. from UC Santa Barbara and M.S. from Cal State Fullerton’s Center for Sport Performance (where he studied with Dr. Andy Galpin).

After several years as head Performance and Strength Coach for the Sacramento Kings NBA franchise, he recently became the Men’s Basketball Director of Sport Performance for the University of Kansas (KU Jayhawks), one of the top Division 1 college basketball programs.

You can find him on Instagram @dr.ramsey.nijem

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