How to Make an Informed Wearable Tech and Activity Tracker Purchase

  – Derek M. Hansen – When I was ten years old in 1980, my parents received a pedometer as a gift from a friend. It was an interesting little device that looked like a fancy stopwatch of sorts. It was round and had a belt clip that you could fasten on your waist. When… [Continue Reading]

The Relevance and Importance of Speed Reserve in all Sports

  – Derek M. Hansen – Having worked with sprinters and speed athletes for the better part of my life, I am always fascinated at how making an athlete faster can benefit them in many ways. One of the key concepts passed on to me by Charlie Francis was the concept of “Speed Reserve”. By… [Continue Reading]

Interview with Lyle McDonald of

  – Derek M. Hansen – I had the chance to speak with Lyle McDonald of recently. Lyle always has some interesting points of view on nutrition, exercise and sport performance in general. I encourage you to visit his site, read his blog and look into some of his books. He is always well… [Continue Reading]

Eight Athlete Development Lessons I Learned from Charlie Francis

– Derek M. Hansen – I had the fortune and pleasure of working closely with and learning from Charlie Francis for a period of approximately ten years prior to his passing. As a young track athlete in the 1970s and 1980s in Canada, I was guided by many of the ideas taught by Gerard Mach… [Continue Reading]

Winter Illness, Medication, and Athletic Enhancement Performance Training

Robert A. Panariello MS, PT, ATC, CSCS Professional Physical Therapy Professional Athletic Performance Center New York, New York As the winter season approaches, so does the emergence of various illnesses (i.e. upper and lower respiratory infections) and other conditions that are associated with both gram-negative and gram-positive bacteria. When faced with this type of ailment,… [Continue Reading]

Hamstring Strains and Training Camp: What’s the Connection?

– Derek M. Hansen – With football training camps for professional and college teams now behind us, it is worth mentioning that the sheer number of hamstrings strains experienced for the month of August was significant. While some programs accept the hamstring strain as an annoying side-effect of training camp, others are calling me and… [Continue Reading]

Ground Contact Times at a High Performance Track Meet

After going through the high-speed video from a recent high performance track meet, I decided to compare ground contact times of various events. The video footage was shot at 120 and 240 frames per second and would require manual counting of frames to determine ground contact times. The results are interesting, but not surprising. The… [Continue Reading]

Video – 2013 Harry Jerome Track Classic at 120 fps

On July 1st, I shot some video at the local Harry Jerome Track Classic. It was the 30th anniversary of the meet, held on Canada Day. Watching these events at 120 frames per second is very informative, and highlights both the art and science of movement.

Successfully Managing Hamstring Health and Performance

Derek M. Hansen I often scan the weekly injury stats for all the teams in the NFL to see which of my fantasy players will be out for the week and may be less than 100 percent for their upcoming games. I am always shocked to see how many players are listed as injured, doubtful… [Continue Reading]

2012 Olympics Follow Up with Jimson Lee of

Back in May of 2012, we sat down with Jimson Lee of and got his thoughts on what he thought would happen at the London 2012 Summer Olympics in the Athletics competition, particularly the speed events. Jimson also had a chance to see some potential podium finishers in training at various camps across North… [Continue Reading]