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This study describes the results of a survey of the strength and conditioning practices of the National Football League’s strength and conditioning coaches. The survey response rate was 28.1% (9 of 32 NFL teams) agreeing to participate. Subjects test 6.83 ± 3.06 fitness variables using 9.00 ± 3.74 tests; compared to 7.0 fitness variables using 10.0 tests in ‘97-98. Subjects prescribe resistance training 2.33 ± .81 days per week when in-season; compared to 2.8 ± 0.8 days per week in ’97-98. The average in-season training session duration was 37.50 ± 12.54 mins; compared to 48.5 ±13.2 mins in ’97-98. Findings indicate that there were statistically significant results for NFL coaching tenure (p= .005) and off-season resistance training frequency (p= .007). This study serves as a review as well as a source of applied information regarding training program design.

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