Tuscaloosa, Alabama — Alabama’s strength and conditioning coach, Scott Cochran, walks away from the college football national championship with $92,400 in bonus money due to hitting all of his performance incentives. Alabama assistant coaches receive 4% of their base salary for an SEC title game appearance. For winning the national championship, Cochran received an additional 18% of his base salary. So for a guy who earns $420,000 a year as base salary, a 22% bonus equals $92,400. In addition to bonus money already guaranteed, each assistant coach may also receive additional performance bonus from head coach Nick Saban’s discretionary pool.
One of your athletes has just moved to campus from an area of moderate temperature and low humidity. Your school is located in an area of extreme high temperatures and high relative humidity during the summer. About how long should you give this athlete to acclimate to the heat and humidity before having them perform strenuous workouts and testing?
(A) 1 – 2 days
(B) 3 -4 days
(C) 5 – 6 days
(D) 7+ days
(E) Acclimation is not necessary
New Orleans, Louisiana — Kyle Speer has been named head football strength and conditioning coach as part of new football coach Willie Fritz’s new staff at Tulane. Speer was previously with Fritz at Georgia Southern where he served in the same capacity as his new position.
You’re sitting in your office in the athletic department flipping through a journal on strength training and conditioning when you start reading an article about human growth hormone and its use as a performance-enhancing drug. The article lists a number of roles that growth hormone has within the body. Which of the following roles of growth hormone did the magazine list incorrectly?
(A) Decreases amino acid transport across cell membranes
(B) Decreases glucose utilization
(C) Increases protein synthesis
(D) Increases utilization of fatty acids
Sam, your assistant strength and conditioning coach is moving some things around in the weight room to make space for one more bench press station. The bench that arrived is approximately 6-feet-long and has a suggested user space width of 7-feet. If including the recommended safety space cushion added to the length and width of the bench, what should the minimum floor space (length and width) be?
(A) 6.0′ (L) x 7.0′ (W)
(B) 7.0′ (L) x 8.0′ (W)
(C) 8.0′ (L) x 9.0′ (W)
(D) 9.0′ (L) x 10.0′ (W)
Lexington, Kentucky — As reported earlier this week, Indiana University strength and conditioning coach Mark Hill was resigning to take a similar position at another Power Five program. Turns out that Hill will be headed to Lexingon to join the Kentucky Wildcats, but Hill won’t be replacing anyone on the current strength and conditioning staff. Reports indicate that Hill’s move to Kentucky is part of head coach Mark Stoops effort to reduce the impact of the High Performance program run by Erik Korem and to institute a more traditional strength and conditioning program.
Via press release, Indiana head coach Kevin Wilson stated, “Mark Hill has resigned and accepted another position with a Power Five program. We appreciate his service and his leadership. Mark was our first staff hire and he did an exceptional job. Under his direction, our strength and athleticism has improved drastically.”
Hill’s contract lists his salary at $200,000 per year through June 2017 (source).
Duval began his career at the University of Nebraska where he was a quarterback. Following undergraduate school, Duval worked as a graduate assistant while remaining at Nebraska. He was quickly promoted to the position of football strength coach from 1997 – 2002.
Joon-Hyun is a 21 year old athlete on your university’s men’s basketball team. He shows you the new wristwatch / heart rate monitor that his parents gave him for Christmas. Joon-Hyun tells you, “Coach, with this heart rate monitor I can keep my heart rate in the fat burning zone when I exercise. I’m going to get mad ripped for summer. The instruction booklet says that my target heart rate should be at 70% of my heart rate reserve.”
If Joon-Hyun’s resting heart rate is 6o beats per minute, what is his target heart rate at 70% of his heart rate reserve, according to the Karvonen Method of calculating target heart rates.
(A) 98 beats per minute
(B) 102 beats per minute
(C) 139 beats per minute
(D) 157 beats per minute
Nigel is a 6-foot-4, 300-pound freshman defensive lineman on your college’s NCAA Division I football team. As the head strength and conditioning coach for the football program, you’ve assigned the team to record their 1 repetition maximum (1RM) on the back squat today. Nigel follows the 1RM testing protocol that you taught him at the beginning of the off-season conditioning program and he has already completed one repetition of his previous 1RM best at 455 pounds. Nigel asks, “Coach, how much weight should I add before I try again?” Which of the following total weights would be most appropriate for Nigel’s next attempt?