The fastest athletes become masters at using one-foot contact to put a massive amount of energy and force into the ground and go the opposite direction. If you’re like Coach Carmen Pata, you believe that the skill of changing direction is a teachable skill, and here’s how he goes about teaching it.
Coach Carmen Pata points out that there is a huge difference between just programming and truly running a program. Here are the five principles he put in place to help guarantee that all his athletes have the same experience. While they might not work for you, you can use them to start thinking about what important ideas you might hold your athletes accountable to.
Coach Carmen Pata presents three sports science tests that all coaches, no matter how extensive their toolkit or their budget, can have their athletes perform.
Pre-hab, grip, and vision work during rest intervals help us control the weight room’s logistical flow while providing activities that are vital to an athlete’s overall development.
You’ve likely had days when you didn’t want to work out, for one reason or another. But did you know that the question you ask yourself—“Should I lift?” vs. “Do I feel like lifting?”—helps determine whether you do? Coach Pata looks at the role of readiness in body response, and at the way that changing the phrasing of the question also changes the process of reaching an answer.
With any performance test, there’s a lot of very helpful information to unpack once the athlete completes the test. Coach Pata moves past the testing protocol and dissects how to use the information to build a player comparison tool that helps evaluate players, game strategy, and program quality.
What if there were a conditioning test for athletes in stop and go sports, which stress the glycolytic energy system, that easily shows coaches the relative fitness level of their athletes? Coach Pata discovered such a test and uses it to personalize conditioning programs for his athletes and to help decide how to manage substitutions during a competition.