ALTIS Head Coach Dan Pfaff shares his collection of thoughts and observations acquired through 40 plus years of coaching and interaction with Championship Performers from across the globe.
Rest and regeneration are vitally important components of any training program, for both athletes and coaches. This article discusses the timing of regeneration weeks, as well as the physiology and psychology behind recovery. It also provides a checklist of the movements necessary in any “regen” session, along with examples of practical applications for athletes.
There’s been widespread acknowledgment of the positive impact that sport can have on people and society. More specifically, competition plays a large role in driving both individuals and societies toward achievement. Children begin benefitting from competition during play and their development stage. Athletes rely on competition and a competitive spirit to improve their performance, although they need to maintain a growth mindset in order to benefit the most from both success and failure.
High school athletes may not become physical specimens overnight, but they can start to build a technical model for the sprint which will allow them to express these abilities in a more productive and safe manner.
To prepare yourself to work in high-performance sports medicine, develop a philosophy based on genuine knowledge and awareness, choose a mentor, and take ownership of mistakes to move forward.
Success in track and field depends on relationships and our ability to see things from the vantage point of others. For relationships to work among coach, athlete, and therapist, each must understand the others’ perspectives.
Although not readily apparent at first, ALTIS trainer Rick Wade points out that the collaboration best practices that helped Walt Disney create a successful company and theme park are similar to those integral to successful Performance Therapy.
Performance Therapy is more than just a treatment provided trackside. It relies on the collaboration of coach, athlete, and therapist to increase movement proficiency, which leads to better mechanical efficiency. This then helps an athlete improve their performance while avoiding more frequent injuries.
As a sports fanatic, I know how devoted athletes can be, and I wanted to find a way to help these intrinsically motivated people to achieve their goals. Herein is the start of the metaphorical journey that led me to ALTIS.
As track and field coaches we’ve often heard that the best learning takes place not in formal educational settings nor coaching clinics but in the opportunities one takes to sit down over coffee with a coach who has demonstrated success at the highest level.