Coaching is much more than putting the best training programs together for your athletes. Coaching is also about making connections with each athlete on an individual level, so that you understand their specific, personal motivations. This is the reason that communication with athletes is the Holy Grail of coaching—the connection will ultimately make you a better coach.
Eccentric training can significantly increase an athlete’s strength and responsiveness in many sports, especially those involving running, jumping, and throwing. By following simple guidelines for various techniques, a coach can safely incorporate eccentric movements into any program design and reap the benefits.
Athletes will face interruptions in their training at some point or another. In some cases, injuries occur. Some are very minor and training can resume as planned with some modifications. Other times, medical interventions are necessary followed by complete rest of varied durations.
Squash requires exceptional levels of athleticism. In a skill based sport, physical fitness won’t take players to the top, but it’s criminal to fall short of their technical and tactical potential because their physical abilities are underdeveloped. Squash skill, technique, and tactics remain our training priorities. But watching Miguel Angel Rodriguez bounce around the court almost as fast as the squash ball reinforces how essential strength and conditioning is in modern squash.
For an athlete to regularly perform quality training sessions or to peak for competition, the progression of training stimuli must incorporate an appropriate amount of de-stressing in order to reap the benefits of the applied stress. Instead of trying to force the body to adapt by loading, then overloading, and then loading on top of the overload, allow the body to repair itself on a physiological level. This is the art of recovery.
Sports technology tools can be helpful to both coaches and athletes, but you don’t need to own every device on the market. This article will survey the simple needs of coaches and offer a little relief for those that don’t have massive budgets.
A 2015 study compared the intake of fast food products and sports supplements post-workout to determine whether they provided adequate macronutrient replenishment. While the rates of glycogen recovery were similar, no broad assumptions should be made. Coach Dominique Stasulli explains why.
Recent research shed some light on the differences between going barefoot, using a running shoe, and using a conventional weightlifting shoe. What seems like a simple investigation into the effects of a shoe is actually difficult, because populations of athletes are not homogeneous, even if they appear similar. Coach Valle evaluates how weightlifting shoes may help athletes get an edge in training and competition.
RunScribe instructions on how to export all of the raw metrics for every stride to a CSV file. A tech-savvy coach can import the CSV file into a spreadsheet application such as Excel for detailed analysis of the athlete’s strides including stride pace, pronattion, horizontal braking forces, and vertical impact forces.
In contact sports like football, coaches using GPS can read real-time tackle and impact information instead of, or in addition to, time-consuming video analysis. GPS data has shown that wide receivers and defensive backs execute significantly greater total distance covered, high-intensity running, sprint distance, and intense acceleration and deceleration efforts compared to other offensive and defensive players.