Coaches, face it, tiresome programming of speed, power, and agility drills rarely address athlete's needs; more importantly, it puts them at risk for injury. Coaches having a personal training style is excellent; however, all coaches from youth - elite athletes should evaluate their training programs and adapt accordingly due to these difficult times. During this time, athletes have the prime opportunity to heal their injuries, work to prevent injuries, and build on their weaknesses (mental and physical).
Focusing on the athlete's weaknesses and healing injuries takes time; therefore, a recommended training template is basic but straightforward for any coach, athlete, and parent can implement.
Basic Training Template
- Banded, Self-Ankle and Plate Ankle Mobility
- Foam Rolling with a soft foam roller, tennis or lacrosse ball
- Resistance Band Leg Raises
- Banded or Self Shoulder Care Shoulder Mobility
- Ground-Based Movements (Animal Flow) to get the blood moving throughout the body
- Jump Rope exercise
Simplifying and changing the landscape of training programs during this pandemic and other unforeseen issues should require the coach, athlete, and parent (depending on age) to focus on minor building blocks, making sure foundations prioritize sports longevity.
12 Tips For Coaches
- Focus on mental health
- Embrace virtual coaching (through videos), its the way of the future;
- Slow down the coaching eye is critical! A careful eye will serve the athlete in a more careful process preventing mental and physical pain
- Become a planner and make adjustments that encompass a more extended amount of training time than a practice, game, or season.
- Consider and share visions of what programming of the future looks like
- Analyze the athlete's mental and physical needs based on their sport
- Identify the goal and be creative according to the athlete's needs;
- Value resistance training improves health, fitness, and sports performance
- Optimize program design for long-term training adaptations;
- Programming should be game like structured to increase the speed of movement and improve power production throughout the body
- Scatter leadership responsibility builds self-esteem and gives athletes a purpose positively, which makes them feel responsible.
- Improving movement for the future is critical.