On this week’s episode it is time for another listener question. Top high school coach Bill Pendleton of Esperanza High School in Orange County asked us:
Outside of throwing technique and lifting cycles, what can a coach do in practice to help athletes perform well at competitions?
There are many ways which you can prepare athletes in training, and both Nick and I go through our favorites in this episode. In fact, you have to put in this work before the meets since if you want until the meet it’s too late. As Nick puts it:'If you've done your job as a coach, you don't even need to be at the competition.' @nick_g_garcia Click To Tweet
Also on this episode we introduce a new segment where we give our hot take on a recent headline. This week we look at Raven Saunders’ NCAA record in the shot put from a week ago. All that and more on this week’s episode, which you can listen to below. Plus please also give us a review on iTunes if you like the podcast.
The following links were referenced in the podcast or provide some additional reading material on the topic:
- We covered another postseason topic, peaking when it counts, in Episode 4 of the podcast.
- I referenced our Training Talk with Olympic hammer thrower Kevin McMahon and how his former coach Ed Burke prepared him for meets with in-practice simulations.
- In complex sports, it is also helpful to practice different situations that may arise, as Jason Young wrote about out last year after a fatal mistake at the end of a Michigan football game.