Recently I published an article on HMMR Media discussing the role of specific strength exercises in team sports. It is a difficult question that I often get confronted with since I speak and write frequently about specific strength. Contrary to what many people thing, it is not about simply putting work into different categories in training. Good training is about making sure each element is on target, no matter its category. On this episode we talk about how to stay on target and how we often ignore on field training as a means of physical preparation.
This Episode’s Question: How can coaches assess whether every thing the athlete is doing is on target to their goals?
In my article, I explained that finding the right balance of specific strength work isn’t about fitting things into categories. It’s about needing to focus on transfer.Find your target and move towards it with every step the athlete takes. @bingisser Click To Tweet It's not about what's specific, it's what's appropriate. @coachgambetta Click To Tweet The goal is simple: at the end of each session can you chart or measure progress? @coachgambetta Click To Tweet
Next we discussed one of the core elements of the article: the need to use on-field tactical work to simultaneously work on the physical adaptations needed. This is an evolving area in sports planning and its very interesting to see the integrated approaches used by some top teams.Once John Wooden's practice started there was no stopping. Correction was done on the fly. Click To Tweet Don't just repeat stress; prepare for stress. @coachgambetta Click To Tweet
At the end of the episode we also looked at an interesting question on how to put theory into practice. What do you do if the head coach is not on board with such a plan? How do you win them over?Change does not happen overnight. Observe and slowly work to get the key stakeholders on board. Click To Tweet
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The following links were referenced in the podcast or provide some additional reading material on the topic:
- Applications for GAIN are still being accepted, but space is filling up fast. It will take place from June 13 to 17, 2017 in Houston. Listen to GAINcast 41 for more details about GAIN or register here.
- Here is my original article that started this discussion.
- Tactical periodization is one topic John Pryor discussed in my interview with him after the last Rugby World Cup. Coach Eddie Jones also references tactical periodization in this recent article. And Vern and I discuss it in our recent periodization and planning trends.
- Vern just finished reading How to Support a Champion: The art of applying science to the elite athlete by Dr. Steve Ingham, former Sports Science Manager at the British Olympic Association. It’s a recommended reat and referenced in this episode.
- Vern mentioned Tom Brady’s thoughts on what type of training has led to his durability. You can read the complete article on the Sports Illustrated webpage.
- Context is also a key factor in this discussion, and was looked at back on GAINcast 5.