HMMR Podcast Episode 104: Breaking Down Sports

Working with a new sport or athlete requires that you understand what they are working towards; the coach has to break down and analysis the needs of that sport. This is the first step in creating a sport-specific plan. On this episode of the podcast Nick and I share our process for analyzing a sport and walk through each element step-by-step.

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Both Nick and Myself started off the episode by going through the key factors we look for when analyzing a new sport:

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In addition, we discussed how the results morph into a specific plan that is still in line with our overarching philosophy:

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We also tackled another listener question on box jumps:

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To hear more about defining a sport’s needs, listen to the full episode above. Also be sure to subscribe to our podcast and review it on iTunes.

Further Reading

The following links were referenced in the podcast or provide some additional reading material on the topic:

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  • For more on this topic, listen to GAINcast 17, where Vern discussed how to break down the demands of a sport.
  • One sub topic we covered was developing strength and robustness. To learn more about how jumps, rather than traditional strength training, can be used to develop robustness, watch our webinar on the topic or listen to GAINcast 49 for an interview with Bill Knowles.
  • Our other webinars on warming up, med ball routines, and basic speed development were also referenced in the episode and available to HMMR Plus members.
  • Continuing on the topic of strength, we referenced this article advocating more strength and less skills training for youth athletes. Two years ago Nick wrote about how one of his athletes is a great counter example to this approach.
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