When it comes down to it, the athletic development coach’s job is to prepare the athlete train more effectively. We want to increase the athlete’s trainability. Too often we equate trainability with simply increasing work capacity or power output. Trainability is broader, it is about all the components that go into making up the game and training. On this week’s GAINcast we explore the concept of trainability in detail.
Notes and quotes
- 2:15 – Defining trainability – “The only sports specific training there is, is the sport itself. The athletic development coach’s job is to prepare the athlete train more effectively. That is trainability. “
- 5:30 – Defining an athlete’s limiting factor.
- 6:45 – Rethinking how we quantify loading and understanding what you are preparing for: “New technology is giving us the ability to look at sport with different eyes. We need to understand that so that we can better prepare players to do that in the game. “
- 11:30 – Distinguishing between work capacity and other aspects of trainability: “Trainability is all the components that go into making up the game and training. Ability to resist fatigue is just one element. “
- 15:30 – Having an outsider watch you coach.
- 18:00 – Organizational strategies and working within constraints.
- 22:00 – Examples of trainability from sprinting and hammer throwing.
- 25:30 – Finding generality in specificity. “Don’t think your sport is unique. Look at the movements that make up your sport and there are a lot of carryovers to other sports. We are trying to improve overall athleticism leading into trainability and a broader repertoire of movement skills. “
- 30:00 – Impressions from the IAAF World Championships and Rugby World Cup.
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