Tarik Robinson-O’Hagan (Woonsocket, RI) improved his personal best to upset the competition at this week’s RITCA Mini Meet. National leader Cheyenne Figueroa (Classical, Providence, RI) won yet again in the girl’s competition.
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As the saying goes, practice makes perfect. But what is perfect? Is there such a thing as perfect technique? On this week’s GAINcast we look at technique, movement, and perfection. By better understanding what we’re chasing, we can better frame and design what we are doing in training.
The latest Throwhawks meet in Connecticut featured several improvements, especially in he girl’s competition. Cheyenne Figueroa (Classical, Providence, RI) once again captured the win, with Trinity Cardillo (Southington, CT) adding 15 feet to her personal best in second place and Madison McGloin (Barrington, RI) also breaking 160 feet for the first time in third.
State leaders Cheyenne Figueroa (Classical, Providence, RI) and Logan Coles (Woonsocket, RI) both took home wins at the RITCA Mini Meet 2 in Providence last week. The boy’s competition in particular featured some strong depth, with fourth place finisher John Fay (Bishop Hendricken, Warwick, RI) even adding more than 10 feet to his best.
Different types of coaches frame training in different ways. Skills coaches often think in terms of time: a 20-minute block spent on passing and 10-minutes on defensive positioning. Strength coaches, on the other hand, tend to frame training in sets and reps. Each frame has its place in training, but depending on the task one can be better than the other.
When it comes to player development, it can be surprisingly hard for a large federation to make an impact at the individual player level. At the USTA, Johnny Parkes has been trying to identify where they can make most impact with young players. Their conclusion: the warm up. As physical literacy declines in young athletes, a good warm up can help ensure players are prepared for the ever-increasing physical demands of the international game. On this week’s episode he joins us to discuss some of the strategies they are using to develop players.
There is a lot that coaches can learn from physical education: how to teach, creating a fun environment, organize games, progressions, the value of movement variety, thinking beyond reps, and more. Jeremy Frisch put together a must-read article on the topic last year. But there is one area that is often overlooked: understanding and assessing movement.
Despite recent investments into monitoring at all levels of sports, the injury reductions and performance improvements promised have failed to materialize. Why is that? On this episode of the GAINcast Aaron Coutts and Franco Impellizzeri from the University of Technology Sydney dive into all aspects of the science of monitoring: why we monitor, technology, loading, metrics, fatigue, overtraining, subjective measures, planning, and more.
Elite sport exists on a knife-edge. Push too little and you won’t get better. Push too hard and you’ll get injured. Athletes are searching for that sweet spot of performance health where they can stay healthy and increase performance. Just like performance itself, performance health is multi-faceted. Craig Pickering put together a 9-part series in […]
Defending national champion Trey Knight (Ridgefield, WA) opened his season recently with a national lead. Then, in his second meet, not only extended the national lead three more times, but he took down the national record as well.