Strength vs. Skill

Any talk about implementing a specific strength training plan brings up the inevitable discussion of disrupting the athlete’s rhythm. In the throwing events we will often throw hammers that are heavier or lighter than normal in order to improve specific strength. There is no doubt this improves strength, but you also cannot deny that it changes the movement’s rhythmic structure. For this reason some coaches only throw the competition implement. No matter your conclusion, the important part is the analysis: as a coach you need look at whether the training will help your for the sport and the athlete. Where it might be a good idea to do certain types of special strength training in one sport, it could be inadvisable in another. And while one athlete can handle a certain loads of special strength work, another might break down. Throughout this all the overarching factor to consider is where the sport falls on the skill-strength continuum.


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  1. Louise Burnie
    Louise Burnie says:

    Hello

    I am a PhD student looking at effect of strength training on sprint cycling, and the transfer to on bike performance. For my first study I am interviewing athletes and coaches to get their thoughts. Your Masters thesis looks very interesting as it is on a similar topic. Would it be possible for me to get a copy as I think it would be really helpful?

    Thanks

    Louise

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