Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Team Sports and Athletic Development

Athletic development and team sports is a challange. The difficulty is that you must compromise in what you want to do in the time restrictions that you have. Furthermore there are equipment restrictions, dealing with oversized squads and working to the rerquirements of the organisation. I think this is where you must use your skills of analysing the sport and determining what are the must have's and the wish haves to be effective. Strength is an interesting area as I find some spend too much time and some spend too little time and it appears that it is hard to get it right. I think in most game sports such as soccer, basketball, netball, lacrosse etc mush of the strength work can be completed with body weight and med ball which allows for you to train large numbers and helps with the specificity. I am presently trialing the Squat Spectrum TM from Vern Gambetta (see it on functionalpathtraining.blogspot.com) and this is the sort of session that is achievable with big numbers. I welcome your feedback as it is imperative we keep our eye on the big picture and this can only be done if we analyse what the athlete needs to be a success at their chosen sport.

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