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What are the benefits of a strength and conditioning coach?
The aim of the needs analysis is to be able to identify specific areas of fitness and training that the athlete(s) needs to focus on, to improve their physical performance capabilities within their specific sport and position.
Movement screening with athletes to assess how well they can perform general movement patterns. This can be used to identify potential weaknesses and muscle imbalances.
Increased mobility and stability:
Once the movement analysis has been completed, the appropriate intervention and exercises would be included into the athletes training programme. Ideally these exercises should be placed at the beginning of a workout during the warm up and / or at the end of the workout during the cool down. By completing the needs analysis of the Athlete and sport and completing stability tests I would have a greater understanding of the stability needs and be able to add strengthening exercises in the programme.
Programming and periodisation:
progressive cycling of various aspects of the training programme during a specific period. Strength and conditioning programmes use Periodisation to break up the training programme into the off-season, pre-season, in-season, and the post-season phases. Understanding when the athlete needs to peak and how to taper training, so they aren’t going into the event tired.
Increased speed and agility:
Speed and agility are essential fitness components for most athletes, participating in many different sports. Speed can be the defining factor in determining the success of an athlete, Movement speed requires good strength and power, but also too much body weight and air resistance can slow the athlete down. By understanding the sport that the client is training for I will be able to replicate those movements and be able to add resistance and apply agility drills to the training.
Structural balance is predictor lifts, so you can identify where weakness lies and where strength needs to be improved, to increase the Athletes performance. By identifying the weaknesses, you are helping to reduce the risk of injury due to muscular imbalance.
Injury reduction programming:
By understanding the sport, it is possible to work out the most common injuries and how they occur. There are 2 main types of injury risk factors: intrinsic/extrinsic.
An intrinsic risk factor is something that normally occurs from within the athlete and is more to do with the physiological functioning of the different systems within the body and includes the following: Biomechanics, Age, Training Age, Previous injuries, Fitness levels, Strength levels and flexibility and range of motion.
An extrinsic risk factor is something that occurs from outside of the body, some of which can be influenced by the athlete or coach and others which can’t. These could include Environment, Gender, Training load exposure, Lifestyle factors and contact or impact.
Long-Term Athletic Development:
It is achieved through the delivery of a well-planned long term training programme which should take into consideration the different stages of development and maturation of each individual athlete. The LTAD programme should be based around the following principles: focus on developing the appropriate movement or fitness qualities, throughout the different stages of the development or maturation process; avoidance of early specialisation through just playing one sport; clear, precise and logical progressions throughout the training process in line with the maturation process; continuous monitoring and assessment of both general and athletic development through appropriate screening and testing methods; improve movement qualities and patterns before applying overload to young immature athletes; minimise / reduce the risk of training and growth related injuries through effective monitoring and training load management and long term not short term, overall improvement of athletic capabilities.
As you can see from this I will look at the entire picture not only getting fitter and better conditioned but less risk of injury. If you want help in getting better in your sport or you would like to see your sports team progress please get in touch
My main strengths on this are for Football, Cycling and Running as I have numerous football, running qualifications and I have trained and raced for numerous years in cycling and have a massive understanding of the requirements and the needs of the sport
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