How you will train and develop your team during the season is just as important as your Off season training program
How you will train and develop your team during the season is just as important as your Off season training program. The off season has the feel of a build up, how big, strong and fast can you get before the season kicks off type of approach. In season training you as a coach are managing different issues, you may be relatively healthy after the first few weeks. Just the minor bumps, bruises, and soreness that comes with the playing the game. On the other end you may be riddled with injuries ranging from high ankle sprains, soft tissue tears and pulls which usually has players in and out of practice and effects the wholes teams attempt at getting better week to week. Building in workouts that have the aim of muscle and joint regeneration and recovery have to be added into your weekly strength and conditioning plan. Data also shows that players gradually lose weight in the form of muscle and strength loss throughout the season. Often times an athletes nutrition is at it best during the building up to the season, then it falls off during the season. Ask yourself how can you help your athletes sustain the muscle, weight and strength gains they worked hard for in the off season.
Some common practices are stretch days, team yoga, ice bath therapy, chiropractic and massage therapy. Now you may not be the private school with the budget to bring in a yoga instructor weekly, the same goes for a chiropractor, massage therapist. I know coaches that in an attempt to help in the area of recovery they themselves have purchased a Yoga DVD and they have led a yoga recovery class. Not a pretty sight, picture your over the hill 300 plus pound offensive line coach trying to get into and out of the the different poses.
Some coaches implement more free weight training with tools such as dumbells’, kettle bells, resistance bands and body weight exercises. This is in an effort to take some of the impact of the athletes joints, the use of plates and Olympic bars carry with it a greater impact and strain on joints.
For assignment 7 you will be tasked with creating an in season training program. This program is at your discretion, will you push all the way through? continue to lift heavy? will you transition to something less strenuous? What will you incorporate to help with muscle, ligament and joint regeneration? Lets say that you do have the budget, will you bring in a yoga instructor, massage therapist, chiropractor?
1. Will you push hard and lift heavy throughout the season, or will you transition to a less strenuous approach? explain why.
2. How much will you run? will you run at all during the season? maintaining that cardiovascular strength developed in the off season is important.
3. What will be your typical work week, when will you lift? When will you fit in a day to give the your players there legs back (stretch day with walk through practice)?
4. What can you do to make sure your players are eating so that they wont break down during the season. Extra protein supplement shakes in coaches office during lunch periods? Booster club parents setup weekly team meal, is that enough?
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