Even though many coaches excel at “trusting their gut” or coaching on instinct, when it comes to getting the most out of training and practice, seeing is not believing.
It’s important to push athletes, but coaches also have a responsibility to do so in a safe way. During his time at Villanova, basketball strength coach John Shackleton has learned to walk the line between hard work and overtraining. He has learned lessons along the way that can help any coach.
Strategies For Post-Season And Off-Season Strength Training – What separates a good athlete from a great one? We ask ourselves this question often and have come to realize that it comes down to four basic components: psychological makeup, physical ability, sound mechanics and comprehensive conditioning. Developing your strategy around these components can help you build momentum as you prepare your players for the upcoming season.
Most athletes do not have the education or experience that strength coaches have in the design and implementation of training programs. It is the job of the strength coach to ensure that essential concepts of athletic development are consistently followed with an eye toward the needs of each team and/or individual.
When the football season begins, Oklahoma State University’s Rob Glass, who is the Cowboys’ assistant athletic director for strength, speed and conditioning, changes the way he conducts his strength and conditioning program because of a new variable: football practice.