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    Sports Specific programs?

    Most gyms and trainers offer sport-specific programs. Their idea of a sport-specific program is usually a workout that uses only free weights (which isn't a bad thing, but a free weight program is not necessarily a sports specific program). Very few of these programs use agility training models, quickness drills, various forms of endurance, and so on.

    The word sport-specific is overused. These programs often lack key elements that are important for the development of athletes. Below is a list of some of the key factors to consider when designing a sport-specific program.
    Identifying the most important qualities required to play the sport successfully.
    Identifying the most important qualities required to play a specific position.
    Identifying an individual's strengths and weaknesses (the individual factor is often overlooked)
    Identifying the most common injuries that occur in that sport as well as injuries most common in different positions.
    Identifying movement patterns often performed in the sport and movement patterns of different positions in the sport.
    Identifying primary energy systems used in the sport and energy systems used by different positions and individuals.

    Common scenarios: I often speak with high school football coaches that do not have their players perform agility work. Many boxers I speak to perform minimal to no weight training. Often, the problem is that the person designing the program lacks the necessary knowledge to design a sports specific program. It's hard to design a program for boxing if you can't distinguish between primarily aerobic and anaerobic activity.

    Having experience weight training does not necessarily qualify a person to be a sports conditioning coach.

    coach hale

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    Sports Specific programs?

    I would agree. You cannot begin to design a sports-specific program unless you have a full understanding of the sport itself and the movements, muscles groups and fitness characteristics required for that sport.

    I work with golf-specific fitness and soccer. Two very different sporting disciplines but I have qualified in both biomechanics of human movement for golf and have SAQ qualifications for soccer. Even now I am still learning new things about it all the time. You'll also find that no two sports people are the same and even within the same sport you'll have to ensure your ss program is fully tailored to the individual.

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    Sports Specific programs?

    While I use the NROL books, I've adapted the program to be, for me work specific. I work for a veterinarian, and I know what situations I need to be strong in, and which muscles and moves I need to have to do my job. This isn't about scores or pars, or yards or hits, etc., but safety, for me, my veterinarian and the animal we're trying to help.

    So, it all boils down to what do we want/need to do and what workouts will best see us successful in our area of interest.

    I have had the opportunity to attend a high school football coaching clinic sponsored by the University of Nebraska. We get to watch the Huskers practice, they do some funky stuff, but it's all football related.


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