What Do You Want from Your Athlete?
Building to high chronic workloads, preparing for the most demanding passage of play, and systematically and safely progressing workloads are simple but sound coaching principles. When coaches state “Just tell me what I need to know!”, perhaps the best response is to ask them what they would like from their athlete. What do they want their athlete to be able to achieve during competition? Responses can be wide and varied but typically include: “I want them to be fit!”, “I want them to handle whatever the game throws at them!”, and “I want them available!”. What coach wouldn’t want their best players fit, firing, and ready for “battle”? Following the 3 simple steps described in this article provides coaches with a great opportunity to achieve this aim.
By Professor Tim Gabbett and the Gabbett Performance Solutions team
Tim Gabbett, High Performance Consultant. 20 years experience working as an applied sport scientist with athletes and coaches from a wide range of sports. Expert of the Certificate in Workload and Injury in Team Sports at Barça Innovation Hub – Universitas.
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