As a strength and conditioning coach I deal with a lot of athletes at various age levels and in various sports. Middle school, high school, college, you name it. The best part about it is the various skill levels that we deal with and our ability to get kids motivated and also educated on how to take care of their bodies. My staff and I take great pride in knowing how we are preparing our athletes and the training we put them through that not only improves their performance but also keeps them safe and encouraged to strive to continuously get better.
Despite our efforts to change the culture on how an athlete is prepared and how they are coached we still see misinformation and improper training abroad. What attributes most to this is the fact that parents and coaches aren’t properly educated on fitness and performance. If you’re not dealing with somebody that has a background in exercise science then expect some gaps in their ability to properly educate and adequately prepare your child to achieve their athletic potential. The big question this blog addresses is this:
Why do trainers or coaches neglect to talk about or address recovery with their athletes?
My first thought on this is that many trainers and coaches have no idea about the recovery process. Recovery for an athlete is an absolutely essential component to the process of athletic development. For some reason though I constantly talk to my athletes and discover that their recovery is never addressed by their coach or whoever is responsible for supervising their strength program at school. Our purpose is to provide information and a process to address those needs so coaches can keep athletes safe and performing at a high level.
How do athletes recover so they can improve their athleticism and performance during practice, in the gym and on the field?
Yours in Strength,