A sports performance coach is a person who specializes in physical, mental, and emotional fitness training that is designed to improve every athlete's ability to perform a specific sport. It includes strength training, cardiovascular training, corrective exercise, and mindset training.
Sounds like a one-man, sports-magician-coach, right?
But how does this type of coach can help an athlete better? What does this whiz exactly do?
Also known as resistance training, had been shown to improve strength, power and speed in a number of athletic populations.
In addition to improving these physical qualities, strength training also has significant benefits for athletes in terms of increasing muscle mass and decreasing risk of injury.
The ultimate goal of athlete preparation is to maximize performance during competition.
It is a common belief that this kind of training should be an important part of a training program for athletes.
Most coaches will prescribe strength training to increase resistance and power then attempt to transfer improvements in these areas to match related outcomes, such as speed and agility.
Although the extent to which qualities are important to sports performance may vary depending on the activity.
This improves an athlete's ability to use oxygen to sustain activity for periods of time.
Examples of sports that demand long-term supplies of oxygen include marathon runners and distance swimmers.
Success in many sports requires repeated burst of high intensity activity that draw on quick energy sources, but require increasing levels of cardiovascular fitness as the duration of the activity increases.
Athletes' bodies adapt very specifically on low to moderate-intensity activities that last for a more than just a few minutes. Sustained workouts improve your body's ability to breathe in and use oxygen.
To simply define – This an exercise chosen to correct a specific dysfunction.
One of the biggest misconceptions about corrective exercise is that there’s one best way to teach everyone everything.
There are plenty of trainings that seem to have universal utility. Hip thrusts or bridges will help most people improve gluteal recruitment. Diaphragmatic breathing drills can have profound effects on a number of performance variables, including parasympathetic nervous system activity, restoring neutral posture, and improving overall abdominal function and bracing. Sometimes these things can feel like a magic bullet.
Then, sometimes, they might do nothing at all.
If a problem doesn’t exist, the corrective can’t fix it.
Before you start assigning corrective exercises to yourself, make sure you understand what deficits you’re trying to address and proceed from there. Just because something is popular and works for a lot of people, doesn’t mean it’s the right thing for everyone.
Correct the Cause, Not the Compensation.
A better approach would be to look at the athlete as a whole and try to understand where the breakdown is coming from.
Is it the hips?
Is he or she lacking the strength to control the motion of the knees under load?
Or is it higher up the chain than that? What about lower? Good doctors don’t give out medications with a shotgun approach.
A good trainer needs to be just as specific with exercise prescriptions.
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The ability for an athlete to control their mental and emotional elements, critique task performances as well as creating a mindset for confidence and well-being is paramount for athlete’s performance.
When an athlete feels they have a degree of self-mastery with their mind-body connecting, this serves to motivate them in continued efforts in to increase their sports performance.
It takes a certain degree of patience and trust in that the results may not come immediately and instantly, and are often qualitative and difficult to separate from significant increases in physiological performance.
With these capabilities of a Sports Performance Coach, an athlete can be successful in his/her field.
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