Body Awareness and Building Athleticism…Training for Success
During my many years of training athletes in various sports, I came to the conclusion that most athletes do not know how their bodies or, more importantly, should feel the movement. Balance, base strength and body knowledge are the most neglected areas in building a solid training program. It is alarming the number of pitchers never learn to train properly. Many think that just taking a tool and taking a shot after its release is the answer to increasing distance. As qu’entraîchistes, we know that the launching act does not adequately question the physical requirements necessary to raise them to a higher level. Not learning the right techniques will lead to injuries, boredom, exhaustion and possibly the end of a promising athletic future. How can we expect to pick up tools pitchers, bigger than they could add, and throw as far as they can when they do not even know how they should feel?
Athletes who participate in a well-planned training program clearly benefit from their athletic potential. Therefore, establishing a solid foundation of sound training principles, this will give athletes a better chance of achieving greater athletic performance. This will also improve your self-esteem and confidence and reduce the risk of injury. We should make the training fun and have a purpose. We must teach our athletes appropriate techniques and let them know that it is okay to make mistakes as long as they know. We must build a central force and begin to teach them what it takes to become the sport.
The goal of any program should be to educate athletes while building athletics. There is a story I always use with my children. When we are born, we sit and leave the skin, then finally establish a certain balance, so we are and walk and finally, when our bodies are perfectly adapted and we have great confidence. This summarizes the proper training procedure to succeed.
The following should be included in any sound training program:
This should be the main part of any training program. It should actually be the foundation upon which a successful training program is built. Athletes should learn the importance of being challenged by a variety of different tests. The tests must be carried out at least every three months. (Eg SLJ, SVJ, STJ, 3-Hop 4 Hop, 30M, Sit and Reach, basketball throwing- Med front, back, up, squat, PC, Snatch, Incline Bench etc.)
Between each test phase, athletes must work on balance and stability, flexibility, core strength, SAQ, power, strength and plyometrics. Fitness tests should be performed again after twelve weeks to identify the strengths and weaknesses of an athlete. This will allow them to see the progress made and set goals for themselves in their future.
The ultimate goal of this program is to teach athletes the importance of body knowledge and how it relates to improving their pitches. Remember to always keep athletes motivated and fun.