All programmes start with a functional movement screen (included in course fee) in order to identify any areas of restriction or dysfunction which may inhibit development or lead to injury. I call this ‘Weak Point Identification’. Following this screening the programme starts with ‘Weak Point Training’ to correct these issues and then moves on to global athletic development appropriate to each age range.
The initial screening is a critical part of designing a programme for any individual. All too often this process is missing, even within government funded sports organisations. Without this initial step, any subsequent programme design risks worsening an already present structural fault or imbalance and often ends in injury or chronic recurring problems.
Check out my ‘Hall of Fame’ for examples of how my programmes are helping athletes achieve their goals.
Junior Athlete Development Programme
Many people are cautious regarding the athletic training of younger athletes, and rightly so. The immature musculoskeletal system requires a specific awareness of appropriate and safe exercises that will stimulate and strengthen a young body without exposing it to inappropriate stresses and strains.
Kramer and Fleck (2005) state in their book Strength Training for Young Athletes (2nd Edn.), “As we learn more about strength training for children, the benefits appear to increase every year”.
My Junior Athlete Development programmes focus on building excellent foundations of trunk stability and strength, and progresses into the integration of limb strength and power to produce a mobile, stable and strong junior athlete who can demonstrate an excellent all-round basic functional ability which will underpin their sport specific development.
An appropriately designed training programme can yield the following benefits:
Increased ‘core’ stability and control
Increased muscular strength, power and endurance
Prevention of injury
Enhanced status of cardio-vascular system and other tissues (eg: bone density)
Improved performance in sports and recreational activities
Development of proper behaviours for an active lifestyle
Understanding of nutrition and healthy diet
Social and personal benefits such as self-esteem, problem solving and self-confidence
Senior Athlete Development Programme
As a senior athlete the musculoskeletal maturity is more advanced so the focus on sports development can shift towards a more intensive programme and heavier lifting challenges in order to push forwards strength, power and endurance development appropriate for your specific sport.
Appropriate goals and targets are set and continual testing, recording and charting of outcome measures ensures that expected results are being achieved. Monitoring of weight, diet, heart-rate and autonomic status are all important.
Mature Athlete Development Programme
Certain realities have to be faced, things change as you get older! Metabolism slows down, it becomes harder to produce and maintain lean muscle mass and recovery from exercise sessions takes longer. That said, with some intelligent programming and smart programme design, it is entirely possible to continue to develop and achieve new goals and improve performance.