Friday, April 27, 2007

Book Review - Successful Coaching - Part V of the Story

In the 4th part of Successful Coaching; America's Best Selling Coaching Book the book deals with sport physiology. Each of the five chapters in this section are written by two guest authors. The focus is on how to train the body for athletic performance. This is probably the weakest part of the book since the information is a little dated.

The first four chapters in this section describe how to train over the season. This is a good introduction on the topic, but I don't think this is the best place for Ultimate players to plan out their training schedule and nutrition. It is, however, a good starting point to think about workouts and what to pass on to your players. Also, they give a good overview of what youth athletes should be doing in terms of training as they mature.

Pictured Above: Another great shot from our scrimmage last weekend. Mike List gets off a throw by Cam Malcolm (photo courtesy of Jaleel).

The last chapter talks about is about drugs and sports performance. At UCPC this year, Charles Reznicoff did a presentation on drugs and Ultimate (you can download his presentation here). This chapter deals with a few things that weren't covered in Charles' presentation on how to deal with youth athletes and drug problems.

I'm not going into much more detail about this section. The points are valid, I just don't think this is the best place to get this information.



jaleel said...

Are there any workouts/training programs out there to compliment the ulti season? Playing or practicing 3-4 nights a week usually leaves me not wanting to go to the gym on the other nights. Ideally, I would like to go at least twice a week to do general strength training but realistically I probably will only make it once a week to my gym. Do you think a circuit training program would work best?

Warren said...

j - something you might try -
make a goal of squeezing one workout in after one game or practice night in a week, keep it short so it's not intimidating.

in general, if you try to cut your workout time down to 45 min (and you can fit a lot in if you're efficient) is a good way to mentally get past the idea that going to the gym is onerous, and that you're taking up a whole evening just to go to the gym.