Category Archive: Training Principles for Athletes

Aug 29

The Mind and Body Interrelationship

I have always proposed that Elite, Professional and Olympic athletes of any nation are close or equal when it comes to physical and technical performance. It is, however, their differences in mental strength, the ability to be and stay focused. Likewise I foster the belief that developmental athletes need to learn and acquire these skills …

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Jun 27

Young Athletes Under Pressure

Diagram showing a balanced fitness program

  I am addressing Sport Burnout and Dropout in this Newsletter because the rates are increasing year to year. Many times, programs attempt to imitate Professional Teams or the training methods of successful Olympic athletes without reflection on- or consideration of the age group involved, the physical capacity, technical, and mental capabilities of those children …

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May 28

Importance of Rhythm Training

If you think about it… everything we do has a rhythm or ‘beat’… our heart, the way we talk, walk, run, or generally move! Yet, we hardly point this out to our athletes. The ability to dictate and control the specific rhythm of any given skill, we call it ‘correct timing’ and pacing, is the …

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Apr 23

Re-hydrate – Refuel – Recover – Post-Training Recovery Part III

Athletes should be knowledgeable about the warning signs of dehydration.   Here are some tips: The color and amount of the urine is the easy way to monitor dehydration. Clear colored urine and good volume is an indication of being well hydrated Dark urine color and minimal volume indicates severe dehydration. However, vitamin intake can …

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Mar 26

Re-hydrate – Refuel – Recover – Post-Training Recovery and Prevention Part II

Guidelines and Suggestions – Part II   Just like a car, the body has to expel excess heat generated from ‘burning fuel.’ Unlike a car, however, the human body’s coolant isn’t re-circulating in a sealed radiator system – once it is gone, it has to be replaced! We do not possess a built-in gauge or …

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Feb 27

Post-Training Recovery and Prevention

Re-hydrate – Refuel – Recover   Guidelines and Suggestions – Part 1   Contrary to popular belief, training per se does not make athletes stronger, faster or fitter. Those benefits only are achieved afterwards during recovery when adaptation takes place. No matter the training (duration, volume, or intensity), without adequate recovery athletes not only squander …

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Feb 10

The Importance of Rest and Sleep – Part 2

Suggestion and Strategies to Improve Sleep – Athletes may be able to optimize training and competition outcomes by identifying strategies to maximize the benefits of sleep. If insomnia is severe and chronic and sleep disorders (such as sleep apnea and restless leg syndrome) exist, a sleep medicine specialist should be consulted. Use a training log …

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Feb 10

The Importance of Rest and Sleep – Part 1

Knowing the benefits of sleep and getting enough of it are two different issues. Part of post-training recovery and regeneration is to establish and maintain a pattern for adequate rest and sleep. According to research, sleep may be best performance booster whereas lack of sleep is a negative factor, which slows down recovery and compromises …

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May 12

Training Principles for Athletes

  Training Principles for Athletes Coming Soon!