By Rob Van Valkenburgh | Mon, Aug 7 | Sports Performance, Coach Development, Athlete Development, Strength Training, Strength and Conditioning, High School Strength and Conditioning, Program Design, Athlete Engagement …and you have one guy with a back issue, one guy who was up all night fighting with his girlfriend, one who rolled his ankle playing pick-up basketball, and one who had two mid-term exams that morning and is absolutely smoked.ather than having one set program that every athlete must fit into, they adapt and customize their programming to fit the specific needs of the individual athlete.
This customization happens countless times every day.
all the way to watching how your athletes carry themselves as they walk into the weight room.
Based on the knowledge a coach has about how athletes carry themselves, from body language to how they move - and even their tone of voice - the coach knows how each athlete looks when they are fresh and how they look when they are fatigued.
Every athlete moves, lifts, and strains differently.
You will notice I do not touch on indicators for progression. In addition, I have provided my standardized chart for progressions and regressions.
It is important to look at the athlete from a holistic point of view and take into account both physical and emotional stressors when assessing your athlete’s daily readiness to perform the movements you have programmed.
During my time at the collegiate level, we would sit as a staff before every lift or run group and go through the roster to make sure we discussed every athlete in order to ensure three things were happening…Of course, as you write a program, you should be armed with a ton of data on each individual athlete.
Explain the honest reason you are changing their program. If you are working with young athletes who don’t have a high maturity level or ton of weight room experience, never use the word ‘regression’ - always refer to it as a ‘modification’ or an ‘adjustment’ and let them know you are doing it to maximize their results.
Show the athlete you care enough to be completely honest with them. As a coach, in many cases, you have to make decisions on the fly regarding whether or not to regress an athlete.