Sunday, November 28, 2010

Professional development

During high school I participated in Bigger Faster Stronger. This was the program that the coaching staff choose for the football team, and the MAX days were combined with our "clubs" for total weight club, max and points.
The thing I remember most is that the few "star" athletes received the most complete and continuing coaching.
These programs were a "one size fits all"- Defined here:
The term is also sometimes used pejoratively to describe a simplistic approach to a problem. This is a reference to the fact that “one size fits all” is not exactly a truism, since people often get left out when they have unique needs and issues. The term also suggests that all people are the same, which is clearly untrue.
What we know from the research is that a "one size fits all" sports performance improvement program design has a few consistent results when discussing comparison of Pre-Post test performance: 1) A few athletes improve performance greatly; 2) the majority improve mildly or remain the same; 3) some have a decrease in performance.

The problem is that the majority of those leading these programs lay blame for the poor results on individuals "not giving full effort", "not being consistent",   "not being very athletic"; and take credit for those that made gains because "they are true athletes", "I developed a great program", "they did what I designed"......and on and on.

Here is my point: 
As personal trainers and movement coaches it is our job to develop: The right program; for the right person; At the right time.

There must be consideration given to individual differences in movement and motor programs.
This is how I approach program development and implementation for all of my clients and groups.
Individualized attention first, prior to and in addition to the general program. This allows my to appreciate and modify techniques to maximize the end result for movement and athletic improvement


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