Dryland & cross-training

Hey gang…

The warm weather today inspired me to go for a good run  and also made me think (perhaps prematurely) about the off-season.  Now is a good time to think about how your athletes have skied this season and to start asking questions about what they did this past off-season and how it may have affected their skiing.  For example, maybe you had some kids that just didn’t have the quickness and agility required for slalom, or you had some kids that constantly were in the back seat due to poor core strength.  As we finish up the season and start thinking about final evaluations, remember not only to give a review of this past season, but also to prescribe how they best can prepare for next season.  Think about activities or other sports they could participate in that would help their individual skiing and be sure to communicate it to them and their parents.

Here’s a good video filmed this past season by Matt Price, CAST men’s conditioning coach showing a dryland session with the men’s national team and with some good comments from the athletes about the importance of being athletic as ski racers:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3BaL4Clqp24&feature=related

Good luck at semi-finals all… let’s keep this tide of MHRC success rolling  🙂

Ian

2 responses to “Dryland & cross-training

  1. Ian brings forward some excellent points for our evaluations to become more effective. Try to adapt your recommendations to the individual athlete’s interests. Some of our athlete’s may not have formal conditioning programs available to them or of interest to them however sports or activities like gymnastic’s, figure skating, summer ice, field, ball hockey, soccer, bike riding, distance swimming, skateboarding, water skiing/wake boarding, hiking, running, volleyball, basketball, pilates, yoga all have significant attributes that will help them become better all round athlete’s. Any of these activities will certainly help their ski performance for next year so let’s really encourage participation off season.

    Good luck at all events this weekend!

  2. Great comments/points from Ian and Rick. My only reservation is to please think carefully when suggesting/recommending to your athletes (who you know will do anything you ask of them! or almost:P) to adopt a specific fitness plan. A sports conditioning coach and trainer myself, of course I preach the importance of dryland training, doing activities which will help increase strength, quickness, coordination, endurance, etc… BUT it is imperative to consider the age and development level of the athletes to which you are prescribing this. Improper or excessive strength training for athletes that are not fully developed can be detrimental to their bone/tendon and ligament development. Unless you are an expert in this field, please make general suggestions around this; trust me I see it too often… 12 year old working out in the gym, doing heavy squats on a smith machine because their coach told them they had to get stronger… not only is his body NOT ready to lift this load (at this point in his development & growth), without proper instructions and supervision, the exercises, if performed incorrectly can do more harm than good. So to sum up, should you encourage athletes to do other sports? YES of course, BUT please be considerate when suggesting a “gym or fitness” program to your athletes. For those of you who don’t know, this is what I do for a living and I would be happy to assist in any way possible if you have any questions or uncertainties in this department. Especially for all your younger coaches out there, it is difficult to pin point what is the definite factor for the lack of performance; is it technique, equipment, tactics, or physical fitness?? so don’t be afraid to ask for help!

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