Great Research Paper on Coaching

Coaches,

Experience level influences the effect of attentional focus on sprint performance is one of the best papers I’ve read in regards to coaching. Enjoy!

Wags

Absorbing and Producing Force

This is what our bodies skeleton is designed to do…..absorb and produce force.  Can your athletes absorb (decelerate/brake) and produce (accelerate/sprint) force?

Wags

 

 

12-Week Spartan Challenge- Are You In?

Coaches,

It’s been awhile since our last blog and the spring season is already upon us! Time flies.

I know you may already be underway with trainings, pre-season tourneys, forming leadership among the team, planning “fitness” days, etc. One thing you cannot escape, though, is the “ask” of your athletes. The “ask” to sleep well, study and get homework done, eat well and to bring their “A game” to training. We ask a lot of our athletes and we ask a lot of ourselves so that both parties can engage in the symphony of sport.

It is with that last statement above, that I present to you a 12-Week Spartan Challenge. On May 13-14, 2017 there will be a Spartan Race held at Fort Carson. I’m going to participate. And for the next 12 weeks, I am focusing on the details which matter so I can bring my A game to the race and to a future life of awesomeness! The dedication to eating well, sleeping well, exercising 6 out of 7 days a week, meditating, being more grateful and cutting out anything which gets in the way of an inspired now.

If you’re still reading and want in, LMK. We’ll do it together. Maybe not always in same place at the same time, but along side each other. I’ll send you a daily does of inspiration to kick ass!

For the next 12 weeks, we ask our athletes to stand up and perform. Are you prepared to show by example and lead the way? Join me and others as we embark on a transformational journey of a better and healthier self.

Today- Feb. 13- No gluten, no dairy. Sweat via exercise for 20-30 min.

Are you in?

Wags

Soft-assembled Multilevel Dynamics of Tactical Behaviors in Soccer

Coaches,

There is a growing trend in “soccer research and analytics” about the behaviors of players in matches (why some run less than others or run less/more on certain days, how many times players pass to to their “friends” vs. just making a pass, etc.)  Here is a really cool research article on tactical behaviors of 20 professional (male) players and the influence on style of play at certain times throughout a match which assists in planning training sessions.

Wags

 

 

 

 

 

End of Season Injury Management

Coaches,

Congrats on another great season at FC Boulder!  I’ve seen how hard you work with our players, the care for them, the questions you ask to make them think, providing quality training environments…I could go on and on.   You do a thankless job and I know our community is enhanced because of your time and effort.

To that extent, the end of season requires the same love, attention to detail and follow up with each player you gave for the past 3-4 months.  Critically important, coming from the Athletic Performance guy, is that you help players who had an injury, who may still have an injury, recovering from surgery or may just need some guidance on where to go for advice, that you check in with the players once they no longer train with you.

Too many times I’ve seen the scenario where an athlete had knee pain and was unable to play the last game or two.  The end of season party happens and everyone goes their separate ways.  Reach out to those injured players.  Check in with them.  Make sure they’ve recovered or on the path toward recovery. Do they need advice on where to go?  What is their feeling about their soccer experience knowing they ended the season not playing? How does this affect your potential future relationship with them?  Is it a year round team?  How will they come bak in the spring?  They deserve the same kind of support just because they may not be playing for you during the transition (winter) period.

I’m here to assist you as needed.  Please reach out so I can help you, as needed, with those looking for next steps.  james.wagenschutz@fcboulder.com

This is also true for your healthy, non-injured athletes. 🙂

 

Wags

 

 

 

 

 

The Overprotected Kid

Coaches,

Please read this article from the Atlantic regarding overprotected kids. Please reply and/or share any comments.

Wags

FREE Wednesday Fitness Classes

Coaches,

For you and your team managers…….please pass along.

FREE Fitness Class at the Sports Performance Center in Lafayette 9:30-10:30am every Wednesday until someone else wants the space.

All abilities welcome! Lose weight, get stronger, have fun!

We generally mix it up between circuit training, lifting, mobility/flexibility, core and running.

Bring athletic clothing and a great attitude!!

See you there!

Wags

Periodization Blog

Coaches,

Below is a great summary of periodization by a respected research strength coach and the difficulty in “getting it right”. If you use our sport demands (high intensity intermittent sport) as the starting point for your training plans, that’ll help close any potential easy gaps.

“Periodization” (by Matt Jordan – @JordanStrength)

Periodization is not about the model you choose but a process of discovery for each athlete in terms of how the elements of specificity, training load, time course of adaptation and inter-system interactions lead to peak performance at various time points throughout an athlete’s career. Periodization is a reverse engineering process based on a specific gap-analysis where the coach is responsible for managing, integrating, and organizing all aspects of the training load – from mental-emotional factors to musculo-skeletal and neural factors. Coaches are also responsible for programming to build athletic character and elite training habits. How is this reflected in your periodization approach? All of this planning occurs alongside careful monitoring of the individual biological response with respect to key performance indicators in order to tease out the nuances of what works best for whom. This is how periodization-related questions are answered – not with universal dogmatic binary good or bad ‘truths’ but with highly circumstantial case studies based on what works for the individual. With this approach the coach is free to start with the three key principles of training: 1. specificity, 2. progressive manipulation of the training load, and 3. the time course of adaptation. The starting point of this process has to be a careful understanding of what is required for the sport in question and identifying the athlete’s strengths and weaknesses with respect to these demands – what are the gaps, what are the key performance indicators and how does the athlete solve problems in his/her sport? The periodization scheme is then based on biological principles – not a selection from a menu of models. We are trying to avoid the disconnect that occurs when structural approaches to training overrule the importance of understanding the great inter-individuality in the biological adaptation to training.

Stop Using Ladders for Soccer Agility -Especially during TEAM CAMP

Coaches,

As we prepare for Team Camp and the excitement of working with players in the 2016-17 season, I strongly recommend (if you are using them) that you stop using speed ladders for soccer “agility”. Soccer, as you know, is an open chained, decision based reactive sport which requires the ability to change direction quickly. Ladders, as commonly used, is pre-planned with no reaction to anything game speed like. Think about it. A coach tells a player- “in-out”, left foot first. Does that provide an athlete to make a decision or just execute a pre-planned activity by the coach? Where is the ball? Where is the opponent? where is the goal they are either defending, attacking or transitioning to?

This below graphic explains it all.

Agility Graphic

Please….if you are using ladders….STOP. Use your knowledge of the game to creatively come up with new ideas.

Wags