Sport Training

“The road to success is always under construction. You’ll encounter potholes, detours, and delays. But you must keep your eye on your goal and keep moving forward.” - Ed Temple, Three-time Olympian Coach Track & Field Wow - Week 7 already? How are you feeling this week? What about your new level of fitness?! Is it getting easier to make time and finish your walks? Try to stay with it despite the cold/snowy/rainy weather. Post-holiday time is upon us, and we are all doing our best to get back into our regular routines! It might take a little extra effort and determination...Read more
Recovery: The Key to Continued Athlete Success Ensuring young athletes have the time and the tools they need to recover is an important component of any balanced training program. Many athletes feel pressures to excel in sport and may not naturally take time to properly recover so it is important that coaches, teachers and parents implement recovery protocols to help youth athletes build healthy habits. Recovery should include restoration of the body and the mind. Strategies to aid in recovery include: Rehydrate: after exercise it is important for athletes to replenish the fluids that they...Read more
Minimum Standards for Practitioners The minimum standards required for listing are developed by EACH professional group, not by SportMedBC. Professions that are eligible to list members include those who have a specific sport medicine designation/qualification or those where a majority of their members work with athletes. While SportMedBC does not endorse the individual practitioners listed, we work with the various professional associations on an ongoing basis to ensure that the individuals listed possess the required qualifications and that they are represented accurately. Professions that...Read more
It’s essential that you review the article on Introduction to Strength Endurance Exercises for a complete detailed description of technique for each exercise and suggested progressions. How do I know which participants can handle these exercises? You can introduce these exercises to all of the 3 program groups. It is important that as a Leader you are very familiar with the exercises, can comfortably demonstrate and critique your participants, and clearly understand the gradual progression. It is not “written in stone” as to how your group will do, and that’s why you...Read more
Introduction to Strength Endurance Exercises: “A’s, B’s, C’s, Lunges and Happy Feet” Strength endurance exercises, or running drills, are a combination of static and dynamic stretches as well as strengthening exercises. Running drills are designed to improve strength and flexibility of the quadricep, hamstring, gluteal and calf muscles, which are the primary muscles used when running and walking. The drills also work the stomach back area improving core muscle strength. Increased strength promotes an upright, relaxed posture in the shoulders and arms. Not all...Read more
Different seasons during your year call for different goals of training. Resistance training is generally done during the off-season to develop a strong foundation through muscular endurance. Both circuit and strength training are completed in the pre-season to develop muscular strength. Resistance, circuit, and strength training all help you create a strong level of fitness for your pursuit of excellence. Resistance training is a specific type of strength training performed against resistance. It is typically done during the off-season to develop muscular endurance. You lift against a force...Read more
Plyometrics is a form of power training that links speed and strength together so you produce a greater speed of movement. It is used for the lower body, upper body and core to enhance performance in many specific skills. By including plyometric exercises as part of your training program you will learn better balance, coordination, quickness, agility, speed and power. Plyometric training is a good addition to any routine to train explosive power through elastic energy. It is important to emphasize quality over quantity, progress the exercises using caution, and use the training wisely in your...Read more
Including a weight training workout to your sport training program will not only enhance your performance but it will also help prevent injury. When working in the weight room it is important to be safe and follow some simple principles of lifting. By lifting smart you can give yourself the extra edge to improve success. The weight room can be a dangerous place if you are not careful. Be sure to pay attention to what is going on around you and never lift by yourself. Whether you are a beginner, experienced, or an advanced lifter always follow the following guidelines: Train only when a...Read more
Speed is needed in every sport one way or another. A football receiver needs it to run down a pass, a baseball hitter needs it to sprint the bases, and a tennis player needs it to return a serve. It is important to maintain your speed training throughout the year so your muscles and nervous system always keep the feeling of moving fast 1 . You can develop this skill using sprint drills; an effective way to train your body to move quickly. An athlete's mobility, core strength, strength endurance and technique influence speed. Mobility is your ability to move freely. Core strength is your...Read more
During athletic activity you use many muscles in your body for both weight-bearing and power-producing movements. To prepare for sport and repair from sport your training program must include static and dynamic stretching exercises. Static stretches are often used away from practice and competition to help the body repair damaged areas of the muscle. Dynamic stretches are used before exercise to prepare the muscle to be worked. A general principle to follow when stretching is to lengthen the muscles you shorten. Whatever movement your arms, legs or trunk does to contract a particular muscle...Read more

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