New Weekly Series: featuring coaching takeaways, highlights and reflections.
Action packed day of coaching today started at 8AM with Tulsa Soccer Club. Noticed the group was smaller than usual so I went and find a few of the athletes that were camped out.
Busted. Told them it’s time to get to work. Coaches must not be afraid to hold their athletes accountable. Many times, we don’t feel like it but coaching is about getting a sense of how, when and how hard to push the athletes we coach.
Proud coaching moments:
⁃ TSC athletes acknowledged they were having FUN!
⁃ I’m teaching them new movements and lifts. They’re working hard and having fun.
⁃ Awesome moment: female athlete asks about average 10m fly times for her age range. Starts a discussion, as I’ve been timing and exposing these athletes to acceleration and top end speed training while coaching in on basis checkpoints in both areas. She says something cool has happened to her game on the field. I’m all ears…. “I’m faster…” I’m usually not in the fast group, now I’m winning. I finally beat a male family member sprinting in a race for the first time.
⁃ I was so excited. I showed it! You could see the glowing confidence. A special moment. Imagine what this does for athlete buy in.
First Semi-private Session
⁃ One athlete matched a 10m fly -Personal Best. 1.18! (Top end speed day)
⁃ Another athlete set a personal best on his time with 1.32 flying 10. He was gone from 1.55+ down to low 1.3s.
⁃ As a coach, I want to show athletes how they are improving. We capture data (measurables) Record it. Track it. Athletes want specific feedback. Help them understand. Teach, instruct.
⁃ I’m constantly asking athletes questions: how they feel, what they think, what did they eat/drink, how much did they sleep, do they have any questions, is what we’re doing new to them and so on. Ask questions, then listen. Listen.
⁃ Take an interest in your athletes.
⁃ We review our speed training video, I teach them what to look for, we discuss the importance of specific positions with respect to both front/back side mechanics.
Second Semi-private session today.
⁃ We have volleyball, lacrosse, basketball, soccer, football and competitive swimming represented.
⁃ More personal best today in specific areas. Smooth, steady progress.
⁃ We’re knocking down doubt, fear, insecurity while increasing strength, confidence, momentum, improved self-image, power, speed and so much more.
⁃ Another neat moment that made me happy for this young man.
⁃ He says: Coach, is what we’re doing suppose to help increase my vertical? I said yes, absolutely. Why? Again, listening intently. He goes on to say that while joking around and without much of a lead up. He jumped toward the rim and completely shocked himself because he towered above it like he had never done before!!!!!
⁃ Again, the glow of confidence. We spoke with his dad after the session. He was so excited. His dad mentioned that as one of the milestones they had in mind when they joined first private, then semi-private sports performance training. Congrats Zach, this is only the beginning!
⁃ I’m reminded repeatedly. Athletes inside our schools (public/private) are not receiving adequate movement preparation (dynamic warm-up) before their practices, weight room (if they are given access) and completions.
⁃ The International Olympic Committee: “…the goal of youth athletic development is to develop healthy, capable and resilient young athletes.” After talking with a newer athlete that recently joined our semi-private sports performance training group at Titan. She’s a volleyball athlete. I learned that they essentially force the girls to max out. Athletes are not power lifters. Many of these athletes in this specific case don’t receive instruction from a certified and qualified coach. High school athletes don’t need to chase number via max effort lifts.
⁃ What about making an athlete move a heavy weight (slowly) makes them better at their sport? This has to stop. It takes one faulty movement with a heavy weight to permanently hurt a kids back, hip or knee to end their athletic opportunities beyond high school.
Health and performance are not distinct from each other; they do in fact exist on a mutually (inter)-dependent continuum.-ALTIS
We know poor technique will negatively affect the amount of weight an athlete can squat, so will it negatively affect the speed at which an athlete can sprint.
Mechanics matter. How do we know? An athlete with poor squatting technique (or inexperienced: doesn’t know how to strain safety under heavy loads) is not only compromising his/her performance, but health. The same is true with sprinting technique.
⁃ Parents, is the school going to pay for that ACL surgery ($20-50k) plus PT costs. What about the decrease in quality of life due to lower back injuries that lead to chronic pain? We need certified strength and conditioning coaches designing, overseeing and implementing athletic activities that use best practices and evidence based methods grounded in science. Informed by Long Term Athletic Development (LTAD) principles. If our athletes are injured in the weight room, because of max effort lifting, we’ve done them a huge disservice.
Coach Miguel, M.A. CSCS*D
Director of Sports Performance and Head Coach
Coach Miguel is a certified strength and conditioning specialist with distinction (CSCS,*D). Coach Miguel holds a USAW-L2 (Advanced Sport Performance Coach). Coach Miguel served as a contract strength coach within Tulsa Public Schools while working with 450+ student athletes (from basketball, soccer, volleyball, baseball, football, softball & POM).
Coach Miguel holds a Masters in Strength & Conditioning with an emphasis in Human Performance. He is thrilled to incorporate proven results driven sports performance training while taking into the latest research in the field of strength and conditioning.
Coach Miguel’s mission in one sentence: “To create the most resilient athlete possible.
*A CSCS is professional that acquired in-depth knowledge in the areas of strength training and conditioning. The areas include the scientific principles and concepts associated with the physiological adaptations to training, as well as the practical aspects of designing safe and effective conditioning programs for athletes. They conduct sport-specific testing sessions, design and implement safe and effective strength training and conditioning programs and provide guidance regarding nutrition and injury prevention.