There are great benefits that come to an athlete that trains appropriately for their sport(s). While playing multiples sports takes up much time, athletes must make time to participate in a principled training program that will help them perform their best and help them stay injury free. The task of putting together a program for training multi-sport athletes year-round is a daunting one. Each sport has different demands and every athlete plays a different combination of sports. In most high school settings you are working with a wide variety of athletes and putting a program in place that will help to prepare each athlete for each of their sports is challenging.
In the video clip below Coach Bryan Glover ,MA,CSCS,SCCS and Director of Performance at Valor Christian School, discusses key principles involved in training multi-sport athletes year-round. Coach Glover’s presentation is just one in a series of 10 that deals with how to train multi-sport athletes year-round. To learn how to gain access to his complete presentation and hundreds of other athletic performance videos, simple click on the link Glazier Vault
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Coach Glover believes that your training program should be rooted in what is that you hope to accomplish.
The following is a brief recap of Coach Glover’s Key Principles to consider when designing a year-round training program for multi-sport athletes.
1. Use exercises that are ground based movements – exercises where to force is applied to the ground
2. Use exercises that train multiple joints – get the biggest bang for your buck
3. Train explosively – improve speed, power and acceleration
4. Train all energy systems- utilize good work to rest ratios
5. Progressive overload – allows the athlete to see results and keep progressing
6. Teach perfect technique
7. Law of reversibility -keep them them doing some sort of training. Can’t have breaks or you lose ground.