How do you work with athletes that are injured and out of competition and practice for extended periods of time? In addition to rehabbing the injured body part, there are other goals that can be accomplished during this time away from competition and practice.
In the video clip below Fred Hale, assistant strength and conditioning coach at Eastern Michigan University, discusses his approach to dealing with injured athletes.
Coach Hale begins by discussing how difficult it is for injured athletes. Many of them have worked very hard in preparation for the season and when an injury occurs, they can have a tough time. Many times the injury causes them to miss practice and games. In some cases the athlete is devastated to find out that they will miss the entire season.
Many of these individuals identify themselves as athletes. When that is taken away from them it can be very difficult for them. They will obviously have physical limitations that can be tough to handle. They also may have some things to deal with mentally. They may be depressed, angry, frustrated and might feel disconnected from the team. They might even exhibit changes in eating and study habits.
Many times it is the strength and conditioning/training staff that will be spending the most amount of time with injured athletes. Coach Hales states that it is important to show that you care and that this could be a time to “get really strong and comeback stronger than ever”
He begins by immediately testing, putting together a plan and setting goals. This is a time to do three things in addition to rehab:
- Increase hypertrophy
- Gain gtrength
- Fix imbalances in non-injured areas
Coach Hale also discusses his workout structure and how the determine set/reps based on goals and Time Under Tension schemes
This clip is from Coach Hales presentation entitled Coming From Within: Working with Injured Athletes at Glazier Athletic Performance Clinic. For more information about how to gain access to his entire presentation, as well as hundreds of other great clinic presentation, click the link Glazier Athletic Performance Clinics
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