Pick a sport, any sport. Now make a mental list of how it pertains to both art and science. Just like your players, one of your lists will most likely be longer than the other.
With the rapid advancements in sports technology, wearables have become an integral part of analyzing and managing player performance.
There is a point somewhere in your season where you hope your team is at its best. It might be the playoffs, a major tournament, or a game with a major rival.
The latest consensus in the debate about kids playing multiple sports seems to be trending toward it being a good idea.
It’s quite common to see young athletes – especially at the middle and high school ages – playing more than one sport in the same season. They play a school sport after school and rush to their club practice at night.
We are not going to add to the debate here and contribute our opinions on whether it is good or bad, right or wrong. Instead, we want to talk about the inevitable consequences – issues arising from overuse.
An article in Forbes magazine, begins by telling us, “(The) decreasing margin of error in sports is causing athletes and teams to scramble around to seek out ways to gain an edge—as slight as it may be—over their competitors.”
Finding that edge, that little bit extra that will help make the difference between winning and losing, is, of course, difficult. There are so many variables that coaches often don’t know where to start.
Twenty-one years isn’t really that long. But looking back, we can see that we easily take for granted things we have today that we didn’t have in 1996.
In 1996, AOL CDs were coming in the mail, fax was the fastest method of sending information, and people still had to seek out pay phones when away from landlines. Technology in sports was, of course, fairy non-existent.
As sports scientists continue to look for ways to improve athletic performances and give athletes any possible edge, they are learning more and more about the importance of sleep.
Fatigue is a hot topic among coaches these days. Coaches are beginning to understand how fatigue impacts their players and their team’s performance. Countless studies have been done to educate coaches about the importance of rest, freshness and recovery.
It’s that time again for summer workouts. Coaches are sending them out to prospective student-athletes, hoping they are strictly followed so their players report to pre-season training in top condition.
The programs, most likely arrive in the player’s email boxes with a PDF attached. As a coach, do you ever wish you could simply put workout items and details on the player’s calendar with diagrams and videos attached and a method to see if the workout was followed?
So, you have a player who is not performing as well as you’d like, and it’s frustrating. They are among your most talented players, but they just don’t get it done.
You have your own theories as to why, and over time you convince yourself you are right – he’s just lazy, he’s too slow, he’s not aggressive enough.
But what if you are wrong? What if there is a simple explanation that neither you nor the player have considered? What a waste that would be.