Redefining Weakness Training: Approach laid the groundwork. Changing ‘weakness’ to focused practice and development all begins with the term Skill Practice: dedicated, targeted training that drives prudent application, yielding accelerated returns.
This just the beginning. Proper implementation of Skill Practice will accomplish two goals:
- Create a Default - (alliteration alert!) automatic actions for athletes
- Self Awareness - develop the ability for them to observe themselves
In my travels, these ‘skills’ have many names: coordination, mind-muscle connection, and the most appropriately, tacit knowledge, or the ability to demonstrate an action that is difficult to verbalize. You want to know why athletes make horrible coaches? They have the tacit knowledge of movement, but lack explicit knowledge.
This explains everything!
-Sincerely, DIII all-star
Tacit knowledge and the connection an athlete has with their body allows them to analyze their weaknesses and limiting factors. A Power Coach must focus on this grander developmental plan of Skill Practice, truly taking athletes where they cannot take themselves.
Skill Practice deserves a dedicated place in a strength and conditioning program. What exactly is "skill", and how do you implement it for accelerated returns? Read on.
We will first provide essential reading, reference points, and establish a clear definition for skill.
Essential Reading: Planes, Axes, and Primal Movements
Reference: Power Athlete Movement Demo Page
What is a Skill?:
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Former collegiate lacrosse defensive midfielder, 4-year letter winner and 3-year team captain. Coached strength and conditioning collegiately with Georgetown University football, Men's and Women's lacrosse and Women's Crew, as well with the University of Texas at Austin's football program. Apprenticed under Raphael Ruiz of 1-FortyFour-1 studying proper implementation of science based, performance driven training systems. Head coached CrossFit Dupont's program for two years in Washington D.C. Received a Master's in Health Promotion Management from Marymount University in 2010, and has been a coach for Power Athlete since October, 2012.
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