LONDON — The prosthetic legs double-amputee sprinter Oscar Pistorius uses provide less air resistance than normal legs, the IAAF said Monday.
The following is the introduction and summary of my presentation at the 2007 NSCA Conference. I will post my comments on the conference tomorrow.
Following the Functional Path
Everything Old is New Again
Define the field of Athletic Enhancement
What I am going to say may not be particularly profound if you look at the individual parts of this presentation; but when you step back and look at the whole presentation you will learn.
Let?s use today as a jumping–off point. This is where we are:
The bottom-line tends to be the bottom–line
The focus is on ?super? exercises and ?magic muscles?
The means and the end are not connected
?Not only is the old becoming today?s new?most coaches do not know what the old was.? Kevin McGill
Yesterday is gone ? the future is now
Learn from the past ? Successes as well as failures
Following the Functional Path to Building and Rebuilding the Complete Athlete
Change is constant
Coaches lead change
Coaches = ?Change engineers? Kelvin Giles
Building on Old Concepts
Are we limiting ourselves?
Is it evolution or revolution?
Back to the future ? Very little that is new
Buzzwords, Fads, Myths, Half Truths, and Lies
Functional Training Core Training/Stabilization
Closed Chain Alignment
Stability Ab Obsession
Lactate & Soreness Need to ?Feel the Burn?
Fit for what? Aerobic Base
Good Feet Fooling `em with the 40
Machines are safer Rotation is dangerous
Lack of fundamental movement skills and a general fitness base
Extended competitive seasons
Decline in quality of coaching
Dominance of equipment ? Marketing
Explosion of injuries
Recommendations to Define the Field
Do not trivialize ? Do not try to pick the fly poop out of the pepper
Seek knowledge rather than information
Specialize in being a generalist
Get a mentor not a guru
Be a leader, not a follower
Understand the spectrum of the demands in the sport you are working with
Training is more than exercises and training methodology ? it is application of the principles of sport science and sound pedagogy
Beware of the ?Sheep Walking? phenomenon
Think, Think, Think