Thank you for the reply.
You stated that you don’t believe in special exercises to help prevent injuries. Yet, in a way every exercise is “special” relating to the fact that it has to match the goals, abilities, chronilogical and training age, and injury history of the athlete. All the exercises in the program have to work synergistically to accomplish two, or possibly three objectives, enhance performance, prevent injuries, or rehabilitate injuries.
You also stated, “I just use the USATF model . . . List and run correctly. Its never that simple. The USATF model is no doubt an extremely effective model for developing track athletes, and lifting and running correctly is always the goal performance coaches have for their athletes but every individual comes to you as a coach with their own medical issues and physical abilities. These individual attributes determine our exercise precription. Maybe an athlete can’t “run correctly” because they have tight hip flexors and weak abdominal muscles, what should we do? Maybe an athlete has difficulty front squatting because they are tight through the forearm/wrist, triceps, lats, etc or they are tight in pecs and weak in the rhomboids/traps and have poor thoracic spine mobility, leading to them “squatting” into the fetal positioin. What do we do? Stretching, mobility drills (or movement if you don’t like the term mobility drills), strengthen what is weak while squatting with bodyweight or using an alternitive loading position/method (hug a med ball, etc.). You can’t just tell an athlete with weakness, postural issues, or injury to “fix your form”.
Your “Gold Strike” post noted that the complex multi-planar interaction of the foot/ankle with the ground effects the entire kinetic chain, then you used insulting language (e.g. “Bozos”) to state that un-named individuals do not know how to address this issue but you offered no solution of your own. What good does that do for anyone? If you wan to be the “watchdog” for proper or improper training that’s fine, but don’t you think everyone on this site could help their athlete more if we discussed specifically what has helped improve the performance and health of our athletes.
If you don’t believe in an exericse or progran someone has put in a DVD, book, or article, specifically adress it, state why it is ineffective, support your position with research or personal experiences, offer alternatives, and start intelligent discussion among the vast knowledge base of the members of elite track. Criticizing and complaining without positive alternatives is an exercise in futility.
I don’t believe in special exercises or methods to help prevent injuries. I just use the USATF model and the therapists just use classic medical information. My information is only useful to my athletes as my program is based on the circumstances around me and the unique information the athletes come with. Members here are glad to stop by and see but nothing will be seen that you can’t get from a stop by any conventional program. Lift and run correctly. Train hard. Treat the kids like extensions of your family. I wish my information would be useful but after ten years I don’t have the answers. Not that you need 30 years to get it, I just don’t think I can do justice to something that is not available from the great coaches on the DVDs at the HPC store.
The medical information is not mine. I would love to share but I can’t as it’s not something I can do legally. The good news is the therapists are taping things now for educational purposes.