good post.. It seems the best thing that coaches can do is do identify common or persistent problems among various populations they work with (e.g., hammer throwers vs. sprinters vs. multis) and then come up with a few means of quick assessment. These can be incorporated into various warm-up or cooldown routines as daily quick checks. Then, I would suggest maybe 1 or 2 longer assessment protocols for when things seem really off.
Are you this is exactly what Dan said? I seem to recall something about watching dorsiflexion on A skips in the warm-up as well….
Hopefully your various “populations” of hammer throwers, sprinters and multis you mention are not Dan’s personal experiences defining “the best thing that coaches can do” again…. things are sounding a little familiar I must say.
Gambetta’s talk of intellectual incest ironically seems to ring rather true on this site, perhaps a blog with funky anti-guru titles might be in order, “Having a Pfaff on the Pipe” or “Pfaffetic Plagiarism” maybe?