There is a high emergence in absurd training methodologies and even more so within the area of 'exercise creation and selection'.
Programming and exercise selection is an important part of strength and conditioning but it not the MOST important. Programming is created from objective data collection via accurate assessments consisting of asking the right questions for the given athlete for their sport along with other important feedback mechanisms. Exercises are the means of strategically delivering force to the body in order to generate the required adaptation for improvement set forth via the program.
So when asked my thoughts about a certain specific "exercise" to improve the athleticism of an athlete my response was met with a vacant stare. My response was as follow;
"Show me objective data on why this will reduce the potential of injury occurring, avoid groove training, and will make this person a better human which in turn makes them a better athlete. To be frank, I would always err on the side of caution and make it simple and objective".
I decided to write the below blog to further elaborate on why keeping it simple with high-level athletes will cultivate the results they require.
Simple strength training systems and their basic mechanisms are universal to all sports.
They yield small, sometimes overlooked, biological and/nervous system increases that just might be enough to produce an enormous change in athleticism for a given athlete. [Minimal amount of training for Maximal results]
In other words, foundational training must be simple. From simple systems complex training/skill can evolve fruitfully. The inverse to the statement does not work.
Any baseless training method/exercise that is complex from the start has no substance behind it required to sustain any positive long-lasting effects. Thus leading to a higher likelihood of injury and a decrease in athleticism.
Our goal is to build to better humans to cope with the chaos of sports. We try to instill self-organization (order) as a defense to this.
Introducing more sport specific movement within training can only lead to accommodation, higher risk of injury, and compensation.
Build a base from the inside to the outside. Joint capacity/strength to nervous system stimulation to muscle-skeletal system/biological system development.
Separate church and state. Meaning Leave complexity to the given sport and its skill development so you can focus on improving an athlete using general means.
Keep it simple.
Waldrop, M. M. (2008). Complexity: The emerging science at the edge of order and chaos. New York: Simon & Schuster Paperbacks
Simmons, L.J. (2006). Book of Methods. Wisconsin: Action Printing
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