Blog by: Kaushik Talukdar
Edited by: Suryakant Tripathi
Consistent training for any event or sport requires some amount of maintenance cost. Maintenance cost can be explained, as the accessory/complimentary training required in preparing the body for the unique and continuous demands of that particular sport/event/skill. Imagine, the accessory shoulder complex work required for cricketers (bowling and throwing), or repeated landing ability for basketball or netball players and rotational work required for golfers. Similarly, single event competitions such as power lifting, weightlifting and marathon have their own maintenance cost. Therefore, it may not be wise to incorporate exact testing and training parameters from these individual sports/events into sports that require concurrent qualities of strength, power, speed and endurance. Most team sport athletes often tends to get infatuated with their numbers on bench, squat and deadlifts, and some team sport athletes closer towards the endurance continuum tends to get obsessed with distances and mileages. Training concurrent qualities and simultaneously being obsessed with individual milestone in weight lifting or distance running can be tricky due to the following reasons:
- No one can train different qualities and expect improvement particularly among more advanced athletes.
2. It is time consuming for team sport/skill based athletes to spend excessive amount of time on one quality e.g. weightlifters are judged on how much they lift, however a rugby player even though requires muscle mass and strength also requires skill acquisition, speed, endurance to be successful in the sport.
3. Conventional testing methods may not always biomechanically, anthropometrically and physiologically suit skill based sport athletes e.g. a tall fast bowler with long limbs and short torso with a large external rotation of the glenohumeral relative to scapulathoracic region may not be able to handle heavy low bar back squatting like a power lifter.
In conclusion testing conventional strength and endurance qualities can provide relevant information about a particular athlete but getting obsessed with those results can be counterproductive particularly if the athlete is required to possess multiple qualities relevant to his/her chosen sport. Therefore, it is important to fit training means to the athlete rather than fitting athlete to a particular training means.
Designation: Strength and Conditioning Manager St Cuthbert’s College,
Strength and Conditioning Coach Pathway to Podium (High Performance Sport New Zealand, Aktive Auckland), and Short Course Lecturer Auckland University of Technology (AUT).
Education: Masters thesis in Sport and Exercise Science (Currently pursuing PhD in Sport science and exercise psychology). Australian Strength and Conditioning Accreditation level -2
Experience: 11 years (working with young, elite athletes and corporate clients, including athletes competing in Common Wealth Games, Olympic Games, World Cup Cricket under-19).