Completing the training programme is the best predictor of physical performance in athletes! The question is, does every coach know precisely what every athlete is doing? Coaches wrote their training programme, know what’s in it, and are pretty sure all their athletes are doing every bit, right?
There are several steps a coach should take to ensure athletes are completing the set training and gaining maximum benefit from so doing.
Step one: what training has a coach actually prescribed to each athlete?
In the first instance, most coaches write a ‘squad training programme’. If asked, at the end of the season, what training did your squad do, a coach will refer to the training programme they wrote.
However, here’s a thought. What if an athlete gets an injury or becomes ill? They will have to take some time off or complete a modified programme. Immediately, that athlete has not completed the ‘squad training programme’.
The question is, how many of athletes don’t completed what the coach programmed for them?
Here is an example from one of our Ludum user clubs.
A coach prescribed a training programme using the Ludum system. The system gives the coach the ability to generate individualised programmes with ease. Ludum worked with the coach to analyse what training each athlete in the Varsity VIII had done. When Ludum shared the results with the coaching team, the team was shocked.
In the first place, there was a surprisingly big difference in the amount of training that each athlete was prescribed by the coach. Within the eight, there was an 11.7% (57h 47min) difference in training time between the most and the least amount of training conducted. Considering all eight athletes were supposed to be following the same training programme, this difference amounted to 43 extra sessions – or 9.3% over the year.
It is worth noting, as an aside, that the athlete who was prescribed the most training also had the greatest improvement.
However, this is only the tip of the iceberg, covering only the discrepancy in the training programme set. The question remains of what training the athletes actually did?