Saturday, March 06, 2010
The majority of us, on the other hand, are not so gifted. We probably qualify in the range of average. Some of us a little above average, some of us a little below the norm. The bad news for all of those in this category is that we learn to accept our reality and move on to other things.
That is a huge mistake. Athletes who jump in the normal range can easily move up into the well above average category via a simple formula that entails the combination of proper training knowledge and a strong work ethic. In other words, smarts and determination.
What is important to note here is that the role of being well informed relative to the details of training cannot be over emphasized. When an athlete knows exactly what to do, and of course does it, the results can be spectacular.
But that requires proper knowledge. Without it we too often see the well intended blind leading the well intended athlete. Getting the right information absolutely requires that the jump trainee consult only the experts. There are far fewer of those than most might assume.
For instance, there are very few coaches anywhere who do not have enough confidence in themselves to believe that they have all the answers. Coaches in fact are notorious for such beliefs. In fairness, we all need to recognize that such behavior is common to human nature. We all tend to be victims to such thought processes. Therein lies the problem for athletes who really want to become leapers.
The far greater percentage of coaches were at one time competitive athletes. As such, they know by experience how things go and therefore often do not bother to consult the experts. After all, not all the experts were athletes let alone successful athletes. Why listen to them?
Because expertise only comes from deep research which may or may not include personal experience. Increasing jump reach has developed over time into a science. In order to grow a leap beyond just two to four inches, one must have a comprehensive training program that addresses all of the factors involved in the science of jumping.
Worse yet for both trainer and trainee is the reality that improper training, no matter how well intended, can and more often than not does lead to injury. In fact, far too often that turns out to be serious injury that becomes a major set back to the competitive careers of athletes.
Ignorance does, in the everyday world of sports, lead to injury. And as every athlete knows, injury is not a desired or helpful outcome.
Unfortunately, far too many coaches rely on their personal experiential knowledge to train their athletes. Even more significant is the reality that far too many athletes depend upon the limited expertise of other more successful athletes on how to become more of a leaper.
Thus competitors end up training in ways that create physical and nutritional imbalances that lead to injury and physical breakdowns. No doubt that everyone involved has all the right intentions. What is lacking is the proper training expertise.
The choice for athletes is clear. Proceed with partially informed training and hope for the best but face high odds for injury. Or be smart. Seek out experts, particularly those who have done the research, know the science and have done the first person experiential work to prove the validity of their program. In the end, being smart trumps just plain sheer effort. More to the point, those two factors are a powerful combination when put together.
The formula is simple. To avoid injury and the accompanying set backs that entails, get properly informed. To develop a better understanding of what is required, follow the link below to get an idea of what a proved and valid training system entails. It is a very useful introduction into the world of what the science of jumping requires.
CLICK HERE: THE SCIENCE OF JUMP TRAINING
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