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Are You Programming Recovery for Your Athletes?

Tom Kelso
Coach
Strength and Conditioning
For a number of years, at four different universities, I beat my brains out attempting to find the ultimate plan of training. Independent of any particular sport, I sought the most logical means of addressing all athletically desirable goals:

 

  • Muscular strength and power
  • Hypertrophy
  • Fat loss
  • Cardiorespiratory endurance
  • Speed, quickness, and agility
  • Joint flexibility and stability
  • Injury prevention

 

How can all of those be addressed within limited training time, with unmotivated athletes, and limited resources? Oh, the job of the miracle-working strength and conditioning coach. In at 6:00 a.m. and out at 6:00 p.m. 

 

Programming Is More Than Sets and Reps

Let's break these goals down into their fundamental requirements:

 

  • There must be a well-planned program that addresses the desired qualities.
  • There must be an overload effect from applied stress.
  • Time must be allowed for proper nutritional intake and healing for adaptation to that overload stress.
  • The plan must be progressive, increasing the overload over time as the body adapts to existing levels.

 

So far, so good. However, recovery can throw a wrench in the works. Without as much attention placed on it as the workouts themselves, overtraining can rear its ugly head, leaving you with athletes who have:

 

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