Diagnostics Never Ends
Whenever we get a new athlete into our program, the first task is to perform a diagnosis of the athlete’s assets and liabilities for the performance of the snatch and clean & jerk. Whether the diagnosis is performed by me or one of my assistants or interns, we write down the results in Evernote. We don’t often refer back to these notes, but the process causes us to focus on determining the most immediate problems that we have to address. Very few of our athletes are what would be called “naturals”. Almost all of them have items in need of remediation.
The majority of the early problems have to do with mobility, but there are frequently problems with body awareness, balance, and explosiveness.