Where Sport Specific Training Goes Wrong
Sport specific training is a phrase often used by sport coaches, parents, athletes, and trainers. Unfortunately, it has become more of a catch phrase than a purposeful statement, used by those often clueless on the actual meaning or implementation.
Sport Specific Training (SST) is well researched, and there are tried and true principles of specificity which create a higher level of transfer (also known as Dynamic Correspondence) from the weight room or training floor to performance in the actual sport. This concept is lost on many trainers, who instead use gimmicky tricks to give the illusion of sport specificity, instead of focusing on the scientific principles which are actual shown to improve performance.
This is the first of two articles aimed at both shedding some light on these ineffective gimmicks and showing what effective sport specific training principles truly are.