Thursday, February 3, 2011
The field of Exercise Science has grown in recent years. Athletes are going to conditioning coaches to get that little extra. The philosophy of all being equal, the stronger athlete wins. Realistically, the attributes of you and your opponent being equal never work out that way (somebody's faster, has better timing, more flexibilty, higher pain tolerance, meaner, etc.). Hight Intensity Training, Plyometrics, Isometrics, Interval Training, Circuit Training, etc. All of these things are good, but the truth of the matter is that an athlete (for example a fighter) has to develop his or her conditioning through the practice of the sport. Everything else is supplemental. I always here young athletes asking how much do you lift, how many miles do you run, do you do cross fit, etc. The mastery of the basics is no longer stressed. They think physical prowess will make up for lack of technique. Conditioning is important and strength and conditioning coaches do contribute to the development of the athlete, but remember nothing is more important that sport specificity. Remember the practice of sport is primary and everything is secondary.