As a follow-up to our previous blogs about hiring a qualified person to handle your Strength & Conditioning… Once you do, let them do their job!
I recently attended our state NSCA (National Strength & Conditioning Association) clinic. One of the presenters shared some great information but also shared something troubling. He informed us that his head football coach told him that he needed to accomplish three goals:
1) Increase the player’s bench press max.
2) Increase their squat max.
3) Make them look good getting off the bus.
He accomplished those three goals, but then shared the team has only won seven games over the past three seasons…
It is great to increase your bench and squat and doing so will likely make you look better getting off the bus, but that does not necessarily translate into wins on the field.
The job of a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist is not to turn your players in to power lifters or bodybuilders but rather to make them better football players. Your job as coach is to effectively communicate the goals you’ve established for your team, and to help your strength and conditioning coach help you, by adding a “purpose.” If your S&C Coach understand “the why,” behind your goals, he or she can make decisions along the way to reinforce your success.
The goals of our strength and conditioning program have little to do with the aforementioned goals.
Our goals are as follows:
- Decrease injuries,
- Increase Rate of Force Development (Acceleration)
- Increase Rate of Force Acceptance (Deceleration)
- Increase mobility
- Increase Power (Work / Time)
The purpose of our program is to build healthy, resilient teammates who are faster, stronger, more powerful, and more confident in themselves and their teammates. With an understanding of both the goals and purpose, we’re better able to discuss the program plan, implementation, and measures of performance/success.
Note that we focus on Power rather than strength. We have no interest in seeing our players take 4 seconds to put up “three plates” (315 lbs) on their bench press. We would much rather see our players bench “two plates” (225 lbs) in less than 1 second after a 2 second eccentric contraction and a 1 second hold.
If you are unable to get a CSCS to work with your program and you, like so many other football coaches, are thrust into the position of Strength & Conditioning Coach at your school, please get certified. (read more bout certification here: https://www.nsca.com/Certification/CSCS/)
If you do not have the time to study for 3-6 months and take the CSCS test, consider taking one or both of the following classes and receiving their certification:
- USA Weightlifting Level 1
- NSCA Essential Foundations of Coaching Lifts.
Both will make you a better Strength Coach and reduce liability in the unfortunate event of a weight room related injury.
Thanks for the questions and compliments on last week’s blog. One thing to note, last week I included the link to Coach Guyer’s website (https://www.xiptraining.com/) but should have included a link to his version of the guest post which can be found here: https://www.xiptraining.com/single-post/2017/06/13/Tips-for-Summer-Training-Success-Part-1
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