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Training
Four Steps to Successfully
Training High School Athletes
By Patrick McHenry, CSS*D
Director of Strength & Conditioning
at Castle View (CO) High School
O
ne of the most challenging aspects of
training high school athletes is balancing
the needs of an entire team with
individual players. Utilizing the Four Step Method
provides a solution.
The Four Step Method covers these critical
areas: testing, evaluating, setting goals, and
developing a program. Below is a closer look at
each one.
1. Testing refers to assessing the athletic levels
of your team members. It identifies the strengths
and weaknesses of student-athletes individually
and as a team, and enables the coach to design
a strength and conditioning program that is
specific to the needs of each student-athlete.
The three recommended tests are the Vertical
Jump, Pro-Agility Run, and 10-Yard Dash. Other
tests that can be included are the Long Jump, the
Medicine Ball Throw, and the Three Cone Drill.
2. Evaluation entails analyzing the test results
of each student-athlete and the team as a whole.
This is a vital step so you know specifically what
weaknesses each individual needs to work on
and what weaknesses the team has. It will then
help you design the most effective program.
After testing I have each athlete graph their
results and then chart them so they can compare
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A vital step in goal setting is to not only write
down goals but the steps for achieving them.
4. Program Design refers to the training
regimen that the coach designs to help the
student-athlete achieve his or her goals.
Ultimately, effective training programs will result
in an improvement in athletic performance.
The program should be designed (or modified)
depending on the athlete's goal. If an athlete
is trying to improve their vertical jump, we will
focus on cleans, jumps, and squats, for example.
Before we start the lifting program, we make
sure the athlete is using good technique. We
check over the athlete's knees to make sure
they are positioned properly. We look at arm
mechanics and assess if they are using their core
fully and going through a full range of motion. n
their scores to athletes who are the same age
and gender from all over the county. I use the
National Strength and Conditioning Association
(NSCA.com) Performance Assessment package
(free to members).
3. Goal Setting requires athletes and their
coaches to identify a reasonable time or score
to achieve within a certain time period. Goals
should be challenging, yet realistic, and allow for
the student-athlete to see improvements each
time they test. They should also be specific. " I
want to improve my vertical jump " does not tell
me much. " I want to improve my vertical jump by
two inches before the end of the second term "
would be a good goal.
http://www.NSCA.com

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