MatchFit Youth Blog

It’s been a while since having last written my blog. Lots has gone on in this time including my wife giving birth to our twin babies, and commencing S&C work with Great Britain Basketball. In my last post, I discussed how I had taken on somewhat of a hybrid S&C technical-tactical coaching role at National League Two South, Southend Rugby Club.

Often, the S&C coach has to remove planned training units or ‘S&C’ based sessions from a training day or week. While such compromises may be necessary in order to appropriately adjust the athletes’ training load, problems related to the athletes’ levels of preparation can arise when too many of these ‘S&C’ training units are removed. This situation may exist because of the number of multidisciplinary staff inolved in solving the performance puzzle. More specifically, the technical-tactical coach and the S&C coach. The solution to this? A single programme manager, or coach, overseeing all training.

It’s currently a busy time for me writing preseason training programmes for the teams and athletes that I work with. Working with diverse athletic populations forces me to really consider the intended purpose of the training that I am prescribing within the programmes, and most recently I have been giving thought to what I believe is the paradoxical nature of strength and conditioning (S&C).