The Biggest Problem in the Sports Training Industry
Here’s what IYCA Member Paul Clarke had to say in response to my question about the biggest problem in youth fitness and sport training:
“The major problem as I see it is coaches that advocate and live the mantra of working harder instead of smarter. Invariably this leads to a quantity over quality approach.”
I couldn’t agree more with Paul.
It’s being popularized in a different circle right now, but for roughly ten years, I’ve been saying…
Any fool can make a young athlete tired, but it takes a real COACH to make them better.
My first job out of college was as a Performance Coach at a training center for professional, Olympic and National Team athletes in Canada.
We also did a lot of work with young athletes.
One of my first meetings as a staff member at this facility is a moment in time that I will truly never forget.
The Head Performance Coach was suggesting that we needed to work a touch harder as a group in order to “beef up our v-factor points” for this coming month.
Being new and open to learning as much as I could, I naturally inquired about what that meant (figuring it had to do with some sort of super secret training system!)
“Shocked” and “confused” are the only two words I can think of when I was given the definition.
A “V-Point” was something that each of us Coaches were awarded when we trained a young athlete hard enough so they puked.
You get my point.
But the truly disturbing thing is that here in 2009, a full decade and change later, there are many facilities and Coaches that still live by that mantra.
Disgusting isn’t the word…
But Stupid comes to mind.
Blunt, I know, but if we aren’t prepared to advocate for kids and teenagers than what exactly are we doing this for?