Injury Free …..Not today!
Over the period of about 10 yrs or so I have coached many people, seen many people being coached and just been around some good high profile events watching whats going on. Yep I’m still learning too.I spent many weeks with my mentor, Rob Ellchuk in Bath who I consider a great coach and a fountain of information, just watching and learning, asking question, and I still ask him questions now, and run scenarios past him.
Why do i do this ? I coach young athletes and the last thing I want to do is injure an athlete through coaching and loose them from the sport. As many people know I have developed a standard set of drills, that over the years have been the start of many sessions without injury. (when done properly). When I see a new exercise / drill being carried out by other people, I look at this and think, useful, usable, yes/no as I did recently at The Muller Anniversary Games with the French and GB team. So I tried this with a couple of my athletes, asked for feedback, was there a benefit and made a decision.
The reason I write about this is because today I had news from a friend that their child had picked up an injury from a session with a new coach. We discussed the things that were done during the session and I just don’t get it. I’ve never seen this exercise performed anywhere in my athletic career from any level of athlete, and cant link it to running. So I asked my fountain of Knowledge, Rob. Very interesting reply, 4 words that just summed it up. Not Good. So its a sad time for this young athlete, foot up, iced, resting.
Whats the moral of the story?, for me. I know what level my coaching is at, I do and will keep questioning what I do during sessions, I will keep asking questions to my mentor, I will continue to make my sessions fun. It will always be “” All about the athlete “”