Are you developing as a coach??
One of the things I ask of my interns is that they grade themselves on their competencies as a strength and conditioning coach and identify areas to focus on to make them a better coach. This is with a view to achieve constant development. Obviously experience is a major factor, but gaining the knowledge to apply is also key and you need to know where you want/need to develop in order to target the continuing education for the coming year.
Once you have gained this knowledge you then need to put it into practice otherwise it’s just knowledge and not competence. So putting yourself forward to run sessions that you aren’t comfortable with or are out your comfort zone is a really important aspect of development otherwise how else can you become competent in this are?
Here’s a review from one of the attendees from a recent workshop I organised at Leeds Met delivered by movement specialist Ian Jeffreys on Gamespeed. The workshop focused on basic movement skills that can be incorporated into pretty much all sports at most levels. What I like about this review is how the workshop has directly improved this individual’s performance as a coach, which is the end goal for me with any course. Its not different to the work we prescribe to our athletes, it needs to make them better at their chosen activity. Same thing here, our CPD needs to develop us into better coaches.
Here’s the review:
After attending the ‘Gamespeed’ workshop delivered by Ian Jeffries at Leeds Metropolitan University on 17th September 2011, I left with a sound knowledge of speed and movement training that could be directly transferred into my work with the University athletes. Ian started by providing examples from his own extensive experience and how he came about developing the coaching methods he uses today. Ian provided scientific and technical reasoning for his drills and explained in detail how they could be used with a variety of sports and manipulated to suit a vast range of abilities. An aspect of this workshop which I really enjoyed was the simplicity of the material we were provided with, therefore allowing the drills to be taught easily in any setting and without a need for expensive equipment. Despite the ‘back to basics’ approach, Ian made it clear how effective mastering simple movements and techniques can be on improving athletic ability and speed. Since attending the workshop, I have transferred the skills I learned from Ian into my work with the Leeds Carnegie Basketball team and the Yorkshire Jets Super League Netball team. The material has been easy to coach and the players have begun to develop key skills that have had a positive impact on their performance on the court. I would definitely recommend this workshop, as well as the set up at Leeds Met, the day ran smoothly and was well received by all who attended.
James Dugdale, Strength and Conditioning Intern Leeds Met University
If you are interested in learning from the best, check out the workshop coming up on the 19th November with Kelvin Giles. Kelvin is a leader in the athletic development field and this workshop will be excellent and will make you a better coach. There are only 3 places left though so do act quickly if your looking to come along.
What are you doing this year to keep developing into a better coach? I’d love to know, so leave a comment and tell me!
All the best,