Let’s Talk Training Methods
Thoughts from: Jarred Boyd, PT, DPT, MSAT, SCS, CSCS | Director of Rehab, Memphis Grizzlies
Training specificity refers to using training methods which provide a stimulus to the constituents that serve the physical demands performed in the sport but may not directly and solely imitate the sport itself. If the movements associated with the sport were simply replicated, then instead of using exercise-based training to improve performance, the athletes would just play more of their sport
Thus looking at these pictures and claiming that training solutions that only prioritize the reproducibility of the exact positions may not be efficacious. Perhaps simply appreciating the kinematics and resulting kinetics (which have a bidirectional influence) would provide insight into the needs of analysis of priority tissues that necessitate force production (magnitude) and rate of force production (impulse) capacities. Manipulating the constraint is a domain we likely have more leverage to truly influence, as opposed to placing all stock in emergent movement kinematics
What is the reconditioning relevance… well one critical component may be to improve strength (task specific iterations of force over varying timescales) of the muscular determinants of mechanical effectiveness, equipping the athlete with possession of the capacity to handle the strategy. In the sport of basketball, the critical tissues may include the anterior thigh and superficial posterior compartment musculature.
This is not to state that at some point these movements should not and could not be viable tasks within the reconditioning process as that would be a binary bias – I am simply proposing that we do not indulge in the appetizer and then not leave room for the entree.
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