There has been a lot of focus over the last few years in the coaching community about sport specialization. The research behind sport specialization is pretty clearly negative and has shown increased psychological stress, overuse injuries, and burnout (Jayanthi et al., 2013). Despite the negative research, it is unrealistic for specializing to go away. Many factors, including college recruiting, will keep specializing alive. I do think as the research continues to be talked about, and multi-sport athletes are being advocated by major college coaches we will see an uptick in multi-sport athletes.
It’s pretty commonplace to hear that the knees traveling over the toes in the squat is dangerous for the knees and can lead to frequent nagging pain. After looking into what actually happens at the knee joint we were able to debunk this misconception. Healthy athletes can perform the squat to full depth without worrying about hurting their knees given proper training methods.
ATHLETE PERFORMANCE VS. GYM PERFORMANCE
Oftentimes we see evidence that coaches believe the number on the bar or weight lifted is the biggest dictator of an athletes success and performance. We are here to argue that point.
Instead we are focused on posture, position, and learning how to create speed throughout the lifts. Compensatory acceleration training refers to minimizing the turnover time from eccentric to concentric while continually gaining speed as leverage favors the athlete.