You’ve probably heard me say this before, but athletes need to learn how to stop before they learn how to do anything else.
You can think of this as building a foundation for more explosive movement later on in the training program.
Within learning how to stop, they also have to learn how to create tension in their body in order to protect their joints and to be able to be explosive later.
Allowing them to be too “lax” or “loose” would do a disservice to their ability to understand the types of forces that occur in sport.
I’d like to explain a couple of things:
1) We use box jumps often when learning these basic skills. You may have assumed that box jumps are an advanced progression when in fact they are the most basic of jumping progressions.
2) Some athletes have very poor declarative abilities and therefore would have to be taught to do that first before creating tension. Although most athletes can get right to the point here. But there are instances when you could not do this.
3) This concept goes out of the window with younger athletes ages 12 and below.
Just to recap a couple of important reasons to create tension in the system right from the start with athletes:
1) Muscular Tension throughout the body protects the joints from moving which ultimately protects them from injury.
2) Tension in the system is required to make an explosive move when an athlete changes direction.
3) Teaching them tension early on in the process will set them up for success later when they actually have to apply this to sport. This builds patterns and habits of game-time movement.
I show you exactly what I’m getting at in the video below.
If you are an athlete or coach athletes, it is important to understand these concepts of training.
Check it out below:
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