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Developing Performance Consistency in Athletes
Consistency and Intensity Traits of Success
There are two traits that are crucial in the development of a successful athlete - consistency and intensity. Many parents and coaches focus on talent and potential and ignore these traits.
These two variables are inter-related
and when there development is coordinated, have a large impact on an
athletes success or failure. Consistency, is
the foundation on which all successful athletes are built. It goes
beyond just showing up to practice or off season strength and speed
training. It requires establishing very precise goals established to
take the athlete where they want to go!
Athletes must develop the mental strength
to "stay the course” when tired,
sore or busy, both during the training season, as well in off season.
Athletes that train consistently
will make the most improvements.
Consistency in training carries over to other aspects of the athletes life. A regimented training program helps their performance in practice sessions and in a competition situation. They develop self-confidence in knowing how they will respond in a variety of situations. An important lesson learned is that hard work leads to predictable successful outcomes. Intensity is a learned trait much like consistency. Intensity is the athletes ability to highly focus on the task at hand. Some athletes bring their own intensity to their sport. They thrive on competition and respond to having other athletes train at the same facility by raising their intensity.
Realistic Training Schedule
It is important to remember that it is
physically impossible to achieve a high performance level and maintain
that level for weeks or months. An athlete's body needs a balance
of stress and rest to improve. The trainer works to increase the
peaking level after each cycle. This is one of
the fundamental laws of nature and captures the essence of athletic
training. Repetition and frequency are important to master any skill,
but balance is more important. Without adequate rest, repetition and
frequency will cause athletes to become injured and/or burn out.
Athletes can push themselves way beyond the capacity and over train. Think of the body as a black box. If you stress the body's physical, mental, or emotional systems beyond its normal capacity it can attempt to over come the additional stress, but eventually it can overload and begin to shut down. Sometimes the result can be catastrophic.
Some trainers suggest that an athlete is given a rest phase, the body can build a stronger system. Their training plan consists of overloading the body system followed by letting the system rest and rebuild, and then stressing it again to a higher level.
Skaters, parents, and coaches should proceed with caution and not engage in a radical program until they have explored a modified training program that does not push the skater to extreme limits.
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