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Daily Training Tasks (DTT)
The start of any trip starts with the first day of the journey
     This part of every training plan that is most difficult to define and describe in theory. The athletes want to immediate start and could care less about anything that sounds like classroom instruction. Its even more difficulty to convince an athlete the value of learning the theory before practicing. However, this approach may be possible if there the athletes have to try out to make a team.

     The coach and trainers need to acquire information as to skills of each athlete so practice sessions can be broken into small groups who are all at a similar level of skills. This makes it much easier to record what worked and what needs to be changed in the next competitive season,

The Responsibilities of Establishing Training Task by the Coach and Trainer         
      Trainers make sure athletes are in good shape and ready to play. When an athlete gets hurt, athletic trainers help determine how serious the injury is. The athlete needs to work with the same trainer(s) on a regular basis. The trainer is the person that is on site and can monitor the milestones of an injured athlete's recovery and determine that he/she is capable of returning to regular athletic training.

      An athletic coach is so much more than just imparting physical skills and mental strategies of how to win. It's all about how to organize, manage and communicate the qualities of being an outstanding citizen who exemplifies the characteristics of moral and ethical conduct.

       In figure skating and other sports that have events performed to music, there has developed a role for choreographers. Generally they have considerable experience as a participant in the sport. If they achieve a reputation for their choreographing skills that generates enough revenue from setting programs, gradually pursue becoming a choreographer on a full time basis.

From the perspective of the athlete
      It is very easy to lose track of what day it is after several weeks into a practice schedule that outlines each day for the week of practice/exercise sessions, meets, and day(s) off. The coach and the trainer(s) must pay attention to what the focus is on each day so valuable time is not wasted. The best way to effectively manage a training program is to post a weekly training schedule to outlines what will occur in either minutes of number of replications.

      Ideally the training schedule will have its origin in detailed lesson plans that a substitute coach or trainer can implement if the primary coach is not available.

     Training volume calculations may meet the criteria and the purposes of the training plan, yet only the practical real life conditions can validate the concept.

      A search of training literature yields an outline of goals based on the following generalizations:
  • Follow an intense practice session with a less intense session.
  • Follow an overload activity with a recovery activity.
  • Allow sufficient time for recovery between workouts.
  • Avoid training that stresses the same energy system(s) on successive days.
  • Avoid training that stresses the same mental system(s) on successive days.
  • Approximately 50% of training time should be recovery activity.
  • Avoid dehydration. If that is not possible, re-hydrate as soon as possible.
  • Eat sufficient calories in a balanced diet.
      The general thrust of every training plan may vary according to the emphasis and intensity of implementing specific points. The role of each athlete's diary of Daily Training Tasks (DDT) is to record the actual accomplishments that allow th coach to review any deviations from the planned training emphasis .
      In DTT diary, the user can use a printed list of scheduled daily activities for the training stage or phase. Details of the table's list should include such tasks as intensity, scheduled training time scheduled, and the actual time of the training that occurred. Allow room for comments. Similar lists of Mental, Technical, Tactical and Physical training tasks should be incorporated in the DTT diary.

      Each user is allowed to modify the planned training tasks to accommodate  school, work, and family obligations.

      A diary of DTT allows the calculation of the minutes per week that should be spent on each aspect of training. These are the ideal, or targeted training times. As the athlete fills out the planning part of the DTT, they may add or delete training activities due to conflicts that occur for specific time slots for each day.

      Information from the DDT logs  should be transferred to a computer spreadsheet to keep a running total of each aspect. With newer technology it might become a real time database. This information allows the athlete and coach to compare the targeted times of the plan as training tasks are added to the weekly schedule. It is up to the athlete to allocate or schedule activities throughout the training week (micro cycle) using the general guidelines given above.

Note: Sometimes the schedule of the person who is doing the transportation requires changing the athletes activity schedule. When this is necessary, attempt to avoid over-
loading the types or practices/ exercises.  A match, meet, or competition may interrupt
the practice schedule.
Assuming these dates have been established at the start of the
season, plan ahead to alter the schedule and anticipate travel and lodging reservations.


Developing A Training Plan

PDF Athletic Training - Jones & Bartlett Learning A typical day for an athletic trainer may include the following tasks: • Development of athletic training education programs by colleges and universities.

Athletic Trainer Job Description, Duties and Jobs - Part 1 Job description and duties for Athletic Trainer. Also Athletic ... programs. 9) Develop training programs and routines designed to improve athletic performance.

Athletic Training  The Oklahoma State University Athletic Training Education Program (ATEP) is .... to perform the tasks necessary to the daily operations of Athletic Training.


The following internet links have been gleaned from personal communications
combined with information from public institutions and athletic organizations/
associations that have a web presence with information concerning team and
individual sports programs:

Physical and Mental Training Considerations
Learning & Training Evaluation Theory
Exercises to Develop Coordination
Training Approaches
Training Strategies
Daily Training Tasks
Principle Of Variation
Training Transfer
Off-Season Conditioning
Peak Performance Training
Endurance Training
Building Endurance
PDF  Weight training Exercises
PDF  Strength Training Exercises
PDF  Power Skating Classes
PDF  Core Body Training
PDF  Endurance Training Plan

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