Pablo Toledo is the Coach Development Department Leader. He holds multiple coaching licenses as well a Ms. In Sports Training, specializing in Soccer & Futsal Conditioning.
I remember taking my first couple of coaching courses in the USA and thinking “How am I supposed to organize a preseason based on this?”. To the date, I still think we do a poor job in teaching physical education to our coaches. Realistically, this is non-existent until you reach your C license, in which you’re only requested to watch a 1 hour webinar on periodization.
That means to me that most coaches run years of sessions and conditioning periods not knowing at all what they’re doing, and that’s a problem, especially because many have what I call “The Rocky Balboa Syndrome” and believe that conditioning is about destroying the players for three hours, sending them home devastated and calling them to practice the following day to train even harder, while they see them show up almost limping, and maybe even feeling proud because a couple parents love the idea that “the coach is tough”, until the inevitable happens…
You know who the slowest player on a field is?
The one that’s injured.
This is why, starting today, I’ll be posting a series of conditioning related posts, and I really hope these posts stick, because it will help many players and avoid many injuries.
Let’s start from the very beginning.
The first thing that a coach must understand is that there are 5 principles that any and every conditioning school validates as truth, that are:
Let’s stop here for now. First checkpoint and let’s make sure we understand this well.
In the next couple of posts we are going to cover:
Thanks for tuning in, coach!
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