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Wednesday, November 20, 2019

GAMECHANGER ELITE PLAYER/TEAM PREPARATION - STRESS/FATIGUE


Much like life, football is multiple high dosages of stress.

Physical stress.

Psychological stress.

Systemic stress.

Localised stress.

Good stress.

Bad stress.

Certain amounts of stress/overload is required to progress or get better at anything in life, but because even the tiniest amount of excess stress can have dramatically negative affects on performance, knowing how much stress to induce, and when, can make or break your players/team...

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Tuesday, November 19, 2019

HAMSTRING STRENGTH PROGRAM



The old pulled hammie never goes away in football does it?

Unfortunately the greatest risk factor for doing a hammie is if you've done it before putting you in a bit of a pickle but with a long term outlook and slow but progressively based rehab work, you can overcome them.

If you've never done one like myself then this preventative program should be at the top of your gym training list, because the best kind of player is an available one.

This year I had a ressies teammate who did one earlier in the year, missed 4 - 5 games, came back and lasted a half. We put a plan in place to get him back for a particular game which I think was  7 weeks later, working back from that game to the injury and in the end he played the last 2 games in the seniors, kicked the 2 most important goals of the grand final and won a senior premiership!

Hamstrings don't get much of a look in during most training programs and if they do they are usually trained through leg curl variations which do close to nothing for protecting against hamstring tears and strains, that most often occur when the leg is at, or close to, a straightened position.

Think the follow through phase of a kick, the position your leg is in just before ground contact in a high speed running action or the initial torso bend trying to pick up the footy - that's the most dangerous joint angle for ham injuries and putting under great load at great speed makes things a helleva lot worse.

This program is 3 phases long with each phase running for 3 weeks each and progressively increases the loading on the hamstring in a stretched/straight/lock out position.

You should be able to simply slide this into your current gym routine quite easily doing 1- 2 times per week...

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Monday, November 18, 2019

CLARKO'S CLUSTER SMALL SIDED GAME PROGRESSION


My senior team from 2019 built it's entire game plan off of our defense and it paid dividends, playing off in and winning the Grand Final.

At low to mid levels of football a rock solid team defence will be near impossible for opposing teams to play against because of the lower grade of skill and tactical awareness of the players at those levels (that's why we play there!)

Building a rock solid defense, or a version of Clarko's Cluster doesn't require players of great skill or ability, although we had 2 super intercept markers, which then means you can kick start your offence off of the opposition's turnover right away.

As a coach you're job is to describe, lay out and teach the intricacies of whatever team/zone/cluster defense you decide to roll with, assuming that no player knows anything at all about setting up and playing cluster defense to start with.

This doesn't mean that you'll then need to raise every minor aspect of cluster defense but rather it then forces you to be clear, concise and to pretty much teach principles over specific player movements.

Below I will map out a nice training drill that I have modified off a soccer drill to help your players/team understand the concepts of team defence, being  isolation, termination, dispossession, and positioning yourself respectively to force turnovers.

To set the drill up...

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Sunday, November 17, 2019

GAMECHANGER ELITE PLAYER/TEAM PREPARATION - PSYCHOLOGICAL CO-ACTIVE


The psychological co-active is the most underutilised co-active which doesne to change if you want fully developed players but is hard to quantify which is probably why it doesn't get the attention it should.

To build the psychological co-active for each individual player, coaches need to set aside time to get to know players on other levels apart from the coach-player level.

The information you can gether from their culture, beliefs and lifestyle can have huge implications on why the perform like they do on game day, which then can drive how you train and prepare them during the week...

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Thursday, November 14, 2019

KICKING DECISION MAKING TRAINING DRILL


This is a simple kicking skill and decision making under pressure scenario that can use anything from 6 - 10 players per group.

It requires you to go on demand, not having view of the the marking options, not viewing how the defense has set up, to find and make the right decision and to perform a successful kicking rep.

The number of markers and/or defenders can be decided upon by the skill level of your players (seniors v reserves, inexperienced v experienced etc).

The following images are shown in order of easiest to hardest variation of this drill and always start at the start which you would think would be obvious, and progress as you become successful at the level below.

Feel free to go beyond your or your player's kicking bandwidth here but not for to long - find their threshold for consistent success, go a level or 2 higher for a few looks then drop back to their threshold level.

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Wednesday, November 13, 2019

GAMECHANGER ELITE PLAYER/TEAM PREPARATION - PHYSICAL CO-ACTIVE


This post will look at some lesser known aspects of the physical co-active which goes a lot further into the hole then a 2km time trial as well as the ridiculously underutilised psychological co-active - an area at local/amateur level that can have perhaps the greatest affect on your team and players performance then anything else.

PHYSICAL CO-ACTIVE...

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Tuesday, November 12, 2019

HILL SPRINTS TRAINING PROGRAM


Hill sprints have been a staple of elite athletes since the dawn of time, purely because of their simpleness - find a hill and run up it!

Perhaps the best thing about hill sprints is that it can be used as a preparatory tool for high speed/velocity running as it trains the action and thus muscles of sprinting, but with far less joint impact and ground reaction forces.

It's great for older players, those coming off rehabilitation and those who haven't sprinted for a while

Win-Win.

Here's a 4 week, twice a week hill program you can follow to prep for the rigors of pre-season coming up very shortly for most of us.

WHAT YOU NEED...

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