On Thursday and Friday of last week I attended the UKSCA’s Plyometrics, Speed & Agility workshop. The workshop took place at The Lee Valley Athletics Centre which is a world class training facility (and just a 10 minute drive from where I live).
My main goal was to brush up on the technique and body positioning during plyometric, speed and agility drills to enable my athletes to perform better in their sport.
I was not disappointed. Whilst I have already successfully completed the UKSCA Strength & Conditioning Coach Accreditation, I still picked up some great tips, especially on starting speed and maximal speed training. I was quite amazed at how fast I was able to run during the speed drills even though I am fast approaching my 39th birthday. It is amazing how just a few drills and technique cues can make such an improvement in speed.
One of the main focuses on the workshop was to get us (The Strength & Conditioning Coaches) to think for ourselves using our current knowledge to put training drills together rather than giving us lots of basic drills to copy.
I am now really looking forward to using these learnt skills to good use with my athletes.
There was a slight downside to the workshop. I managed to injure my left hand during an agility drill and sprain a number joints on my left hand. I’ll live, but I’ll have to take a week off from training until my hand turns back from its current black colour to normal and I regain full range of motion in the joints without any pain.