Sports Medicine

Injuries 101: The Inadequate Design of an Athlete’s Training Program

The design of the athlete’s training program should be guided by the physiological requirements of the sport as well as the strength and conditioning needs of the individual.

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Why are athletes still sustaining injuries?

A potential reason is the inadequate design of the athlete’s training program(s), including a failure to address all potential risk factors for injury. When developing and implementing strength training programs, many training professionals rely on their own past experiences or on the advice of an exercise “guru”. Using past experiences or suggestions from training experts (who often rely on their own past experiences) may be helpful in guiding the initial development of a program. However, these routines may fail to account for one or more key components of a comprehensive training program. At Athlete Builder, we are working hard to deliver evidence-supported strategies to help coaches, strength trainers, and sports medicine practitioners design and implement optimal training programs by using our technology. The goal is to enable program designers to fill in the inefficiency gaps of an athlete, and create effective, personalized programs for their clients.

No such thing as ‘one-size-fits-all’

As an example, should a female cross-country athlete perform the same strength training program as a male football player? Obviously not. However, many athletes are prescribed a “one-size-fits-all” training program. Although some similar exercises may be performed by different athletic groups, the design of the athlete’s training program should be guided by the physiological requirements of the sport as well as the strength and conditioning needs of the individual. In addition, it’s important to account for injury risk factors and the proper mechanics of the sport when designing optimal training programs.

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