Specificity Training

by Steven Plisk |  Date Released : 01 Jan 2009

  • Introduction
  • What is specificity?
  • Looking at the demands of the target task
  • Specificity is not simulation
  • Specificity is a matter of understanding the mechanics, energetics and the coordination demands
  • Think of specificity as a three dimensional target
  • The essential elements that make up specificity training
  • Whatever sport you play, there may be some common demands
  • The common platform for most sports
  • What role does a trainer have in cooperation with a coach?
  • What does a trainer need to demonstrate to get a program director to listen to him/her?
  • Educationally based programs
  • If you can describe your program as a curriculum, you are talking the language of educators
  • Most sports specific movements have three basic elements
    • The athlete has to solve the problem
    • Life tends to be a "stop and go" sport
    • What kind of forces are you generating?
  • What variables need to be present to elicit the transference that would enable you to call what you do specific?
  • What subject matter do you need to master to be outstanding?
  • What is the difference between a good coach and an outstanding one?
  • Best practices
  • Innovation is a result of process

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Steven Plisk

About the author: Steven Plisk

Steven Plisk has over 20 years of experience in Sports Performance and Strength and Conditioning. He earned his BS in Exercise & Sport Science the University at Buffalo and his MS in Kinesiology at the University of Colorado. Steven chaired the Strength and Conditioning Professional Standards and Guidelines project. A prolific author and a frequent presenter at national conferences, Steven is also the founder and director of Excelsior Sports.

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