The Physical Side of the 3 C’s of Athlete Training
We’ve talked about what Confident, Capable, and Conditioned means for an athlete on a large-scale level. Now let’s take a closer look at how the 3 C’s of athlete training can affect an athlete physically.
The physical side is where athlete training makes its hay. An athlete gets better with training and the athlete is now better at their sport: simple A leads to B concept.
An athlete that is confident with movement doesn’t have to think about it, but rather can think about the game. A lot of the movements athletes have to do aren’t natural and have to be done over and over again before they become automatic.
Training those movements and becoming confident in those movements lets the athlete focus on something other than the doubt he or she may have about doing this or that movement.
An athlete that is capable with movement is able to do what is asked of him or her. Often times in sports there is a prerequisite amount of skills an athlete must possess to be successful. Technique with change of direction, agility, and acceleration as well as strength training often aren’t taught within a sport practice. Rather the athlete is expected to have those abilities going into the practice.
The capable athlete has all of those prerequisites ingrained so he or she can show up at practice and do everything without question. That athlete has a huge advantage over all those who haven’t built the strength and the technique through training.
An athlete that is conditioned with movement can do things well for longer. An athlete that has built up a larger capacity for movement can go farther and push harder than the opponent. That means at the end of the game instead of being hunched over and looking forward to seeing double zeroes the athlete is looking forward to finishing on top.
In addition, a huge risk factor for injury within athletics is fatigue and the breakdown of technique that comes with that. An athlete that has had to execute proper technique day in and day out at every training session will be much more likely to execute that same proper technique in the sport even when fatigued because it is all the athlete knows.
The confident, capable, and conditioned athlete is one that can show up on day 1 of practice and be in a position to get better and not simply endure. He or she is in a position to learn X’s and O’s from the start and not worry about just “getting the legs back under ‘em.”
That is a great position for an athlete to be - ready to go and ready to win.