Morning all. I'm at Staverton Park, Daventry at the annual coaching conference and exhibition. Rowperfect is showing off the new Aero sculls in the exhibition.
First session is Professor Greg Whyte and Steve Gunn talking about athlete pathways for developing athletes.
The Athlete Pathway
The relationship between the athlete and coach must be strong and have a good working basis.
The ARA vision
"Excellent coaching will enable the sustainable growth of rowing.
Application "Coaching is required for participants & crews that wish to continually improve and take on greater challenges."
The support services of physiology, biomechanics, psychology, strength and conditioning, nuturiion, massage, physio, medicine are all support services to the coach:athlete equation.
Success comes from
1 – genetic endowment – rowing is a sport where height and armspan are important
2 – the health status of the athlete – if we can keep an athlete healthy we can keep a continual training stimulus. The more time out injured means less training and impact on performance.
3 – training – here the coach has the greatest influence