Looking and listening to the various methods employed by coaches at my high school to build endurance and comparing to the certain sports needs, I believe that many of these methods are highly misunderstood.
What do I think on what kind of conditioning needs to be done for sports? I personally believe that almost all sports should base at least 80% of the conditioning on sprinting drills. Then, make some position specific drills (only for certain sports i.e. football).
All sports require the athlete to sprint sporadically, but never does any sport require an athlete to run continuously at a 65% max speed pace (this does not include track events).
Here are some examples:
Football- This is a sprinting sport, and the longest distance they have to travel is 100 yards(sometimes 150 if they are a kick returner).
Hockey- Although they do continuously skate, with the major amount of switches being made and considering how small the rink is, sprinting is more of the prevalent area for the players.
Soccer- When the positions are split up, sprinting is more involved that a continuous run.
Volleyball- That is all about short sprints.
Lacrosse- Same basic idea as soccer.
Even from personal experience, I have noticed that my long distance cardio is much better when I do a lot of sprints. When the body is pushed to the limits for a short distance and given very little time to recover, the shock is always fluctuating and forcing the body to adapt, which is why HIIT is able to burn so much more bodyfat that a continuous run.
Sprinting conditioning seems much more logical for athletes and coaches to adopt, but why does the continuous run always prevail in 75% of high school coaches?
What do you all have to say on my thinking and why coaches seem to use the old style version of conditioning?