This is the general board thread I’m going to start for a topic currently running in the D.P.
There is definitely a line to draw when thinking about sport specific training. Actually I think the phrase is overused. I’ve seen personal trainers having their clients do crunches while holding a tennis racquet to make it a “sports specific” exercise. Evidently that player must have poor balance and has to make a lot of hits while lying down.
In sports performance training the goal is to make the athlete more efficient. Most of the time its poor technique that is keeping them from reaching full potential. Too many extra movements that actually slow them down. Add in some newfound strength from the weight room and now you have an athlete who performs better on the field.
Even as an athletes gets older and is more experienced as they climb the ranks, they still need to focus on the same things. Balance, Speed, Agility, Power, Flexibility and Strength. If any of those qualities are missing then the athlete will be limited from reaching their full potential.
Now does that mean that whole workout sessions are developed to balance, or agility? The best approach is to provide just enough of each to improve the athlete’s ability. The approach cannot be one where you do absolutely everything, every workout and hope that something works.
There are workouts that are defiantly sport specific. The demands on the body of a baseball player are different than those of a basketball player etc. An athlete needs to be trained to meet the demands of the sport they play, in that sense it is sports specific.