Two of the most important qualities you can have as a strength coach is a healthy understanding of the sport you are working with/what they need to be successful, and a well thought out progression to help continuously progress said athletes in the qualities they need for their sport.
A great example of understanding specific sport needs would revolve around developing anterior core stiffness when working with hockey players.
Anterior core stiffness is hugely important in hockey because hockey players play in a constant hip flexed position, leading to the pelvis being pulling anteriorly, which may be a large reason as to why we see so many hip/groin issues in the sport.
The #1 way to counteract this is to perform anti-extension core work to help drive some posterior tilting of the pelvis.
Our anti-extension progression with hockey looks a little something like this;
- Body Saw
- Foam Roller Body Saw
- Bear Position Body Saw