James Baker: Eccentric Training and the Younger Athlete
This afternoon, an excellent article was posted by Exxentric Summit speaker James Baker of Performance, discussing the use of Eccentric Training and the Younger Athlete on the SimpliFaster blog.
There, James shares the age-appropriate progressions they’ve used within the Elite Performance Pathway at St. Peter’s R.C. High School in the UK, including how they incorporated the kBox in combination with other methods.
Below, Fredrik Correa offers his introduction:
Thinking back to my coaching days I realize I did some things right and some things not right at all. Along the line, I did more and more things right but it was a learning process.
When I hang around James Baker I’m always reminded of one of my shortcomings when I was young and fresh, a system with a good plan with progressions and levels when working with the physical capabilities. In his work in St Peter’s High, he has implemented a fantastic Long Athletic Development Plan and I wished I had something like this when I got started as a young coach.
James came to the Summit and had a great talk on how he implements the kBox with his higher level athletes. His slides are available for download here.
Now he also published a great article on the same topic on SimpliFaster. So if you are thinking about if younger athletes can benefit from eccentric training and how to implement this you must read this. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
/Fredrik Correa, Head of Research & Development