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Safety and injury aspect of Olympic style weightlifting:

Various studies were done showing Olympic style weightlifting to be the safest form of resistance training there is. One study assessed the injury potential and safety aspects of weightlifting movements and Olympic style weightlifting proved to be the safest (Stone, Injury).

Where injuries are often seen is when a coach doesn't take the proper time needed to teach the lifts and the different positions associated with those lifts properly or an athlete tries to go too heavy too fast. Every athlete I coach starts with a stick or a light bar and must be able to hold and effectively execute every position with perfect precision. Once an athlete has proved the ability to hold and execute every position, the athlete then can start adding weight.  

Why we train the way we do:

·         We train for force. Training how much you can lift (mass) without worrying how fast you lift it (acceleration) is not training force. It is not how much you can lift, it's about how much you can lift fast that matters.

·         We snatch/clean/jerk because it produces a high amount of force/power into the ground. 5 to 20 times the amount of force produced by squats and bench-press.

·         Olympic lifts are explosive in nature, they also require great levels of timing, balance, kinesthetic awareness, and coordination. Above all, like all things athletic (in a gross fashion- meaning running, jumping, stopping, changing directions), they can only be performed by applying force to the ground. For these reasons Olympic style training reflects the reality of all sports.  

·         Not only do we train the body of an athlete to produce force, we also teach the body how to receive force and move correctly throughout its full range of motion. This means a major decrease in the risk of an injury that can occur to an athlete at any given time.

What is “Functional Movement Screen” FMS?

Another key aspect in sports is injury prevention. Studies done by trainers in the NFL called "Functional Movement Screen" (FMS) have shown that the athletes that score high on theses test have lower the rate of injury incidents than athletes that scores low.  Oddly enough, or perhaps not so odd, the FMS is largely made up of the movement patterns that are taught and strengthen throughout Olympic style weightlifting.  So what we have is a training program that not only focuses on force production, but also helps in injury prevention.

Examples of teams that train Olympic style weightlifting:

·          Chicago Bulls of the 90's

·          49ers of the 80's-90's

·          2008,2012 Super Bowl Champ's New York Giants

·          IU Basketball '71-'00 with coach Bob Knight, 2011-2012 season

·          Penn State Women's Volleyball/Men's Football

·          LSU Football

·          Alabama Football

·          Oregon Women's Basketball/Men's Football

·          A recent poll revealed that 85% of Universities train Olympic style

Coaching Qualifications:

·          Competing in Olympic weightlifting at National level for 9 years. 

·          Shadowed one of the best Olympic weightlifting coaches, Mark Garrett, for 5 years.

·          Olympic weightlifting Club Coaches Course Certification. (That's more than most college coaches have when it come to teaching Olympic style weightlifting.)

·          Strength and Conditioning coach at Milan High School for 4 years

·          Strength and Conditioning coach for 2011 Milan Football team that went 11-2

·          Strength and Conditioning coach for 2011-2012 Milan Basketball team that went 16-6

·          Strength and Conditioning coach for 2012 Milan Football team.

·          Currently coach both High School and College Athletes

·          Currently developing my Olympic weightlifting knowledge and preparing to take the next level coaching course in the future.

My Job as a Strength and Conditioning coach:

·          Teach athletes how to lift properly

·          Provide a positive and safe training environment

·          Develop respect toward one's self and others

·          Develop all around knowledge of one's body and training programs

·          Develop discipline and strong work ethic in athletes

·          Be a leader and a strong positive role model. 

·          Be a Motivator!!!!

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