Furthermore, coaches must consider rest and recovery strategies when implementing a program targeted at improved SAQ. A mentally and physically fatigued athlete, due to high volume and low rest periods, cannot expect to make the same changes as an athlete with similar training volumes yet higher rest periods. Longer rest periods (12:1 - 20:1) are critical to ensure athletes are mentally and physically recovered and ready to exert the maximum effort with each repetition required to ingrain neuromuscular changes in technique, as well as muscle changes in strength. In conclusion it is common to want to find the single method that will lead to success. Whether that be finding the one food that will make you healthy, or the one exercise that will improve your performance. Evidence continues to point to a comprehensive and deliberate approach; one that implements all facets (Movement Quality, Cardiorespiratory Fitness, Flexibility, Strength, Speed, Power, and Mental Resilience) to facilitate the safest and most effective athletic development. When refining athletic ability, training speed and agility is important, but it must be done in the right way, in conjunction with sport training, proper strength training, nutrition and appropriate recovery strategies. I hope you’ll reach out if we can help you in best determining the nuanced details that all too often get missed. Chris Chris Gahagan, CSCS, PES is the Head Strength & Conditioning coach at Pro-Activity and can be reached at email@example.com Works Cited:
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- Stone, Michael H., Gavin Moir, Mark Glaister, and Ross Sanders. "How Much Strength Is Necessary." Physical Therapy in Sport. Physical Therapy in Sport, May 2002. Web. Mar. 2016.