231220 Part two-The relationship between load intensities and the learning of and improvement of technical skills

Preface to the article

Due to the Covid-19 virus, I was offered the opportunity to take a leave of absence from my school district which is in a hybrid learning situation. Based on many factors, including the most important, that of taking care of our grandchildren while their Dad and my wife are working, I took the leave of absence from my school district.

I am hopeful that come next September and with the vaccine being available I will be back in the weight room with my great students.

The following was previously published in the Washington State Coaches Magazine.

231220 Part two-The relationship between load intensities and the learning of and improvement of technical skills

High intensity loads on a beginner disrupt conditioned reflexes. These in turn shorten the response time of the motor reactions. With these shortened times the body doesn’t have the ability to integrate the feedback into useful patterns of movement.

Using weak to moderate loads in training helps to improve the athletes attention to the feedback coming from their body, improves acquisition of and reproduction of the earlier learned lessons and motor skills, allows them to recognize and master the rhythm of the movement and teaches them to control the speed of movement for the best results.

By not following these developmental stages, the athlete will lag behind those who have gradually built up their ability to perform at the highest level.