Using an Integrated Team Approach to Help Clients Achieve their Goals
(by Sarah Applegarth MSc, CSCS, R.Kin, CSEP-CEP Advisory Member for the Canadian Strength and Conditioning Association)
Whether it’s an NHL level hockey player, a teenage provincial lacrosse player or a Masters ski racer it’s not just about working out hard to achieve health and performance goals. Time needs to be spent “working in” and connecting the mind and body together to ensure everything is firing in the proper sequence when it should be in order to optimize workouts and stay injury free. When new clients come through your door they will have a sense of why they are coming to you but not necessarily a plan of how to achieve their goals and avoid injuries. As conditioning coaches it is our job to educate them on what their strengths and weaknesses are in order to create a game plan and ensure client buy-in. There are many facets to building a strong athlete or client. As a strength coach you don’t need to be an expert in all of them. Look to build a network of professionals around you and work together to do the best job for your clients.