Training the Female Athlete Essay

632 Words Jan 18th, 2014 3 Pages
Training the Female Athlete
In this Podcast, Peter Melanson interviews Diane Vives – director of Vives Training Systems in Austin, Texas, on training female athletes. Peter asks Diane a series of questions in regards to female athletes versus male athletes on how to train better, the differences between training, and the types of injuries caused from the training between men and women athletes. Diane answers with questions with research and studies that supports her theories and reasoning’s to her ways of training the female athlete. Diane explains that as trainers and coaches that we need to recognize with men and female athletes that we are seeing specific trends with female athletes
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We have to approach the female and really create a higher expectation for training intensity, Diane explains. Research study show that when you put a female and male athlete together and make everything relatively the same with body, mass size – the size of the athlete, and you ask the female athlete what they perceived their level of intensity is. The females consistently felt like they were training at a much higher intensity than the males did. Peter asks Diane what are some examples for coaches and trainers to change to make a positive impact on their female athletes right away. Diane explained that in order to make a dramatic change right away, one of the best way is to incorporate a dynamic warm up that includes flexibility, basic strength training and teaching plyometric. Diane includes the work “teaching’ because it is important that the athletes understand how to land and decelerate in order to reduce any injuries and to have progression. Including basic coordinative bimotor skills that include speed agility and quickness drills. is also important into incorporating into the female athletes training to dramatically make a change and even reducing the ACL and knee injuries by 73%. In summary, Diane explains that coaches and trainers need to look at the female athlete differently versus being afraid of getting bulky and to have higher expectations. Incorporating dynamic warm ups can significantly decrease the
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