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LTAD - a critique
Demands of the game
Profile of players
Functional screening
Resistance training
Speed and agility training
Integrated game conditioning

Range of motion testing


We have described a number of key ROM tests that the S&C coach can productively use to assess players ROM. These tests are intended to compliment the functional screens that we have previously described – the overhead squat and the forward lunge. It is important to stress that restrictions in ROM about certain joints have been associated with previous injury or injury risk. Ideally, the S&C coach will work closely within a team of experts including medical personnel to prepare a thorough programme of development which has a strong focus on injury risk reduction. The S&C coach, however, can ensure that he or she has a greater understanding of the restrictions and limitations to better movement within his or her players.

This allows the S&C coach to prepare a programme of strength and conditioning that will facilitate greater strength, power and speed in his or her players as well as assist in reducing the risk of injury. The tests notes here are easy to conduct and will give the S&C coach a clear indication of the ROM competencies in players who may present with poor functional movements. This in turn will allow the S&C coach to select appropriate corrective strategies that aim to restore normal ROM thereby facilitating better functional movement pattern execution.

Our next topic will describe a range of active static stretches which can be integrated into the individual programme of the player.