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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

Coaching the clean

Step 2 - Catch position with bar on shoulders

Gripping the bar slightly wider than shoulder width, the player rests the bar on the front of the shoulder muscles with elbows raised (Figure 2).

Figure 2. Catch or rack position of bar on shoulders. Note elbows are pointed forwards

It is important to assess whether the player can attain a proper rack or catch position with the bar on the shoulders. Note in Figure 3 that the rack or catch position is not appropriate and should the player not be able to move the elbows to a forward pointing position then he or she will likely require a period of mobility training for the upperback, shoulders, latissimus dorsi and forearm muscles before advancing. We recommend that the player uses any one of the derivatives of the Clean such as the mid-thigh Pull while he or she is working on the mobility of the upper back, shoulders, latissimus dorsi and forearm muscles.

Figure 3. The player displays a poor catch/rack position with elbows pointing to the floor.