Strength and Conditioning Coaching Management For Collegiate Wrestling

      Wrestling is a very challenging sport to condition for due to various conflicting training goals and necessities. The strength and conditioning coach needs to have a very strong and comprehensive understanding of the physiological needs of the sport in order to create effective exercise programs for their athletes. The factors of a wrestling exercise program that must be taken into consideration include power, strength, anaerobic endurance, aerobic endurance, plyometrics, core strength and stability, isometric strength, grip strength, flexibility, injury prevention, body fat percentage, and basic performance nutrition. All of these factors must be focused on during training and must be taken into consideration when writing a strength and conditioning program in order for the athlete to achieve their maximal physical potential.

       There are a few crucial things to keep in mind when creating a strength and conditioning program for wrestling. First and foremost, you must know the sport of wrestling inside and out. You must know how long the matches are, how tournaments are run, what the season is like, and what the wrestling coaches are having their athletes do in practices. This is all crucial for developing an effective and complimentary program and the more knowledgeable you are, the more respect and agreement you will get from the wrestling coach. Secondly, you must be very congenial and professional when working with the wrestling coach to discuss the type of training you will be putting them through during your lifts and conditioning sessions. You must convey your reasoning for wanting a certain type of program but also be open-minded to listening to the coach’s questions and concerns. Together you should be able to come up with a program that is mutually agreeable, usually with a bit of compromise on each side.

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