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Overcoaching in the Weight Room

Janz, Jonathon MS, CSCS, USAW

Strength & Conditioning Journal:
doi: 10.1519/SSC.0b013e31819d8086
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Abstract

ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT JOBS A STRENGTH COACH CAN PERFORM IS THE TEACHING OF PROPER EXERCISE TECHNIQUE, WHICH CONTRIBUTES TO THE OVERALL SAFETY OF THE ATHLETES INVOLVED. IN ADDITION, PROPERLY LEARNED TECHNIQUE INCREASES THE EFFECTIVENESS OF THE TRAINING EXERCISES AND METHODS BEING USED. HOWEVER, MANY COACHES ROUTINELY MAKE COMMON MISTAKES WHEN TEACHING EXERCISES. THE COMMON COACHING ERROR DISCUSSED IN THIS ARTICLE IS THAT OF USING FAR TOO MANY COACHING CUES AND/OR TOO MUCH FEEDBACK WHEN TEACHING AT THE EXPENSE OF TRAINING TIME. THIS PHENOMENON IS REFERRED TO AS OVERCOACHING.

Author Information

Department of Intercollegiate Athletics, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Jonathon Janz is an assistant director of strength and conditioning at the University of Minnesota.

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