As coaches we teach different training methods but this doesn’t mean that we are always right. There are different environments where children are learning how to do certain things that my methods wouldn’t work in. There is crawling for example, many athletes might benefit from this practice, but it would only work in an environment where there was a smooth surface available. Medicine balls can be used universally. It is also a challenge with the parents involved, as they can cause unnecessary injury when they try to continue the training in their own time.
“When we can be open to trying new things, but become reflective and honest enough to determine what works for us, it optimizes the performance and safety of our athletes.”