Here are a few observations from the past few years working with athletes and coaches:
1. At the high school level, a football mentality seems to pervade as the training model for many athletes.
2. Outside of the notion of Olympic weightlifting, there is a huge lack of diversely experienced and knowledgeable strength and conditioning coaches at all levels.
3. Strength and conditioning coaches should be more proactive about preventing injuries through training rather than looking the other way at the effects of how training affects the human body.
4. There is a gross misunderstanding of the relationship between the training environment and the competitive environment.
5. Grunting, yelling, vomiting, demeaning, threatening, and glamorizing do not always represent evidence of successful training.
6. We need more opportunities for strength and conditioning coaches to LEARN how to be better leaders.