In this webinar, Joe McCullum, Head of Strength and Conditioning at the University of British Columbia, describes the movement skills necessary for success in combative sports and explains how they can fit into a strength and conditioning plan.
sport can be influenced by the quality of movement skills performed, combined
with the rate of force development when performing these skills. As a strength and conditioning coach it is
our responsibility to develop fundamental movement skills that are transferable
to sport, and the power necessary to execute these movements effectively. Lifting, sprinting, agility, and jumping
mechanics are often the focus of most programs, and transfer well to sport,
however there are many other movement dimensions that should be considered,
especially in contact sports.
have a contact component. Some sports are
defined by contact, such as football, rugby and hockey, while others experience
contact as a secondary effect of the game, such as falling on the court in
volleyball or blocking out in basketball.
Contact increases the dimensions of movement skill needed to be
successful. There becomes a need to
learn how to fall, tumble, and leverage an opponent. Some of these movements borrow from combative
sports such as wrestling and tumbling sports such as gymnastics. As a result, techniques used to train these
athletes can be applied to contact sports to improve movement skill.
shutdown has resulted in a prolonged period of non-contact for athletes. In the near future, athletes will be expected
to return to competition with a shortened preseason. It is therefore useful to develop this
tolerance to contact prior to the competition season to insure athlete