interview with a personal trainer
-BSC in Sports and Exercise Science, England
-Plays soccer, rugby, cricket, golf, and kayaking.
-member of Royal Marines Reserve UK
You do a lot of agilities training. What is your program like?
My agility training involves extensive use of the agility ladder, agility rings, several drills using cones and some basic plyometrics. Every program is progressive in all elements of duration,intensity, compexity and skill. The true definition of agility is 'the ability to change direction while at speed' and this is what every drill is designed towards.
What part of the body do you concentrate on for each sport?
I have trained many athletes in many sports, form ages 10-21+, some of those sports include rugby, soccer, tennis, golf, american football, swimming, running (sprint and marathon), and track and field. In every sport and every exercise ther is one fundamental area i always work on for injury prevention. The knee and its alignment. I find this is the biggest area for injury and provides the basis for all correct technique in every sport. To help with this i always start out teaching and drilling the atheltic stance, which enables the knee to always stay over the ankle and not the toes.
I heard that you play Rugby. Please tell me why you like it and what the common injuries in Rugby are.
I love rugby because it is fast, explosive, and a physically demanding sport. It is a contact sport which really tests the mind and body. The fast pace demads constant adapability for decision making and it is a true test of every athletes skills.
common injuries is a tough question to answer because of the fact that it isa contact sport, and every part of the body is exposed to injury. However if i had to choose one area, that would have to be the shoulder, as this is used heavily in every tackle made and if technique is wrong you are exposed to many missalignment issues. Do not forget the spinal possibilities! Secondly you have the issue of accute impact injuries which include abrasions, brusies and torn ears.
I heard that you play Cricket. What are the common injuries in cricket?
The most common injuries vary depending on the postion played, bowlers - shoulders, batsmen - being hit anywhere by the ball, fielders - fingers being bent back or broken while catching the ball.