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"Crashing"... a harsh reality in Judo training or just me? 

So this week I have missed all my Judo sessions.
Partly this is work related with me getting in home, but partly it's me having not tried hard enough to get to training.

Those of you have been following this blog for a while might have noticed I have done this before. It seems every four weeks or so, I "fall off the wagon", and my training dies for about a week.

In terms of coaching, you can expect this to happen with anyone you are coaching. Maybe not with the frequency I have finding, but all the people you meet will "lose it" occasionally.

There are two things to consider here, one is how to predict the crashes and second how to minimize the impact and or frequency.

So... Predicting a crash.
The best methodology I know to predict a crash is to keep good paperwork. Both you and your player should keep training records and diaries. Keep charts of the training, measure the amount, intensity, duration. Keep records also of the emotional and physical responses to the training. Was it a "good session", did you over do it, do you feel sick? Are you feeling positive or negative?

Again, both you AND your player need to keep diaries/records. Comparing the two will highlight areas where you and your player see things differently.

From these records you will hopefully be able to "see" patterns, like my 4 weekly crashes. Or maybe it's just after a competition (or just before)? Maybe it is a diet thing? Maybe it was a bad Randori?

Once you have started predicting the crashes you can start trying to...

...preventing and coping with crashes.

This to be frank is the hard bit and very much where your abilities / talents / skills / magic as a coach will be needed. It'll take a good knowledge of your player and of the causes of the crashes.

Then you'll need to decide upon, what they call in sport psychology, "interventions".
By that all they really mean "doing stuff" to make things better.

So, if you know that for example your players motivation crashes just before a competition, you can address this in a number of ways. For example, the motivation might be crashing as they get nervous about losing. So maybe do some mental rehearsal work to lower their anxiety levels. This might prevent the crash.

Alternatively, such as my case, you could consider revising your periodization plan. In my case, I am "trying" to schedule the transition phases between cycles for the week I expect a crash. So changing things up in that week when I expect to crash.

In summary, good record keeping and review will help you detect the crashes in advance. Then if you can see them coming, you can implement strategies to prevent or minimize the crashes.



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