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April 2014

April 2014


Running Back-Specific Training: From the Weight Room to the Field

by: Shawn Myszka
Athletic Performance Director Explosive Edge Athletics
© April 2014

The idea of sport-specific training has gained great popularity over the years. Inevitably, every coach wants to ensure that he/she is attaining maximal transfer with the strength training programming that is being practiced among the athletes in the weightroom. There is some truth to this thought and approach. First, the all-too-familiar SAID Principle (Specific-Adaptations-to-Imposed-Demands), has been proven time and time again in both research and training. This principle states that training is most effective when resistance exercises prescribed are similar to the target activity. Also, every training method will elicit a different (and specific) adaptation response in the body. Essentially, we must train the way that we want to play.

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