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Old 12-13-2011, 04:31 AM   #1
Jason Ashman
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Forgive me if this is in the wrong forum, but I'm looking for an answer from the coaching community here.

I have an athlete that I spent almost a full year training for Canadian University football. Excelled at two sports (soccer and football) in highschool, and was built as a scrambling quarterback, the type that is a threat to run or pass on the larger Canadian field. He's deadly accurate inside of 30 yards, and was chased by some D2 and D3 NCAA schools before deciding to stay up North.

Now, when he came to me, he was fast and agile, but not strong or powerful; No hip drive, no knowledge of serious lifting, etc.- in other words, your basic Canadian highschool football player. He came to me with a 5.5 40, 16" vertical, negligible squat and dead, and an agility test time that I can't remember, but that I know was 90th percentile+ for the region. By the time I was done, he was a 4.8 40, 24" vert., 285 squat and 280 dead at 175lbs, and was even quicker on the agility testing. All of this, and he blew out his ham halfway through training at a combine, and suffered from shoulder issues throughout because of an overzealous highschool football coach who believed that throwing a LOT, everyday makes for a better quarterback. I work with a competent team- massage and physio- anyway, so we worked him through that, and still ended up with serious gains.

I'm willing to take public credit for the improvements, but most of what I did was simply take a talented kid and introduce him to real strength & conditioning, and give him the programming he needed to get things done.

So, I sent him off to school in the best shape of his life, where he was promptly red-shirted and sent to the practice squad behind two 4th year quarterbacks. He was put on the program's "football training" regimen, and, while I've kept in touch, I haven't had him back for training, until now.

He's at 185lbs, and thicker through the shoulders, traps and upper back. But, here's my problem: EVERYTHING is gone- the hip drive, the mobility, the quickness and agility, even the squat mechanics. He's bigger, but seriously weaker, and he can't even run a simple box drill without breathing hard. I spent HOURS working the sleds (Prowler-type and drag) with this kid, and I'm not even sure he'll see the sleds over the holidays, because I'm worried I'll hurt him- he's THAT tight.

He's a driven kid, but I wondered if he'd been slacking, so I asked to see his logs; he's done everything they've asked, and he swears up and down he's been watching the diet as much as University living will allow, and has kept the liquor to minimal amounts. However, here's the issues:

1) It's NOT a position-specific program: everyone- from lineman to quarterbacks- does the same thing.

2) Its built around bodybuilding. The logs included the programming, and its pure garbage- something a decent globogym PT would throw at their advanced client, but nothing even remotely resembling solid football strength & conditioning, for lineman or quarterback.

3) Its unsupervised, with little to no coaching involved.

4) Although there's ladder work involved, the program lacks sprinting, box drills, or anything that could legitimately be considered as conditioning work.

5) Its so bad that a basic intense box drill- 10 yd. sprint, 10 yard shuffle, 10 yard back sprint, 10 yard shuffle- done for 4 reps at high speed destroys him, where before it merely made him breathe hard- he was also a provincial-level soccer player.

6) The program's entire recovery/pre-hab approach consists of the word "stretch" at the end of the day's programming.


Completely ignoring the obvious fact that's its a disgustingly worthless program (that's for another post- I've been fighting that fight for 18 months at several schools: the entire region is like that, and they stubbornly refuse to embrace reality), here's my question:

Do I have a right as this kid's off-season strength & conditioning coach to go bitch to the coach/trainer/Athletic Director about what they've done to my athlete? I didn't spend almost a year of my time turning this kid into a football machine so some moron personal trainer with no strength & conditioning knowledge who got the job because the old AD believed that having a basic personal training license and having played CIS football qualifies one to train athletes could take him back to square one in 4 months.

I realize I may have no real recourse here- after all, he's technically THEIR athlete now- but it has pissed me off to no end that I'm going to spend the next three weeks trying to get this kid back into something resembling an athlete so they can go fuck him up again next semester.

It disgusts me.

Any suggestions or thoughts?

Much appreciated.
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