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Dan Pfaff, Skill, and Intelligent Integration | Boddicker Performance

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Dan Pfaff, Skill, and Intelligent Integration

by on May 3rd, 2010

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This weekend I spent some time enjoying the wisdom of Dan Pfaff.  In a 35 minute presentation, I was able to extract some excellent quotes that you will enjoy.

“Programs without effective teaching…it may as well stay on the page.”

“The core of any training plan is out of improving the athletes’s physiology and psychological state.”

“Coaches need to study biophysics…the fascial systems communicate…”

“Speed training to marathoners is doing diagonals on a soccer field after an hour run…technically that’s not speed work. I mean they are running faster on the diagonals than they did on the hour run, but iff you are trying to improve the absolute speed quality, it is a short distance where they can run the top velocity they can absolutely produce for two ten meter segments in a row.”

“What is the technique or biomechanical pattern that you are moving people towards?”

“If you teach a steeplechaser to hurdle and to do the water jump and landing, you can gain a lot of time just by working on coordination and skill sets in that event.”

“You’ll say what about the Kenyans? You know, they are terrible hurdlers, but they’ve got bigger engines. If you don’t have the engines that those guys have, you gotta close the gap somehow, some way. Technique is one way to change that gap.”

“What needs to get better conditioned? You know there is general and there are very specific.”

“Taking a high jumper and having him condition with one hour runs is probably not doing much for enzymatic maps or the nervous system, so what does he need a work capacity of?”

“It is a very specific type of work capacity that you are after…”

“Competeing is the ultimate training for the athlete…”

“I do a lot of therapy on athletes; I’ve been forced to out of frustration. When you get your hands on an athlete after a major competition the tissues, the fascia, the ligaments are very, very different. For some world class throwers, it is maybe a week before they can return to normal levels in the weight room. For a lot of 100m runners, it’s 9 to 10 days before they can get back to critical velocities.”

“What are you building a base of?…there are energy system requirements for each event, but are we specific with these requirements? There’s cardiopulomnary factors in each event…basketball players play a lot of basketball day in and day out…when you break that down what do they do? They do thousands of short sprints, and when you take them into a lab and do anaerobic profiles, these guys are world class in cardiopulomnary activities.”

“Muscles get signals though the central nervous system and the fascial system enveloping them. Developing that system—frequency of firing, rate coding, magnitude—those entities take very precise and unique types of training. If you don’t have an educated central nervous system then your technical qualities are going to be behind your metabolic and catabolic capabilities.”

“Adrenal fatigue always occurs first in our athletes and that triggers a T3, T4, TSH response and pretty soon the thyroid has collapsed. One the thyroid has collapsed, that athlete is probably down for 12 to 18 months.”

“There is one thing you have to know about the adrenals: they do not discriminate about what kind of stress it is. It can be emotional stress, physical, or environmental stress. It just monitors the amount of stress and secretes different chemicals. Before long this system can be very dysfunctional and pathways are totally blocked and inefficient.”

“A great workout doesn’t mean you are laying on the track vomiting. If I have a 100m sprinter laying on the track, I personally think that I have failed. If they are hurting so bad that they have to lay down, I over prescribed.”

“How we set up on Monday, does that have influence on Tuesday or Wednesday? Do those days impact Friday or Saturday?”

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