Training for Paralympic Athletes
Training for a sporting event is a grueling process that involves pushing one’s body to uncover its maximum potential. For, a differently abled athlete, it is also about overcoming a physical or a mental limitation to deliver a record-breaking performance.
While training, there are factors that coaches and athletes need to keep in mind:
Developing a relationship: The process of training must be a collaborative effort and the coach must spend quality time listening to the athletes and analyzing their performances. By doing so, the coach and the athlete can develop a synergy and establish achievable and measurable goals.
Training Together: By seeking out other athletes of the same sport and disability, coaches can encourage healthy competition. This will not only provide the athletes with a training companion but also help them learn from each other. Special conferences and seminars are held for differently abled athletes. Participating in such forums can help athletes exchange ideas and learn about new innovations in their sports field.
Using adaptive equipment: Quite a few Paralympic athletes use adaptive equipment and assistive devices during training. After careful analysis of the athlete’s performance, coaches can also get a customized device made for the athlete that could help her or him enhance their performance. As there are only a few experts in this arena, it is important to pay special attention to the dynamics of the device. An ill-fitting device could be dangerous and cause long-term damage to the athlete.
Overall, during training, the goal must be to improve the athlete’s concentration, balance, and posture control in a comprehensive manner. This can be done through periodic evaluations, feedback, and customized strength and resistance exercises. It is also important for the coach to maintain a balanced atmosphere to ensure the athlete stays motivated. Success during training can act as a positive reinforcement and will be reflected in competitions as well.
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