Should Student Athletes Look to Outside Sources for Improvement?

Over time, student athletes have become stronger, faster and more powerful. They have grown and have reached levels of performance never before achieved. The sports performance world has come so far in its use of technology and has gained a better understanding of how to get the most out of an athlete. However, coaches often see that just being bigger, stronger or faster doesn’t necessarily mean you are a great athlete.

If you’re a Coach, you’ve seen or heard of a kid running a 4.5 in the 40.  While stats like this may help gauge the athlete’s potential on the field, they may not necessarily measure how a player can perform in real game situations. More and more, it’s essential to incorporate specific drills and correct technique that will carry over to the sport. Training student athletes for speed, power and strength better prepares them to compete when it’s game-time.    

Let’s look at the question of whether athletes should look to outside sources to improve their skills. This topic came up on the HogFBchat on Twitter recently; a chat hosted by coaches Jack Dingus and Tony Shiffman. Some coaches felt that athletes should play multiple sports to become more well-rounded athletes, others believe that athletes should work-out only with the team to ensure a consistent training program and some commented that outside training is okay if the trainer or facility they go to is reputable.

Here are some of the Pros of student athletes getting supplemental guidance from outside trainers and facilities:

  1. Student athletes that seek training from sources other than their immediate coaches are able to reap the benefits of having one-on-one guidance from a professional advisor.
  2. Athletes are able to improve on their weaknesses with specialized training from providers with specific skill sets, such as speed and agility.
  3. Outside trainers are able to provide direction that will allow the student athlete to perfect their technique in drills and at combines that have the potential to impact the future of the athlete.
  4. Players that participate in more than one sport and cross-train prove to be better athletes overall and are less likely to experience overuse injuries


Here are some of the cons of student athletes seeking training advisors from outside their coaches and team:

  1. Training with a team helps to build camaraderie and teamwork amongst student athletes during the off season. This unique bond that is formed helps with performance as a whole during game time.
  2. Student athletes that only train with their team can get in an athletic rut, performing the same drills over and over, which can result in overtraining and lack of improvement over time.
  3. Conflicts in training style and approach from an outside trainer and the athlete’s coach can cause confusion about which way is better.
  4. The athlete may not have the knowledge or the financial resources to select an outside trainer with the proper credentials which may result in injury or learning improper technique which can hurt their overall ability.
  5. Coaches are becoming more and more educated in proper training methods and already incorporate the key core lifts and drills in their program. Athletes that seek outside training need to be very careful that they aren’t doing the same things because over training can be detrimental to any athlete.

This is somewhat of a hot topic but a very important one that should be discussed in the sports world.  All coaches want their athletes to get better but they also want them to get the right help from the right places. How do you think seeking training from the outside can impact the athlete and the team?

New Company Drillstack Partners with TeamBuildr for Athlete Testing and Workout System for Coaches

Drillstack announces its new partnership with TeamBuildr as part of its national release of their athlete testing system, created to offer a paperless option for coaches to test their athletes during the offseason and create workouts based on those results.

Drillstack, founded by Eddie Enriquez, was formed to offer an easy to use, effective option for coaches to work with their athletes to improve their training and track results. The software is designed to easily input data from drills, rank athletes, and share the results in real-time with athletes, parents, and other coaches and recruiters. Drillstack is a digital tracking and athlete ranking system designed to manage, score, track, rank and share athletic performance scores for multiple sports. Test 40s, vertical jump, squats, bench, home to first, bat speed or any other specific drills of choice.

“Looking back at my years in college football, it is clear that what helped me get to the college level was the work we put in during the off season,” states Enriquez. “In later years, my passion for training athletes came from this and it is a big reason why I developed Drillstack.’’

Partnering with TeamBuildr was a natural fit for Drillstack. TeamBuildr, co-founded by Hewitt Tomlin, is an online strength and conditioning software for high school, college, and professional strength coaches, a perfect complement to Drillstack’s testing system. Wanting to help coaches provide the very best training possible to their athletes in the most efficient way possible created a new mission in establishing Drillstack, and its partnership with TeamBuildr will only enhance this vision. The Drillstack program eliminates the need for clipboards and long spread sheets, saving hours, if not days of data entry for coaches so they can spend the time where it needs to be spent: with the athletes. “Giving our coaches an option of entering testing scores more efficiently on the front end is a natural fit with our strength and conditioning software,” says Hewitt.

Drillstack’s new athlete testing program is now available nationwide, and free demonstrations of the product can be obtained by contacting Drillstack directly. Contact Drillstack to learn about regional sports conferences where they’ll be showcasing their new product.

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