April 28, 2011 by Gary McCoy
There are 7 Systems in the human body.
Most strength coaches focus on the Muscular System only. While some give respect to the Skeletal system (understanding that muscles truly are just “slaves” to our joints- they are a vehicle to move the joint to a desired location), joint focus-specifically arthrokinematics, doesn’t always take center stage for strength coaches in athlete motion.
When we train movements, driving the process is the Nervous System, a system of interrelated Vision, Brain, Neuromuscular and Fascial information that communicates internally- from external environmental cues.
Fueling these main athlete activities is the Digestive System. For athletes- Food is fuel and must be considered as such. How macronutrients supply energy for activity and post activity repair should be known.
The Respiratory system provides needed oxygen to develop energy, and also release Co2- the waste products that accumulate through activity. The pathway involves the Circulatory system, Heart and vascular system – the superhighway for nutrient and oxygen provision.
Further waste removal occurs through the Excretory system, sweat, urine, feces.. all the stuff we disregard as a process of the human dynamic system.
OK- as a conditioning coach- how many of these system are in consideration when designing an athlete training program? Good coaches know the value of managing these systems to extract the ultimate performance from an athlete.