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I think that many sports have a real problem with the romantic notion that progress has to come from pain and toil. Whilst dedication is of course important, too much emphasis has been put onto hard graft. I really like Charlie Spedding's idea of assessing sessions by how close to perfect they were - he'd set target times and if he hit them it was perfect. Going too fast was just as bad as going too slow. That breaks the mindset of always thinking you could have pushed harder.

Most sports have some technical component to them and movement quality is of course crucial for avoiding injuries. There are some occasions when the desired outcome might mean you are willing to sacrifice technique because you want to see the sportsperson deal with fatigue, but where skill development is the intended outcome, once they are fatigued it gets to a point where they are just rehearsing sloppy technique. And as regards injury prevention, we as coaches need to take at least some responsibility for the health of our athletes. If we overload them and push them beyond the point where they are exhibiting poor mechanics, the resulting injury is our fault.

There will never be one answer to how hard an athlete should be worked - it will depend on the circumstances. But we as coaches need to have good reasons for why we have chosen to call it a day on a session or decided to push the sportsperson further and not just grind athletes into the ground because that's what happens in Hollywood sports movies!
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