My responsibilities consisted of assisting with running warmups, assisting with sprint/acceleration work, strength training, and mobility/accessory work. In terms of technology, I had the opportunity to work with timing gates and ForcePlates. I was tasked with projects such as writing variety of ankle strengthening exercises, creating performance sheets, tracking athlete progress through excel sheets. As my internship continues, I was given the opportunity to run the “Rookies” which is a class for the very young athletes. I am with them once a week, and run them through a 45 minute workout.
My greatest accomplishment has been gaining my coaching voice. I have become more confident in coaching athletes through exercises. This was one of my goals coming into this internship and Tucker gave me the opportunities to practice and teach the athletes.
One of the many lessons that I have learned is the importance to be flexible when training athletes. There have been circumstances where athletes have already worked out at school so we needed to adjust their training at A.I. for that day. Another example is if an athlete comes in to train and previously hurt their ankle in PE, we had to adjust their training.
What advice would you give?
My advice for future students is to have an open mind and ask lots of questions. Be open to learn!!