A few years ago we were heading into a new season with one of my clubs

 

We’d completed the winter, and it was pretty long and tough

 

There was a player who had been suffering with quite a few injuries, which was a shame because he was a gun

 

Could bowl quick, smash it out the park and fielded like a demon

 

A proper 3 dimensional cricketer

 

Would absolutely clean up on the T20 circuit these days

 

We targeted the winter to really make a difference with him

 

He was one of those annoying naturally gifted blokes, and his general fitness was good, but wasnt specific enough, which is why he picked up the injuries

 

We got stuck into him and he worked his nuts off

 

Got his skinfolds down, his 20m pace up and his endurance

 

You could visibly see the change in him, and how good he felt about it all, the way he carried himself

 

The lad was primed

 

He smashed the pre season fitness test and was bowling quick

 

Looked like a proper athlete

 

But then, during the regular Dr check ups we had before the season, the local GP said to him that because he’d put on some muscle he would probably be slower in the field and bowling

 

He came to see me just after and his bottom lip was on the floor

 

He was heartbroken

 

Thought he had busted his ball all winter and his performance wouldn’t improve

 

The Dr’s ill advised words had really got to him

 

So I sat him down and went through everything

 

Pointed to him that his 20m time was quicker

 

His bleep test had improved

 

Resting heart rate was down

 

And he had had the batters hoping around al pre season

 

Asked him to think about the difference in physicality between a 100m sprinter and a marathon runner. There aren’t many sprinters who are skinny!

 

He felt better after that and went on to have a great season

 

And later on helped his team win a couple of T20 tournaments

 

But its amazing what that one sentence could’ve done to him

 

Which is why when it comes to talking about training the right words and explanations are vital

 

No one wants to put in a lot of work for no return

 

And in the same way asking questions of the program is crucial for the player

 

If it doesn’t feel right don’t just accept it

 

Its your body and your game

 

Think differently

 

Dewsy

 

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