Front Loaded Training Programs?

by Dr. Toby J. Brooks, PhD, ATC, CSCS, YCS-2, PES


As I have shared here before, I just started a new job at Texas Tech University.  During my first week on the job, we had a record high temperature on Monday, record snowfall on Wednesday, and fired our long-tenured and fan favorite head football coach.  What a week!  At any rate, I am settling in and getting ready for the upcoming spring semester. 


Although my official start date was December 28th, students don’t return until January 13th.  Those few weeks have been great.  For the first time in a long time, I am looking over my syllabi and questioning what it is precisely I want my students to learn this semester, how I intend to teach it to them, and what I can do to keep them engaged and interested.  As with most jobs, experience in teaching can be a double edged sword.  While things get more familiar and in some ways “easier” over time, it is human nature to tend to get complacent.  We did it this way before and it worked, so why mess with it? 


In my case, such thinking often led me to utilize previous plans and lessons without giving much thought to the desired end result.  What these few weeks have allowed and in some ways forced me to do is take a good hard look at those goals and the strategies to attain them.  Similarly, when working with young athletes, it is tempting to “fly by the seat of your pants” and develop programming on the fly.  However, experience has shown me time and time again that investing time up front , developing my plan, and tweaking as needed is a far superior method.


If you are training young athletes, I encourage you to do the work right up front.  Although it may sometimes seem burdensome, such work will encourage you to be deliberate and purposeful in your programming.  Even better, it will provide a valuable reference to consult when assessing the effectiveness of your efforts.  A little effort on the front end will yield tremendous results on the back end!


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Dr. Toby J. Brooks, PhD, ATC, CSCS, YCS-2, PES

Toby BrooksToby Brooks is Director of Research & Development for the IYCA. He is also currently an Assistant Professor in the Master of Athletic Training Program at the Texas Tech University Health Science Center in Lubbock, TX and is Co-Founder and Creative Director of NiTROhype Creative.

6 Responses

  1. karol kampe says:

    On Sunday night I decided to get the youth nutrition information. When I started to fill in the information I had no idea what should be used as the promo code. So, I could not complete the information needed to receive the information.

  2. Liz Donnelly says:

    Great message, Toby! Taking time on the front end is a wonderful reminder. Thanks for sharing. -Liz

  3. Emily Wannenburg says:

    Up-Front planning is always the way to go– no matter what the age of your clients. My son came home from a sport camp one summer telling me that the head coach taught them that “failure to plan is a plan for failure”. How right he was.

  4. Sara says:

    Hi Karol,

    A promo code is not required to complete the check-out process. Sometimes if people are issued a credit, we give them a promo code that they can redeem on any product. It’s an optional field.

  5. Larry Edwards says:

    Great article Toby. Good luck in the big 12 (“Boomer Sooner” 🙂
    Thanks Brian / IYCA for providing such quality information for your members.
    I’m looking forward to receiving my Nutrition training manual.

  6. “Being on the right track is great, but if you don’t keep moving you’ll get run over by the train”.
    You have to keep learning and APPLYING that knowledge to your training/coaching/teaching or you’ll get left behind.
    Wether you are teaching, like Toby, training or coaching, you OWE IT to your students and athletes to be prepared and to give them your best at all times. Great advice Toby.
    Good luck in the new position.


    I have taken the YFS Level 1, Speed & Agility, and I’m currently taking the YFS Level 2. I look forward to the Nutrition Training next. The information so far has been incredible and I highly recommend all of them.

    Darrin Nicoli
    The Next Level Sports Training

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