The three P’s of athletic development
There are three key areas that require focus and development to improve our athleticism. These three areas are position, pattern, and power. Position is the first need within athleticism and describes the importance for athletes to simply be able to achieve the important, and compromising positions their sporting actions can put them in. This requires the development and achievement of the necessary range of motion for each joint.
Secondly, athletes are required to coordinate and synchronise their movements in a controlled manner; this is pattern. As a player decelerates to receive possession of the ball, pivots and accelerates to beat an oncoming defender, all whilst planning his next move; it is his patterning that will see him evade and achieve. If this player is not prepared for the demands of this moment he may not get away from the defender or worse, may sustain an injury.
The final focus area of athletic development is Power. This component is the product of force and velocity; and therefore, requires the development of the athlete’s strength, and their speed, to improve their capacity to produce power. Power makes up one-third of the athletic development puzzle. Contrary to common beliefs, strength and power are merely milestones along the way to achieving the real goal of an athletic development program, and that is achieving movement athleticism.