Tracking ISU and U.S. Figure Skating Events, Issues and Governance
Basic Training 101: Periodization Principles For Figure Skating – An Easy-To-Use Workbook – by Coach Tom Zakrajsek
A Layman’s Reflections
I write this not as a review, or critique as my knowledge base is not sufficient to that task. Actually I view this as an understanding of just how difficult a job it is to be a figure skating coach at ANY level, let alone one who trains elite, international competitive skaters.
Attempting to read, comprehend and apply a skating fan’s knowledge of the contents of this amazing document is as difficult a challenge as that of a skating parent attempting to learn, understand and appreciate what their skating child will actually experience (assuming they themselves never skated).
The principles involved are scientifically sound; thoroughly explained and all contained within a planned goal to achieve success for each skater willing to follow the steps coach and skater develops together.
Reading this amazingly technical training workbook for the layman skating fan, who has learned to recognize all the jumps, spins, and footwork skill elements, requires a much higher level of study. After all it was not written to supplement a skating fan’s knowledge of the sport as we view skaters performing. No, this is written to help make all coaches of figure skating become better coaches to the athletes they train.
The increased scientific knowledge that is being applied in a myriad of controlled studies utilizing newly developed technologies and training tools all are combining to provide a better and safer training environment. So it is I realize that the Periodization Principles for Figure Skating serves as the proper applied foundation for all future advances in training within the sport.
As an aside; On top of writing, developing and maintaining a periodization training program for each athlete, there is the additional responsibility to keep knowledgeable on all the present ISU and USFSA Rules so as to properly apply that knowledge to his craft. Where do you find the time to do this Coach? It’s beyond me!
Coach Tom Z, as he is affectionately known throughout the skating community, has produced and developed a complete and studied game plan to serve the sport of figure skating for decades to come. Coaches around the world should be welcoming of his contribution.
Pete Murray – Skating Blogger @ Blazing Blades