Francis Obiena the sole gold medal for the Philippines at SEA Youth
To everyone I advised you i would continue my investigation on our 80 athlete = 1 gold performance. And if people took offence to constructive critical feedback i apologize.
Regarding SEA Youth observation and later video analysis will show. Its not entirely the fault of PATAFA. Even though PATAFA needs to do a better job in emphasizing this, its not entirely under their control. Although they have the power to implement this to some extent.
In my learned and expert opinion the reason we did poorly compared to other SEA Nations at SEA Youth. Is correct teaching of effective movement patterns. If you observe the Vietnamese athletes very fluent movements one smooth motion running high on ball of feet etc. Less energy being wasted.
And then a lot of our runners lots of butt kicks no frontal strides.little to non frontal high strides.
Example of a sprinter i coached 16 year old male he was around 11.4 but his problem i identified was he was landing behind his hips which caused calve injuries. I gave him running down stairs, landing drills, and running up stairs. Cause it put his body in alignment to land correctly. Within a few months he brought his time down to 10.9.
More emphasis must be put in correct movement patterns and less must be put into quantity type training. When i was coaching I spent the first three months emphasizing correct movement patterns via drills before adding any significant work load. Even when the athletes have being taught drills, its important that the coach monitors the drills to make sure they are maintained correctly and the basics are not forgotten.
The poor teaching of correct movements extends to grass root, college and national coaches. I will not put down names to issue further grief. But analysis of videos from the SEA Youth makes it fairly obvious which athletes need the most work done on them.
Teaching correct movement patterns for athletes if possible must be taught at the pre-puberty age around 8-12. Learning at that age enhances the natural patterns. It was mentioned before in a previous article this is probably more crucial than teaching kids athletics. A lot of the time we see quantity over quality which is very wrong if the athletes don’t even know how to move effectively and efficiently first and also too much jarring or bounding exercises on concrete damaging to joints.
Not running properly can also lead to burn out and injury. Well lets look at the Vietnamese and Thai athletes its obvious that there age grade champions usually become SEA Games champions later. Why is it that are best age grade champions a lot of the time burn out or get injured. A lot of the time it maybe due to ineffective movement patterns being taught.
Unlike the conventional way of thinking that an athlete that excels at an early age, will be overtaken by other athletes i tend to disagree if the athlete has a good attitude and is well guided this is not always the norm.
Hence we don’t win as many SEA Medals. It’s a known fact out of all the current Palaro Record Holders in athletics that is Elementary Boys, Elementary Girls, Secondary Boys and Secondary Girls. Only Patrick Unso has a bronze medal at SEA Games, none of the other current record holders won SEA Games medals. If you compared this to say Thailand, Vietnam and Malaysian school record holders you’d probably see that a lot more of them went onto win SEA Games medals. As the coaches their guided them better in movement patterns so they didn’t burn out or get injured.
Thailand sent only 6 athletes to the SEA Youth but ended up with 5 Golds. Whats more if they sent a full strength team
Not taking anything away from the great well deserved win of Francis Obiena of course and his hard working coaches. But there were several strong athletes from other SEA Nations not in attendance that would have made Francis probably improve his best leap. Saciin Esan Maran/2001 4.20 (26.02.17, SAA Track and Field meet) of Singapore is one example. Although its hard to find birth dates there are probably other jumpers in this age range in the 4.00 to 4.50m. It was pretty much a sole effort which made Francis win even more impressive.
There are also some variables outside of the PATAFA control such as the DEPED
System, which other countries Athletics Bodies do not have the same barriers. Which will be discussed in the next article.