Scor­pi­ons fo­cus on fit­ness ahead of WI Cham­pi­onships

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS -

WITH THE West In­dies Cham­pi­onship (formerly the Re­gional 4-day com­pe­ti­tion) bowl­ing off yes­ter­day, the Ja­maica Scor­pi­ons or­gan­ised a com­pul­sory fit­ness strat­egy ses­sion for play­ers.

The ses­sion, which was de­liv­ered by Gibbs Williams, the lead fit­ness tester for Ja­maica, was de­signed to in­struct play­ers on how to tac­ti­cally main­tain op­ti­mum fit­ness through­out the com­pe­ti­tion.

“Dur­ing a com­pe­ti­tion, it is quite easy for play­ers es­pe­cially, to ig­nore or for­get cer­tain rou­tines around main­tain­ing their fit­ness and train­ing. Over the course of a four-day game their daily ac­tiv­i­ties are dif­fer­ent, but there are ways to en­sure that cer­tain cru­cial fit­ness mat­ters are treated with the ut­most im­por­tance,” said Williams, who is also a Level 3 coach.

CON­SIS­TENT WORK­OUTS

Williams en­cour­aged the play­ers to work out con­sis­tently, even dur­ing tour­na­ments, in or­der to main­tain mus­cle mem­ory.

“There might be sit­u­a­tions where based on how an in­nings is pro­gress­ing, a player may spend the day in the pavil­ion wait­ing to bat or may just end up all day in the field do­ing lim­ited work. In those sit­u­a­tions, play­ers should use an hour or so in the evening to get in some type of train­ing ac­tiv­ity. There are light but ef­fec­tive pro­grammes de­signed for these types of days.

The se­nior lec­turer at the G.C. Fos­ter Col­lege re­minded the group of the need for play­ers to max­imise their time and en­ergy at train­ing to pro­duce high qual­ity re­sults and per­for­mance for matches. He also shared ways in which the Scor­pion play­ers could use their rest days dur­ing matches to do sim­ple tasks, ei­ther in the gym or field.

Williams, who also man­ages the Na­tional Un­der-19 team, noted that be­tween tour­na­ments and dur­ing the off sea­son play­ers some­times lose the dis­ci­pline it takes to main­tain a fit­ness regime. He rec­om­mended the im­ple­men­ta­tion of a ‘watch­dog’ sys­tem to tackle that prob­lem.

“CWI should as­sign an in­di­vid­ual in each ter­ri­tory to en­sure that play­ers in all par­tic­i­pat­ing teams are train­ing con­sis­tently and in ac­cor­dance with agreed re­gional stan­dards. Ev­ery­one ben­e­fits when play­ers can main­tain a cer­tain base-level fit­ness year-round. It means when pre-tour­na­ment or pre­sea­son train­ing be­gins, the play­ers are able to get right into the planned ac­tiv­i­ties,” he said.

In re­sponse to a con­cern raised by the play­ers about the risk of burnout in train­ing, Williams said the staff would, among other things, em­ploy the use of oxime­tres to mon­i­tor oxy­gen lev­els to limit the risk of ex­haus­tion.

The Scor­pi­ons will start their cam­paign against Bar­ba­dos Pride at the 3Ws Oval on De­cem­ber 13.

‘CWI should as­sign an in­di­vid­ual in each ter­ri­tory to en­sure that play­ers in all par­tic­i­pat­ing teams are train­ing con­sis­tently and in ac­cor­dance with agreed re­gional stan­dards. Ev­ery­one ben­e­fits when play­ers can main­tain a cer­tain base-level fit­ness year-round.’

Gibbs Williams, Ja­maica’s Lead Fit­ness Tester (right), has the full at­ten­tion of Scor­pion squad mem­bers from L-R: Aaron John­son, Christoph Virgo (an U-19 player train­ing with the Scor­pi­ons), Al­wyn Williams, Al­dain Thomas and Den­nis Bulli.

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