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I asked Chat GPT to write a speed workout for a high school football athlete. Here is what it came up with:
Speed and Agility Drills:
This workout includes a reasonable warm-up and cool-down, and some sound speed and agility drills. Although the workout isn’t perfect, it isn’t terrible considering the circumstances. However, as we know, there are other aspects to coaching than just writing a program, which is why it is unlikely that artificial intelligence (AI) will take over strength and conditioning jobs. Below are the three reasons why AI will not replace strength coaches.
A strength and conditioning coach's primary responsibility is to coach. This includes providing live feedback as an athlete performs an exercise. It also includes modifying exercises on the spot for athletes struggling with an injury or having unexpected pain. If an athlete is properly performing weighted split squats but having knee pain, a coach can quickly offer other exercise modifications such as elevating the back foot. Strength coaches provide guidance tailored towards the athlete’s individual goals and capabilities which is something that is challenging for AI to replicate.
When a strength coach designs a program, they first perform a needs analysis which involves evaluating the demands of the sport and an assessment of the athletes. This whole process answers important questions regarding history of injuries, training background, and equipment available to the athlete. While AI can decipher ample amounts of information, it may struggle to interpret the nuances of each athlete and their unique contexts. Imagine a sport coach suddenly tells you to scale back the intensity of the quickly approaching scheduled lift. AI may struggle to adjust rapidly to unforeseen situations.
Many times, strength coaches become more than just a coach to their athletes. They become mentors, motivators, and advisors. Building relationships with athletes is a key part of coaching. An athlete is more likely to trust you if they know you. Strength coaches also understand the psychological and emotional challenges that athletes encounter. Keeping up with the demands of training for championship season is harder when it falls around finals week. If strength coaches are aware of the stressors of a particular season, they are likely to be more in-tune with the athletes. They notice when athletes are feeling fatigued and stressed which could be a cue to add in extra mobility and breath work. AI cannot reproduce empathy or human connection that coaches offer.
Artificial intelligence is a powerful tool that can assist strength and conditioning coaches in making informed training decisions as it can analyze information, track biometric data, and identify trends. AI can help amplify the coaching process, however, it is improbable that it will replace human connection and contextual understanding that coaches display.
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