I've seen many field trainers participate in what I describe as a robot training. They demand that an athlete in an event clearly states that someone else does the same. Usually this person is the current champion in the case or the best athlete the coach has worked with in that case.
Although we should seek consistency in our approach to training, we can often fall into the trap of trying to make all our athletes the same.
For example, I know which athletes are trained by a certain clerk without asking because all his athletes are throwing exactly the same way. Yet, coaches do not guide robots who are ready for precise standards so why should this be?
Are we coaches on track events or stylists experts who push our athletes into a rigorous stylistic model instead of technically technical?
Style vs Technique
Interestingly, many coaches treat these two concepts exactly the same. The fact is that it could definitely be one technical model but many styles and interpretations of it.
Technology is skill-based based on movement. If technology is the mastery of basic movements, then the techniques that coaches enjoy are based on these basics. Therefore, the technical model should be a biomechanically based model of fundamental movements that must be in place to perform these events efficiently.
Style is how the athlete interpreted that technical model. This changes from athlete to athlete due to construction, changes in strength, speed and energy, mobility and other factors.
Effects on training
The above two statements have significant implications for driving coaches. Coaches must work with an athlete to develop a style that suits them while ensuring that all biotechnology is adhered to. This would mean that if several athletes trained by the same person could look different in their movements, almost as if they were trained by different coaches.
To copy the current world champion in any case without acknowledging this, it may mean that the athlete will never reach his full potential as the focus may be on their style rather than technically. A world-class athlete has developed a style that meets his needs but also achieves technical technical principles. As a coach, you must support this journey with your athletes.
Be sure you do not provide technical input on the technical input. Not all athletes should look like a copy of the world champion or indeed your best athlete in that case. However, they should have mechanical principles that are always there but interpreted and delivered in that sport. Supported, instructed and encouraged by biologically recognizable and highly technical coaches.