Coaches have had to become creative: Rahul Dravid – Times of India


Rahul Dravid, head of cricket on the National Cricket Academy, talks to TOI on the challenges of coaching gamers throughout lockdown and that coaches have been compelled to become artistic to develop packages.

The India under-19 group and India A had a busy season. Has the NCA devised any program for them throughout this lockdown interval?

There are numerous measures in place to help cricketers. For starters, our Strength and Conditioning specialists (S&Cs) and the physios are in fixed contact with them, monitoring their packages and masses. Since some of them are recuperating from accidents, they require a distinct degree of consideration. Even with the coaching packages for instance, it is not fairly potential for all the fellows to go for a run. Some have entry to gyms however most do not, so the S&Cs have had to become artistic and supply the athletes the very best options in such occasions, maintaining in thoughts that they want to a minimum of preserve present energy and conditioning ranges if not become higher.


How is the health of the gamers being monitored?
Well, the coaching is very completely different for various people throughout this time and is basically primarily based on what is accessible and the way we are able to use it finest. So, we have to be versatile in our strategy. Metrics that we use in a traditional state of affairs embrace weight lifted, distance ran, and exertion ranges. These get uploaded on our Athlete Management System (AMS) the place we are able to monitor the athletes.

However, throughout these distinctive occasions, our S&Cs have had to be extra versatile and the metrics vary from “number of sessions” executed for somebody with primary house amenities to our common metrics for somebody who has entry to in home gyms. All the contracted gamers are being supplied help on-line and (are being) checked commonly to be certain that they’re protected and taking excellent care of themselves. This contains their damage administration and damage prevention programmes in addition to coaching programmes from our Physiotherapy and S&C Department. There is an everyday communication amongst NCA employees and these gamers.

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Is there any health audit of the final season in phrases of damage administration?
Ashish (Kaushik, NCA physio) and his group had workshops with all of the home groups’ physios through the Vijay Hazare (Trophy) earlier within the season. After that, they have gone about amassing medical and damage-associated knowledge of so much of state cricketers. I imagine that the communication pipeline that has been arrange, will enable us to monitor the gamers higher and handle their accidents higher in future. Additionally, each damage is reviewed from a degree of view of protocols adopted, timelines met in phrases of restoration and relapse if any. We are conscious that we’re in such a aggressive setting now that accidents might be put by the scanner, subsequently having good processes is essential and I imagine we have been working effectively in direction of that. Also, the extra knowledge we are able to gather with regards to our women and men cricketers, the higher place we might be in to set requirements and protocols all the way in which down to the First Class and junior groups. We had been hoping to proceed this in our camps this summer time.

Additionally, we have recognized that so much of the accidents can stem from medical deficiencies or poor coaching practices. One of the important thing causes to conduct the S&C workshop subsequently was to guarantee good practices are taught and standardised. Having good, educated S&Cs within the ecosystem will guarantee athletes are fitter proper from a younger age and in flip guarantee there are much less accidents after they attain the highest degree.

As a director of the NCA, how are you going to plan for the following season within the current setting?

I feel it’s best to wait and watch presently. There are a lot bigger issues at play at the moment and the long run is unsure as a result of of the disaster. All our camps for the summer time, which is a busy time for NCA, have had to be placed on maintain. The monsoon which arrives in most components of India from June will add to the challenges. We do have just a few contingency plans in place however then once more, we are going to solely give you the option to dive deeper into any of these plans as soon as the state of affairs will get higher and everyone seems to be protected. Safety is the precedence for everybody proper now.

Once issues become extra clearer, we might be ready to react. I assume that is true of all sport on the planet.

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The NCA has appointed batting, bowling coaches. What is their position through the lockdown?

Firstly, I feel it’s nice to have a bunch of extremely skilled and certified coaches working collectively on the NCA. It simply permits us to broaden our horizons and supply extra help to all of the athletes that we’re concerned with. We have had coaches who have been working with the U-19 and India A and girls’s groups, additionally offering help to athletes that come to the NCA for brief upskilling stints and even some minor corrections/ changes throughout rehab. We additionally have different coaches who work together with our ‘Head Education,’ Sujith (Somasundar) to develop and ship teaching programs throughout the nation. We had additionally recognized some skilled Level three coaches as college, who might ship our programs they usually additionally went by some coaching. The group will begin the programs as soon as the lockdown ends.

Any particular plans for the NCA for the following season? The president of the BCCI (Sourav Ganguly) had stated that the NCA work on the brand new plot will begin. What’s the plan on the brand new NCA?


Work had begun with respect to the brand new NCA and processes had been being put into place to kickstart the work. However, every thing is on maintain now.

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