Fitness

Getting in shape for success

Planning and monitoring is of immense importance to add value to what one imparts and that is one aspect that the Australian Strength and Conditioning Association (ASCA) in Sydney teaches, contends Jeeth Devaiah, who underwent a Level 1 certification course, recently.

Jeeth, a stocky hockey defender played for Southern Railway from 1993 to 1999 and donned the Tamil Nadu colours at the Mumbai Senior Nationals in 1997.

He is employed with the South Western Railway in Bengaluru. He took up a trainer’s course in 2004 as fitness and conditioning expert.

Soon, he met with success when the Indian Railways cricket team went on to win the Ranji Trophy that season. Jeeth was involved with Delhi Daredevils for the 2010 IPL season (April to June) and with the Indian women’s hockey team from January 2011 to January 2012.

“One needs to learn and impart it judiciously…and there is no limit to what you learn,” says Jeeth, the second Indian to go through the grinds of strength sciences . “The course is not easy and there are few takers for it, but it lets one understand the use of technology and gadgets,” he adds.

“It is very meticulously done. One feeds all the data and gets the details out to pursue the day’s schedule. The cost is very high and deters many aspiring candidates. As a Strength and Conditioning coach, my programme focuses on sports specific physical preparation, energy system development, end stage injury and pain rehabilitation, sport-specific strength training, testing, and weight loss management. I understand the importance of an integrated approach to management in order to ensure the best possible results for the athletes by working closely with osteopaths, chiropractors, physiotherapists, naturopaths and sports physicians.”

“Designing, developing and implementing all aspects of strength and conditioning programs for Elite athletes at state and national level is very important,” says Jeeth.

A product of Sports School Kudige, Jeeth’s responsibilities in the Sports department of the SWR include planning, coordinating, and training of sportspersons with special focus on disciplines like football, hockey, swimming, badminton and cricket.

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