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    Guys, for all updates on asafa here is a link to the doylemangement facebook page. Along with Asafa it holds news of Bryan Clay and many other DMG athletes.


    http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Doy...73236439400467

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    Like it to continue to get updates

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    The reason(s) he might run the relay are that it is later in the competition and gives him more time to rehab, and that he'll only have to run one leg in the final. They are deep enough to easily qualify without him.

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    In defence of the coach

    I agree with all that No.2 has said but the facts are Steven Francis has many Olympic and World medallists in his squad and Asafa is the only one I am aware of who suffers routinely at the majors. Maybe it's more down to Asafa than coach Steven.

    When Steven spoke at a seminar I organised a couple of years back he said that in Jamaica they don't have expert therapists like they do in some other countries. And it seems almost anyone with a basic feel for massage can get a job with these elite JAM sprinters. In any case I think the overwhelming weight of evidence shows that coach Francis can: (A) get his people ready on the big day; (B) get them to the line healthy; (C) get their physical prep ramped up to medal zone.

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    Amen.........

    Quote Originally Posted by kitkat1 View Post
    I agree with all that No.2 has said but the facts are Steven Francis has many Olympic and World medallists in his squad and Asafa is the only one I am aware of who suffers routinely at the majors. Maybe it's more down to Asafa than coach Steven.

    When Steven spoke at a seminar I organised a couple of years back he said that in Jamaica they don't have expert therapists like they do in some other countries. And it seems almost anyone with a basic feel for massage can get a job with these elite JAM sprinters. In any case I think the overwhelming weight of evidence shows that coach Francis can: (A) get his people ready on the big day; (B) get them to the line healthy; (C) get their physical prep ramped up to medal zone.

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    Of course we don't have the whole story on who else may be whispering in Asafa's ear. Perhaps the coach doesn't have total control of Asafa and there are outside influences creating problems. But it is clear the current situation isn't working for Asafa.

    The majority of Stephen Francis' success has been with female sprinters. Perhaps he has the training volume correct for them (i.e. 20% less than men) and too high for Asafa. KitKat - what is your opinion of this gender difference in his success? Is it planning related? Is there any information you gleaned from your seminar with him? Did anything stick out of his philosophy that could be problematic on the male sprinter side?

    Strangely enough, my source tells me that John Smith truly believes Asafa is more naturally talented and has more potential than Bolt. I wonder if Asafa would ever consider moving to another coach or training group?

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    It is true Stephen Francis's majority successes have come with females. I cannot imagine however that Asafa would succeed outside of the Islands. He is so quintessentially Jamaican. It would be very interesting to see how he might fare if he teamed up across the road with Glen Mills, Bolt & Co. But it is a move I don't see either Mills or Asafa embracing, unless Bolt insisted. John Smith no doubt would have success with Asafa but I doubt Asafa could adjust to the LA scene. Although he is extremely well travelled, whenever I've met him he's been surrounded by fellow Jamaicans and it's like he's on Island time wherever he is. He is so laid back it's ridiculous. John though has the chat and the cool to run with his willingness to embrace science and his old school discipline which Asafa appears to need.
    I would have to go back over my seminar notes but I cannot recall anything in Stephen's commentary that led me to think his women athletes may be better suited to his training regime.
    One thing I suspect is that Asafa may need better and more therapy than the women sprinters in their group. Even if the therapies are available I wonder whether Asafa is religious about submitting to them? I recall Charlie saying that during the competition phase he would have his therapists "all over" Ben, up to five times a day or whenever/whatever he needed to preserve function and form.

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    I know for myself, there was a period a few months ago when my training was ramping up a Lot. To do so, i had to therapy nearly the same volume in time as my training.... Personally, i would rather cull a session short and do extra Therapy to prevent an injury than keep training and try and treat an injury.

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    Squirming, Powell admits he could do more still to win. "Sometimes I'm at home and I remember I'm supposed to do 100 push-ups and I don't. Sometimes my coach will call me and say: 'Asafa, you done your exercises?' and I'd say: 'Yes, coach,' and then after I start doing them. Sometimes I'm training and I just want to go home and work on an engine. Sometimes I'll be working on an engine and just miss practice. Or go to the beach. I know, I'm like a kid. Maybe I was a bit too spoilt growing up. Everything just came like I wanted it to."
    If he truly has been missing sessions like this I could see how things fall apart for him.


    Source- Guardian Aug 20 Article

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    Stephen Francis

    Like Kit-kat, I was also at the Stephen Francis seminar and he did say that they do acceleration development all-year round - lots of 30m runs - many with sled. (I was also fortunate enough to drive him from his hotel to Homebush that day and we luckily we got stuck in a lot of traffic!!). As a result I was able to ask a lot of questions, which he basically re-enforced at the seminar. He termed his training long to short because his endurance work started at longer intervals and progressively got shorter as it got quicker. I think at the seminar kit-kat mentioned that perhaps it was more concurrent to which I think he replied 'I guess so'.....He mentioned that he follows many of John Smiths principals and reads and talks to many so I think he is more knowledgable than some of the comments appear..

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