App State University Women’s Basketball Coach Angel Elderkin on the Torg Stories Podcast.
Appalachian State University Women’s Basketball Coach Angel Elderkin
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Coach Elderkin’s Appalachian State women’s team is coming off a 22 win season during which they won the the WBI post season tournament. My conversation with Angel was in part guided by a project I do with my students in the writing across the curriculum courses I teach at App State. The students study discourse communities of their choice, and I ask them to interview prominent members of the discourse community. In this case, the discourse community is that of basketball coaches. One of the features of a discourse community is that there is a set of common goals. I started off by asking Angel about the short and long term goals of the women’s basketball program.
Coach Angel and I standing proud in front of the big “A” at the Holmes Center
For at least a year, my daughter Charlotte–age 12–has complained of pain in her knees. She said they hurt the most when she was doing lunges in gym class. My sense was that her teacher was pretty good about emphasizing proper technique. We used to do a lot of lunges but we stopped doing them because of Charlotte’s knee pain. We were still doing some leg strengthening exercises, but today we had probably our worst day with her knees.
image from OrthoInfo
Charlotte has added that she has pain in both ankles and her achilles. Some guesses about causes of the problems:
She’s a young kid growing and it’s common to have pain in the knees. However, what about the ankles.
She is overtraining and since I resigned from my high school coaching position she has been training on playground courts instead of gym floors. I have noticed my own knees and back give me more trouble training with my daughters on concrete.
To save her favorite basketball shoes from getting outside dirty, Charlotte has been training in more cross trainer / running type shoes.
I will research some of these key areas: overtraining, young athletes, girls, knee pain, and ankle pain.
We probably need to take some days off and that will give me more time to research some aspects of getting Charlotte’s knees and ankles to feeling better.
I imagine I will be able to find some physical therapist related exercises to help alleviate some of what is causing the pain.
I can adapt our strength and agility type training to focus on the core and put less pressure on her knees.
I’ve been sharing some of what my daughters do for their basketball workouts with hopes to create a community of people who discuss ideas for youth basketball development. I’m sharing what my daughters ages nine and twelve do with hopes that some people will let me know what they are up to.
Currently, we have three on-court workouts we do. Afterwards, we go home for some strength and agility work. We work out three days in a row and then take a day off.
Click on workout #3 below to see the PDF file of the drills we did today: