The Idea behind LEAD

Current Situation

In today´s society, where there is almost unlimited access to any information, the athlete´s world is getting more and more complicated.  In addition to everyday training and weekly competitions, there is an increasing number of experts in the respective sport, who offer their services for the athlete´s development.

In our experience, these propositions are usually well-intended but seldomly have the intended long-term effect. Instead of coordinating each step of the actual work with load control as a vital ingredient for success, the overall impression is usually to practice more and harder.

Team practice, individual workouts, weight training, video analysis, nutrition counseling, physical therapy and mental training are usually conducted an independent tracks over the season.

Besides a heavy investment of time to realize each measure, additionally there is a substantial organizational effort to visit the experts and coordinate each action effectively. Oftentimes, it is solely the athlete´s responsibility to manage this, which in many cases overextends their capacity and takes away from important hours of regeneration during the day. Furthermore, each action of every measure is rarely coordinated and connected to the individual needs of the respective athlete. 

This usually takes a considerable amount of time and the general assumption is that the expert will automatically connect the dots without having full information.

Key elements of LEAD Peak´s Performance Program

  1. The athlete can focus entirely on their daily practice and competitions.
  2. Accompanying measures for reaching outstanding athletic achievements will be individualized and coordinated, respectively. The aim is long-term performance building with reaching peak performances as often as possible.
  3. The network of experts for each athlete will be assembled specifically for the individual needs of the respective sportswoman/sportsman.
  4. The network of experts is intended to be location-independent. If the athlete would like to switch teams, cities or countries, they can do so, without losing the access to the network. That way, they can benefit from the experts during their entire career.
  5. The athlete‘s personal mentor takes care of managing and coordinating interactions with the expert network.

The Mentor

Oftentimes the responsibility for coordinating this entire process lies with the athlete. We are convinced that this is old-fashioned and not productive, especially with increasingly demanding practice and recovery.

In addition the athlete most often does not possess the knowledge that is required to judge all these measures..

Therefore, LEAD Peak intends to assign each athlete their own mentor. The mentor´s responsibilities will be the coordination of the athlete´s network and the facilitation of communication, thus connecting the key element of the LEAD Peak´s Performance Program with each other.

The mentor will have the following responsibilities:

  1. Distributing the athlete's key information to their network (feeling of load/ stress, current situation, scope of practice, etc.).
  2. Ensuring a communicative exchange with every participant of the network on a regular basis.
  3. Together with the athlete, creating a full documentation of the process. .

The Athlete´s File

The full documentation of every measure is the foundation of a target-oriented and long-term performance building process. We strongly advise against relying on the documentation alone by the player's team, because the athlete should always have full access to their file, no matter where they are currently employed.

The file will contain practice plans, physiotherapy plans as well as goal statements as agreed on by the athlete and their mentor. There will also be results of regular physical tests, screenings, photos and videos all of which document the athlete´s development. 

These actions will aim at a long-term support of the athlete´s athletic career. They should also serve as motivational support and enable the post-hoc analysis of the athlete's progress.

The file proves its value especially in the case of an injury and when goals are not met, because measures can then be planned based on actual data.
The data provided by the athlete plays a vital role in the entire process. In order for this to work, the mentor needs to support the athlete in gathering the necessary information, especially at the beginning of their collaboration. The responsibility for monitoring, evaluating and processing the data lies with the athlete's mentor. 

It is important to understand that the quality of the data will affect on the quality of progress and the speed of development.

The Athlete

The athlete is at the centre of our effort.The quality of the athlete´s development rises and falls with their own efforts when it comes to giving feedback, documenting the progress and the ultimate endeavor to cooperate with the mentor to maximize their potential.  

Our aim is to offer the athlete the best possible package, in order to help her/him become the best version of herself/himself. LEAD Peak does so by assigning an individual mentor who selects and coordinates the relevant experts.

Creating and deepening trust between the athlete and the experts is vital. While it takes time to form a bond between these actors, it is also necessary and expected from all of LEAD Peak´s athletes to care for and invest time in their network to maximize results.

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