SAO PAULO, Brazil — After two-and-half days, the coaching course here at the Traffic Academy has already been a huge success for Jamaican participants as well as those from other Caribbean territories.
There is great involvement and interaction by all who eagerly interact with the various reservoirs of knowledge on offer.
There was a morning session on Monday conducted by Marcio Amoroso which addressed finishing and scoring. The well-travelled professional and former national player shared his views on how to become or train a great striker, both in theory and practice.
This should please PLCA chairman Edward Seaga very much. The skills and training techniques shared were well received.
In the afternoon there was an exhaustive, intense and sometimes controversial lecture by world rennown physical trainer/physiotherapist professor Nivaldo Baldo.
He introduced several paradigm shifts in the preparation and treatment of athletes that triggered intense debate, especially among those who have enjoyed "success" using older paradigms.
In the end, it is perhaps safe to say it was agreed that there is no need for agreement or disagreement with one paradigm or another, but rather, to let set scientific proof determine what the best practice is.