Maintaining Coordination when Fatigued

Pushups + Juggling

Over the years, I’ve used this blog to emphasize the importance of hand-eye coordination. As I’ve said before, there’s much more to athletic development than simply building strength or endurance. It’s equally important for an athlete to possess the coordination and skill necessary to apply their strength and endurance.

On a similar note, it is also important for athletes to maintain coordination when fatigued. Doing so is a skill that must be developed and practiced. For example, it’s one thing for a boxer to perform well in the first round, but how does he perform ten rounds into the fight? Does his technique break down, or can he mask fatigue by giving his opponent the impression that he’s still fresh? Often times it’s a champion’s ability to perform well when fatigued that separates him from the contenders.