Welcome to Special Olympics Powerlifting
This online guide is intended to provide Special Olympics coaches with comprehensive guidance for developing a Powerlifting Training and Competition Season and Teaching Powerlifting Skills. An understanding of effective powerlifting training processes, schedules, activities, facilities and equipment, will provide the Special Olympics Powerlifting coach with the foundation for developing successful powerlifting athletes. With the addition of an understanding of how to train the Special Olympics athletes to develop skills in each of the three powerlifts, as well as how to correct faults in performance of a lift, the powerlifting coach will be better prepared to guide the athlete toward successful competition in the squat, benchpress and deadlift.
While this resource provides a great background to effective coaching, it is important that the Special Olympics powerlifting coach learn from NGB (United States Powerlifting – USAPL) officials and coaches about the sport and apply that learning in the context of Special Olympics powerlifting. By applying an informed, positive and goal oriented approach to training in Special Olympics powerlifting, athletes will demonstrate great improvement in strength, confidence and the reward of continuing to exceed expectation in their sport.
Table of Contents
II. General Information
Download the entire Powerlifting Coaching Guide as a Microsoft Word Document or PDF file – Click on the appropriate icon below
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Download the Powerlifting Quick Start Guide as a Microsoft Word Document or PDF file – Click on the appropriate icon below
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The Special Olympics movement is profoundly grateful for the support of the Annenberg Foundation which has underwritten the production of this guide and resource, supporting our global goals for coaches’ excellence.
Special Olympics would also like to thank the professionals, volunteers, coaches and athletes who helped in the production of the Powerlifting Coaching Guide. They have helped fulfill the mission of Special Olympics: to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for people 8 years of age and older with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.
Special Olympics welcomes your ideas and comments for future revisions of this guide. We apologize if, for any reason, an acknowledgement has been inadvertently omitted.
||Members of the Special Olympics Powerlifting Sport Resource Team:|
||Charles “Chip” Hultquist, Powerlifting SRT Chairman|
Yelian “Carol” Xu
Special Thanks To the Following for All of Your Help and Support
Dion Thomas, Starring Athlete
Todd Youngblood, Special Olympics Powerlifting Coach
Christopher Seivard, Videography
Paul Whichard, Web buildout
Sherman Ledford, Owner of Quest Gym in Duluth, Georgia – site of the Powerlifting Coaching Guide video shoot