Manuel Guilarte Davet, the most outstanding coach at the Cuban 2012 National School Games has reached two Pan-American records in long, triple and high jump, and was also medalist in several national events during his life as an athlete. I bring to my blog some of his points on his work as a coach.
How do you train your athletes in a technical view point?
It is easier for me. You know I was an athlete and my previous knowledge on specifications leads me to do a better and more detailed work. Jumps are very technical and I make emphasis in every detail, especially in the general preparation. I step by step increase the technical elements to later reach the special stage, which requires less work and effort.
You practice the principle that an athlete needs no dumbbell while training. Why?
This is my personal criteria concerning the use of dumbbells. In this age, children between 13 and 14 years do not need to use them. There are lots of coaches, including those from other provinces, who consider indispensable the use of that implement and without them athletes won´t t jump longer or higher. We have worked without them for years and here are the results, including two Pan-American record in a school game and children jump over 14 meters.
So without dumbbells athletes have got better results …
If we make a comparison with the five years I have been working without dumbbells and the previous five years, I will say yes. Jumpers´ results have been more relevant in the last period. I think the use of this implement in this age is wrong, because the kid´s bones in this age is not strong enough and this can cause many injuries to the hip, the back bone, adding the difficulty in performing a given exercise, which at the end makes the athlete´s life shorter . In my opinion dumbbells should be used at 17.
Look, it is not the same thing achieving a result out of your own effort and speed than trying to impose on you a result by the use of an artificial device. Later, many of these athletes will rely on these implements and won´t run or jump without them.
Besides your results at the recent School Games What other triumphs confirm your prestige as a coach?
After my work in Venezuela, I have won medals in triple jump in all school games I have participated in Cuba. These period comprises the time I´m not using dumbbells. Ernesto Revé, for example was Pan American record holder with 15, 22 m. I have other national champions like Franklin with 14.47m in triple jump, and 6.84 in long jump. Before them there was Marlin Avila with almost 6 m, Yipsy Potrillé and Daimary Correa jumping over 12.40, among others.
What do you think Cuban athletics should improve having into consideration the results in the recent Olympic Games?
In my opinion in this Olympic Cycle Cuban athletes only prepared for competing in the Pan American games and of course, they did their best in that event. After those games it was necessary to carry out another preparation cycle or maybe that one scheduled for the summer games were not sufficient, so many top athletes did not get their marks for the event. And considering the contemporary system in sports, athletes must be trained during the whole year. It is necessary to avoid taking athletes injured to a high-level competition like the Olympics, and some of them went there with those problems that had to be evaluated before the competition.
Cuban athletics needs special attention. And I say this because the Sports high performance Schools in the country lack of many resources for the training. The result of the Olympic Games is obvious because no one can make a miracle in an event where all competitors train and prepare with all the necessary implements, resources that we don´t have.
Another point is the insufficient participation in international tournaments, which will give the Cuban sport authorities a better view on the sports international level and thus, propose new strategies for The Cuban athletes´ better performance.
Are you happy with what you have done until now?
I will never be really happy with what I do. This work is my life and I give my best for that. I enjoy training athletes, preparing them and creating all the technical conditions in them so that they become part of the national team. I still think I have other results to reach and I´d like to prove my abilities in another level, maybe satisfaction will come afterwards.