Interesting observation on Dani's game...
OK, this is just my observation, but it's based on what I learned at my coaching course:
There was a whole session devoted to adapting the player as their physiology changes. During things like growth spurts, the plates within the critical joints (knees, elbows, etc...) do not grow at the same rate. The direction was that we must adjust the game and the fitness regimen of the player to cope with this and develop them differently until the plates catch up. This also causes them to slow a little, it changes their center of gravity, stresses their body as more torque is applied to joints that are struggling to catch up, they lose coordination as the joints try to adapt to working differently, and generally get a little klutzy.
If Dani has indeed grown some, with all these complications, it could possibly account for what others see as diminished performance, and also her weight loss. The good news is that the plates generally catch up within 6 months or so, so we can start pushing players soon after that.
Thought everyone might like this information...
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