I had a potential client come up to me for a tour (teenager) he is a three sport athlete and one of the sports he does is Bull Riding. How might a trainer go about training someone for that. I figure to work on a lot of balance techniques but still trying to come up with a unique way to train him for this activity.
Training athletes in sports with the types and levels of forces (centrifigal, centripetal, linear, etc.), accel/deceleration, etc. that are involved in bull/bronc riding requires an understanding of what is happening during the ride. I would take the time to evaluate video of the athlete while riding and video of some of the most successful riders (I would imagine that not to be too difficult to find online). I have never trained a rodeo rider. So, I have never evaluated the sport. If you have a solid understanding of physics and biomechanics, you could do this yourself. It is pretty time consuming. I would require a non-refundable fee and commitment to at least 20 training sessions before agreeing to invest the time and effort into designing a program for bull riding. Unless I thought that there would be a considerable market for this type of training in my area. Without doing the evaluation necessary, I would just be guessing as to possible training techniques.
If you don’t have the background to do the evaluation, I would recommend designing a program utilizing power, speed, quickness, agility, and HIIT training. Focus more on stability training than balance. Balance doesn’t come into play much in bull riding from what I can see ( the rider isn’t balancing, he is reacting and adjusting to the applied forces and has changing/shifting points of contact with bull). Bull riding is definitely not an endurance activity, I would limit endurance training to post season/off season training. Incorporating myofascial release, stretching, icing and other recovery modalities would be good as well.