What is everyone's thought on using the bench, squat, and deadlift for training athletes to success in their respective sports? Do you use them with specific powerlifting methods (i.e., Westside, Sheiko)? Do you use them under modern methods or your own? Do you cut them out completely (no benching, etc.)?
These questions were sparked by a great discussion I just listened to on Weightlifting vs. Powerlifting for athletic development. You should all check out this new podcast called The Strength of Evidence. It's a very strong, evidence-based podcast run by Jonathon Fass and Bret Contreras.
Very interesting podcasts! I had a chance to listen to 3 of them the other night while driving. I thought they did a great job exploring the topics openly even after listing their own bias beforehand.
As to your question, I think powerlifting is necessary for training athletes and, in my case, Soldiers. Let me qualify that statement with this: I'm still very new to coaching and this is a very sophomoric opinion. The only athlete I really train is my son, a swimmer and lacrosse player.
Those are good points. Believe me, it's normal in ANY setting to see most of the guys around being able to bench more than they squat. Not the best situation to be in. For the population you work with, it is especially important that they be able to reach certain positions for survival. I can definitely say that you are doing good work in trying to prevent mobility issues in your soldiers.