Crossing paths with sprint coach Pierre-Jean Vazel eight years ago resulted in a wealth of invaluable information that remains relevant today. It includes stride development, how to develop close relationships with athletes, and the necessity of careful record-keeping. P-J’s work with African 100m recordholder Olusoji Fasuba provides clear evidence of the success of his approach.
Professions such as pilot and physician automatically command respect. Many people view coaches the same way. In many cases, though, coaches don’t have the same level of preparation and education as other professions. The best way of gaining this kind of experience is through mentorship programs such as ALTIS.
The progress and success of your athletes depend on a number of factors. Testing, testosterone levels, and sleep patterns are some of them. Noted sports physiologist Marco Cardinale provides information and insights you can incorporate into your program.
Training and testing speed can be a game-changer. The key to doing that while avoiding injury is minimum resistance sprinting. More and more coaches are discovering its benefits.
The taper is a reduction in training load to allow the athlete to peak. Peaking refers to the improvement in athlete performance following this reduction in overall training load, the taper. Athletes generally aim to peak for 1-2 races per season.
In response to Ken Jakalski’s article “A Farewell to Arms,” what readers must be made aware of is the basic lever physics of arm action and then surmise the significance of this when considering the role of the arms in the realm of sprinting.
The current practice of using barbell speed measurements in the weight room is at a critical mass. Several pioneers in applied sport science and the coaching profession have moved the needle significantly, for both elite athletes and gym rats, with practical research and cutting-edge methodology. While Velocity Based Training (VBT) is a major factor in training the primary lifts, it’s the tip of the iceberg with what can be done by using comprehensive barbell analysis.
No other issue regarding technique and mechanics for enhancing speed remains as controversial as the contribution of arm swing to faster sprinting. Even the world’s top coaches and researchers have different opinions on this issue.
Sport teams are measured with a growing number of technologies including motions sensors, force plates, GPS, HRV, blood and sleep analysis, and more. An Athlete Management System can integrate the large volume of data from a broad range of technologies and help with the decision making.
One-time LSU coach Boo Schexnayder is a font of invaluable information for all coaches. A recent workshop emphasized four areas of particular concern: Treating speed as a priority, the need to contrast training more, lactate training design, and general neuromuscular adaptations. Boo covers these points in a clear, straightforward manner without dumbing down.