Boxing and combat sports are steeped in tradition. Long, slow runs and minimal strength training are still synonymous with fight preparation even today when it seems that many other sports have moved on. But things are changing…
The world of strength and conditioning (S&C) is full to the brim with technology and coaching aids that are designed to improve the coaching process and by extension the performance of our athletes. Not only that but more and more research and development is being put into coaching support with the latest in hardware, software, wearable technology, biometric tracking and performance analytics being released almost daily.
The collection, analysis and interpretation of training and testing data is a routine process in the physical preparation of athletes. We, as practitioners and coaches, utilize these data in a cyclical decision-making process that aims to maximize fitness and the readiness to compete, whilst minimizing fatigue and the risk of injury or illness. Ensuring we collect the right data is an important part of this process (e.g. valid, reliable and feasible measures), but equally important is ensuring rigor and accuracy in the way we interpret the data.
Since publishing the Reactive Strength Revisited article series, I’ve been lucky to have some great conversations and email exchanges with coaches from all over the world, across a range of sports. These conversations are always a great way to get alternative viewpoints, challenge current thinking and share knowledge and ideas.