When first scheduling their testing program the San Francisco 49ers consulted with PUSH, among other sport technology companies, to provide testing solutions suitable for football athletes competing at the highest level. By incorporating the PUSH Band into their testing program, the 49ers were able to both solve old challenges and create novel solutions to change the way things are done.
The PUSH band, a wearable device designed for use with VBT, has added a new component to the software app called Free Movement. The purpose of Free Movement is to make VBT less constrained to the classic gym-based lifts that current field tools are bound to. It allows for the measurement of velocity (and acceleration) beyond the barbell, onto the court, and into the field of play. Utilizing the current hardware, PUSH was able to maximize its abilities using novel signal processing algorithms in the software app to allow for the quantification of any for brief, explosive movement the coach desires.
Linemen need to move as explosively as possible from a 3-point stance and forcefully engage their opponent. The more powerfully they can do this task, the greater advantage they can gain by either acquiring and protecting the desired field position or forcing the opponent into an undesired position. This critical movement task is one which numerous football coaches have expressed interest in assessing.
Medicine ball work is a popular training modality with a long documented history in physical preparation. Throws and their variants are widely used in Track & Field and other sports performance settings to help target a range of physical qualities, offering training options and variable loading parameters for youth athletes to elite-level performers.
Joining PUSH just after the 2016 Rio Olympics, Chris Chapman assists in the development of innovation, research, and education. Coming from the Canadian Sport Institute of Ontario as the Head Strength & Conditioning Coach, Chris has trained numerous athletes to podium finishes. Read this Q&A from our resident strength & conditioning coach to learn more about the man behind the sport science of PUSH!
The counter-movement jump (CMJ) is a movement that is utilized in nearly every sport. An athlete may perform a CMJ when going up for a rebound in basketball, receiving a pass in football, making a block in volleyball, and so on. When you break a CMJ down to its fundamental characteristics you find more than the simple act of jumping. At its core, the CMJ is the explosive extension of the hips, knees, and ankles. This movement can be mimicked and loaded through traditional weightlifting movements like the snatch and clean. Loaded movements present an easy model of improvement with load increases scaling up with training.If you want to know how many apples are in an orchard, you count the apples – not the apple trees. When we use jumps as a metric for power, we’re comparing apples to apples.