A Coach's Guide to Free Movement

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.

Featured Movement: Sled Push

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 Training: Planning, Progression and Implementation. By Eamonn Flanagan & Cedric Unholz

Medicine Ball Training: Planning, Progression and Implementation. By Eamonn Flanagan & Cedric Unholz

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.

Coach Profile: Chris Chapman - Director of Sport Science at PUSH

Coach Profile: Chris Chapman - Director of Sport Science at PUSH

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!

Testing Peak Power Using the Counter-Movement Jump: Principles and Applications

Testing Peak Power Using the Counter-Movement Jump: Principles and Applications

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.

 

Monitoring, Injury Risk Factors and the 21st Century Strength Coach - By Eamonn Flanagan

Monitoring, Injury Risk Factors and the 21st Century Strength Coach - By Eamonn Flanagan

The 21st century strength coach operates in the world of big data. On a daily basis we are exposed to countless data collection, data analysis and intervention opportunities. 

While each of these monitoring systems can have merit, this exponential increase in data creates problems for coaches to filter signal from noise. Information overload can blind us to the more obvious issues right in front of us. We are humans first and coaches second and the human brain did not evolve to process such large amounts of data. Our eyes look for patterns and are often biased to see trends where none may exist. This is a particular challenge in team sports where there are large playing roster numbers, a chaotic environment and short time periods to assess and action our data. How do we quickly drill down to the data that is most meaningful? Who are the priority athletes? What data should be actionable and when?