Track cycling is a specific discipline of cycling that takes place on a velodrome. The bikes are fixed gear and have no brakes. At the Olympic Games track cycling is comprised of six medal events: Madison, Omnium, Keirin, Sprint, Team Sprint, and Team Pursuit. Three of the events makeup the sprint discipline: Sprint, Team Sprint and Keirin.
Power is defined as the rate of work or work divided by time. This is the perfect descriptor for mentorship “as many hands make light work”. Mentorship can increase the rate at which young professionals grow.
For most private sector training facilities the summer months mean the return of college and pro athletes, high school athletes hopefully get an off-season and take time to train outside of their sport with knowledgeable performance coaches, and parents of middle school athletes are looking for every opportunity possible to get their young athletes moving and out of the house. This time period is a great opportunity for athletes to schedule intentful and purposeful training to help them move and perform better in their sport(s)
In collegiate sport, in-season student athletes can be competing 2-3 times per week which can quickly lead to an accumulation of physical stress. Because of this volume, Tyler and the performance team at Stanford were looking for a solution which would allow them to intelligently manage weight room loading through the tracking of bar velocity.
Whenever a coach or scientist is interested in using a piece of technology in the daily training or testing environment, in its most simple form they need to know if it does what the company says it does.
The aim of this piece to is to demonstrate the influence of the PUSH 2.0 and Portal in its ability to spark a coach’s creative process dependent on the feedback that is presented, and explore strategies to navigate program design in order to better serve.
Whenever a coach or scientist is interested in using a piece of technology in the daily training or testing environment, in its most simple form they need to know if it does what the company says it does. This is known as construct validity, or "the degree to which a test measures what it claims or purports to be measuring”. In this series we are going to explore the science of weight room technology validation, the current and historical state of the literature, in addition to the processes we use here at PUSH.
It has often been thought that the markings of a good coach should include a few key characteristics: technical and strategic know-how relating to how an athlete might best execute skills and techniques fundamental to their sport; be an effective educator in which they can structure appropriate training, communicate clearly, and impart performance-enhancing and motivational feedback; and create a psychological environment that helps athletes maximise their skills and potential and perform efficaciously in competition.
Mary Beth Berg’s injury and medical history reads like the over-the-top hypotheticals presented to students studying for their sports medicine boards – or the tort bar. After a navicular stress fracture kept her on crutches and in a boot from October to December 2011, she strung together a six-month training block that remains one of the most consistent and productive of her athletic career
Having worked with elite soccer players for nearly ten years now, it is easy to forget how far the monitoring side of things has come in that time period. When I first started out as an intern at Blackburn Rovers FC, we were just about to embark on embracing GPS systems as a necessity for players to wear during training sessions. Athlete readiness was either a sheet of paper or an extremely sensitive and expensive piece of equipment. Gym monitoring was largely sets x reps x load, in a hastily put together excel spreadsheet with conditional formatting .
Strongman. The sport that requires its athletes to pick up awkward objects and run with them, flip tyres, lift stones and be strong in the 3 classic lifts. Planning a training cycle for this sport can be quite tricky as the events in each competition vary every time you compete.
One of my favorite aspects of working with athletes is step one of the entire process; the assessment. Implementing a solid assessment is one of the most valuable tools for a coach to have and something that I think is truly underrated in today’s field. Not only can we use the assessment process to look at movement quality, performance baseline markers, kinetic dysfunction and/or muscular imbalances, but we can also use this period of time as a huge rapport builder between the coach and athlete.
It can often be said that, “ignorance is bliss.” A few years back I was at a coaching clinic when I heard a fellow strength coach talk about the use of PUSH bands in his weight room. As he described the uses and possibilities of this technology, I asked myself what many teachers and coaches ask themselves in public education; how much will this cost and can I afford it?
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…