Evidence Informed Training Programming

As a sports performance coach, I am constantly reading scientific studies so that I can take the latest information about athletic performance, boil it down to it’s practical application, and apply it into our ProjectMOVE training protocols. Every great coach continuously searches for ways to improve his or her athlete’s performance. One study I recently reviewed compared two training protocols side by side, Olympic weight lifting (WL) and vertical jump training (VJ). The WL group performed high pulls, power cleans, and clean and jerks. The VJ group performed double-leg hurdle hops, single-leg hurdle hops, and drop jumps. Each group was tested before and after the training protocols and the testing consisted of a squat jump, counter movement jump, a 10 and 30-meter sprint, an agility test and a half squat. The researchers concluded that the WL group made greater improvement in performance than the VJ group, but the VJ group improved more in the half squat test. The trick to training athletes is finding a balance and periodization (including multiple types of activities in a variety of durations and intensities) their workouts to incorporate both types of training protocols for better overall improvement.