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Thursday, November 29, 2018

Volt Athletics Presents: 4 Dimensions of Athletic Development, Part 2: Performance on US Sports Net

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Student-athletes are high-performance sports cars, we (strength coaches) are the mechanics, the weight room is our garage, and the practice court is our test track. Just as high-performance sports cars need test runs and consistent evaluation to optimize their performance so do our student-athletes—that is why we have practice, scrimmages and exhibition games prior to the season beginning.

The first dimension discussed in my previous post was the mental/cultural component. To have increased success in our second dimension it is important to develop the mental/cultural dimension. The second dimension of athlete development is the performance component. As we like to say in regards to performance training, “Give them everything they need and nothing that they don’t.” It is our job to figure out just what that entails—we do so first and foremost through our performance testing.
Prior to allowing our athletes to put a bar on their backs or a dumbbell in their hands, we will assess mobility, flexibility, movement patterns, force production & absorption, strength, speed/agility, and fitness level. This is the student-athlete’s initial evaluation, or test drive, if you will—figuring out all the ins and outs of the new student-athlete. Below is a list of the performance tests we utilize:
  • Height
  • Weight
  • Wingspan
  • Body Composition
  • Functional Movement Screen (FMS)
  • Y-balance
  • Hop & Stop
  • Vertical Jump
  • Pro-Agility
  • 3/4 Court Sprint
  • 30-15 Intermittent Fitness Test - Conditioning Test
  • Bench - load-velocity test (3 rep)
  • Squat - load-velocity test (3 rep)
  • Side note: will be adding Sparta Science LED Scan data
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