PSTM Conference 2019 – Summary #2

Over the following days, I will briefly go over some of the lectures at this year’s PSTM conference in Wroclaw. These short articles will not be exhaustive summaries but rather a collection of bullet points on the most important concepts and ideas (in my opinion). Today, I cover Dr. Kimike Sato’s lecture on evidence-based athlete training profile service.

Initial testing serves for program design and evaluation. If you are not assessing, you are just guessing. High tech methods are not necessary in most cases, though. Technology is used as conformation for the coaches eye. 

No strength and conditioning plan was ever performed exactly as planned, there are always certain changes that needed to be made on the spot. Coaches need to be able to improvise. Still, without a plan A to work from, everything is just chaos.

Daily monitoring can revolve around very simple measures, such as resting heart rate, morning weigh ins, soreness charts and session RPEs. Performance measures such as the vertical jump can be monitored periodically. At the end of training blocks, performance may actually decrease due to fatigue. This is to be expected, so timing the testing appropriately makes sense.

VBT can be used for monitoring performance metrics as well, but certain limitations apply. First, the device measures the power that it is experiencing – that is not the same att the power actually produced by the athlete. When choosing between peak and average speed (or power), take the type of exercise into consideration. Mean velocity is appropriate for strength exercises, while peak velocity is appropriate for explosive exercises.

Tomorrow I will release the next summary, so stay tuned.

So long, don’t get hurt