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Guest Blog Post 4: Brandon Golden Part II
March 21, 2020
Welcome back! This week we wanted to share a second guest blog post from Coach Brandon Golden from ECU. Brandon wrote an initial post for us a few months ago (if you haven’t read it yet, take a read through now!) Before we get into this, we also wanted to take a minute and acknowledge the trying times the world currently is in. With so much of the next few weeks and months unknown due to the worldwide COVID19 outbreak, we know the uncertainty is unsettling.
Velocity Based Training Research Review 4
March 15, 2020
We are back with another research review! It’s been a few months since we brought you a new crop of peer reviewed research, and we wanted to make sure we were keeping our information relevant for you and staying true to our mission of bringing science-backed research straight to you. This week we covered three unique pieces of literature all related to Velocity Based Training in some capacity or other.
VBT for General Population
March 8, 2020
For the last chapter in our five part series about Velocity Based Training for specific populations we will be covering VBT for General Population. General population is a relatively vague term, so to start, we’ll cover that. In the fitness/strength world, the term “general population” refers to non-athlete clients . The average joe, if you will. While this population of gym-goers may not be training for a specific event, they are still humans encountering daily stress and looking to optimize their longevity and overall health and wellness.
VBT for Military Personnel
March 1, 2020
This week we continue our 5-part-series on Velocity Based Training for specific populations with VBT for military personnel. When your “sport” is survival in combat, the stakes are a bit higher. And when overtraining or injuries have the potential to risk national security, the precision with which training sessions are executed is paramount. The job of military personnel is inherently stressful, with additional stress (to name a few) in the form of [11-12]: Irregular Schedules and Long Hours Sleep Deprivation Family Life Extensive International Travel Physical and/or Mental Trauma Without a way to monitor or regulate loads contingent on the individual’s status, training becomes a guessing game when it needs to be executed with the utmost care and precision.
VBT for High School Athletes
February 23, 2020
This week we are continuing our Velocity Based Training for specific populations series with VBT for High School Athletes. High School athletes are typically not fully physically developed, younger in training age and numerical age, and have a variety of external factors influencing their ability to perform. These can range from school stress, college application stress, family stress, travel stress, and oftentimes nutritional stress as well. Younger athletes are
VBT for Professional Athletes
February 9, 2020
Last week we talked about how Velocity Based Training fits into a collegiate athletic environment . We got some great feedback on it and wanted to build it into a five part series on VBT for specific populations. This week we’ll be talking about VBT for professional athletes; the unique circumstances that make up their lives and how VBT can help optimize performance despite the many day to day obstacles pro athletes encounter.
VBT for College Athletes
February 2, 2020
In previous posts we have talked about how velocity based training is sometimes a misnomer. The common assumption is that VBT is only useful when a coach wants an athlete to move a bar quickly. The reality is that in tracking bar speed VBT informs a lot of decision making in the weight room that would otherwise be a best guess. Velocity thresholds allow a coach and athlete to know when the load on the barbell may be too heavy (if the athlete is moving the load too slow) or too light (if the athlete is moving the load too fast).
Guest Blog Post 3: Brandon Golden
January 26, 2020
Brandon Golden has been coaching full time for nearly a decade. After completing his undergraduate degree at East Carolina University, he spent several years in various programs as a volunteer assistant, absorbing as much information as possible as he carved out a specialty for himself. He then served as a Graduate Assistant at St. John’s University where he was introduced to Velocity Based Training, and subsequently landed his first full time job at Charleston Southern University.
VBT and Return To Play
January 19, 2020
Returning from injury can be a scary time for any athlete. Often, sports injuries are single-sided. For today’s post, we wanted to talk about using the data VBT provides as an additional piece of information in a return-to-play protocol. For coaches and ATs and even PT professionals working in rehab settings, VBT can provide helpful data as it pertains to overall athlete health and wellness. To help shed some light, we will use the all-too-common ACL tear as an example.
Power and Velocity
January 5, 2020
Most Velocity Based Training devices have the ability to output power as an additional metric alongside velocity. If you refer back to our VBT Dictionary Post you’ll see the difference between force, velocity, and power. While these are all very different concepts, they can all uniquely help describe various aspects of athleticism. Depending on the time of year, needs analysis of the sport, and the athlete in question, measuring and tracking power instead of velocity or vice versa is an important consideration.