For the past few weeks I have been very busy. If you didn't know, I am a huge research guy. To date, I have conducted over 10 studies including my graduate thesis relating to the field of strength and conditioning. One thing I have found about the field of S&C is that too many statements regarding programing, exercises and fundamentals are anecdotal. I think you know what I'm trying to say.... My goal as a researcher and strength coach is to provide empirically researched data which will give meaning/reason to the numerous claims surrounding our field. Ironic, this sounds exactly like my doctoral school entrance essay!
Since early this summer, I have been conducting a "top-secret" research project. I'm labeling it as "top-secret" because my athletes didn't even know they were participating. No, I didn't break any regulations! My athletes came to train as they normally do every session. Around May, I wanted to study the effects on speed (linear and multi-directional) without the implementation of speed mechanics or drills in my athlete's training programs. In a nutshell, I wanted to explore if focusing on explosive, eccentric, functional and core strengthening movements would produce an increase in speed. During the assessment, the tests I administered were the 20-yard dash, 5-10-5 and Nebraska. I chose these drills because they all involve different speed capacities (straight ahead, lateral, backwards) along with different mechanics (linear start, crossover, backpedaling, hockey stops).
Well, the study is complete. What do you think was the result? I will post the findings next week, you may be surprised!