Exclusive Need for Speed Updates

We have just finished the first review process for our newest ‘BIG’ Course, the Need for Speed Course, which we launched in the fall of 2020.  We base these updates on feedback and questions from students.  It is only through this feedback, and the questions we receive, that we continue to grow ourselves.

Thank you to everyone who has made suggestions, and sent in questions!

So with that said - let’s get to the first round of Need for Speed Updates.

One question we received A LOT was how do we individualize sprint mechanics for team sport athletes? 

This is a super-interesting question, and one that has been the primary research study of our good friend James Wild, and so we asked him to help us with it.  

A couple of months later, he sent us an amazing 5 video series speaking directly to this question!  

The series he put together is SO good, in fact, that we have decided to offer the first three videos here - FOR FREE - even if you have not purchased the Need for Speed Course. 

Video 1

Here is the first video in the series.  In this video, James provides a brief outline of the series, as well as an overview of the technical features of the sprinting of team sport athletes.   Simply - this is an awesome introduction to James’ thoughts!

Video 2

James’ second video dives into understanding individual sprint acceleration profiling, using a ‘whole body’ approach.  There has been a lot said written about various sprint profiling lately, and we really like James’ take on this important step in trying to improve athletes' speed.

Video 3

Athletes all move in individual ways - this individuality is perhaps our greatest challenge as coaches, when it comes down to tweaking sprint mechanics.  Our final video from James is an exploration of this inherent variability, and the need for longitudinal assessments.

This is a must-watch video!

Another question we get a lot has to do with the relationship between anterior pelvic tilt and hamstring injury.   

Well - this just happens to be the main research area for Johan Lahti, and we were lucky enough to have a couple of calls with Johan to clear up some of the confusion.  Snippets from these calls have been added to Session 18 of Book 3, if you are a current Need for Speed student. 

A popular question was: ”Are a team sports players’ speed deficiency connected to asymmetries in any way?’

So we called on the awesome trio of Dr. Matt Jordan, Chris Bishop, PhD and Daniel Kadlec for a conversation.  All three of these gentlemen have thought deeply on this subject, and it has been a significant topic of their own research studies.  You will really enjoy this conversation!

Henry Barera's AWESOME notes

You might have seen Henry's notes on his social media channels? If not - don’t worry. He was kind enough to send them to us, and we have included them as a part of this update in the Appendix of the Course.

Finally - a little out of the box!

The Need for Speed Course was written primarily for those involved in field-based sports - but we also consult quite a lot with ice hockey coaches - and one question we have received is whether ‘the rules’ we speak about in the Course apply when ‘the field’ is not grass - but ice?

Our friend Matt Price is the Head S&C Coach for the LA Kings of the NHL - and does an amazing job applying a speed-based Program with his hockey players.  Even if you are not a hockey fan, we are confident that you will enjoy hearing about his thoughts.

Remember - these updates are free

All of our Courses are ‘living documents’, and we will do our best to update and improve as often as we can - free of charge - forever!!  Access to all of our Courses is lifetime!

Need for Speed

Speed is the ultimate game-changer: it is not merely present in all team sports, it is often crucial to the defining moments of the game — the moments that make the difference between defeat and victory. Never before has speed in team sport been more important than it is today, and never has it been more important for coaches to understand the complexities of coaching speed.