After an athlete has trained their specific jumping abilities and reached their ceiling, there are very limited gains to be had by purely focusing on jumping. Instead, Coach Andrew Langford recommends increasing their strength and general force-producing ability, thus increasing their overall capacity to jump higher. In this article, he outlines how to work backwards from the endpoint of the vertical jump, to ensure that all of the relevant foundations of performance are in place.
When we analyze our training programs, we should focus on the individual athletes and the specific adaptations we wish to induce rather than the arbitrary rules of thumb that they satisfy. This way of thinking will help us dig deeper into our programming and the impact we have on our athletes.
Coach Andrew Langford offers his methods and examples of how to set up a university strength and conditioning department to be sustainable, effective, and meet the duty of care you have to your student-athletes. He also shares how using principles of science and scientific thinking can help you develop effective programs, structures, and entire departments.