You’ve likely had days when you didn’t want to work out, for one reason or another. But did you know that the question you ask yourself—“Should I lift?” vs. “Do I feel like lifting?”—helps determine whether you do? Coach Pata looks at the role of readiness in body response, and at the way that changing the phrasing of the question also changes the process of reaching an answer.
With any performance test, there’s a lot of very helpful information to unpack once the athlete completes the test. Coach Pata moves past the testing protocol and dissects how to use the information to build a player comparison tool that helps evaluate players, game strategy, and program quality.
What if there were a conditioning test for athletes in stop and go sports, which stress the glycolytic energy system, that easily shows coaches the relative fitness level of their athletes? Coach Pata discovered such a test and uses it to personalize conditioning programs for his athletes and to help decide how to manage substitutions during a competition.