Coach Jake Schuster is a sports scientist specializing in biomechanics, strength & conditioning, and speed for elite athletes. He is the Senior Sports Scientist at Vald Performance in Melbourne, Australia, where he has been since 2018. Prior to his current position, he was an assistant strength and conditioning coach at Florida State University, working with sprints and hurdles groups on the track and field team while also assisting with tennis, golf, soccer, and the swim team.
Schuster is a Boston native and earned his undergraduate degree in nutrition and public health at the Hogeschool van Amsterdam before completing a master’s degree in exercise physiology and nutrition at Loughborough University in England. He earned his Ph.D. in Sports Science from the Auckland University of Technology in New Zealand. Jake completed internships with Nike Boston, the Dutch Olympic Federation, and Cressey Sports Performance, and he is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the NSCA.
In this episode, Dr. Schuster discusses asymmetries and gives his opinion on when they are a big deal and when they are not. He talks force development in jump tests and isometric and hamstring training protocols for sprinters and his approach to general strength means for track versus team sport athletes.
In this podcast, Dr. Jake Schuster and Joel discuss:
- KPI data in regard to speed and sprinting.
- His beliefs on basic movements such as squats and deadlifts for speed track athletes.
- His thoughts on the use of velocity-based training.
- The potential dangers of correcting asymmetries in athletes.
- What isometric movement he believes has great transfer to the 100m event.
- Olympic lifting for sports performance.
Podcast total run time is 55:04.
Jake has also written articles for SimpliFaster.
Keywords: track and field, Olympic lifting, speed development, sprinting