Derek Hansen is a recognized expert in high-performance speed development training. Coach Hansen began working with track and field athletes in 1988 and has since expanded his internationally renowned consultation services to include athletes in all sports. He has trained top performers in the world, including Olympic medalists, world record holders, Canadian National team athletes, and professional athletes from the NFL, NBA, MLS, and NHL.
Hansen currently holds the position of Neuromuscular Training and Return-to-Play Coordinator for Performax Health Group in Burnaby, BC, Canada. He is a NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and was the NSCA Provincial Director for British Columbia from 2006 to 2010. He is also an NCCP Level 3 Track and Field Coach – Sprints and Hurdles Emphasis and a NCCP Level 2 Olympic Weightlifting Coach.
Coach Hansen discusses some highly advanced principles of sports performance but successfully breaks them down into simple and effective principles for the listener. He talks about his philosophy and process of application in linear speed testing, sprint drills, general vs. specific strength, and bar speed monitoring.
In this podcast, Coach Derek Hansen discusses with Joel:
- The value and application process of linear speed testing.
- Commonalities between performance testing and what sport coaches are looking for on the field from their athletes.
- The use of active and reactive speed drills.
- Monitoring athletes to prevent training from negatively affecting performance in sport.
- Using velocity-based training in the weight room and how it applies to sport.
- Ideas on specific vs. general strength training for building speed and power.
Podcast total run time is 55:23.
Keywords: linear speed, monitoring, track and field, speed testing