In the ultra-competitive world of collegiate athletics, every school possesses student athletes who were considered physically elite back when they played high school sports.
With the high degree of knowledge among collegiate strength and conditioning coaches, as well as the technological evolution that has taken place with recruiting in recent years, the parity seen in all levels of college sports has never been greater.
This extreme parity has resulted in ferocious competition and a razor-thin margin for error during athletic competition. For college strength and conditioning coaches, it has necessitated the need to search for new tactics and strategies that may provide an edge when it comes to HOW they are training athletes and the TOOLS they are employing on a daily basis to help athletes reach their athletic performance goals.
For a growing number of collegiate strength and conditioning coaches, a critical difference maker in gaining a competitive advantage, has been found through the use of innovative devices that are easily incorporated into an athlete’s workout to measure, track and analyze data gleaned through Velocity Based Training (VBT).
The theory behind VBT stems from knowing the movement velocity of any type of lift – done while using proper lifting technique – has proven to be a essential method for gauging the intensity of a lift.
Measuring the speed of a lift, through use of a VBT data-capturing device such as the VITRUVE system, provides more immediate information and feedback to strength and conditioning coaches who have long been limited by using the weight on the bar as the sole point of reference for each lift.
College strength and conditioning coaches who embrace the concepts of VBT often become enamored with the wide range of useful data it provides on their athletes, individually and collectively as a team. Invariably, these coaches usually end up purchasing multiple VITRUVE units for use in their college weight rooms.
Coaches that use VITRUVE offer a list of wide-ranging benefits that directly result from capturing VBT data on their athletes, all-year long, including: 1) increased levels of strength, 2) greater explosiveness, 3) improved training efficiency, 4) overall reduction in athlete injuries, 5) decrease in fatigue, 6) a 60% decrease in recovery time, and 7) a program-wide increase in weight-room motivation.
Zach Fears, director of sports performance at Southeastern Oklahoma State University, has become a huge proponent of VBT over the course of his career and recently purchased 16 brand-new VITRUVE units for his school’s newly renovated weight room facility.
The leader of the Savage Storms’ strength and conditioning program says utilizing the VITRUVE system to capture critical VBT data allows him to set up in-season and off-season training protocols for all athletes, as well as providing him with a key evaluation tool for adjusting the daily workouts of individual athletes.
“I was familiar with VBT concepts and already a fan of the benefits derived from VBT training long before I’d ever heard of VITRUVE,” says Fears. “When I was first introduced to it, with all the different features a VITRUVE system possesses, and all the types of useful, applicable strength and conditioning information it provides, to be honest with you – for the low price – as inexpensive as it was, it seemed almost too good to be true.
“So with some skepticism, I initially purchased one VITRUVE unit and used it exclusively as a tool for using VBT with our men’s and women’ basketball athletes for an entire season. It wasn’t halfway through the season before I knew I wanted to use their VBT data capture for all the sports at our school.
“Thanks to the benefits of VBT and the valuable, instant information that the VITRUVE system provided to us that year, our athletes improved in-season and their bodies recovered faster, and both the men’s and women’s basketball teams at Southeastern Oklahoma made the NCAA Division 2 tournament for the first time in school history.
“These days, I want VITRUVE encoder devices all over the place in my weight room.”
As users of VITRUVE can attest, their system offers unparalleled flexibility to gather critical VBT information on all the athletes within an entire athletic program, while simultaneously providing customized workouts. The trackable, unique force-velocity profiles generated for each individual athlete creates a fluid, dynamic strength and conditioning program that accounts for almost every variable and encourages a continuous pattern of improvement.
To learn more about the benefits of VBT data capture, the VITRUVE system or to download VITRUVE’s highly valuable resource, “The Key Guide For Velocity-Based Training,” visit: www.vitruve.fit.
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