Norwegian coach and researcher Ola Eriksrud is a master at creating innovative testing portfolios. What sets his testing apart is not just what he tests, but how the tests fit into the broader training process. Testing is just the first layer in the process and in order for the test to be helpful, information learned from testing has to be actionable. On this episode of the podcast Eriksrud walks us through some of his approach to testing and also discusses various aspects of coordination such as dynamic postural control, core training, and hamstrings.
Notes and Quotes
Eriksrud is a lecturer of biomechanics and motor control at the Norwegian School of Sport Sciences. In addition he also is the head of Research and Development for 1080 Motion (a sponsor of GAIN) and assists athletes at the Norwegian Olympic Sport Center. In this episode we covered testing and various topics related to coordination.
- 4:00 – Eriksrud’s background and his current endeavors.
- 9:15 – A day in the life of Eriksrud.
- 10:30 – Assisting with testing. And testing more difficult topics.
- 12:00 – Testing dynamic postural control rather than isolated movements and the genesis of the hand reach balance test.
- 15:00 – The various purposes for the hand reach balance test. “You are not done once you get the number. That is just the first layer in the testing process. “
- 19:00 – Examples of testing in practice and how to make it actionable. “Testing should make information actionable. “
- 21:30 – How to follow up on testing and make changes in training.
- 24:00 – Thoughts on reducing hamstring injuries. We need to look at hamstrings in the concert of human movement: “If you have an injury, you don’t need to isolate it and take it out of context. “
- 30:00 – Movement efficiency is about obtaining greater velocity with less force. “If it is a coordinative issue, then more force is not efficient or effective.”
- 33:45 – The fiction of core training. “Isolating abdominal muscles doesn’t help you keep postural integrity in motions. “
- 36:30 – Using the 1080 Sprint and 1080 Quantum in training and as a diagnostic tool.
- 43:30 – Will data replace coaching? “Numbers will never replace the trained eye; coordination is too complex. We have to still consider quality and communication. “
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- You can find Eriksrud on Twitter at @olaathletic1080.
- Eriksrud’s research and papers can be found on Research Gate.
- We also referenced GAINcast 35 with baseball coach Paul Davis on this episode.