GAINcast Episode 101: Test practices

Testing is a crucial part of training, even more so in the era of big data. On this episode of the GAINcast Vern walks through his approach to testing and shares his best practices. In the end testing is about getting an accurate picture of the athlete so you can determine the way forward. That’s easier said than done, and Vern has learned a few lessons throughout his career about how to making testing more specific, integrated, and motivational.

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Further reading

The following links were referenced in the podcast or provide some additional reading material on the topic:

  • Don’t forget to join HMMR Plus. Sign up and get access to numerous webinars, online meetups, articles, our sports science newsletter, and more. This month’s theme on the site is testing, with contributions from top coaches like Bryan Mann, Craig Pickering, Arno Galmarini, and more to come.
  • Vern has also contributed a lot of testing this month. In our latest HMMR Hangout he helped put together a practical testing framework for an amateur rugby club. His post on testing = training and training = testing also explores that topic further.
  • Talent identification was discussed in more detail on GAINcast 78.
  • Applications just opened for GAIN 2018. Learn more here and we’ll see you in Houston in June.