Training Talk with Derek Evely (Part 3)
Over the past week, I’ve posted the first two parts of my interview with Derek Evely, the director of the Loughborough (UK) University High Performance Centre. Both of those posts focused on how to apply Bondarchuk’s theories to the throwing events. But while Bondarchuk’s has focused on coaching the throwing events, his theories and research extend to all of track and field. In addition to coaching the throwing events, Derek also has had international success coaching sprinters. The final part of our interview focuses on how Bondarchuk’s theories apply to other events like the sprints and javelin.
He had the opportunity to learn from Bondarchuk first hand when they worked together in Kamloops, and has been fine tuning his approach ever since. You can learn more about those through this link, or by reading Part I. If you have any questions, feel free to ask them in the comments below.
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its interesting you guys have thought about measuring speed of release indoors. i actually tried to do it using a speed camera like the one you use to measure pitchers in baseball. the problem i had in the discus for example was that it just measured the speed of the arm coming out of the back and not the speed of the implement leaving the hand. I’ve also thought about putting an accelerometer safely onto the implement and get live feedback to the accelerations to not only give you measurements for the technique but the speed of release also. i was at a golf simulator not too long ago and thought of the same thing for throwers. keep us updated with the new breakthroughs you guys are working on.
Very interesting reading, thanks. I really appreciate the insight you and your guests offer.
I have been involved in hammer throwing for a long time as a competitor and I am now just beginning to coach. I would like to adopt a more structured training program for my athletes and will ideally use Dr B’s periodization model, and record training results to find the time it takes for each athlete to achieve peak condition. The only reason I’m slightly cautious in converting an athlete into this type of system is the large increase in volume they will experience. Therefore I wished to ask,
Have you witnessed an adjustment period for athletes changing over into Dr B’s system?
Aside from active rest and massage is there other recovery tools which should be utilized? (I think I remember Dr B quoting vitamin B-12 as being beneficial)
Adjusting – There is definitely an adjustment period. Look at Kibwe as an example. He dropped down under 70m in his first year. Dylan had one good meet his first year, but other than that his results were down in 2006 and he averaged between just 18 and 19m. Other throwers have an easier transition. Sultana improved slightly her first year, as did I, but we both came from a training background that was not radically different.
Rest – I have heard the quote from Dr. B about Vitamin B-12, but he has never said a word of it to his athletes. Rest and massage are the most common forms of recovery. And rest means more than just not training. It means letting the body relax. Work is taxing on the body even if you are not working out.