GAINcast Episode 255: On testing

Testing is a crucial part of the training and coaching process. On this episode of the GAINcast Vern walks through his approach to testing and shares his best practices, including a walk through of how he set up and implemented the testing program at the Chicago White Sox in the 1990s.

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Notes and quotes

  • 0:00 – Introduction.
  • 2:15 – Defining priorities: “What is the most important thing in your sport? What do you test? If there is a mismatch you need to rethink your approach to testing.” “If you train to the demands of the sport, you should test to the demands of the sport.”
  • 3:30 – Frequency.
  • 4:45 – The origins of training is testing, testing is training.
  • 6:00 – The difference between testing and monitoring, and making data actionable.
  • 7:30 – Don’t overlook video analysis and key workouts.
  • 8:00 – Defining key workouts.
  • 9:30 – White Sox testing protocol: goals and logistics.
  • 12:45 – Discussing the individual tests and why they were included in White Sox testing.
  • 14:45 – Making testing competitive.
  • 17:00 – Physical vs. skill testing: “With testing we were looking at the underlying physical qualities you need to play the sport, not the skill itself. Don’t confuse the too.”
  • 19:15 – The environment.
  • 20:45 – Training logs and journals.
  • 21:30 – Making testing sport specific.
  • 23:30 – Jump testing, reactive strength, technology, and ideas.

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Further reading

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