Step 1. Collect the right data
To better understand how our program works, we need to observe what information we're having the athlete record. For example, an Offensive Guard in Football and a Pitcher in Baseball have very different skill sets and will require different types of speed work. The Football athlete will require movements that involve multi-dimensional acceleration and deceleration. The Pitcher will need movements that involve high rotational velocity, dissociation between upper and lower body, back side leg acceleration and front side leg deceleration. Therefore, we will implement a flying 10 yard sprint and Pro Agility for the Football athlete and high velocity slideboard and medicine ball throw for the Pitcher. Both of these movements can be measured objectively with our electronic timing systems, making each measurement highly reliable. This concept applies to the all different drills, lifts, movements and plyometrics performed in the STEEL program for each athletic population.
Step 2. Show the progress
Through the use of our mobile app, we are able to track in-session data. This allows us to show each athlete their individual progress. Also, because the majority of athletes are visual learners, the information can be viewed using reporting charts found on each athletes individual profile page.
Step 3. Use the data
Now that we have an understanding of what we're tracking, we can use this information to help the athletes see where they stack up against their peers. We do this by comparing the athletes best effort (or max) to the estimated average in the database. For example, the lineman may be squatting in the 75th percentile relative to his body weight, but is in the 60th percentile for his average linear speed. The opposite may be said for the pitcher. He is in the 90th percentile for his average rotational speed, but is deadlifting in the 55th percentile relative to his body weight. We can also use the data to help create precise programming needs for each athlete. For example, if we see an athlete lacking progress in certain areas of his or her program, we can modify the training and target more of what they need to work on.