Provisional vs. Priority-Part II

FAQ on the Provisional vs. Priority concept

What performance variables shouldn’t be used to create a priority based program?

You can’t create a priority based program on performance variables that are not objectively measured OR don’t impose a heavy speed or strength stimulus. For example, Front Squat, Split Squat, 3 cone and Approach jump are all some examples of performance variables that can be used to help create a priority based program.

Once an athlete improves the movement or skill that is a priority, what’s the next step?

Once a training quality is up to speed (within top 80th percentile relative to peers), the program focus then shifts to the next lowest movement or skill. Again, the lowest movement or skill that will be highlighted is based on historical data and comparing performance variables to likewise peers. If all performance variables rank well, the athlete should decrease training volume and increase practice volume for their sport.

How long should I wait until I make the program priority based?

This depends on how their data looks over the course of time and how they compare to athletes in the same population. The athlete should be exposed to a large speed and strength stimulus at two times before any decisions can be made. Also, this gives the coach time to make sure technique is up to par.

What if I only see the athlete or group of athletes once a week?

It will just take longer to reach a priority based program. Unless you have an obvious abnormality in training right away (extremely slow but strong), it will be hard to make decisions off limited training time due to lack of data. In this case, it is important to explain to the athlete that an increase in training frequency can lead to a more specific program (The more you train, the better your program can be!)

What if I have a short training block of only 2-3 weeks?

In this case, the best practice is to keep the program provisional. If you incorporate quality movements and skills, there can still be a large amount of adaptation made.