You shouldn’t have to constantly defend your program. Even if you have an intelligent group of athletes and coaches that question your programming ability, you should still be able to piece together a viable defense.
One of the best ways to protect yourself and strengthen your defense is by measuring and tracking training data.
Data is a great defense tool for several reasons..
First, it is a non-confrontational way to show that your programming methods make sense. This is because numbers are hard to argue against. For example, based on historical information, Olympic long jumpers in the 90’s were better than Olympic long jumpers in the 80’s since the average distance for a jumper in the 90’s was 15% further than a jumper from the 80’s (hard to argue against something that concrete, right?) Second, data collection helps with athlete buy in. If an athlete can see progress and know they've improved over the course of time, it becomes hard for them to argue against your program. Lastly, data helps drive decision making in the programming process, which in turn helps you rationalize the decisions you make overtime. For example, if an athlete consistently records an exceptional 10-yard sprint time, but has a poor 40-yard sprint time, it means their weakness is top end speed, not starting speed. From this information, a coach will know to program more top end speed work, while also being able to provide a good reason as to why.