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SST helps Coupeville athletes prepare for school season
Scoreboards indicate the final results of Coupeville High School athletic events, but not all the wins come entirely from game-day effort. Most likely, some victories can be traced back to the work the athletes put in during their sessions in the weight room.
At the CHS, SpeedStrengthTraining (SST) is the conditioning focal point, according to weight-room supervisor Dustin VanVelkinburgh.
Several Coupeville coaches learned about the SST program at a clinic, and assistant football coach Brett Smedley used the program when he worked a Battle Ground.
They first implemented the program in February of 2012 and ran it through August; they are repeating the schedule this year.
SST is “power based,” VanVelkinburgh said. “We are not looking for maximum lifts. Instead of being statically strong, we want to be powerful.”
He added, “It is based on 30 percent maximum; it is based on quickness.”
The creator of SST, Steve Kenyon, is visiting Coupeville Sept. 7 to train coaches and teachers and give demonstrations for parents.
Kenyon’s philosophy is “instructional-based, sports-performance training using free-weight, multi-segment, standing position exercise for all athletes.”
One of the plusses of the program, VanVelkinburgh said, is that it is great for any age – you can be as young as 8 – because it does not put a lot of stress on the joints.
In the Coupeville High School program, the athletes test in the 40-yard dash, vertical jump, kneeling medicine ball toss, standing broad jump and I-test (a short shuttle run) to measure growth.
VanVelkinburgh said the program is a combination of speed, strength and balance, and it also teaches different kinds of running and running form.
“We want lean and agile athletes with good leg strength,” and the result is “good team speed,” he said.
About 20 athletes consistently attend; the weight room is open 8-9 a.m. and 3-4 p.m. during the summer.
Smedley and VanVelkinburgh are the primary advisors with other coaches filling in when needed.
“The kids love it,” VanVelkinburgh said. “They work hard.”
He added, “They like it once they try it. The hard part is getting them here.”
The Wolves also like the positive numbers on the scoreboard.