Current NCAA Strength and Conditioning Coach Lee Taylor began working with the Strive system while he was with the University of Tennessee Women’s Basketball team. When he moved universities in July 2019 to Auburn University, he brought Strive with him to help monitor and continues to monitor their Women’s Basketball program.
Q: How has your experience been working with Strive?
A: My overall experience with strive has been great! I have now used strive at two different universities (University of Tennessee and Auburn University) and the data has been extremely insightful in managing day-to-day practice load, prescribing return-to-play protocols, and giving insight on designing off-season programs for athletes while training at home during the current COVID-19 pandemic.
Q: How did you begin to work with the Strive system?
A: While at the University of Tennessee, I was able to analyze game data and compare it to practice shoot around data to make necessary adjustments that would better equip our athletes for games. It was within this process we were able to adjust the shoot around practice times to help our athletes finish in the fourth quarter.
“Strive has been a valuable tool for us when talking to recruits in being able to express how we use sport science within our program.. Overall Strive has been an invaluable resource and I have enjoyed my experience with the company”
— LEE TAYLOR, AUBURN UNIVERSITY WBB
Q: Does Strive help influence your planning and programming at all?
A: After a year’s worth of data here at Auburn University I have been able to better understand what a practice will look like or should look like leading up to a game and know going into games how our athletes should perform in regards to previous data. In addition, here at Auburn I have been able to take the data and collaborate with coaches to develop basketball specific workouts based off data to better prepare an athlete in return-to-play situations. I have also been able to take game data and develop a treadmill return-to-play protocol for athletes when they are coming back from extended layoffs from injury as well.
Q: Is there a situation where you found Strive particularly beneficial?
A: When looking at the EMG data for one of our athletes it has affirmed some things we suspected. I have used that data to develop strengthening protocols to address that athletes’ imbalances. Strive has also been a valuable tool for us when talking to recruits in being able to express how we use sport science within our program.
Overall Strive has been an invaluable resource and I have enjoyed my experience with the company