Strive began working with Utah State University Athletics in early Fall 2019 in preparation for the 2019-2020 Basketball season. The team at USU proactively used the Strive system to help monitor their athletes during the course of the season. Although the post-season was cut a little short, the Aggies ended up finishing their ‘19-20 campaign with an impressive 26-8 overall record and eventually clinched their second consecutive Mountain West Tournament title!
While currently athletics and sporting events are on hold around the world, we caught up with the Aggies’ Director of Olympic Sports Strength and Conditioning, Logan Ogden, to check-in on how his experience was partnering with Strive.
OVERALL, HOW HAS YOUR EXPERIENCE BEEN WORKING WITH THE STRIVE SYSTEM?
LO: Strive has been an absolute game changer! With the data we collect from the system we are able to make educated decisions that benefit our athletes and training on a daily basis.
HOW HAVE YOU AND YOUR COACHING STAFF IMPLEMENTED STRIVE IN TRAINING YOUR ATHLETES?
LO: We utilize the system daily. The guys wear the technology during lifts, practice, and during skill workouts and we utilize the data to make in practice/lift modifications as well as track the 7 and 3 day outlook to periodize those lifts/practices.
In addition to daily monitoring of individuals and the team, I also utilize the system for developing my return-to-play protocols. Strive proved to be very useful as we made sure our injured athletes were reaching milestones and showing readiness improvements as we returned them to live play.
HAS STRIVE INFLUENCED YOUR TRAINING DECISIONS THROUGHOUT THE SEASON AT ALL?
LO: Absolutely! During my monthly meetings with the staff at Strive we discuss specific points of interest, not only for the team, but also individual players. They provide me with great visual descriptions of how our athletes are performing and give us insight on how to manipulate variables to optimize performance.
With the utilization of Strive and the insight given to us by their staff we can individualize our training to ensure that the team will perform at its absolute best.
HAS PRACTICE AND TRAINING PROGRAMS BEEN ALTERED DUE TO THE DATA FINDINGS WORKING WITH STRIVE?
LO: Not necessarily. Overall, our staff does a great job of being in-tune with our players as well as executing proper periodization for practice and strength training sessions. What Strive has done is take the guess work out of in-season planning and give us peace of mind during chaotic stretches during the season. As we make plans for practice and weight room training, we now have data to back-up/reinforce plans and decisions.
HOW WAS THE TRANSITION IN IMPLEMENTING THE STRIVE SYSTEM INTO YOUR ATHLETES’ PERFORMANCE MONITORING?
LO: Simple. The athletes have no issues connecting their own pucks and the compression shorts are already part of their daily routine. From an administrative standpoint, the live collection is very simple and has been very efficient. The interface is also very easy to navigate and understand. I am always a call or text away from someone at Strive that will assist me if needed.
ARE THERE ANY INSTANCES YOU CAN RECALL USING STRIVE WITH YOUR TEAM THAT STICK OUT TO YOU?
LO: My whole experience with the Strive system as well as the staff has been very positive. What sticks out to me the most would have to be our last month of the basketball season. I communicated with the Strive staff multiple times do discuss our players and ensure that we were peaking for the end of the season. We were undoubtedly playing our best basketball the last week of the year and in the conference tournament which lead to a conference tournament title.
Along with the data, the assistance and support that we receive from the Strive team is unmatched. They enjoy our success as much as we do and the utilization of this system has greatly assisted us in reaching our goals.
ABOUT LOGAN OGDEN (provided by utahstateaggies.com):
Logan Ogden was named the Director of Olympic Sports Strength and Conditioning in June 2018.
Ogden joined the Aggies after spending three years at the University of Omaha, where he served as an assistant strength and conditioning coach for his first two seasons before being elevated to Director of Strength & Conditioning in January 2017. In that position, he directed all aspects of training for the Maverick men’s and women’s basketball, track & field and cross country programs.
Prior to working at Omaha, Ogden spent two years as an assistant strength and conditioning coordinator at Augustana College in Sioux Falls, S.D., working with the softball, volleyball, soccer and track & field teams, and assisting with football. Prior to that, he was a graduate assistant at South Dakota State from 2011-2013, where he was responsible for the track & field, cross country, equestrian and cheerleading squads and helped with duties for men’s and women’s basketball, volleyball, baseball, softball and football.
Ogden holds certifications through theCSCCa (SCCC), NSCA (CSCS), FRCms, USA Weightlifting (Sport Performance Coach Level 1), the Gray Institute (3D Maps) and is RPR-2 certified.
A two-sport student-athlete at Northwestern College in Orange City, Iowa, Ogden participated in both track & field and football. He was a seven-time NAIA National Track Meet qualifier and earned NAIA All-America honors in 2011. Ogden was also a six-time GPAC all-conference selection in track and a two-time pick in football. In 2009, he was voted the football program’s most valuable player.
A native of What Cheer, Iowa, Ogden graduated with his bachelor’s degree in exercise science from Northwestern College in May 2011 and his master’s degree in nutrition, exercise and food sciences from South Dakota State in May 2013. He is married to the former Caitlyn Nerem, and the couple has a daughter, Ellie.