Why Assess the ANS?


I just finished watching a presentation by Andy O’Brien entitled “Modern Concepts in Program Design – A Systematic Approach to Individualization”. Andy O’Brien works with elite athletes including NHL star Syndey Crosby. His presentation is 28 minutes long and is truly worth watching if you work with athletes. After listening to his talk, you’ll understand why he works with such high level athletes. I’d also like to add that this is yet another great free resource put out by John Berardi and his team at PN. I have no problem endorsing a company that continually puts out top notch information for free. The thoughts in this post are inspired from the ideas and concepts discussed by Andy O’Brien.

In his presentation, Coach O’Brien essentially views program design as problem solving. Naturally, the first step in designing a program is assessing the athlete. An assessment allows us to form a needs…

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