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Short Curriculum of Prof. Verkhoshansky  

Professor Yuri Verkhoshansky is predominantly known to most westerner readers as the Russian researcher who invented plyometric training (Shock Method). 

Many coaches and sport scientists around the world, however, recognize Y.Verkhoshansky as a prominent figure in the field of explosive strength training, one of the greatest experts in the theory of sports training whose ideas was implemented and expanded as: Methodology of Special Strength Training and Special Physical Preparation, Long Delay Training Effect, Conjugate–Sequence System Training and Block Training System (known in the West as Block Periodization).

To a few sport training experts, he is known as the first scientist applied the Physiology of Adaptation in the theoretic analysis of the sport training process.

Some training experts also know that more than 20 years ago he introduced the new approach of planned training, “Programming of training”, based upon the innovative, at that time, methodology that is presently known as System Analysis & Design and the structured process modelling.

 

Yuri Verkhoshansky started his career in the late 1950’s as a Track & Field and Physical Education coach at the Moscow Institute of Aeronautic Engineers. In just two years he achieved incredible results; transforming 12 non-athlete university students belonging to his sport group into high-level Track & Field jumpers. In addition, he became famous as the first Soviet coach to introduce the Barbell Squat into the training of the Track & Field jumpers and sprinters. To add to his long list of contributions, he created the Shock Method and invented the Depth Jump.

Soon after, he became the head coach of the Moscow United Team in the sprint and jump events and coach of the European record holding sprinter Boris Zubov.

 

In the 1960’s Y. Verkhoshansky began his first scientific research and wrote numerous articles describing his training methods. A few years later, he finished his first book, “Triple Jump,” and prepared and defended the dissertation “The Biomechanical Analysis of the Landing Phases of Track & Field Jump Movements” to earn his first scientific title of candidate (equivalent to PhD).

 

At the end of the 1960’s Y.Verkhoshansky began his work at the Central State Institute of Physical Education and Sport as Docent (or an Adjunct Professor) on the Cathedras of Track & Field and Biomechanics. He started to research the problem of the organization and optimization of the training process.

Y. Verkhoshansky’s work in this regard was strongly influenced by the ideas of N.A. Bernstein (the founder of the New School of Physiology of Coordination and the author of “Physiology of Activity”), the legendary soviet scientist formulated the fundamental theory of a self–regulated motor system, in which he expressed the basic ideas of Cybernetics 20 years before its founder Norbert Viner.

 

Developing the Bernstein ideas, Y.Verkhoshansky began to use the System approach to analyse the training process, creating the new method of it’s planning: Programming of training. Ten years later, he added to this approach the new base element: the Physiology of Adaptation and started to elaborate and expand the new modern Theory and Methodology of Sport Training.

 

In the early 1970’s Y.Verkhoshansky prepared his second dissertation “Optimization of the training process of high level athletes in the strength-speed sport disciplines.” He obtained the title of Doctor Habilitatus (Doc Hab, the superior scientific degree in Eastern Europe) and, following that, the title and honor of Academic Rank Professor.

He became the head of the Central Institute of Physical Culture and Sport Scientific Research Laboratory where the main agenda was “the optimization of the training of high level athletes and the physiology of sports work capacity”.

He assisted, together with his collaborators, the preparation of Soviet national sports teams for the Olympic Games and other international competitions; still introducing new training methods, new training plan models, and the techniques of these models for the practical realization (see table below).

 

Sport Discipline

Who

(National Team Coach)

What Prof. Verkhoshansky introduced in their training system

When

Track & Field Jumping disciplines

Ter-Ovanesiyan

 Kreer

 Mironenko

 

Special Strength Training Methodology  ,  Shock Method , Block System,  Programming of Training

1960’s -1990’s

Track & Field

Sprint

Korneliuk

 

Special Strength Training Methodology ,  Programming of Training, Block System

1980’s

Track & Field Throwing events 

Kusnetzov

Konstantinov

 

Special Strength Training Methodology  , Shock Method

1980’s

Track & Field Decathlon

Ushakov

Special Strength Training Methodology,  Shock Method ,  Programming of Training, Block System

1980’s

Track & Field

Middle distance running

Kulitcenko

Special Strength Training Methodology  , Block System,  Programming of Training

1980’s

Box

Filimonov

Special Strength Training and Special Physical Preparation Methodology,  Shock Method , Programming of Training

1970’s

Ice-skating

Vasilkovsky

Muratov

Special Strength Training and Special Physical Preparation Methodology ,  Programming of Training

1970’s

Figure Skating

Zuk

Special Strength Training and Special Physical Preparation Methodology, Shock Method

 

Hand ball

Evtushenko

Special Strength Training and Special Physical Preparation Methodology , Shock Method

1970’s

Basket ball

Gomelsky

Special Strength Training and Special Physical Preparation Methodology,  Shock Method

1970’s

Ice Hockey

Tarasov

Tichonov

Yurzinov

Special Strength Training and Special Physical Preparation Methodology,  Shock Method ,  Programming of Training

1980’s

Rowing

Drachevsky

Special Strength Training and Special Physical Preparation Methodology,  Shock Method , Block System

1980’s

Cycling

 

Kusnetzov

 

Special Strength Training and Special Physical Preparation Methodology

1980’s

Gymnastic

Arkaev

Shock Method

Early 1970’s- end of 1990’s

Weight lifting

 

Rigert

 

Special Strength training Methodology , Shock Method

1980’s

Ski

Stenin

 

Special Strength Training and Special Physical Preparation Methodology

1980’s

  

During the 1980’s Professor Verkhoshansky was a member of the Scientific Council of Institute and member of the Soviet Union Central Supreme Commission of Scientific Graduation.

He was at the head of the commission that led and controlled the Institutes of Physical Education and Sport scientific research for all the USSR countries as well. These centers elaborated the training systems for the high-level athletes and allowed others to benefit from his research and findings.

 

In the late 1980’s Professor Verkhoshansky was rewarded by the Soviet Olympic Committee for his elaboration of the general concepts of the Soviet national teams’ preparation and training for the Olympic Games and other international competitions. At the same time, he worked as an associate professor at the Central Elite Coach School, which is the most important center for the national teams. 

 

At the beginning of 1990’s he was the head of the Theoretical and Methodological Center at the Russian Research Institute of Sport and at the same time became the Vice President of the International Information Academy; further adding to his contributions.

 

In 1992, he was elected President of the International Association on Theory and Methodology of Training in Elite Sports at the International Sports Scientific Congress in Israel.

 

For many years, Professor Verkhoshansky has lectured on the philosophy, physiology and methodology of sports training and programming of training in Russia and other countries including; Austria, USA, Spain, Yugoslavia, Greece, Israel, South Africa, Germany, Italy, France, Holland, Portugal, and Bulgaria.

Along with these lectures, Dr. Verkhoshansky has authored more than 500 scientific-methodological papers and more than 20 monographs. His work has been translated in 22 foreign languages and published in 29 countries. He was an associate editor of the NSCA Journal, Journal of Applied Sports Science Research, Fitness and Sports Review International (USA) and Leistungssport (Germany).  He was and is currently a member of the International Sports Sciences Association (ISSA) in the USA.   

 

Since 1995, Professor Verkhoshansky’s focus has been as a scientific consultant for the National Olympic Committee of Italy. For this and more, he was formally acknowledged for his contribution to the development of Italian Sport.

 Books published Books published  

The Bibliography of Prof. Yuri Verkhoshansky

Publishing Year

Title

Country (language)

Editor

Pages

2011

Special Strength Training: Manual for Coaches

Italy

(English)

Verkhoshansky SSTM

290

2009

Block Training System in Endurance Running

Italy

(English)

Verkhoshansky SSTM

50

2006

Special Strength Training. Practical Manual for Coaches

USA

Yosef Jonhson

(Publisher of First English edition, limited till april 2007)

128

2001

La moderna programmazione dell’allenamento sportivo

Italy

CONI - Scuola dello Sport

160

2001

La Preparazione Fisica Speciale

Italy

CONI - Scuola dello Sport

215

2001

Introduzione alla Teoria e Metodologia dell’Allenamento Sportivo

Italy

CONI - Scuola dello Sport

198

2001

Teoria y Metodologia del Entrenamiento Deportivo

Spain

Editorial Paidotribo, Barcelona

100

2000

Hipertrofia Muscular. Body-Building

Brazil

Editoria Ltda, Rio de Janeiro

100

1999

Todo Sobre el Metodo Pliometrico

Spain

Editorial Paidotribo, Barcelona

191

 

1997

 

Mezzi e metodi per l'allenamento della forza esplosiva. Tutto sul metodo d'urto

Italy

Società Stampa Sportiva

160

1996

Forca. Treinamento da Potencia Muscular

Brazil

Londrina, Centro de Informacoes Desportivas

200

1995

Preparacao de Forca Especial

Brazil

Grupo Palestra Sport. Rio de Janeiro

132

1995

Ein neues Trainingssystem fur azyklische Sportarten

Germany

Philippka-Verlag

136

1994

Super Training

(Verkhoshansky Y., Siff M.)

South Africa, USA, Spain (English/Spanish)

University of the Witwatersrand - Johannesburg. Supertraing Institute USA ?

472

1993

Special Strength Training. Practical Manual for Coaches

Estonia (English)

Author

128

1992

Specificna snaga u sportu. Teorija i metodika (Verhosanski Y. et al.)

Yugoslavia

Prometej, Novi Sad

126

1992

L'entraiment efficace. Pour une programmation efficace de l'entrainement

France

Presses Universitaires de France

184

1992

Ein neues Trainingssystem fur zyklische Sportarten

Germany

Philippka-Verlag

135

1991

Ultra Mass Manual. For Advanced Bodybuilders.

USA

Atletic Sport Performance

62

1990

Entrenamiento deportivo. Planification y  Programacion

Spain

Deportes Tecnicas, Ediciones Martinez Roca, Barcelona

166

1988

Effectives Trainieren. Neue Wege zur Planung und Organisation des Trainingsprozess

Germany

Sportverlag, Berlin

168

1987

La programmazione e l'organizzazione del processo di allenamento

Italy

Società Stampa Sportiva, Roma

166

1985

Программирование и организация тренировочного процесса (The programming and organization of a training process )

Russia

Moscow

175

1977

Основы специальной силовой подготовки (The bases of the strength special training in sport)

Russia

Moscow

 

214

1961

Тройной  прыжок. ФиС (Troinoj pryzok; Triple jump)

Russia

Moscow

175

 

 

 

 

 

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