The Athletic Evolution Podcast

The Athletic Evolution Podcast

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A podcast for Parents, Sports Coaches, PE Teachers, Support staff and anyone else interested in Youth Athletic Development! Our mission is to support grassroots coaches in the development of youth athletes.

Here you'll find interviews with technical coaches, support staff, researchers and former athletes, helping us all to improve our coaching with young athletes.
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Andy Bruce (Merchant Taylors’ School): Implementing Strength & Conditioning in an Independent School

The Athletic Evolution Podcast

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Dr Mike Hislop (World Rugby): The Activate Program
Dr Mike Hislop is a a researcher within the Technical Services Department at World Rugby, the global governing body for Rugby Union. His research was used to create the Activate program, which reduced soft tissue injuries by up to 40% and concussions by up to 60%. In this podcast Mike discusses: His PhD research studies which culminated in the Activate program The surprising outcomes in injury reduction using the Activate program Why the Activate program could be considered more than just an injury prevention program The progressive nature of the programs across levels and age The 8 cue that are vital to delivering the program effectively You can find out more about the World Rugby Activate program here. You can keep up to date with Mike via his twitter account: @Hislop_Mike Keep up to date with Athletic Evolution via our Website, Twitter and Instagram. You can leave us feedback or submit a question for future episodes here.
40:15
February 24, 2020
Guy Pitchers (Canterbury Christ Church University): The female athlete
Guy Pitchers is a PhD researchers in Female Athletic populations, as well as a Instructor in Sport Science at Canterbury Christ Church University. He is also a Strength & Conditioning Coach for Charlton FC Ladies. In this podcast Guy discusses: The primary biological differences between male and female athletes A basic overview of menstrual function Individual variability in menstrual cycles and symptoms Why menstrual dysfunction has long term implications for health Relative Energy Deficit Syndrome or "REDS" A framework for monitoring menstrual function in female athletes You can keep up to date with Guy via his twitter account: @GuyPitchers. Keep up to date with Athletic Evolution via our Website, Twitter and Instagram. You can leave us feedback or submit a question for future episodes here.
51:33
February 17, 2020
Dr Joe Eisenmann: No laps, No lines, No lectures
Dr. Joe Eisenmann is a scholar-practitioner with 25 years of experience as a professor, researcher, sport scientist, coach educator, strength & conditioning coach, and youth sports coach. Currently, he is a consultant and serves as the Head of Sport Science for Volt Athletics, and the National Strength and Conditioning Association along with being a visiting professor at Leeds Beckett University Carnegie School of Sport. In this episode Joe discusses: His early coaching and research influences The misconception of Long term athletic development as modern invention Previous examples of LTAD models The state of LTAD in the modern world You can find the ICoachKids resource mentioned here and the Proformance Child to Champion USA event here. You can keep up to date with Joe's work via his twitter account @Joe_Eisenmann Keep up to date with Athletic Evolution via our Website, Twitter and Instagram. You can leave us feedback or submit a question for future episodes here.
52:02
February 10, 2020
Tim Stevenson & David Jackson (School of Calisthenics): Redefining Impossible
Tim Stevenson (Head of Exercise Science & Handstands) and David "Jacko" Jackson (Head of Human Flags) are both Strength and Conditioning coaches and Founders of the "School of Calisthenics". In this episode they discuss; Their accidental route into calisthenics in their own training and coaching.  Why Fun and Experimentation are a key element for them in training and coaching. The multiple potential benefits physically and mentally in implementing calisthenics with youth athletes. Why simply adding load might just be "Lazy" coaching. How calisthenics ability might differ with later vs early maturers. How alternative forms of training are often neglected in S&C degree programs. You can follow the work of School of Calisthenics on Instagram: @schoolofcalisthenics Facebook: School of Calisthenics Twitter: @SchoolOfCali and the website: www.schoolofcalisthenics.com  Be sure to check out their FREE beginners course here: https://classroom.schoolofcalisthenics.com/course?courseid=free-beginners-calisthenics-programme as well as their Youtube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCKIPOflZbfGRM8-IehI775w Keep up to date with Athletic Evolution via our Website, Twitter and Instagram. You can leave us feedback or submit a question for future episodes here.
1:01:37
January 27, 2020
Howard Green (Director of HGreen Tennis Fit): Lessons from the Royal Marines
Howard Green is the Director of HGreen Tennis Fit, as well as the Head of Sports Science at Bolton Tennis Arena.  In this episode Howard discusses How his background in the high performance environment of the Royal Marines has shaped him as a coach. His time "in the box" with Ana Ivanovic and Naomi Broady on the World Tour. The importance of establishing ownership and life skills in young athletes. His use of acronyms and mnemonics in coaching. His collaboration with Simon Brundish on the new "Supermovers" program You can follow the work of Howard via his Instagram: @hgreentennisfit  Facebook: HGreen Tennis Fit Twitter: @HGreenTennisFit  and the website: www.hgreentennisfit.com  Remember to keep an eye out for the next RacketEdge conference via the website www.racketedge.com/conference-2020  Keep up to date with Athletic Evolution via our Website, Twitter and Instagram. You can leave us feedback or submit a question for future episodes here.
1:03:29
January 20, 2020
Louise Hastie (Movement Evolution Scotland): Encouraging children into Free Spirit Sports
Louise Hastie is one of the Directors at Movement Evolution.  In this episode Louise discusses: Her unique childhood background. Her background in recreational and competition skiing. The balance of winning medals and fostering intrinsic motivation. Inclusive and exclusive methods of long term athletic development. You can follow the work of Louise and Movement Evolution Scotland via their Instagram: @movement_evolution_scotland  Facebook: Movement Evolution Scotland and their website: www.movementevolution.org   Keep up to date with Athletic Evolution via our Website, Twitter and Instagram. You can leave us feedback or submit a question for future episodes here.
49:06
January 13, 2020
Dr Sean Cumming (Bath University): An idiot's guide to Growth, Maturation and Biobanding
Dr Sean Cumming is a Senior Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Sciences at the University of Bath, as well as a consultant for the Premier League, Football Association, Lawn Tennis Association and Bath Rugby.  In this podcast Sean discusses: The differences between Growth, Maturation, PHV PWV. How these differ between males and females. The effect maturation has on physical attributes like speed, strength and power. The difference between Biobanding and Relative Age. How Biobanding is being used in different organisations. You can follow Sean's work via his Research Gateway profile page. Keep up to date with Athletic Evolution via our Website, Twitter and Instagram. You can leave us feedback or submit a question for future episodes here.
56:23
December 9, 2019
Matt Goodman (Active Future): Fortnite and Freeplay
Matt Goodman is the Group Managing Director at Active Future, as well as a PhD candidate by publication at Northumbria University. In this podcast Matt discusses: How longevity is his main score of success. The unexpected success of "Fortnite" style activity classes in terms of uptake and individual activity. The decline of ability for free play in youth/children. His theory on whether the popularity of digital games in our youth is due to adult interference in organised sport. Some tidbits of his research so far. You can follow the work of Active Future via their Facebook page and get in contact with Matt via his Facebook page. Keep up to date with Athletic Evolution via our Website, Twitter and Instagram. You can leave us feedback or submit a question for future episodes here.
45:19
December 1, 2019
John Scriven (Jersey Sport Foundation): Talent Development
John Scriven is the Head of Services at the Jersey Sport Foundation.  In this podcast, he discusses: His frustration in athletics forming the foundation for a curiosity in coaching.  His long list of coaching influences.  A brief overview of Russian talent development systems in the communist era.  The journey of creating and establishing a talent support structure in Jersey.  Some fantastic reading resources for those interested in talent development.  You can follow the work of the JSF on Instagram: @jerseysportfoundation Facebook: @JerseySportFd and via their website: https://jerseysportfoundation.org.je/ You can get in contact with John via his Facebook page, or via his email: john.scriven@jerseysportfoundation.org.je  Keep up to date with Athletic Evolution via our Website, Twitter and Instagram. You can leave us feedback or submit a question for future episodes here.
1:25:58
November 25, 2019
Steve Curnyn (Hibernian FC Academy): Creating ownership
In this episode Steve Curnyn, Head of Academy Football Medicine and Science at Hibernian FC discusses: His journey into coaching, including his 5 minutes of fame! Why ownership is the ultimate success in a youth physical development program. Why bringing the energy or being the "magic man" is so important. Why Hibernian FC assesses Growth & Maturation in their players. What they do with this Maturation information. Managing growth related injury in young players. You can follow Steve's work Twitter: @SteveCurnyn and on Instagram: @stevecurnyn Keep up to date with Athletic Evolution via our Website, Twitter and Instagram. You can leave us feedback or submit a question for future episodes here.
53:59
November 18, 2019
Simon Brundish (StrengthLab): Physical Literacy for Superheroes, with the UKSCA S&C Coach of the Year for Youth Sport (2018)
In this episode Simon Brundish, Founder of StrengthLab and creator Superheroes discusses:  How many coaches have come from a PE teaching background.   His unique purpose for coaching kids. The problems with modern day PE curriculum.  How he came to create the Superheroes program and it's success in both schools and sports academies.  The challenges with integrating physical literacy curriculum into the school setting.  You can follow Simon's work on Instagram: @strengthlabsuperheroes Twitter: @UK_StrengthLab and Facebook: @Strengthlabonline and via his website: https://strengthlab.co.uk  Keep up to date with Athletic Evolution via our Website, Twitter and Instagram. You can leave us feedback or submit a question for future episodes here.
46:36
November 11, 2019
Andy Bruce (Merchant Taylors’ School): Implementing Strength & Conditioning in an Independent School
In this episode Andy Bruce discusses:  His unusual journey to becoming a Youth Strength & Conditioning Coach.  What "success" looks like to him as a Youth coach. The challenges of implementing S&C in an independent school setting.  A new app he is involved in developing to help monitor the various activities of school pupils.  His love of learning and recommendations for CPD.  You can follow Andy on Instagram at @acbcoaching Facebook ACB Coaching and Twitter @acbcoaching as well as his website www.acbcoaching.com  Keep up to date with Athletic Evolution via our Website, Twitter and Instagram. You can leave us feedback or submit a question for future episodes here.
1:06:34
November 4, 2019
Sam Guy & Rob Smaldon (Cornwall High Performance): Running a successful youth coaching business
In this episode Sam Guy and Rob Smaldon, Founders of Cornwall High Performance (CHP) discuss: Their varied sporting backgrounds. How Cornwall High Performance began. The challenges they face coaching youth athletes. The autonomy of running your own business vs being an employed coach. Advice for those running a youth coaching business. You can follow CHP on Instagram at @cornwallhighperformance and Facebook at Cornwall High Performance and via their website www.cornwallhighperformance.co.uk  Keep up to date with Athletic Evolution via our Website, Twitter and Instagram. You can leave us feedback or submit a question for future episodes here.
37:28
October 21, 2019
Grant Mcleod: Creating a common coaching language and coaching across cultures with Buriram United FDP.
In this episode Grant Mcleod, Head of Performance Projects at Buriram United FDP discusses: The challenges of coaching in a foreign language and culture in Thailand. Creating a common coaching vocabulary and syllabus. Using small sided games to develop technical skill and conditioning. Why different age groups require specialist coaches. You can follow Grant on Instagram at @gmcl.sc and Facebook at Grant Mcleod or email him directly on grant.mcleod@brutd.com Keep up to date with Athletic Evolution via our Website, Twitter and Instagram. You can leave us feedback or submit a question for future episodes here.
52:45
October 21, 2019
Shane Fitzgibbon: 6 x World Champion in Tae Kwon Do, 2015 IYCA Coach of the Year and Founder of Connacht Tae Kwon Do.
In this episode Shane discusses: The influences behind his entry into Martial Arts. His dual career in Martial Arts Instructing and Strength & Conditioning Coaching. His "Why" for coaching kids in particular, with one of the best coaches a compliment can receive! The 4 chores he makes all his students/clients complete. Why "3rd party power" is an important component in coaching. Why holistic development  of the child/athlete is so important in his coaching. The worrying trends he sees in 26 years of coaching kids. Links to resources he mentions: Spiderfit Kids, Kelvin Giles work. You can follow Shane's work in Tae Kwon Do via the website Connacht Tae Kwon Do and Facebook page. You can keep up to date with his S&C work via his Coaching Facebook page. Keep up to date with Athletic Evolution via our Website, Twitter and Instagram. If you want to leave us some feedback or a question for future episodes you can do so here.
1:03:16
October 14, 2019
Fergus Pringle: From South Africa to Edinburgh Rugby with the Watsonians Super 6 coach and former Romania U20's Coach and East Lothian Rugby Development Officer
*This podcast was originally recorded in January 2018* In this episode Fergus discusses: Growing up in South Africa playing cricket, rugby, squash and hockey. How he got into coaching as a young student. Differences coaching younger athletes. Why love of the game is important. The fundamental values in order to be successful in his programs. Support vs Challenge in a developmental environment. What is success for him. Being deliberate in setting training culture. Keep up to date with Athletic Evolution via our Website, Twitter and Instagram. You can leave us feedback or submit a question for future episodes here.
1:05:26
October 7, 2019
Ben Pipes: From Hull’s concrete floors to the Olympics with the former Team GB Volleyball Captain and London 2012 Olympian.
*This episode was originally recorded in February 2018*.   In this episode we discuss:  Ben's journey from discovering volleyball as a schoolboy, to playing at a Home Olympic Games in front of 15,000 fans and sharing a bubble bath with Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs in the process!  Failing into volleyball and it’s importance in his progression  Hearing your getting dropped…from your mum!  The standards required to get to Olympic level  Why time management is a critical skill for young athletes  Building the habit of overcoming barriers  Making choices not sacrifices   You can follow Ben on social media on Twitter: @Ben_Pipes and Instagram: @pipes_ben  Keep up to date with Athletic Evolution via our Website, Twitter and Instagram. If you want to leave us some feedback or a question for future episodes you can do so here.
1:09:43
September 30, 2019
Introduction
A brief introduction to the Athletic Evolution Podcast!
02:03
September 27, 2019