The Athletic Evolution Podcast

The Athletic Evolution Podcast

By Rob
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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Kevin Mannion (Gloucester Rugby Academy): Building autonomy and giving something back

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Wendy Rijnen Glover (Catholic Central High School): The Athleadership Program
Wendy Glover is a Health and Physical Education Teacher and Coach. She has dedicated her 22+ year career to approaching teen athletes as future contributors to sport through education, community involvement, and mentorship. She has written Health and Wellness, and Sport Management courses for the Ontario Ministry of Education, and many programs to support the holistic development of the athlete. Wendy wanted to improve the sport community experience all, this led to her creating an innovative #AthLeadership program to recruit and train teen athletes to be future coaches in the province of Ontario. Through this program AthLeaders gain many industry certifications (e.g. coaching, ethics, sport management), and dozens of volunteer community service hours in areas of sport, individualized for them. Over 400+ athletes have been through this program and have been empowered to contribute to sport in Canada. In this episode Wendy discusses: How the lack of age appropriate sporting experiences for her own children inspired her to action. Why the Win/Loss record isn't a good tool for measuring coaches. The idea and creation of the Athleadership program. What the Athleadership program entails for those involved. Giving youth a taste of different experiences to find their aptitudes and enthusiasm. Why we should be encouraging young athletes to "pay it forward" to the community and Why "You're not special" Why negative or positive perceptions of youth can become a self fulfilling prophecy. Being an "Athleader for life" and the importance of developing an identity outside of being an athlete. You can find keep up to date with Wendy via her Twitter account: @developathletes . 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.
47:54
August 13, 2020
Stuart Edwards (Stewart's Melville College, Scotland U18's): Relationships First.
Stuart Edwards or “Eddo” is the Head of Rugby at Stewarts Melville College recently winning the Scottish Schools Cup in 2019. He is also the Backs coach for the Scotland U18 National Team, as well as a current player for Heriots in the Super 6 league in Scotland. In this episode He discusses: His experiences in the National Age Grade system in Scotland at U18, 19 and 20 National Squads. How some of the negative experiences shaped his approach as a coach. Defining "success" at School and National level of the game. Why fun is the underpinning component of player progress. Why relationships supercede everything else. Teaching athletes about the on/off switch. You can keep up to date with Stuart via his Twitter account: @stuarted10 . 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.
51:29
August 7, 2020
Sam McKenzie (The Australian Football League): The rise of professionalism in youth sports.
Sam's coaching background includes multiple coaching roles for AFL New Zealand, however, he has primarily been a skills coach in Rugby Union and League, specialising in kicking and high ball catching. He has worked across the youth, community and professional ranks, including the Auckland Rugby Academy and the New Zealand Warriors NRL team. Sam completed a Masters of Sport & Exercise at AUT University researching 1st XV rugby players’ perceptions of their coaching environment. He also worked for Auckland Rugby and was influential in changing their structure of youth sport, shifting the focus to the player experience rather than performance. In March 2020, he relocated to Melbourne becoming Coaching Content & Learning Lead for the AFL, leading the design and delivery of the coach learning content across Australia. Sam is passionate about the humanistic approach to sport and coaching, spending the last decade in national and regional sporting organisations across both player and coach development. As a coach, coach developer, and researcher, he brings academic research on coaching pedagogy to practitioners through adult learning strategies. In this episode Sam discusses: How negative experiences in sport shaped his own sporting journey. Remembering who you're there for. “The reason adults should look as though they are having fun, is to give kids a reason to want to grow up." The bias of coaching pathways towards senior level coaching as a measure of success. The rising professionalism in NZ Schoolboy Rugby and it's impact on the player experience. His research on the perceptions of 1st XV schoolboy rugby players in terms of environment, culture and coaching. The demands and pressure this places on the on kids' time, schooling and other commitments. 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.
1:14:50
July 31, 2020
Nathan Parnham (The Sporting Parent, St Augustine's College): Having an impact on individuals for life.
Nathan Parnham is an Athletic Development Coach based in Sydney Australia. He has worked in various roles throughout his career in the development and professional space across both genders for close to two decades. He has recently taken up a role as head of athletic development for St Augustine’s College. He has played role in the development of a range of state, national, and professional athletes currently plying their trade in the Australian Netball League, A/W-league's, NRL, Super Rugby, Rugby7s, and the ITF Tennis Circuit. In this episode Nathan discusses: His career at the Australian Women's Rugby 7's, Paramatta Eels and 3 different schools. His mindset shift from building the physical to having an impact on individuals for life. How you will learn the most skills from the most uncomfortable environments. His new role delivering an Athleic Development framework from year 5 - 12 at St Augustine's College. The need for long term stability in Coaching staff for effective LTAD programs. Creating "The Sporting Parent" to provide a credible resource to educate and empower parents. The difference between coaching a 10 year veteran and a aspiring athlete. You can keep up to date with Nathan via his personal Instagram: @nathan_parnham as well as The Sporting Parent on @thesportingparent and via the website www.thesportingparent.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.
52:29
July 24, 2020
Shayne Murphy (Scottish FA, City Football Group, Setanta College, SDM Performance): The developing football athlete
Shayne qualified with a first- class honours degree in Sports and Exercise Sciences from University of Limerick in 2010, completing his MSc in Sport Science in 2012, certifying as a Strength and Conditioning Coach in 2013. Shayne has been working in elite football for over 11 years across first team and academy squads in the Premier League, including Manchester City, Liverpool FC, Blackburn Rovers and Cardiff City. He also spent several years with the Wales National Squads during international campaigns at U21 level. As the founder and director of SDM Performance, Shayne currently works with sports people independently as well as remaining a consultant for City Football Group, which is a global football organisation. As part of his role with City Football Group, he recently led the sport science department at New York City FC in the US for their pre-season. He also works with the Scottish FA as a Football Scientist and Setanta College as a Masters Lecturer.  In this episode Shane discusses: His career at Cardiff City, Blackburn Rovers, Liverpool and Manchester City The importance of running based movement skills in football. The rise of athletes having their own personal performance staff. Being selective over what CPD resources you use and when. You can keep up to date with Shayne via his Instagram: @sdmperformance . 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.
46:51
July 17, 2020
Robin Eager (England Rugby): The developing rugby athlete
Robin is currently the Men’s Pathways Athletic Performance Manager at England Rugby, having worked with the Under-20s team for 6 seasons now. Having previously held roles in the Academies at both Gloucester Rugby and Leicester Tigers, Robin has good experience working with the developing Rugby Player. In this episode Robin discusses: His involvement with England's Senior squad at the 2015 World Cup and 2016 6 Nations Grand Slam. His unique situation to experience the 14 Premiership Academies. Using the simplest method to get the biggest output with the smallest input. His philosophy of How well, How much and How fast. The importance of understanding the athlete's why, background and family situation. Bringing all the stakeholders together through clarity and transparency. Why "What you see isn't what you get" with young athletes. How every training session is a complex social interaction. You can keep up to date with Robin via his Twitter: @psrve and email him via robineager@rfu.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.
1:10:35
July 10, 2020
Amy Spencer & Megan Hill (Southampton FC): Maturation in a Professional Football Academy.
Amy Spencer is an Accredited Sports Psychologist at Southampton FC. She has worked at the club for the last eight years ranging from 1st team players to U9’s, covering various aspects of performance to well-being. She is also currently completing a PhD in mindfulness in football. Megan Hill is a final year PhD Student at the University of Bath in collaboration with Southampton Football Club, studying age group coaches perceptions, experiences and management of male adolescent football players. In this episode they discuss: The player centred and holistic approach at Southampton. How the club focusses on the Psychological factors of Cohesion, Resilience and Flow. The initial bias for Relative Age and Maturation state at the club. The influence of the maturation process on match grades and coach perception of Academy football players The psychological demands and experiences of playing by maturation bands. How the club utilises Maturation monitoring to inform the timing of selection decisions. Integrating mindfulness practice into the Academy. You can keep up to date with Amy via her Twitter: @AmySportPsych and Megan via her Twitter: @Meg_Hill13 . 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.
42:19
July 3, 2020
Mark Robertson (ASM Clermont Auvergne Rugby Club): From the Scottish Borders to Brazil
Mark Robertson is a former International Rugby Sevens player and Olympian, amassing 56 tournaments for Scotland Sevens, securing their first ever HSBC World Series win in London, as well as winning a silver medal for Great Britain at the Rio 2016 Olympics. Since retiring he has worked as a Strength & Conditioning Coach for the Scottish Rugby Academy before moving on to ASM Clermont Auvergne. In this episode Mark discusses: Growing up in the 7's hotspot of Melrose. How goalsetting became a big driver in his development and performance. Acheiving the "Dream" of a Melrose 7's final and his journey to the Pro game. The lows of injury and deselection in his career. The highs of the first World Series win at Twickenham, going back to back, and the Rio Olympics. The importance of players building interests and identity outside of their sport. The challenges of moving to France and coaching in a different language. You can keep up to date with Mark via his Instagram: @markyrobertson and learn about the School of 7's via their website www.schoolofsevens.com  and Instagram: @schoolof7s . 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.
53:34
June 29, 2020
Dr Martina Navarro (University of Portsmouth): The Athletic Skills Model
Dr Martina Navarro is a Senior lecturer in the School of Sport, Health and Exercise Science, University of Portsmouth. She is an Experimental Psychologist, with a range of interests in the area of skill learning, expertise and performance under pressure. Martina is particularly interested in how practice design and psychophysiological processes mediate motor development and decision-making performance. She holds a BSc in Sport Science and a PhD in Human Physiology (Neuropsychology) from the University of Sao Paulo , Brazil. Her PhD focussed on the effects of training strategies and high levels of stress and anxiety in human cognition (eg. attention and decision making) and motor control. During her PhD she joined a Sandwich program  at the MOVE Research Institute Amsterdam at the VU University Amsterdam under the supervision of Prof. Geert Savelsbergh who along with Rene Wormhoudt, created the Athletic Skills Model (ASM), which Dr. Navarro is currently working on its implementation in the UK and Brazil.  In this episode she discusses:  Her childhood in Brazil playing a multitude of sports.  How curiosity has driven her range of research interests and global travel.  How the Athletic Skills Model provides a different way of thinking about movement.  The aim of ASM to create Good Movers, Athletes and then Specialists.  The transfers of learning across sports and activities. The 3 Building blocks of ASM.  How ASM may help performance under pressure.  How to join the ASM community of practice in the UK.  You can keep up to date with Martina's work via Twitter @UoPSportScience , if you want to join the ASM community of practice you can do so by sending Martina an email: martina.navarro@port.ac.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.
1:16:03
June 26, 2020
Owen Satterley (Better Human Performance): The Student Athlete
Over the last 19 years Owen has worked with youth, senior, international and professional athletes as well as working in the entertainment and corporate health industries, spending time working in London, Australia, and New Zealand. He also has a history, as an athlete, in rugby, CrossFit and Olympic Weightlifting. In this episode Owen discusses: Helping people become better versions of themselves. What it takes to coach a human being. Why mistakes and frustrations are actually net positives in the long run. His 10 years at Hartpury College and University. Why you must take into consideration the other aspects of athletes' lives. How Student Athletes often have basic life skills missing and how these can limit performance. How he overcame some of these absent life skills in his athletes. His new role contracting for Hintsa Performance and working with Mercedes. You can keep up to date with Owen via his Instagram: @betterhumanperformance . 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.
1:16:08
June 22, 2020
Kelvin Giles (Movement Dynamics): Who's developing the Coaches?
Kelvin Giles is a legend in Strength and Conditioning. A former UK National and Olympic Track and Field Coach, he spent 30 years in Australia’s High Performance Sport environment across organisations including the Australian Institute of Sport, Queensland Academy of Sport, the Canberra Raiders and the Brisbane Broncos. He also led the Australian Rugby Union Elite Player Development program. He’s coached 14 Olympic and World Champions athletes over a 40 year career in coaching. He is the CEO of Movement Dynamics UK Ltd and consults for a range of National Governing Bodies and Federations. He also authored the Physical Competency Assessment resources. In this episode, Kelvin discusses: His incredible 40 year career in coaching in the UK/Australia and the influence of mentors. Why training should be athlete-appropriate before sport-appropriate. Quality vs Quantity and "Flirting" with the progression ceiling. Why we should train the physical, technical, tactical in that order. Why coach development is the limitation to athlete development. Why coach mentoring should start the day you get your coaching award. Explicit and Implicit coaching Why patience is so important in coaching. You can follow Kelvin on Twitter via: @kbgiles and via the Movement Dynamics site: www.movementdynamics.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.
1:05:56
June 15, 2020
Annika McGivern (Mind Aware Performance): Mindset matters...
I first came across Annika when she was presenting a series of webinars in collaboration with Black Box on: Developing Mental Fitness, Building self awareness and Finding and Enhancing Resilience Annika work with athletes, coaches and personal trainers to help them train and compete with confidence. Her approach focuses on optimizing self-beliefs, mindset and confidence to create success without the roller-coaster of negative emotions, self doubt and burnout. She has a BA in Psychology from the University of Victoria and an MSc in Sport and Exercise Psychology. She is also an Equine Canada Competition Coach. She specializes in building new beliefs, mindsets and habits that form the foundation of confidence and consistent performance.  In this episode Annika discusses:  Her realisation of the 2nd world of sport.  Why the brain perceives all change as a threat.  How the Corona Virus pandemic can be reframed as an opportunity to start new behaviours.  How important it is to develop a Growth Mindset and Why.  The Let Be, Let Go, Let In model she uses for managing anxiety.  The false idea that motivation precedes action.  Why identity can become such a huge influence in behaviours and habits.  Why coaches should be using an "Ask" rather than "Tell" approach with their athletes.  You can keep up to date with Annika via her Instagram account: @map_performancepsych and via her website www.annikamcgivern.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.
1:16:07
June 12, 2020
Jared Deacon (Scottish Rugby): From last place to the Olympic Games
Jared Deacon is a former international 400m athlete. He has worked for UK Athletics, English Institute of Sport and is currently Lead Academy S&C Coach for Scottish Rugby in Edinburgh. Alongside S&C coaching, Jared has also coached international sprinters and hurdlers as a track coach including European, World and Olympic medallists. In this episode Jared discusses:   Growing up as the youngest of 8 kids in South Shields. Being coached by his brother. Being a late developer in Athletics. Qualifying for and competing at the Sydney 2000 Olympics. Watching Jonathan Edwards, Michael Johnson and Cathy Freeman competing. His transition from athlete to coach. His "Shotgun to Rifle" approach. Common mistakes and non-negotiables in coaching speed to young athletes. The importance of teaching movement skill to developing athletes. Why it's so important to keep the bigger picture in mind coaching youth athletes. You can keep up to date with Jared via Twitter: @jaredmdeacon . 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.
53:43
June 8, 2020
Dr Craig Harrison (Athlete Development Project): Get some variability!
Dr Craig Harrison loves to show young people how to tap into their inner drive, take control of their learning & pursue their dreams with purpose & passion. An expert in youth athlete development, Craig specialises in the physical and mental sides of sport. He is a coach, a researcher, host of the popular podcast The Athlete Development Show, the husband of former Silver Fern and FIVB international beach volleyball player Anna Harrison & father of 3. With a unique ability to communicate complex ideas in a simple way that inspires action, Craig supports youth athletes and their parents to unlock personal performance & fulfil sporting potential.  In this episode Craig discusses:  The importance of starting with a foundation of relationships.  The transferability of what we do into the context that drives the athlete.  What his motivation was to move from "High Performance" to the developmental level.  His new initiatives: The Athlete Development Project and the Athlete Environment.  Operating on the edge of Chaos. The importance of creating adaptability and variability in our athlete.  Creating a bigger movement library to help build the ability to solve new problems. Who's asking the athlete what they want?  You can follow Craig work via his Instagram: @drcraigharrison , Twitter: @drcraigharrison and Facebook: Dr Craig Harrison . I would also strongly recommend checking out The Athlete Development Show podcast.  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.
1:14:09
June 5, 2020
Dave Cripps (Coalition Performance): Building something for yourself
Dave is director of the Coalition Performance training facility in the West Midlands. He has worked for over a decade as an S&C coach, including championship-winning seasons in professional rugby union at the premiership level, and across a dozen sports with youth, amateur, elite level and world champion athletes, as well as the general public. In this podcast Dave discusses: His start at Moseley RFC with nothing but balls, cones and space. His 6 seasons at spent Leicester Tigers working with Senior and Junior athletes. The inspiration for moving from pro sport to private practice. Balancing autonomy and structure when coaching kids. Why it's easy to train kids without a solid rationale. The business skills he had to seek out opportunities to develop. Why running your own business isn't for everyone. You can follow Coalition Performance on Instagram via: @coalitionperformance or visit the website: www.coalitionperformance.co.uk , you can also follow Dave on Instagram via: @dave_coperformance or Twitter via @CrippsDave . 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.
58:36
June 1, 2020
Katie Richards (British Gymnastics): Working with humans.
Katie is a Coach Education Development Manager at British Gymnastics, as well as a BASES Accredited Sport Scientist and former Senior Sport Psychology & Coaching Science Lecturer at St Mary’s University for many years. Katie has been a leading figure within the UK gymnastics scene for several years, offering sport psychology support to a number of clubs and coaches. In this episodes Katie discusses: Her journey from failed ballerina to World level Gymnast. Her concept of "The Dash". Having a combination of a Humanistic and Cognitive behaviourist approach. The unrealistic expectations of going "clean" at competition. Challenging belief systems and cultures. The importance of Self-awareness, Acceptance, Realistic Evaluation and Focus. How all coaching is just working with humans with varying degrees of perception, ability and emotional intelligence. Prehab vs Rehab in Psychology. You can find out more about Katie via her Instagram account: @katie_richards_csci and via her website www.katierichardspcs.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.
59:25
May 29, 2020
Jake Aliker (Formula 1 Performance Coach): Asking better questions
Jake has recently completed a five year stint working with Max Verstappen of Red Bull Racing in Formula 1. Jake’s role had been to provide performance management through physical conditioning, mentoring and ensuring optimal energy for lifestyle and race performance. Working closely with race engineers, team managers, physiologists and doctors, Jake helped to positively coordinate and implement strategies that allowed Max to perform in the car and thrive as a professional. The success of this team enabled Max to challenge competitors in faster cars relentlessly, evident throughout the 2019 season, he was rewarded with the recognition as "Driver of the Year". More recently, Jake has been devoted to growing his performance coaching company, Force and Grace Ltd. In this podcast, Jake discusses: His time with Max Verstappen. The balance of striving for high standards vs being present and enjoying the moment. His growing interest in development coaching and psychology. The importance of "Creating an environment where athletes come to feel different and express themselves". Why "The element in any system with the most flexibility will exercise the most influence." Asking "How" is more important than "Why". Cultivating the mental ability to switch off/on at will. Letting the performer lead the way. You can find out more about Jake via his Instagram account: @jake_forceandgrace and via his website www.forceandgrace.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.
1:45:59
May 25, 2020
Dr Rhodri Lloyd (Cardiff Metropolitan University): Bringing Science and Practice together.
Rhodri is a Reader in Paediatric Strength and Conditioning and Chair of the Youth Physical Development Centre at Cardiff Metropolitan University. He also holds a research associate position with Auckland University of Technology and is a research fellow for Waikato Institute of Technology. His research interests surround the impact of growth and maturation on long-term athletic development and the neuromuscular mechanisms underpinning training adaptations in youth. He is a senior associate editor for the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research and as associate editor for the Strength and Conditioning Journal. In 2016, he received the Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year award for Research and Education from the UKSCA and in 2017 was awarded the Terry J. Housh Outstanding Young Investigator of the Year award from the NSCA. He is the current Chair of the NSCA Long-term Athletic Development Special Interest Group, and between 2011-2015 served as a Board Director for the UKSCA. In this episode, Rhodri discusses: How his original aim of being a medical doctor specialising in paediatrics has evolved into his research in paediatric exercise science. The inspiration to write "Strength & Conditioning for Young Athletes". The additions to the updated second version of the book. The limitations of the widely used LTAD model and the 10,000 hour rule. Dispelling the myth of resistance training stunting growth. His role in the Youth Physical Development Centre and it's aims and objectives. Balancing Energy, Fun and Inspirations with Control in coaching young athletes. The value of being able to "judge the room" in coaching. You can find out more about Rhodri's work via his Twitter account @DrRSLloyd, as well as the YPD account: @YPC_CardiffMet . You can also find his books "Strength and Conditioning for Young Athletes" here, as well as "The Essentials of Youth Fitness" here. 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.
46:30
May 22, 2020
Dr Richard Blagrove (Loughborough University): Training distance runners
Richard is the Course Leader for the MSc in Strength and Conditioning at Loughborough University, previously working at St Mary’s University for 8 years as Programme Director for the BSc Strength and Conditioning Science, and was Lead S&C Coach for Sport and Health Services. Richard is an Accredited S&C Coach and previous Director of the UKSCA. He has provided coaching to numerous athletes including several Olympic/Paralympic athletes. In 2015 he wrote "Strength and Conditioning for Endurance Running".  Richards extensive work with endurance runners provided the inspiration for his doctoral research investigating the use of strength training in post-pubertal adolescent middle- and long-distance runners.  In this podcast he discusses:  His unusual transition from running to rowing and GB Talent Development Squad.  His early self-education in Strength & Conditioning.  Why you should use an adaptation-led approach to training the KPI's in your chosen sport.  The importance of time efficiency and micro-dosing training when needed.  Getting comfortable asking other practitioners for help.  The inspiration for writing "Strength and Conditioning for Endurance Running".  The common misconceptions around strength training for running.  His research into strength training for young runners.  The surprising benefits of micro-dosing plyometrics in a warm up for runners.  You can find out more about Richard and his work via Twitter: @rich_blagrove . You can pick up a copy of his book here: "Strength and Conditioning for Endurance Running".  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.
40:03
May 18, 2020
Marina Carrier (Australian Olympic Team): Olympian in waiting...
Marina Carrier is as 24 Year Pentathlete, who qualified for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games with the Australian Olympic Team. She has been involved in Pentathlon since the age of 12. At the senior level, her highest world ranking was #39, whilst her she finished her U18 Youth career at #7 in the World. She has had several international podium finishes, including beating the World #2. She has also previously been the  Australian National Champion in 2017 & 2018.  In this podcast Marina discusses:  How she was introduced to Modern Pentathlon.  The 5 disciplines involved in the sport.  What her 7 day training schedule looks like.  Managing relationships with 5 different coaches.  Injury issues and Learning to listen to your body as an athlete.  Going from crutches to Olympic Qualification in just 4 weeks.  Her personal reaction to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics being postponed due to the Corona Virus.  How "something always goes wrong" in modern pentathlon and how this has trained her to adapt to unforeseen events.  Why longevity, dropout and fostering a love of sport should be the major concerns for coaches of young athletes.  You can watch the Youtube video Marina mentions here and read more about her on the Australian Olympic Team Website .  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.
28:06
May 15, 2020
Neil Parsley (The Underground Training Station): Mixing coaching business with pleasure.
 Neil Parsley is a co-founder and director of the unique and highly successful UTS gym in Wirral. He is one the most sought after and experienced S&C coaches in the UK consulting for the English National FA as well as the English Rugby Football Union. He has coached Olympic Champions (Beijing & London Olympics), multiple World and European medalists and National champions across several sports including Taekwondo, Athletics, Rugby, Swimming, Cycling, Wrestling and Disability swimming. He regularly presents on his work at national and international conferences.  In this podcast Neil discusses:  His unique and non-conventional road to a professional playing career in Rugby league for Warrington.  How advice from his dad shaped his choice of career.  His experiences coaching athletes at the the 2008 and 2012 Olympic Games.  Being part of the England Rugby Coaching team for the 2015 World Cup.  His motivation to establish the Underground Training Station. The array of tiers and classes the UTS provides for kids.  The importance of trust and empathy in the coach-athlete relationship.  You can follow Neil's work with the Underground Training Station at www.theuts.co.uk and on Instagram at @utsgym . You can also follow his new family project Family Fitness TV on Instagram: @familyfitnesstv and their Youtube Channel: FamilyfitnessTV .  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.
1:03:51
May 11, 2020
Harry Weatherstone (Youth Athletic Development Academy): Nail the basics and earn the right.
Harry Weatherstone is the owner of the Youth Athletic Development Academy, on the Sunshine Coast, Australia. In this podcast,  Harry discusses:  His background as a tennis athlete and coach.  How he transitioned into athletic development.  The value of working independently in your own coaching business.  The importance of keeping it simple in both communication and programming.  Earning the right to progress in the program.  A day in the life of Harry, including his mid day trip to the beach!  How school children are often doing a crazy amount of sport training. The importance of teaching kids basic recovery methods like sleep, nutrition and hydration.  You can follow Harry's work via the YAD website: www.yadacademy.com and via Instagram at @yadacademy  as well as his personal account @coach_harryw .  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.
30:37
May 8, 2020
James McCann (Whitgift School): Integrating a movement curriculum into PE.
James McCann is the Head of PE (Practical) at Whitgift School. He is also the founder of The Animal Lab. In this podcast James discusses: Driving change in an independent school. Establishing an integrated movement and games PE curriculum. His opinion on the Joe Wicks daily "PE" sessions during Corona Virus. Why he created The Animal Lab. The importance of reflection in coaching practice. You can follow James on Twitter via @theanimallab or the website: www.theanimallab.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.
39:08
May 4, 2020
James Mealing (Harlequins Rugby Academy): Self Driven Athletes
James Mealing is the Head Strength & Conditioning Coach at Harlequins Rugby Academy. In this episode James discusses: His big influences in his coaching journey. Why no one is above the basics. The importance of educating the athlete. The weekly schedule of an Academy player. How Harlequins Academy have adapted to the Corona Virus. The key characteristics of players who go on to senior performance. How feedback is critical to success. You can follow James on Twitter via: @MealingJames . 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.
50:56
May 1, 2020
Andy Woodward (Barnard Castle School): Becoming a more holistic coach
Andy Woodward is the Head of Performance Sport and Strength & Conditioning Coach at Barnard Castle School. In this episode Andy discusses: His background in the Royal Air Force. What his role looks like day to day in the school How coaching multiple sports has made him a better coach. The importance of being holistic in your coaching approach. The importance of Listening and Empathy in coaching. Evolving from an Autocratic coach to a more Democratic style. Adapting to the Corona Virus. You can follow Andy's work via the School Twitter account: @barneysport as well as his own account: @SandC_CoachAndy . 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.
41:51
April 27, 2020
James Marshall (Excelsior): Coach the athlete in front of you
James Marshall is the Owner of Excelsior Athletic Training and Director of Excelsior Athletic Development Club, as well as a coach educator and mentor, business owner and director. He is also the author of "Training Young Athletes", "Get Stronger", "Run Faster" and "Jump Higher". In this podcast,  James discusses: Coming into gymnastics "cold" as an adult coach. Why all coaches need to understand movement. Understanding that you are coaching people and not research subjects. The importance of fun. Why social interaction is more important with age. How learning is not linear. You can find out more about James' work with Excelsior via the website www.excelsiorgroup.co.uk and via his Twitter: @CoachExcelsior and on the Youtube Channel: Excelsior Athletic Training. 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.
44:30
April 24, 2020
Paul Kilgannon (CARVER Coaching): Values and character in coaching
Paul is a Coach Developer and Creator of The CARVER Framework. He helps people build their Coaching World. He consult with Sporting Organisations and Clubs as well as Corporate Entities in relation to creating Learning and Performance Environments. In this podcast Paul discusses: How values and character development are a key component of his coaching. An overview of the CARVER coaching model. Weapons and Work Ons. Working on your coaching craft. Working on his new book. You can find out more about Pauls work via his website www.carvercoachingframework.com and follow him on Twitter: @carver_coaching . 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.
58:22
April 20, 2020
Tom Coughlin (Scottish Rugby): Nutrition basics for young athletes
Tom Coughlin is currently the Lead Nutritionist for the Male Pathway within Scottish Rugby, working from the U16's National Age Grade Squads, right  up to the Senior National Team players. In this podcast, Tom discusses: Why he uses and athlete-led approach in his practice. The fundamental nutrition habits youth athlete should be focussing on. Why a meal plan isn't the answer. Why youth athletes should avoid supplements and focus on improving their diet instead. Recommendations for nutrition during the Coronavirus. Some of the opportunities Coronavirus presents to work on off field skills. To keep up to date with Tom's work you can find him on Twitter @TECNutrition . 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.
32:58
April 17, 2020
Kevin Mannion (Gloucester Rugby Academy): Building autonomy and giving something back
Kevin Mannion is the Academy Head of Performance at Gloucester Rugby. In this episode Kevin discusses: His Rugby League career. How academy success is built of longevity of staff. Making yourself redundant as a coach. Being vulnerable enough to ask others for their expertise. Involving parents in the academy journey. Positively affecting parent/athlete conversations. How Gloucester Rugby Academy is adapting to the Corona virus. 5 pieces of coaching wisdom. You can find out more about Darren's work by following him on Twitter via: @Minion_Kev1 . 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.
1:06:22
April 13, 2020
Darren Ritchie (England Athletics): The importance of Coach Development and Mentoring
Darren Ritchie is the Event Group Lead for Jumps and Combined Events at England Athletics. He previously spent 11 years at Scottish Athletics in variety of roles including National Jumps and Combined Events Manager, Performance Manager, National Coach Development Manager and Head of Coach Development. In this podcast, Darren discusses: His career as an athlete at International level. How his injury experiences shaped his philosophy of creating robust, resilient athletes. The notable influences in his coaching journey. The various forms coach development and mentoring can take. The importance of communication, empathy and reflection. The importance of understanding the basics and sticking to them. You can find out more about Darren's work by following him on Twitter via: @langleap . 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.
49:26
April 6, 2020
Andy Blyth (Simplyperform): Teach it, Test it, Tweak it
Andy Blyth is a Sport and Performance Psychologist, based in Edinburgh, specialising in one-to-one coaching to help people get better at what they care about.  Andy is also the owner of Simplyperform, as well as the Academy Sport Psychologist Hearts Football Club.  In this podcast Andy discusses:  How a Roman Emperor has influenced his practice.  Building a collaborative rather than authoritarian coaching approach with athletes.  Some of the myths that surround sport psychology.  How coaches can incorporate sport psychology into their practice sessions.  Some valuable resources for coaches wanting to improve their sport psychology skills.  You can find out more about Andy's work via his website www.simplyperform.com  you can also follow him on Twitter via: @simplyperform .  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.
1:10:32
March 30, 2020
Olie Trotman (United World College South East Asia) - Confidence, Competence, Capacity and Choice
Olie Trotman is the Strength & Conditioning Coordinator at the United World College, South East Asia, which is an international school with over 5,000 students across two campuses, serving students aged 5 – 18. In this podcast, Olie discusses: His background as a Welsh representative athlete in basketball. His varied journey pursuing coaching experience around the world. His 4 C's model of Confidence, Competence, Capacity and Choice. Establishing a S&C program within a very large international school. Differences and similarities between provision in a Welsh vs Singaporean school You can find out more about Olie via his Instagram account: @olietrotman and on LinkedIn: Olie Trotman. 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.
52:00
March 23, 2020
John Hall (Access Parkour): The use of Parkour as a donor sport.
John Hall or 'Hedge' discovered Parkour in late 2004 after watching a Parkour video in school. After a short career in academia, he founded Access Parkour in 2013. Hedge delivers most of Access Parkour’s conditioning and movement programs taking a special interest in creating spaces that build better people both mentally and physically. He splits his time between managing the company, teaching as much as he can and researching Parkour. In this podcast John discusses: His relationship with competitive sport and his path into Parkour. Why competitive sport might not be for everyone. His focus on creating community. His on non-linear pedagogy and internal vs external cueing. The use of Parkour as a donor sport for other sporting activities. The upcoming Coach Education workshop in Edinburgh. The "Parkour for Sport Coaches" Workshop is is happening on Saturday 18th April, at Room to Move, Edinburgh. You can purchase tickets here. You can find out more about John's via his Instagram account: @accesshedgehog . You can also check out Access Parkour via their website www.accessparkour.com as well as their Instagram: @accessparkour and Facebook: Access Parkour. You can access some of the blog articles John mentions here. 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.
45:22
March 15, 2020
Dave Hembrough (Sheffield Hallam University): Using Strength & Conditioning for Social Change
Dave Hembrough is a Strength & Conditioning Coach and Sports Science Officer at Sheffield Hallam University, as well as the Head Coach of Hallam Barbell and a Coach Educator for British Weightlifting. He has started numerous community based initiatives including Mindfully Strong and Strength For Life. In this Episode, Dave discusses: His personal mission statement. His time in performance sport, including professional Boxing, Volleyball and Diving. Why his focus shifted toward making a social impact. Some of the areas S&C Coaches could make an impact outside of performance sport. The various initiatives he has started at youth, adult and elderly ages. You can find out more about Dave's via his Twitter account: @dwhembro  Instagram: @davehembrough . You can also follow  You can keep up to date with some his projects including Strength for Life: @Strength4_Life   @strengthforlifecampaign  and Hallam Barbell: @HallamBarbell  @hallambarbell . 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.
1:02:47
March 9, 2020
Allistair McCaw (Champion Minded): Leadership isn't about authority, it's about influence.
Allistair McCaw is a world leader in human performance, team culture and leadership. For over 25 years, he has worked with numerous Fortune 500 companies, Olympians, Grand Slam Champions, NCAA Colleges and Professional Sports Teams. He is also the author of 7 Keys to Being a Great Coach, Champion Minded and Becoming a Great Team Player. In this episode, Allistair discusses: Key influences in his philosophy. His purpose and vision for his work. The 7 keys to being a great coach. Why it's important to define success for yourself. His personal 10 rules for success. The importance of authenticity. His new book and is upcoming workshops. You can find the review Allistair mentions which contains the 10 traits of Champion Minded leaders here. You can find out more about Allistair's work via his Twitter: @AllistairMcCaw Instagram: @bechampionminded and Facebook: Allistair McCaw Page as well as listen to his own Champion Minded Podcast.  You can also visit his website www.allistairmccaw.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.
49:03
March 2, 2020
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 (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
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 S&C 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
Rob Smaldon & Sam Guy (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 (Buriram United FDP): Creating a common coaching language and coaching across cultures.
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 (Connacht Tae Kwon Do): 6 x World Champion in Tae Kwon Do, 2015 IYCA Coach of the Year.
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. 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