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The LTAD Network Podcast

The LTAD Network Podcast

By Rob Anderson
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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Kelly Fillingham (Scottish Hockey): Right Player, Right Time, Right Opportunity - The Brave Academy.
Kelly Fillingham is a Performance Coach and Coach Developer. She is currently employed by Scottish Hockey as the West Regional Development Manager and the Head of Scottish Hockey Girls Emerging Talent Squad, as well as leading on the BRAVE Academy Program. She is also the Director of 360 Hockey. In this episode Kelly discusses: Her hockey career, playing in the UK and USA and being a "student of coaches". Embracing new challenges coaching in England's talent system, as well as Scottish Masters League. How Scottish Hockey entered a "Reset phase" and the opportunity to do things differently. How this lead to the Brave Academy and the idea of Emerging & Aspiring Squads. The player numbers, regional centres, education plan and future expansion. You can follow Kelly on Twitter via: @Twiddle81 and the Brave Academy via @ScottishHockey and the website www.scotttish-hockey.org.uk . Get your discounted early bird ticket to LTAD Network Conference here! The 2022 Conference runs from 9-10th July at Hartpury University with a selection of world class speakers! Don’t miss out! Get more details and secure your place here! To learn more about the LTAD Network check out www.ltadnetwork.com or follow on Instagram: @ltadnetwork or Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ltadnetwork . You can keep up to date with Athletic Evolution via our www.athleticevolution.co.uk , Instagram: @athleticevouk and Twitter: @athleticevouk .
47:52
July 03, 2022
Training the Adolescent Female LTAD Chat: Erica Suter, Elisabeth Oehler & Joe Eisenmann
This episode is a recording of the LTAD Chat on Training the Adolescent Female, hosted by Joe Eisenmann with guests Erica Suter and Elisabeth Oehler. Erica Suter is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and has a Masters in Exercise Science and Sport Performance Enhancement. As an athlete, she pcaptained the soccer team at Johns Hopkins University and was a 2x Academic All American, 2 x Scholar All American and National Player of the Year. She holds the record of being the 2nd highest goal scorer for John Hopkins University and was selected in the John Hopkins 25th Anniversary All star team. Elisabeth Oehler is a strength coach who worked for the German Weightlifting Federation from 2017-2020 as manager of the youth department and later Head of Talent Identification. She's a licensed weightlifting coach (high performance) by the German Olympic Sports Confederation and holds several qualifications in youth development and strength & conditioning. In 2021 she started her own business consulting and coaching in National Governing Bodies of different sports. She helps organizations implementing talent development programs and improving coaching education. In this episode, the pair discuss: Physical considerations in training the female athlete. Important psychological and social considerations in training teenage females. Creating buy in to the training process. Get your discounted early bird ticket to LTAD Network Conference here! The 2022 Conference runs from 9-10th July at Hartpury University with a selection of world class speakers! Don’t miss out! Get more details and secure your place here! To learn more about the LTAD Network check out www.ltadnetwork.com or follow on Instagram: @ltadnetwork or Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ltadnetwork . You can keep up to date with Athletic Evolution via our www.athleticevolution.co.uk , Instagram: @athleticevouk and Twitter: @athleticevouk .
01:08:15
June 26, 2022
Professor Mark De Ste Croix (University of Gloucestershire): What does the research say?
Professor Mark De Set Croix has published over 100 articles and presented at over 100 conferences across the globe. He works predominantly in football, identifying injury risk via screening and implementing prevention programmes. A key focus of his work is to help coaches develop their understanding of prevention strategies. After undertaking his teacher training degree he knew he had an interest both in children’s sport and physical activity and a growing interest in science. He completed a PhD exploring how children’s muscle strength changes with growth and maturation and is now using that knowledge to explore how to reduce injury risk in youth sport. This has provided him with opportunities to work with some of the world’s leading football clubs. Mark has just led an Erasmus+ European-funded project with partners in Spain and the Czech Republic to explore the knowledge and understanding of grass root coaches in terms of youth injury prevention. He has also obtained funding from FIFA, UEFA and the English FA to explore injury risk in female youth football, and works with organisations such as the England and Wales Cricket Board, Athletic Club Bilbao Football Club and Bristol City Football Club. In this episode Mark discusses: The many factors that should be considered in an injury risk reduction program. The importance of Training Quality as well as Training Age. Why Coach Education programs need to be more accessible for grassroots coaches. Is asymmetry as detrimental as people suggest? What does neuromuscular control really mean? Are kids affected by fatigue the same way as adults? Is there any truth to the concept of "Windows of Trainability"? You can keep up to date with Mark's research via the University of Gloucestershire Repository, his Research Gate page here, as well as via his Twitter account: @destecroixmark . Get your discounted early bird ticket to LTAD Network Conference here! The 2022 Conference runs from 9-10th July at Hartpury University with a selection of world class speakers! Don’t miss out! Get more details and secure your place here! To learn more about the LTAD Network check out www.ltadnetwork.com or follow on Instagram: @ltadnetwork or Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ltadnetwork . You can keep up to date with Athletic Evolution via our www.athleticevolution.co.uk , Instagram: @athleticevouk and Twitter: @athleticevouk .
01:01:49
June 19, 2022
Speed Development LTAD Chat: Tony Holler, John Garrish & Joe Eisenmann
This episode is a recording of the LTAD Chat on Speed Development, hosted by Joe Eisenmann with guests Tony Holler and John Garrish. Tony Holler is the track coach at Plainfield North High School outside of Chicago, Illinois. Tony retired from teaching chemistry after 38 years in the classroom and has 40 years of coaching experience in American Football, Basketball and Track & Field. Tony is member of Illinois Track & Field Hall of Fame and Co-director of Track Football Consortium along with Chris Korfist. Tony created the revolutionary "Feed the cats" in 19999 and plans to publish his first book in 2022. John Garrish is the Director of Athletic Development & Performance at North Broward Prep School in Florida, and also serves as the Director of Athletic Performance for the Florida Rugby Union 7s. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Wagner College, where he participated in Track & Field, and a Masters in Kinesiology & Exercise Science from the University of North Texas where he was also an intern with the Strength & Conditioning Program. In this chat they cover: The phases of speed. Testing and evaluation of speed. Teaching and coaching the biomechanics of acceleration and maximal velocity sprinting. The role of strength training and plyometrics in speed development. Programming for speed development. Get your discounted early bird ticket to LTAD Network Conference here! The 2022 Conference runs from 9-10th July at Hartpury University with a selection of world class speakers! Don’t miss out! Get more details and secure your place here! To learn more about the LTAD Network check out www.ltadnetwork.com or follow on Instagram: @ltadnetwork or Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ltadnetwork . You can keep up to date with Athletic Evolution via our www.athleticevolution.co.uk , Instagram: @athleticevouk and Twitter: @athleticevouk .
01:08:17
June 12, 2022
2022 LTAD Network Conference Preview with James Baker
In this episode, the LTAD Network Podcast takes a slightly different turn as I invite James Bakerto give a preview of the upcoming 2022 LTAD Network Conference, taking place on July 9-10th at Hartpury University.  In this episode we cover:  The benefits of Live events vs Online events. What audience the LTAD Network Conference is designed for. An overview of some of the Keynote Speakers, Topics and why they were selected. Why we aim for an equal balance of both Theory and Practical delivery. The daily schedule for the Conference. An opportunity to win a Free Ticket to the 2022 Conference.  Get your discounted early bird ticket to LTAD Network Conference here! The 2022 Conference runs from 9-10th July at Hartpury University with a selection of world class speakers! Don’t miss out! Get more details and secure your place here! To learn more about the LTAD Network check out www.ltadnetwork.com or follow on Instagram: @ltadnetwork or Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ltadnetwork . You can keep up to date with Athletic Evolution via our www.athleticevolution.co.uk , Instagram: @athleticevouk and Twitter: @athleticevouk .
39:59
June 05, 2022
Aimee O'Keeffe (Manchester United Women): Why fuelling properly matters for health and performance in the female footballer.
Aimee Ellen O'Keeffe is a Performance Nutritionist at Manchester United Women's team and owner of Committed Nutrition Ltd, her own private nutrition coaching company. Aimee is passionate about the female athlete, particularly breaking down barriers to fuelling and changing attitudes towards carbohydrates. Aimee has carried out a lot of research since starting in her role at Manchester United, analysing areas such as MD-1 carbohydrate intake, injury nutrition, half time carbohydrate intake to name a few. In this episode Aimee discusses: How working with a young female footballer with a stress fracture lead to her doing a Masters in Nutrition. Relative Energy Deficit Syndrome or "REDS". How underfuelling nutritionally can result in compromised bone health and stress fractures. What a day in the life of a full-time nutritionist in a pro football club looks like. The difference between disorder eating and an eating disorder. How nutrition can affect the menstrual cycle and why this matters. How social media can influence young female athletes to underfuel. You can keep up to date with Aimee's work via Instagram: @committednutrition2020 and Twitter: @Aimeellen1 . Get your discounted early bird ticket to LTAD Network Conference here! The 2022 Conference runs from 9-10th July at Hartpury University with a selection of world class speakers! Don’t miss out! Get more details and secure your place here! To learn more about the LTAD Network check out www.ltadnetwork.com or follow on Instagram: @ltadnetwork or Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ltadnetwork . You can keep up to date with Athletic Evolution via our www.athleticevolution.co.uk , Instagram: @athleticevouk and Twitter: @athleticevouk .
49:28
May 29, 2022
Dr Liz Durden-Myers (PE Scholar): Is it about us or about them?
Dr Liz Durden-Myers is a physical education researcher and teacher educator with over 15 years' experience within education across the primary, secondary and higher education sectors. She is currently a Senior Lecturer In Physical Education at the University of Gloucestershire & Bath Spa University, Managing Director & Co-Founder at PE Scholar & Scholary and Past Chair of the International Physical Literacy Association (IPLA). Liz is a qualified teacher and holds a PhD in Physical Literacy, a MA in Education, a MSc in Psychology and a BA (Hons) in Physical Education with QTS. Her research fields include Education, Physical Education, Philosophy, Health, Sport and Wellbeing. She has specific expertise in Physical Literacy, Teaching Pedagogy, Curriculum Design and Teacher Professional Development. Liz is an international speaker, passionate educator and physical activity advocate who champions the value of physical activity for life, for health, wellbeing and human flourishing. In this episode she discusses: The concept of human flourishing and the key principles. The relationship between Physical Activity and our Environment. What exactly is "Physical Literacy". How do we assess Physical Literacy? What is success in Physical Education? Are current/future generations of teachers equipped to deliver PE effectively? Why PE should stand for "Positive Experiences" not "Public Embarrassment". Get your discounted early bird ticket to LTAD Network Conference here! The 2022 Conference runs from 9-10th July at Hartpury University with a selection of world class speakers! Don’t miss out! Get more details and secure your place here! To learn more about the LTAD Network check out www.ltadnetwork.com or follow on Instagram: @ltadnetwork or Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ltadnetwork . You can keep up to date with Athletic Evolution via our www.athleticevolution.co.uk , Instagram: @athleticevouk and Twitter: @athleticevouk .
52:40
May 22, 2022
Dan Howells (Collaborate Sports) Helping people become better versions of themselves
Dan Howells is a high performance coach, with a career spanning over 15 years of work in elite sport, both in the UK and the USA. Dan is a certified Strength & Conditioning coach and has worked with: Olympic and Paralympic Programmes, US and GB Ski Team, English Institute of Sport, Wasps Rugby Club, England Rugby 7s, Team GB Rugby 7s (2016 and 2020 Olympics) and Houston Astros MLB Club. As well as focusing on creating impact and success within performance sport organisations, Dan is passionate about creating real world learning opportunities for developing coaches and practitioners. Coaching coaches is something he is heavily invested in. In this episode Dan discusses: His career in Premiership Rugby, the HSBS 7's World Series, the Olympics and Major League Baseball. How Collaborate Sports was born out of his own adaptability during covid. How Collaborate Sports is helping practitioners gain exposure to real world scenarios. The difference between Coaching vs Facilitating and Negligence vs Mistakes.  Why mentoring can help speed up the time reaching successful resolutions. Why mentoring should be a deliberate decision to raise awareness of developmental gaps. What good mentoring should look/feel like. To learn more about Dan's work with Collaborate Sports you can check out his accounts on Twitter: @howellsdan , Instagram:  @collaborate_sports and the website www.collaboratesports.com .  Get your discounted early bird ticket to LTAD Network Conference here! The 2022 Conference runs from 9-10th July at Hartpury University with a selection of world class speakers! Don’t miss out! Get more details and secure your place here! To learn more about the LTAD Network check out www.ltadnetwork.com or follow on Instagram: @ltadnetwork or Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ltadnetwork . You can keep up to date with Athletic Evolution via our www.athleticevolution.co.uk , Instagram: @athleticevouk and Twitter: @athleticevouk .
45:07
May 08, 2022
Ashley Jones (Rugby S&C Coach): what makes a great coach?
Ashley Jones is a rugby strength and conditioning coach who has worked at the highest levels of the game for the last 30 years across 4 continents. He was involved with the physical preparation of the Crusaders (Super XV competition), New Zealand All Blacks, Australian Wallabies, Panasonic Rugby in Japan, Edinburgh Rugby in Scotland and the Samoan Rugby Union, prior to joining the Houston Saber cats. He was awarded the NSCA's Professional Coach of the Year in 2016. Ashley holds his CSCS (Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist) since 1988. He is also a columnist at www.elitefts.com and is a sought after speaker and writer for organisations around the world. In this episode Ashley discuss: - how he accidentally ended up playing rugby union instead of rugby league. - A formative interaction with a team captain. - How he went from teaching to coaching. - How his coaching career developed and took him around the world. - What traits he’s noticed in great coaches and athletes in the teams he’s coached. - His approach to athletic development. To learn more about the LTAD Network check out www.ltadnetwork.com or follow on Instagram: @ltadnetwork or Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ltadnetwork . You can keep up to date with Athletic Evolution via our www.athleticevolution.co.uk , Instagram: @athleticevouk and Twitter: @athleticevouk .
01:10:19
May 01, 2022
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
April 25, 2022
Dan Noble (Noble Sports & Performance): Getting connected
Dan Noble is the Director of Hockey at Upper Canada College and Former Director of Athlete Performance & Development at The Hill Academy. He is also the Director of Performance at Oshawa Generals and Halifax Thunderbirds as well as the owner of Noble Sports & Performance. He is an Athletic Development Coach, Speaker & Consultant who works with athletes and organizations from the minor, international & professional level. In this episode Dan discusses: His time at the Hill Academy. How volunteering frequently lead to working with the Chinese National Women’s Hockey Team. Why connecting with the person within the athlete is vital. Working with the Canadian Women’s team in lockdown for 600+ days in the lead up to their Gold Medal at the Winter Olympics. Why collaboration with the athlete is important. You can keep up to date with Dan via Instagram: @coachnoble45 and Twitter: @coachnoble45. To learn more about the LTAD Network check out www.ltadnetwork.com or follow on Instagram: @ltadnetwork or Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ltadnetwork . You can keep up to date with Athletic Evolution via our www.athleticevolution.co.uk , Instagram: @athleticevouk and Twitter: @athleticevouk .
52:10
April 10, 2022
David Johnson (West Ham United Academy): Can we reduce the affect of Growth Related injuries?
David Johnson is an Academy Sports Scientist at West Ham United and previously Academy S&C coach at AFC Bournemouth. He is a PhD candidate at the University of Bath investigating Training Load in Academy Footballers. He holds an MRes in Health and Wellbeing at The University of Bath and a BSc Exercise and Sports Science graduate from Manchester Metropolitan University. In this episode David discusses: How his MRes research investigated the time lost to injuries during the period of 88-95% Predicted Adult Height. How this set the stage for a PhD investigating this issue in greater detail. Identifying the issue of increased injury rates in periods of growth and presenting back to the multi-disciplinary team. Why the overall training load including activities outside of the primary sporting context are important to understand the variety in training load. His intervention seeking to reduce the impact of Growth Related Injuries and the massive 76% reduction they achieved. Why a greater strength training stimulus may be necessary during periods before Growth Related Injuries present. The concept of the "Activity Ladder" and some of the training modification made for players with Growth Related Injuries. You can keep up to date with David's work via his Research Gate profile, as well as his Twitter account: @david_johnson11 . To learn more about the LTAD Network check out www.ltadnetwork.com or follow on Instagram: @ltadnetwork or Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ltadnetwork . You can keep up to date with Athletic Evolution via our www.athleticevolution.co.uk , Instagram: @athleticevouk and Twitter: @athleticevouk .
50:23
April 03, 2022
Dr Sean Cumming (University of Bath): The latest research on Growth & Maturation
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. He previously provided "An idiot's guide to Growth, Maturation and Biobanding" in Season 1, Episode 11 of the podcast.  In this episode Sean discusses: Some of the interesting research projects that have happened in the Growth & Maturation space since our last chat in 2019. The research by Megan Hill showing the influence of peak height velocity on match grades in Academy Footballers. The research by David Johnson showing that the impact of Growth related injuries can be attenuated in Academy Footballers. The continued confusion of people wrongly using Relative Age Effect and Maturation interchangeably. Why the Maturity Offset method has a large error and shouldn't be a primary tool for monitoring maturation status. Where the research is heading in the future, including the on pitch visual screening behaviours of late vs early maturers. You can follow Sean's work via his Research Gateway profile page.  To learn more about the LTAD Network check out www.ltadnetwork.com or follow on Instagram: @ltadnetwork or Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ltadnetwork . You can keep up to date with Athletic Evolution via our www.athleticevolution.co.uk , Instagram: @athleticevouk and Twitter: @athleticevouk .
01:07:41
March 27, 2022
Pratik Patel (Former NFL S&C and Nutrition Coach): Cutting through the confusion.
Pratik Patel is the former Director of Performance Nutrition and Assistant S&C with the New York Giants in the NFL for 4 years. Prior to that, Pratik was the Director of Sports Nutrition at University of Oregon, Sports Dietician at Michigan State and interned at the Houston Texans, Kansas City Chiefs and Kansas City Royals.  In this episode Pratik discusses: His own eating and exercise behaviours as a youth. Some of the nutrition challenges that face College and NFL athletes. The fundamental principles that young athletes and their coaches should master before progressing to the complex ideas. Some key principles to help youth athletes gain lean mass. The frame size profile as a limiting factor for muscle gain. Why he no longer works in the NFL and what projects he has coming up. You can keep up to date with Pratel via his Instagram account: @pratikxpatel and via his Twitter account: @pratikxpatel .  To learn more about the LTAD Network check out www.ltadnetwork.com or follow on Instagram: @ltadnetwork or Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ltadnetwork . You can keep up to date with Athletic Evolution via our www.athleticevolution.co.uk , Instagram: @athleticevouk and Twitter: @athleticevouk .
58:01
March 21, 2022
Joel Brannigan (Northumbria University): Commit to consistency.
Joel Brannigan is an experienced coach and manager, having worked in strength and conditioning since his retirement from professional rugby in 2004, with a career that say him playing for Edinburgh, London Welsh RFC and Newcastle Falcons RFC and representing Scotland at international level. Accredited in 2007, Joel has worked with success across a diverse range of organisations and has a depth of experience in elite and professional sport, NGBs, education settings and the private sector. He has been delivering workshops for the UKSCA since 2012 as a tutor and is also a practising assessor on the current accreditation process. In addition, he has been involved in several UKSCA working groups on the subject of early years practitioner development; he is also part of the team who has taken the new UKSCA Trainer Award from its infancy to product launch.  In this episode Joel discusses:  The big impact a PE teacher had on him in his youth as a "big" kid. How being "consistently average" helped him become a professional rugby player. The influences key mentors played in his development as a coach. The various changes in the Northumbria program over the years in relation to funding at the university. The challenges encountered when working with student athletes. The trends he has noticed emerging with student athletes arriving at university. You can keep up to date with Joel via Twitter: @joelbrannigan03 . To learn more about the LTAD Network check out www.ltadnetwork.com or follow on Instagram: @ltadnetwork or Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ltadnetwork . You can keep up to date with Athletic Evolution via our www.athleticevolution.co.uk , Instagram: @athleticevouk and Twitter: @athleticevouk ..
01:07:34
March 14, 2022
Sophie Pidcock (Brisbane Boys College): Helping teenage boys make better decisions.
Sophie is the Director of Strength and Conditioning at Brisbane Boys’ College in Australia. She has spent many years working in the youth athletic development space and also has experience in a professional sporting capacity. Her current role at Brisbane Boys’ College sees her responsible for the implementation and continued improvement of sport specific S&C as well as general long-term athletic development programs across the school. Sophie’s philosophy as it pertains to youth S&C , is to deliver an all-encompassing approach to sport and general wellbeing which includes the inter-related aspects of training, resilience, nutrition and injury management.  In this episode Sophie discusses: Why the development space is such a rewarding context. An Overview of the staffing structure and logistics of the BBC program. How the program has expanded from a 1st XV and 1st 8 rowing program to service more students. The Green, White, Black program they use. Why it's important to encourage young boys to make more sensible decisions in the weight room. The future of the BBC program. You can keep up to date with Sophie’s work via Instagram: @s_pidcock and Twitter: @soph_pidcock .  To learn more about the LTAD Network check out www.ltadnetwork.com or follow on Instagram: @ltadnetwork or Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ltadnetwork . You can keep up to date with Athletic Evolution via our www.athleticevolution.co.uk , Instagram: @athleticevouk and Twitter: @athleticevouk .
51:08
March 07, 2022
John Noonan (Noonan Performance): Navigating your career using the Family, Fulfillment and Finance model.
John Noonan is a performance coach, lecturer and business owner, he has over 15 years experience working with youth, senior and international athletes across various professional sports including Olympic medalists and National champions. In 2018 John founded his business Noonan Performance were he now works as a performance coach consultant to elite athletes and corporate clients, as well as running a coach mentorship programme. John is also a regular speaker at national and international conferences and a guest lecturer in strength and conditioning at Liverpool John Moores University. In this episode John discusses: What key life values & priorities influenced his decision to walk away from a Premier League role. How the pandemic has increased the number of coaches looking for more autonomy over their life/career. His Family, Fulfillment and Finance framework for decision making around career opportunities/progression. How whether you are a Breaker, Survivior, Thriver or Redefiner will influence your values and decisions. The importance of identifying your values and making decisions in line with them. Why the conventional wisdom of degree, internships, fulltime role may not be suitable for everyone. You can follow John's work via his Instagram account: @johnnoonancoach , Twitter account: @johnnoonancoach and website: www.noonanperformance.com , where you can buy a copy of the "Family, Fulfillment and Finance model". To learn more about the LTAD Network check out www.ltadnetwork.com or follow on Instagram: @ltadnetwork or Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ltadnetwork . You can keep up to date with Athletic Evolution via our www.athleticevolution.co.uk , Instagram: @athleticevouk and Twitter: @athleticevouk .
48:04
February 21, 2022
Mike Boyle (MBSC): Programming 101
Michael Boyle is the co-owner of Mike Boyle Strength and Conditioning, and the co-founder of Certified Functional Strength Coach. Boyle is also one of the worlds’ foremost educators in the areas of performance training, personal training and athletic rehabilitation. Boyle has been involved in training and rehabilitation with a wide range of athletes, including stars in every major professional sport. Mike has also served as a consultant to some of the top teams in the NFL, NHL, as well as numerous division one athletic programs. In addition, Boyle has been involved in Olympic Gold Medal efforts in women’s soccer, women’s ice hockey, gymnastics and judo. In 2012 and 2013 Boyle was a Strength and Conditioning Consultant to the Boston Red Sox, winners of the 2013 World Series and, from 1991-1999 Boyle served as the Strength and Conditioning Coach for the Boston Bruins. Boyle served as strength and conditioning coach at Boston University from 1983-2012. Also an author and video seminar producer, Boyle recently released New Functional Training for Sports, his fourth book.  In this episode Mike discusses:  Why his Tweet of a "bad program" had such an uptake. What program High school athletes should really be following. Whether you should teach Olympic lifting or not. How Equipment and Facility layout dictates programming. Why It’s not about what you like. Simple and logical strategies to increase load in beginner trainees. Why it's important to consider the influence of drug users in popular programs.  His simplistic periodisation. The concept of "orthopedic cost" in programming. You can follow Mike's work via his Instagram account: @michael_boyle1959 , his Twitter account: @mboyle1959 and via his site www.strengthcoach.com . To learn more about the LTAD Network check out www.ltadnetwork.com or follow on Instagram: @ltadnetwork or Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ltadnetwork . You can keep up to date with Athletic Evolution via our www.athleticevolution.co.uk , Instagram: @athleticevouk and Twitter: @athleticevouk .
01:09:30
February 14, 2022
Matt McInnes Watson (Plus Plyos): The tier system of plyometrics.
Matt McInnes Watson is a performance coach and specialist in track and field, speed, power and plyometrics. Matt is the owner of Plus Plyos, a coaching business that provides plyometric programs and education. He is studying for a PhD in Plyometrics whilst teaching in the United Arab Emirates and coaching athletes from the U.K. and U.S.  In this episode Matt discusses:  His initial interest in plyometrics coming through basketball and athletics. The influence of a significant mentor in his coaching methodology. Some of the misleading research on plyometrics. A solid definition to decide if an activity is plyometric or not. Some of the volumes and doses required to elicit a training response. His tier system of categorising plyometric exercises.  Some unique metrics he and a colleague have calculated. You can follow Matt's work via his Instagram account: @plusplyos and via the website: www.plusplyos.com . To learn more about the LTAD Network check out www.ltadnetwork.com or follow on Instagram: @ltadnetwork or Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ltadnetwork . You can keep up to date with Athletic Evolution via our www.athleticevolution.co.uk , Instagram: @athleticevouk and Twitter: @athleticevouk .
01:10:07
February 07, 2022
Derek Evely (EvelTrak): The importance of building your own coaching framework
Derek Evely has taken a career path unique in Olympic sport. As an athletics coach, he has coached professionally at all levels along the developmental continuum and is widely regarded as a foremost expert in both youth development training / programming and elite training methodology. As a coach he has produced three World Junior Championship medalists, of which two went on to become Olympic Medalists. He was the development coach for Gary Reed (IAAF World Championships 800m Silver Medalist), Dylan Armstrong (Beijing Olympic Shot Put Bronze Medalist) and Sophie Hitchon (2016 Olympic Hammer Throw Bronze Medalist). He has coached numerous national age class, junior and senior record holders, including Sultana Frizell, the current Canadian Record Holder in the women’s hammer throw. From 1998 - 2012 has was a national team coach for both Britain and Canada to every major championship on the global calendar including the Olympic Games, IAAF World Championships, European Championships, Pan American Games and Commonwealth Games. He was the Loughborough High Performance Training Centre Director for British Athletics leading into the 2012 Olympic Games where he coached the youngest athlete on the British Athletics Team (Hitchon) to her first Olympic final. From 2005 to 2009 he was the Sport Science Manager for the Canadian Athletics Coaching Center. Currently, he consults and coaches with federations and individuals worldwide on all aspects of developmental and high-performance programming and is the owner / operator of EveltrakSport.com, a sport training and information resource for coaches, trainers, teachers and parents. He is also the host of EvelChat, the EveltrakSport.com coaching podcast.  In this episode Derek discusses:  His time at the GB athletic training centre. The Bondarchuk classification system. Why a common language is important to ensure clear communication among coaches. Why the process of writing down your training framework is vital. You can follow Derek's work via his Instagram account: @eveltrak , Twitter @eveltrak and his website: www.eveltraksport.com . To learn more about the LTAD Network check out www.ltadnetwork.com or follow on Instagram: @ltadnetwork or Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ltadnetwork . You can keep up to date with Athletic Evolution via our www.athleticevolution.co.uk , Instagram: @athleticevouk and Twitter: @athleticevouk .
01:26:09
January 31, 2022
Des Ryan (Setanta College): Recruiting, Managing and Retaining a High Performance Department.
Des Ryan works for Setanta College as Director of Coaching & Performance. Des is one of the leading youth coaches and performance managers in sport and a world-renowned practitioner and speaker in the field of youth athletic development. At Setanta College, Des will contribute to the Colleges mission to be recognized in Ireland and Abroad as a leading provider of human performance and sport science research, training and education. Des joined Setanta from his position as Head of Sport Medicine & Athletic Development at Arsenal Football Club Academy, which he held for over 8 years and where he has re-shaped the concept of player development within the world of football. He has previously served as Head of S&C at Connacht Rugby, S&C to Ireland and as Fitness Education Manager within the IRFU, where he spent over 13 years developing the IRFU’s coach and player development system. Over the years Des has presented at the UKSCA, ASCA and the NSCA conferences as well as many other conferences around the world. He also has worked as a consultant to World Rugby and the National Cricket academy in India. Des has a Masters in Strength and Conditioning and is also an Accredited Strength and Conditioning coach with the UKSCA. He also has achieved the High Performance Sports Accreditation from the British Association of Sports and Exercise Science and is a chartered scientist. In this episode Des discusses: How organisations can recruit top coaching talent.# What they should offer as a package to hold on to good coaches. Why the performance review meeting is the most important meeting of the year. The importance of a multidisciplinary mission and vision. Some of the opportunities early career coaches overlook to their detriment. You can follow Des's work via his Instagram account: @desryan75 , Twitter: @DeasunO and the Setanta College website: www.setantacollege.com . To learn more about the LTAD Network check out www.ltadnetwork.com or follow on Instagram: @ltadnetwork or Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ltadnetwork . You can keep up to date with Athletic Evolution via our www.athleticevolution.co.uk , Instagram: @athleticevouk and Twitter: @athleticevouk .
59:59
January 24, 2022
Elisabeth Oehler (EO Performance): Coaching the sport of weightlifting to children.
Elisabeth Oehler is a strength coach who worked for the German Weightlifting Federation from 2017-2020 as manager of the youth department and later Head of Talent Identification. She's a licensed weightlifting coach (high performance) by the German Olympic Sports Confederation and holds several qualifications in youth development and strength & conditioning. In 2021 she started her own business consulting and coaching in National Governing Bodies of different sports. She helps organizations implementing talent development programs and improving coaching education.   In this episode Elisabeth discusses:  The differences in the German Sport System vs other countries.  How not every child is drawn to participating in Team Sports.  How she structures youth weightlifting sessions, incorporating other sporting activities.  Giving children a voice in designing the program.  Her colour coded system for encouraging children to master technique rather than intensity.  You can follow Elisabeth's work via her Instagram account: @eo.performance , Twitter @eo_performance and her website: www.eo-performance.com .  To learn more about the LTAD Network check out www.ltadnetwork.com or follow on Instagram: @ltadnetwork or Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ltadnetwork . You can keep up to date with Athletic Evolution via our www.athleticevolution.co.uk , Instagram: @athleticevouk and Twitter: @athleticevouk .
44:39
January 17, 2022
Jeremy Frisch (Achieve Performance): Creating engaging youth athletic development programs.
Jeremy Frisch is the owner and director of Achieve Performance Training in Clinton, Mass. He is the former assistant strength and conditioning coach for the Holy Cross athletic department. While there, he worked directly with the Crusader men's basketball team, in addition to serving as the strength coach for Holy Cross' men's soccer, men's and women's lacrosse, baseball, softball, field hockey, tennis and women's track & field squads. Prior to joining Holy Cross, Frisch served as the sports performance director at Teamworks Sports Center.. He also served as a speed and strength coach for Athletes Edge Sports Training, and did a strength and conditioning internship at Stanford University. Frisch is a 2007 graduate of Worcester State College with a bachelor's degree in health science and physical education. He was a member of the football and track teams during his days at Worcester State and Assumption College.  In this episode Jeremy discusses:  Why spotting missing developmental skills fuelled his choice to leave a collegiate role to work with kids.  A typical day at Achieve Performance in terms of groups, activities and programs.  The importance of tumbling/rolling skills in risk management. His priorities when coaching athletes in different age groups.  What he monitors and measures in his programs. Balancing chaos and safety.  Hiding your coaching objectives in engaging activities.  You can follow Jeremy's work via Instagram: @achieve_performance and Twitter: @jeremyfrisch  and via www.achieveperformance.training .  To learn more about the LTAD Network check out www.ltadnetwork.com or follow on Instagram: @ltadnetwork or Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ltadnetwork . You can keep up to date with Athletic Evolution via our www.athleticevolution.co.uk , Instagram: @athleticevouk and Twitter: @athleticevouk .
59:34
December 13, 2021
Paudie Roche (Arsenal FC Academy): Applying Growth & Maturation assessments in a Professional Academy.
Paudie Roche is the Head Academy Strength & Conditioning Coach for Arsenal Football Club. Prior to this he was the Lead U9-U.6 coach and was instrumental in the development and implementation of the Physical Development Framework for the Academy. Currently he leads the physical development programme for the U18 and U23 squads and works alongside 3 Strength & Conditioning coaches to implement an industry leading programme. Prior to working at Arsenal Paudie gained considerable experience in a number of sports and in 2008 began work for the Irish Rugby Football Union (IRFU) as the Academy Strength & Conditioning Coach for Munster Rugby. During his time at Munster he held the position of Assistant Strength & Conditioning Coach for the National Team and prepared players for the 2011 6 Nations andRugby World Cup. In his last season with the IRFU he was awarded the title of Head Strength & Conditioning Coach for the Irish U.20 Squad whom competed in the 2013 6 Nations and Junior World Cup Competitions. Paudie holds a Master’s Degree from Edith Cowan University, as well as accreditations from the National Strength and Conditioning Association of America (NSCA), the United Kingdom Strength and Conditioning Association (UKSCA) and the Australian Strength and Conditioning Association (ASCA).  He is currently a Director on the Board for the UKSCA. In 2015 for his work in Youth Sport, Paudie was awarded the Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year for Youth Sport by the UKSCA. In this episode Paudie discusses: An insight into their the Arsenal Academy staffing structure and locations. An in depth overview of the delivery of physical development within the Arsenal FC Academy from U9 - U23 squads. Why assessing maturation forms an integral part of the Arsenal academy program. How they use their traffic light system to manage different stages of maturation. How they utilise biobanding fixtures and the importance of increasing the number of biobanding opportunities. How involving parents is important in load management of young athletes. You can keep up to date with Paudie via Twitter: @coach_roche_ . To learn more about the LTAD Network check out www.ltadnetwork.com or follow on Instagram: @ltadnetwork or Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ltadnetwork . You can keep up to date with Athletic Evolution via our www.athleticevolution.co.uk , Instagram: @athleticevouk and Twitter: @athleticevouk .
58:11
December 06, 2021
Nicolai Morris (New South Wales Institute of Sport): How to start coaching gymnastic activities.
Nicolai Morris is a strength and conditioning coach with Men and Women's Hockey at the New South Wales Institute of Sport. Nicolai also works with Tokyo Olympic Silver Medalist High Jumper Nicola McDermott. Previously, Nicolai worked as an S&C specialist with High Performance Sport New Zealand as the lead of the New Zealand women's hockey team, and with the New Zealand Rowing in the elite and U23/Junior pathways. She also worked as the Head strength and conditioning coach for the Australian Beach Handball team, Sydney Uni and the NSW Women’s State of Origin team. Nicolai is a ASCA Level 2, Pro-Scheme Elite coach, and holds a Masters in Strength and Conditioning with over a decade of coaching experience. In this episode Nicolai discusses: Her entry into swimming due to severe asthma and her first experience of S&C. Exposure to different activities and coaching men's gymnastics. How this skillset has helped her coaching with different sports from Rugby to High Jump. Some useful starting points for those wanting to integrate gymnastic activities. Red Flags to look out for with athletes. A unique case study using gymnastics with Tokyo Silver Medallist in High Jump, Nicola McDermott You can follow Nicolai's work via Instagram: @nicolai_morris and Twitter: @nicolai_morris . To learn more about the LTAD Network check out www.ltadnetwork.com or follow on Instagram: @ltadnetwork or Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ltadnetwork . You can keep up to date with Athletic Evolution via our www.athleticevolution.co.uk , Instagram: @athleticevouk and Twitter: @athleticevouk .
52:08
November 29, 2021
Jake Jennings (Bendigo Pioneers): Are you ready for the worst case scenario?
Jake is a strength and conditioning coach and applied sports scientist. He has extensive experience within academy, team and individual sport settings and has worked with athletes, male and female, both developing and elite. Jake has enjoyed a varied career which has afforded him opportunities to live and work interstate and internationally, having benefitted in learning from a range of people, across cultures and disciplines in sport.  Jake moved to Bendigo, VIC in 2019 to undertake an industry PhD role with the Bendigo Pioneers NAB League sides and La Trobe University where he is investigating the match-play demands of elite-junior and senior Australian Rules football, and characteristics associated with draft success. Jake has held youth development roles that he believes either suit, or challenge traditional LTAD models, providing him with a unique ability to blend an approach and drive performance. In this episode Jake discusses: An overview of AFL for the uninitiated. His data collection across AFL and Junior competition and some novel metrics he is investigating. How the training and match demands between Junior and Senior AFL compare. How these metrics may relate to success in the AFL draft. How much training volume is really necessary? Should we spend more time on skill development vs physical development? Breaking down GPS data to identify the what, where and when peak running demands occur. Prescribing training drills and activities based on peak demands. You can follow Jake's work on Twitter via: @jake_jennings1 and via his LinkedIn page. To learn more about the LTAD Network check out www.ltadnetwork.com or follow on Instagram: @ltadnetwork or Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ltadnetwork . You can keep up to date with Athletic Evolution via our www.athleticevolution.co.uk , Instagram: @athleticevouk and Twitter: @athleticevouk .
01:03:40
November 22, 2021
Lachlan Wilmot (Athletes Authority): Bringing Professional support to the Semi Pro and Developing athlete.
Lachlan Wilmot has been working in the fitness industry going on 17 years, working with both the general population and elite level athletes. After completing a Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science, Lachlan continued his education, completing his Honours thesis in Sports Science. Lachlan spent 8 years as the Senior Athletic Performance Coach specialising in strength and power at the GWS Giants AFL Club based in Sydney, after previous involvement with the AIS-AFL Academy and NSW/ACT AFL Academy. Lachlan then moved across to the Parramatta Eels NRL Club to take on the role of High-Performance Manager. After 2 seasons at the club he made the decision to transition into his private company Athletes Authority. Lachlan is currently the Director of Coaching and Performance at Athletes Authority in Sydney, a company that specialises in athlete development and coach education. Lachlan also currently sits on the board of directors for the Australian Strength and Conditioning Association. In this episode Lachlan discusses: His very unique job interview for the GWS Giants role. His Presuasion, Persuasion and Prosuasion model for networking and building your career. How they built Athlete's Authority. An overview of the oustanding facility and services they offer. Why individualised programming may not be as beneficial as we think. How connection and community is at the heart of what they do. Why the discriminate on an athlete's attitude rather than performance level. You can follow Athletes Authority via their website: www.athletesauthority.com.au and via their Instagram: @athletesauthority . You can follow Lachlan on Instagram: @performancecoach_wilmot and Twitter: @lachlan_wilmot. To learn more about the LTAD Network check out www.ltadnetwork.com or follow on Instagram: @ltadnetwork or Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ltadnetwork . You can keep up to date with Athletic Evolution via our www.athleticevolution.co.uk , Instagram: @athleticevouk and Twitter: @athleticevouk .
54:15
November 15, 2021
Josh Fletcher (The Practitioner Wellness Guy): Who's looking after the coach's wellbeing?
Josh Fletcher is 'The Practitioner Wellness Guy'. He currently works for Hintsa with an F2 racing driver, previously EXOS with the Special Forces, Elite sport in India, English Institute of Sport and in Professional Rugby. Recently he has dedicated his core business "Career Blueprint" to supporting performance practitioners in taking control of their well-being. He believes that as coaches we are pretty poor at looking after ourselves, putting our time and energy into our athletes and other people, impacting our happiness, health and wealth. He believes it's time for your personal well-being to stop being an afterthought because you are more than just a performance practitioner.   In this episode Josh discusses:   How he ended burning out as a coach. How an unusual contract with Exos ended up leading to him living in France and working in F2. How anyone in the S&C industry long term encounters burnout in some form. Why we as coaches need to take control of our own happiness, health and wealth and not leave it to our employers. Why/How he is curating conversations around practitioner wellness. How you can get involved in the conversation.  You can Josh's work via Instagram: @careerblueprint and Twitter: @coachblueprint1 .  You can join the  Facebook community here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/practitionerwellbeing and check out Josh Website here: www.yourcareer-blueprint.com . To enter a competition to win 1 of 5 free journals enter here: https://tinyurl.com/athletic-evolution-competition . To get a 15% off discount use the code: athleticevo (all lower case).  To learn more about the LTAD Network check out www.ltadnetwork.com or follow on Instagram: @ltadnetwork or Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ltadnetwork .  You can keep up to date with Athletic Evolution via our www.athleticevolution.co.uk , Instagram: @athleticevouk and Twitter: @athleticevouk
59:08
November 08, 2021
Clive Brewer (East Tennessee State University): Developing your coaching craft and career
Clive Brewer is the Performance Director for the Center for Coaching Excellence / Assistant Professor of Sports Science at ETSU. He consults internationally, supporting Olympic Athletes such as Galen Rupp in his preparation for 2021 Olympics. Clive also leads on coach development education programs internationally - for example, the restructure of the UKSCA coach development pathway and is also an Adjunct Professor for the School of Coaching & Sports Science at West Virginia University.      Clive was the Performance Director for Columbus Crew in 2020, and prior to this was the Assistant Director of High Performance for the Toronto Blue Jays Major League Baseball Team.   Clive has consulted with organizations such as Manchester United FC, USA Football, Wimbledon tennis championships, WTA, Scotland National Rugby League, Liverpool Ladies, the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), SportsMed Global, Cirque du Soleil and IMG Academy. In August 2015, he was awarded the fellowship of the UKSCA in recognition of his contribution to the industry.   His latest book “Developing athletic movement skills” was published by Human Kinetics in 2017. A regular speaker at International conferences, Clive has published 2 other books, 8 book chapters and more than 15 papers on training methods, coaching & performance in peer-reviewed journals.  In this episode, Clive discusses:  The rise of opportunities away from the professional clubs and institutes of sport. Why the youth setting is a great place to learn the skills required for coaching. How coaches are starting to recognise the youth setting as an legitimate career. The simplest advice to becoming a better coach. The valuable lessons he took from coaching primary school children. His varied roles and what motivates him in accepting a new opportunity.  You can follow Clive on Twitter via: @Clivesportsandc and on LinkedIn.  To learn more about the LTAD Network check out www.ltadnetwork.com or follow on Instagram: @ltadnetwork or Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ltadnetwork . You can keep up to date with Athletic Evolution via our www.athleticevolution.co.uk , Instagram: @athleticevouk and Twitter: @athleticevouk .
01:06:08
November 01, 2021
David Joyce (High Performance Training for Sports): Keeping the end in mind
David Joyce is an internationally recognized leader in human performance, strategy and decision making. He holds Masters degrees in both Sports Physiotherapy and Strength & Conditioning, as well as an MBA. He has worked with hundreds of elite athletes, including multiple world and Olympic champions and in multiple sports around the world. Nowadays, Dave’s focus has shifted much more towards enabling major sporting organisations, corporates, start-ups and emerging leaders navigate through the choppy seas of complexity, and set themselves up to thrive in an increasingly uncertain future. He has written and co-edited with Daniel Lewindon 2 internationally best-selling textbooks on high-performance and rehabilitation, and the new edition of High Performance Training For Sports has just been released to critical acclaim around the world. In this episode David discusses: His varied career in both team and olympic sports in Australia, UK, Europe and China. How an interesting move to Galatasaray came about. His time at Western Force and combatting being the most travelled team in the world. The similarities that exist in coaching both sport and executives. Why coaches should write their own eulogy. Why clarity on your values and mission are vital for congruence as a coach. How he and Dan Lewindon had no idea when they embarked on the 1st edition of High Performance Training for Sports. How the 2nd edition isn't just a revamp of the 1st, but an entirely different book in it's own right. You can follow David on Twitter via: @DavidGJoyce or via LinkedIn. You can purchase the latest edition of High Performance Training for Sports here. To learn more about the LTAD Network check out www.ltadnetwork.com or follow on Instagram: @ltadnetwork or Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ltadnetwork . You can keep up to date with Athletic Evolution via our www.athleticevolution.co.uk , Instagram: @athleticevouk and Twitter: @athleticevouk .
54:27
October 24, 2021
Grant Jenkins (Propel Perform): How to get "lucky" in your coaching career and business.
Grant Jenkins is the Director of Propel Perform, as well as a Strength & Conditioning Coach & an Accredited Exercise Physiologist. Grant specialises in coaching developmental athletes with a long list of demonstrated success: 2 Athletes selected as Queensland State Junior Sports Stars of the Year; a Wimbledon Junior Champion; State Powerlifting Champion; age-group BMX World Champions; age-group Triathlon World Champion; over 20 National Tennis Champions. In 2017 he received the distinguished recognition of being awarded ‘Master Coach’ by the Australian Strength & Conditioning Association - the highest level of qualification in Australia. Additionally he holds: Bachelor of Science (Hons) with Sport Science & Rehabilitation. Level 3 Strength & Conditioning Coach (Australian Strength & Conditioning Association). Accredited Exercise Physiologist (Exercise & Sport Science Association) State Level Sports Power Coach (Australian Weightlifting Federation).. You can often hear him on the Australian ABC Radio giving his insight to the world of high performance and health. He has appeared on ESPN’s series ‘Search for Hurt’ , as well as contributed interviews in Men’s Health magazine. In this episode Grant discusses: The influence his father had in driving his entrepreneurship. The various "lucky" breaks he had in his developing career. The red ocean vs blue ocean strategy applied in S&C. Some of the opportunities S&C Coaches are overlooking when they set sights on the "pros". How he teaches his interns to "get lucky" in their interactions and careers. The skills required to set up a successful coaching business. The disconnect between LTAD theory and real world application. You can follow Grant on Twitter via: @grant_jenkins and on Instagram via: @grant_jenkins . You can sign up to Grant's newsletter here: www.grantjenkins.info . You can learn more about Propel Perform here: www.propelperform.com . To learn more about the LTAD Network check out www.ltadnetwork.com or follow on Instagram: @ltadnetwork or Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ltadnetwork . You can keep up to date with Athletic Evolution via our www.athleticevolution.co.uk , Instagram: @athleticevouk and Twitter: @athleticevouk .
01:07:45
October 17, 2021
Marina Carrier (Tokyo 2020 Olympian): An insider's view of the Olympic Games.
Marina Carrier is a Tokyo 2020 Olympian who represented Australia in the Modern Pentathlon. 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 episode she discusses:  The impact Covid lockdowns had on her training and preparation for the Olympic Games.  How she had to adapt her training environments and scheduling to achieve a "Best Possible" performance.  How she could barely walk just 8 weeks prior to competing.  The additional requirements of travel, testing, processing, quarantines and strict departures required for the athletes in order to compete.  Why she decided to listen to her body and change her practice schedule just days before competing.  How the joy of sport can be lost at the elite level and the importance of preserving it.  Why her primary aim was to be present in the moment and to enjoy her Olympic Games experience.  You can read more about Marina on the Australian Olympic Team Website .  To learn more about the LTAD Network check out www.ltadnetwork.com or follow on Instagram: @ltadnetwork or Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ltadnetwork . You can keep up to date with Athletic Evolution via our www.athleticevolution.co.uk , Instagram: @athleticevouk and Twitter: @athleticevouk .
34:06
September 12, 2021
Clive Brewer (East Tennessee State University): Are you making the athlete better?
Clive Brewer is the Performance Director for the Center for Coaching Excellence / Assistant Professor of Sports Science at ETSU. He consults internationally, supporting Olympic Athletes such as Galen Rupp in his preparation for 2021 Olympics. Clive also leads on coach development education programs internationally - for example, the restructure of the UKSCA coach development pathway and is also an Adjunct Professor for the School of Coaching & Sports Science at West Virginia University.     Clive was the Performance Director for Columbus Crew in 2020, and prior to this was the Assistant Director of High Performance for the Toronto Blue Jays Major League Baseball Team.   Clive has consulted with organizations such as Manchester United FC, USA Football, Wimbledon tennis championships, WTA, Scotland National Rugby League, Liverpool Ladies, the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), SportsMed Global, Cirque du Soleil and IMG Academy.   In August 2015, he was awarded the fellowship of the UKSCA in recognition of his contribution to the industry.   His latest book “Developing athletic movement skills” was published by Human Kinetics in 2017. A regular speaker at International conferences, Clive has published 2 other books, 8 book chapters and more than 15 papers on training methods, coaching & performance in peer-reviewed journals.  In this episode, Clive discusses:  Why sport is a “people business”.  The evolution of the industry along with various job titles.  Differences between the industry in the UK and US.  Why being new to a sport as a coach can give you a unique position to question the way things are done.  Making the most of staff/expertise around you.  His road trip analogy for working in an interdisciplinary team.  Why technology can’t trump trade craft.  The importance of reflective practices in progressing your coaching skill.  The importance of working with new individuals/sports/environments to progress your coaching.  You can follow Clive on Twitter via: @Clivesportsandc and on LinkedIn. To learn more about the LTAD Network check out www.ltadnetwork.com or follow on Instagram: @ltadnetwork or Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ltadnetwork .  You can keep up to date with Athletic Evolution via our www.athleticevolution.co.uk , Instagram: @athleticevouk and Twitter: @athleticevouk
54:40
September 05, 2021
Ash Cox (Edge Hill University): Are we missing a prime opportunity to equip adolescents for resistance training?
Ash’s academic foundations include 3 undergraduate degrees: in Strength and Conditioning, Sports and Exercise Science and Exercise Rehabilitation. Additionally He has post graduate qualifications in Sports and Exercise Medicine and Nutrition, whilst working towards a PhD in Sports and Exercise Science. Throughout his career he has lectured and worked at various academic institutions and presented at some of the leading educational resources including Chester University and TRA Performance. He has worked with a broad range of sports men and women at elite and amateur level including Tennis, MMA, Rugby, Olympic winter sports, Boxing and Horse racing. He has also presented to premiership football academies on athlete optimisation, specifically strength development to optimise performance and minimize injury. Ash also has a keen interest in supporting the general population and sits as a member of the Faculty of Public Health. In this episode Ash discusses: How his own experience as a youngster shaped his emphasis on resistance training. Why resistance training is a more accurate representation of post-school physical activity habits for adult life, rather than team sport. How we are failing to capitalise on the school experience as the ideal scenario to equip adolescents in resistance training. The  significant barriers to engaging in effective training programs in school settings. Why PE teachers need greater upskilling and support to deliver effective resistance training. How this change could help improve societal habits and relieve the burden on the National Health Service. You can follow Ash on Twitter via: @ashcox16 and on Instagram via: @ash_cox . You can can check out Redwood Performance here: www.redwoodperformanceinstitute.co.uk and keep up to date with Ash's research via his Research Gate profile. To learn more about the LTAD Network check out www.ltadnetwork.com or follow on Instagram: @ltadnetwork or Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ltadnetwork . You can keep up to date with Athletic Evolution via our www.athleticevolution.co.uk , Instagram: @athleticevouk and Twitter: @athleticevouk .
56:39
August 29, 2021
James Baker (The LTAD Network): Applying the LTAD models to real life.
James Baker is a coach, educator and researcher that is passionate about helping people achieve their potential as athletes and coaches. He is one of the co-founders of the LTAD Network, previously known as Proformance Strength & Conditioning, and brings a unique blend of skills and experience as a S&C coach, PE teacher, sport scientist and researcher. He is currently a Strength & Conditioning coach and Performance Support Lead at the Aspire Academy in Doha, Qatar. Alongside his coaching responsibilities he is leading a research project on the impact of growth and maturation in youth track and field. In 2020, he received the Australian Strength & Conditioning Association’s Senior Research Award on behalf of the Aspire Academy research team. Prior to arriving at Aspire, James established a number of school based LTAD programmes in the UK, including St. Peter’s R.C. High School in Gloucester. He created and integrated a 7-year LTAD pathway into the state school Physical Education curriculum, redefining what could be offered by state secondary schools in terms of support for “Gifted and Talented” pupils. In 2017, James was awarded the United Kingdom Strength & Conditioning Associations’ S&C Coach of the Year Award for Youth Sport for his work at the school. In this episode James discusses: • The aim to make the application of LTAD coaching easy to understand and apply in a simple and practical way. • How the model has been tested in a variety of environments including the private, education and academy sectors. • Why training age/competency trumps chronological or biological age. • Differences between the female and male models. • How the model maps across to schools and sport academies. • How the model can benefit both individual coaches and organisations. • How to access the model for free here: https://education.ltadnetwork.com/course/free-resources To learn more about the LTAD Network check out www.ltadnetwork.com or follow on Instagram: @ltadnetwork or Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ltadnetwork . You can keep up to date with Athletic Evolution via our www.athleticevolution.co.uk , Instagram: @athleticevouk and Twitter: @athleticevouk .
01:09:48
August 25, 2021
David "Jacko" Jackson (Rooted Life): Breathing Basics.
David Jackson is an Advanced Oxygen Advantage breathwork coach, a former professional rugby player, Accredited UKSCA Strength & Conditioning coach, NASM performance enhancement & corrective exercise specialist and co-founder of the School of Calisthenics that combines movement and breathwork to develop freedom in our bodies and minds. Having worked with professional & recreational athletes to enhance performance through better breathing as well as clients seeking better stress management through breathwork He is passionate about helping everyone fulfil their true potential through enhancing their breathing whatever their goals. In this episode Jacko discusses: How an initial curiosity sparked a deep dive into breath work. The importance of nasal breathing rather than mouth breathing. Some biochemistry of breathing/respiration and the benefits and adaptations of breathwork. How breathwork can improve recovery within and between training sessions. Basics to focus on to get started improving breathing mechanics. His key resources to learn more about breathwork. You can check out Jacko's FREE Better Breathing Ebook here, his Youtube channel here and his Online Breathwork Basics Course here.  You can can check out his site www.rootedlife.co.uk  and keep up to date with him via the Instagram account: @jackohumanflag . To learn more about the LTAD Network check out www.ltadnetwork.com or follow on Instagram: @ltadnetwork or Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ltadnetwork . You can keep up to date with Athletic Evolution via our www.athleticevolution.co.uk , Instagram: @athleticevouk and Twitter: @athleticevouk .
53:18
August 15, 2021
Ranell Hobson (Academy of Sport Speed): Training around the menstrual cycles of female athletes.
Ranell Hobson is the founder of the Academy of Sport Speed Australia (ASSA). She is an S&C Coach with a specialty in Speed. Through her private coaching, Ranell has helped hundreds of athletes modify their physical qualities and biomechanics to maximise speed performance. Ranell is in her 6th year as S&C Coach GWS Fury Premier League (Netball) and 3rd year as the Speed Specialist for NSW Baseball. In 2019 Ranell was awarded the ‘ASCA Performance Development Coach of the Year’ for her work as S&C Coach of the Premiership winning GWS Fury Premier League U23’s Netball team. Ranell is a regular presenter at Strength & Conditioning and Fitness Conventions and has delivered her Explosive Speed Development courses and Athlete clinics across Australia, the UK and Asia. An elite masters athlete in her own right, Ranell has won 6 World Championship Medals, holds multiple State, National and Oceania titles in the Sprint events and is a previous World Record holder in the 4 x 100m. In this episode Ranell discusses: The importance of increasing strength through peak weight velocity in female athletes. How she integrates strength training on the track, pitch and court. When to focus on strength/power and when to back off during the menstrual cycle. How she organises her training programs within a squad of female athletes according to their cycles. The opportunities to get better at the individual details within a team context. You can check out Ranell's work at www.academyofsportspeed.com  and keep up to date with her via the Instagram account: @academyofsportspeed . To learn more about the LTAD Network check out www.ltadnetwork.com or follow on Instagram: @ltadnetwork or Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ltadnetwork . You can keep up to date with Athletic Evolution via our www.athleticevolution.co.uk , Instagram: @athleticevouk and Twitter: @athleticevouk .
38:48
August 01, 2021
Ivi Casagrande (FA Women's Super League Club): Empowering female athletes to manage the menstrual cycle.
Ivi Casagrande was a scholarship athlete playing for the soccer team at Bowling Green State University where she got her Bachelor's degree in Pre-Medicine. After graduating, she played semi-profesionally at Toledo Villa before pursuing a master's degree in Kinesiology at Bowling Green State University and serving as the Sports Performance coach for the soccer team there. Before becoming the sports performance coach with the Division I soccer team. In 2018, she joined US Soccer as a Network Sport Scientist providing support for the girls youth national teams. Additionally she was the Director of Sports Performance at the Redline Athletics youth athletic training center. In 2019, she became the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach for Orlando Pride before taking the post of  Women’s & Girls Sports Scientist at an FA WSL club. In this episode Ivi discusses: Fulfilling a dream of working with world class player Marta. The complicated nature of injury. The importance of taking a holistic approach to injury prevention. The importance of casual conversations in building rapport with athletes. Empowering female athletes to manage their cycle with positive behaviours. Her toolkit  to help female athlete manage symptoms. Why there is no one size fits all approach. You can check out Ivi's work at www.ivicasagrande.com  and keep up to date with her via the Instagram account: @ivicasagrande and via @ivicasagrande on Twitter. To learn more about the LTAD Network check out www.ltadnetwork.com or follow on Instagram: @ltadnetwork or Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ltadnetwork . You can keep up to date with Athletic Evolution via our www.athleticevolution.co.uk , Instagram: @athleticevouk and Twitter: @athleticevouk .
47:21
July 25, 2021
Dr Sylvia Moeskops (Cardiff Metropolitan University): Nature or Nurture - Can young females benefit from strength training?
Dr Sylvia Moeskops is a lecturer in Strength and Conditioning at Cardiff Metropolitan University. She has recently completed her PhD which investigated the effects of growth, maturation and training on strength and power development in young female artistic gymnasts. Her interest in the topic was inspired from her experiences as a young gymnast and her time coaching artistic gymnasts. Sylvia works as a strength and conditioning coach in the Youth Physical Development Centre at Cardiff Metropolitan University. She currently leads the programming and delivery for the young artistic female gymnasts. She has also recently started strength and conditioning provision in local gymnastics clubs & delivering S&C CPD workshops for Welsh Gymnastics. In this episode Sylvia discusses: How her 8 week Master's study set the scene for her PhD Research. The resource intensive nature of running a 10 month long term training study for her PhD. The importance of having a control, gymnastics only and a combined training group to demonstrate training effect. The extensive testing battery they used to determine if S&C improved performance in youth female gymnasts. Why she spent 8 weeks focussing on movement competency even with gymnasts. The importance of cognitive maturity in determining young athlete's programs. The results, benefits and applications of her PhD research in training young female athletes. You can check out Sylvia work via her Research Gate profile here  and keep up to date with her via the Instagram account: @project_spring_gymnasts and via @sylviamoeskops on Twitter. To learn more about the LTAD Network check out www.ltadnetwork.com or follow on Instagram: @ltadnetwork or Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ltadnetwork . You can keep up to date with Athletic Evolution via our www.athleticevolution.co.uk , Instagram: @athleticevouk and Twitter: @athleticevouk .
47:10
July 18, 2021
Nathan Parnham (Brisbane Grammar School): Answering the FAQs of the Sporting Parent.
Nathan Parnham is an Athletic Development Coach based in 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  the Director of Strength and Conditioning at Brisbane Grammar School. Nathan 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. He has recently transitioned from professional sport back into the development realm and is passionate about sharing content and highlighting aspects that Coaches and Parents may find useful.  In this episode Nathan discusses: His recent switch to Brisbane Grammar School and ow the S&C delivery works at the school. Being aware of the variety of demands and realising that we can't have adult expectations. His aim to write a guide to answer the FAQs of parents and coaches. The journey from pipe dream to publication. The range of content included such as scheduling, supplements, sport sampling and maturation. Additional contributions from coaches and athletes. You can pick up a copy of The Sporting Parent" at www.nathanparnham.com and keep up to date with Nathan via the Instagram account: @thesportingparent and via @nathan_parnham . To learn more about the LTAD Network check out www.ltadnetwork.com or follow on Instagram: @ltadnetwork or Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ltadnetwork . You can keep up to date with Athletic Evolution via our www.athleticevolution.co.uk , Instagram: @athleticevouk and Twitter: @athleticevouk .
43:43
July 11, 2021
Dr Mike Young (Athletic Lab): Developing the different strength qualities - Where does it all fit?
Dr Mike Young is a nationally recognized researcher, coach, and educator. His depth of knowledge and experience in the field of athletic development is evidenced by his stays at all three U.S. Olympic Training Centers as an athlete (Lake Placid), sport scientist (Colorado Springs & Chula Vista), and coach (Colorado Springs). Mike has an undergraduate degree in Exercise Physiology, an MS in Athletic Administration and a PhD in Biomechanics. Mike has earned NSCA’s Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, is recognized by USA Weightlifting as a Club and Advanced Sport Performance Coach, a Crossfit Level 1 Certified Trainer, is one of less than 20 USA Track & Field (USATF) Level 3 coaches in the country and has a USATF Level 2 certification in 3 event areas. Mike has served as the primary coach for national/international team qualifiers in Athletics, as well as Bobsleigh, Skeleton and Weightlifting. InTrack & Field, he has coached or assisted multiple Olympians, National Champions, Masters National and World Champions and Collegiate National Champions. Additionally, he has served as the S&C coach for professionals in the NFL, MLB and MLS. He served as the Fitness Coach for the Vancouver Whitecaps and Carolina Railhawks. Previously, Mike coached Athletics at the NCAA level at 4 Universities, most notably coaching 4 years at LSU where the team won 6 National Championships. Mike is equally qualified as a sport scientist and coach educator. His research on sprinting, stretching, balance and throwing activities have been published and presented in Regional, National and International journals and conferences and he is an invited editor for the Journal of Sports Sciences and Sports Biomechanics. In this episode Mike discusses: Progression from beginner to advanced/ pre session to competition. Why teamsports require a high eccentric force generating capacity. The importance of building basic concentric strength before progressing to more specific strength qualities. His thresholds for focussing on more specific strength qualities. A practical rule of thumb for stimulating eccentric strength. Some of the tools and methods he uses in training programs to monitor these qualities. Ensure the training signal to the body is as clear as possible. Practical examples of a training week with his T&F athletes. You can keep up to date with Mike via the Instagram account: @mikeyoungphd and via the @athleticlab . To learn more about the LTAD Network check out www.ltadnetwork.com or follow on Instagram: @ltadnetwork or Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ltadnetwork . You can keep up to date with Athletic Evolution via our www.athleticevolution.co.uk , Instagram: @athleticevouk and Twitter: @athleticevouk .
01:04:26
July 04, 2021
Dr John P. Wagle (Kansas City Royals): Applying Eccentric Strength Training - from Tempo to Accentuated Loading
Dr. John P. Wagle is the Director, Performance Science / Player Development for the Kansas City Royals. Before joining the Royals, he provided support in strength and conditioning and sport science to university and U.S Olympic Training Site athletes while a doctoral fellow in the Sport Physiology & Performance program at East Tennessee State University. Prior joining ETSU, Wagle was the Director of Sports Performance at DePaul University, overseeing all aspects of the department while working with men’s basketball, women’s softball, and men’s tennis. He has been a published author, invited speaker, and consultant on several topics, including training theory, athlete monitoring, and accentuated eccentric loading. Wagle received his M.S. in exercise science from Western Illinois University and completed his undergraduate work at Augustana College (IL), majoring in physics and business management. He also holds two graduate degrees in business administration from Loyola University (MBA) and North Park University (MNA). As an athlete, Wagle was an All-American infielder at Augustana College and played two seasons of minor league baseball following his collegiate career. In this episode John discusses: Defining what Accentuated Eccentric Loading (AEL) is. The 3 criteria needed to satisfy AEL. The adaptations stimulated by AEL. How AEL compares to other eccentric methods such as Tempo and Flywheel training. How/When/Where AEL can be applied in practice. His Action, Management, Care model for athlete monitoring. The idea of "Potential Restraint Factors" that can limit athlete performance. You can keep up to date with John via the Twitter account: @DrJohnPWagle .  To learn more about the LTAD Network check out www.ltadnetwork.com or follow on Instagram: @ltadnetwork or Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ltadnetwork . You can keep up to date with Athletic Evolution via our www.athleticevolution.co.uk , Instagram: @athleticevouk and Twitter: @athleticevouk .
56:34
June 27, 2021
Boo Schexnayder: (Louisiana State University): Long Term Plyometric Development - from Rehab to Running.
Irving “Boo” Schexnayder is regarded internationally as one of the leading authorities in training design,  bringing 39 years of experience in coaching and consulting. He recently returned to the LSU Track and Field coaching staff for a second stint, adding to his previous 12 year term on the LSU Staff. Regarded as one of the world’s premier field event coaches, he was the mastermind behind 19 NCAA Champions during his collegiate coaching career. He was a part of 12 NCAA Championship teams and a pair of Juco National titles, as well as developing a host of conference champions and All-Americans. He returned to the LSU staff in 2017. Schexnayder has also been a prominent figure on the international scene, having coached triple jumper Walter Davis to multiple World Championships, and long jumper John Moffitt to a silver medal at the 2004 Olympics in Athens. He has coached 11 Olympians, and has served on coaching staffs for Team USA to the 2003 Pan Am Games in Santo Domingo, the 2006 World Junior Championships in Beijing, and was the Jumps Coach for Team USA at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. In this episode Boo discusses: His method of categorising plyometrics according to their purpose in the program. Why young athletes may be more prepared for speed development than we think. How he integrates plyometrics early in the rehab process. How he adjusts plyometrics for Track vs Team Sports and Heavier vs Lighter athletes. Key coaching points in horizontal and vertical plyometrics. His go to jump tests to evaluate plyometric ability. You can keep up to date with Boo via the Twitter account: @BooSchex and via his website www.sacspeed.com . To learn more about the LTAD Network check out www.ltadnetwork.com or follow on Instagram: @ltadnetwork or Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ltadnetwork . You can keep up to date with Athletic Evolution via our www.athleticevolution.co.uk , Instagram: @athleticevouk and Twitter: @athleticevouk .
55:59
June 20, 2021
Dr Dan Baker (ASCA): Strength & Power Development from Youth to Professional level.
Dan Baker has PhD in sports science from Edith Cowan University. He was the Brisbane Broncos NRL Strength and Conditioning for 19 years and has coached elite, international and national league athletes in rugby union (QLD Reds, Wallabies), diving (AIS/Olympic), netball (National League), soccer (National League), power lifting, MMA and athletics. Dan is an Accredited ASCA Level 3 S&C Coach and Accredited Master Coach , the highest level, within the ASCA Professional Coach Accreditation Scheme. His area of specialty is the periodisation of strength and power training methods, using velocity measures in resistance training, Maximal Aerobic Speed (MAS) training and Long-Term Athlete Development.  In this episode Dan discusses:  Programming strength training for different ages and stages from youth to Pro. Why it’s stupid to load an athlete who moves poorly. Why chasing loading early could be considered “lazy” coaching. How to determine if a young athlete is ready for barbell training. His research on Strength/Power as a differentiator in levels of performance.  Strategies for creating an effective training environment.  You can keep up to date with Dan via the Instagram account: @danbakerstrength_ and via his website www.danbakerstrength.com .  To learn more about the LTAD Network check out www.ltadnetwork.com or follow on Instagram: @ltadnetwork or Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ltadnetwork . You can keep up to date with Athletic Evolution via our www.athleticevolution.co.uk , Instagram: @athleticevouk and Twitter: @athleticevouk .
01:04:18
June 03, 2021
Nick Ward (Altis): Learning from the best.
Coaching is Nick’s calling. Almost 35 years on from starting as a coach Nick is active and helping people achieve their goals and improve their lifestyle - whether for the outdoors, on the sports field or the Olympic podium. As the Altis Programs Director Nick builds education and training resources that share experiences and extend processes. Altis is an elite training environment for athletes, and a global leader in the provision of education for sport performance.  The complexity of managing both the Performance and health of athletes is at the heart of the Altis approach. In this episode Nick discusses: His extensive experience working across universities, clubs, organisations sports and countries. What category a new project/environment fits into. His tips for what to consider when starting in a new project/environment. What makes a great youth coach. His evolution of “behavioural milestones”. Why we need to educate athlete to train well, eat well and recover well. Creating alignment across departments within an organisation. You can keep up to date with Nick's via the Instagram account: @nickward_coach and via the Altis account: @altis .  To learn more about the LTAD Network check out www.ltadnetwork.com or follow on Instagram: @ltadnetwork or Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ltadnetwork . You can keep up to date with Athletic Evolution via our www.athleticevolution.co.uk , Instagram: @athleticevouk and Twitter: @athleticevouk .
01:00:37
May 27, 2021
Stu Martin (British Weightlifting): Are you practicing under pressure?
Stu Martin is Head of Performance Strategy for British Weightlifting. He was the Team leader for one of England Weightlifting’s most successful commonwealth games of all time in Birmingham 2018 and is the Team leader for Tokyo 2021 through one of GB’s most successful Olympic cycles in weightlifting history. He is a Coach for a number of Britain’s leading weightlifters and is responsible for implementing British Weightlifting’s strategy to develop lifters & coaches and grow the number of talented athletes involved in weightlifting in the UK. In this episode Stu covers:  The profile of promising athletes within weightlifting. The expected journey from beginner to elite.  His 3 simple questions.  The fundamentals, good practice, specific and individual factors they consider.  The difference between the preparation and performance mindset.  The different types of pressure experience in competitive weightlifting.  Why and how they recreate pressure within training sessions. You can keep up to date with Stu via his Instagram account: @strengthcoachsm or via his LinkedIn profile.  To learn more about the LTAD Network check out www.ltadnetwork.com or follow on Instagram: @ltadnetwork or Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ltadnetwork . You can keep up to date with Athletic Evolution via our www.athleticevolution.co.uk , Instagram: @athleticevouk and Twitter: @athleticevouk .
01:18:52
May 20, 2021
Jon Goodwin (Fulham FC Academy): Developing game changing qualities.
Jon Goodwin is currently Academy Head of Sport Science at Fulham FC. He was previously S&C National Lead for the Saudi Arabian Olympic Committee. He led the creation of the BSc and Distance Learning MSc in S&C at St Mary’s University, Twickenham.  He has over 20 years of coaching, teaching and researching across athletics, weightlifting, S&C and biomechanics.  In this episode Jon discusses:  Changing the culture at Fulham to focus on personal bests and individual progress.  Updating their multi sport sampling model within the academy.  Developing game changing qualities in speed and change of direction.  What gets covered by the game and what needs specific attention to develop.  Why he changed their model of pre season training.  You can keep up to date with Jon via his twitter account: @jonnie_mechanic.  To learn more about the LTAD Network check out www.ltadnetwork.com or follow on Instagram: @ltadnetwork or Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ltadnetwork . You can keep up to date with Athletic Evolution via our www.athleticevolution.co.uk , Instagram: @athleticevouk and Twitter: @athleticevouk .
01:18:15
May 14, 2021
Sean Boret (Eton College): Why so serious?
Sean is the lead S&C Coach at Eton College. He has been working in gyms since 1993, initially in the Health & Fitness sector, before discovering the joy of working with young people in schools. His number one aim is to help kids leave school with a better understanding of physical fitness and more importantly, the self-motivation to find ways to stay active long into their future. Whilst understanding the value of LTAD models, Sean’s only metric of interest is participation. And from experience he has found that once boys take an interest, that many good things will follow. Sean discusses: How his unique sporting background influenced his philosophy. The Importance of Longevity in engagement in physical activity. Do we have too much of a performance focus when we discuss LTAD? What his role at Eton looks like. How his personal philosophy impacts his role at Eton. How he creates sessions/programs to encourage greater voluntary participation. His advice for making the most of school based coaching opportunities. You can keep up to date with Sean via his LinkedIn profile. To learn more about the LTAD Network check out www.ltadnetwork.com or follow on Instagram: @ltadnetwork or Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ltadnetwork . You can keep up to date with Athletic Evolution via our www.athleticevolution.co.uk , Instagram: @athleticevouk and Twitter: @athleticevouk .
01:28:43
May 06, 2021
Jake Tuura (Jacked Athlete): Training athletes for hypertrophy and recovering from patellar tendinopathy.
Jake Tuura is a former collegiate strength and conditioning coach, now running Jacked Athlete fulltime. He has a Masters in Exercise Science and is a Certified Strength and Conditioning coach with the NSCA, as well as holding qualifications from USA Weightlifting, Titleist Performance Institute, Be Activated and Reflexive Performance Reset.  In this episode Jake discusses:  How his desire to increase jump height, muscle mass and strength lead him into coaching.  Why critical thinking is an important skill for coaches.  Why training like a bodybuilder is a bad idea for athleticism.   Why he uses cluster training rather than traditional hypertrophy training.  How personal injury lead to his interest in patellar tendinopathy.  Why rest is a bad idea for tendons and how basic strength training exercises can help with patellar tendinopathy.  Why there is not set prescription of reintroducing jumping after patellar tendinopathy.  You can keep up to date with Jake via Instagram: @jaketuura and his website www.jackedathlete.com .  To learn more about the LTAD Network check out www.ltadnetwork.com or follow on Instagram: @ltadnetwork or Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ltadnetwork . You can keep up to date with Athletic Evolution via our www.athleticevolution.co.uk , Instagram: @athleticevouk and Twitter: @athleticevouk .
58:13
May 06, 2021
Erica Suter (FitSoccerQueen): Can they withstand life?
Erica Suter is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and has a Masters in Exercise Science and Sport Performance Enhancement. As an athlete, she pcaptained the soccer team at Johns Hopkins University and was a 2x Academic All American, 2 x Scholar All American and National Player of the Year. She holds the record of being the 2nd highest goal scorer for John Hopkins University and was selected in the John Hopkins 25th Anniversary All star team.  In this episode, Erica discusses:  Why she is glad she didn't play/train seriously until age 13.  Her experience coaching and playing in Brazil.  The important influence a quiet and calm coach had on her as an athlete.  The importance of building healthy habits in young athletes.  Repetition without repetition.  Building resilience for life not just sport.   The changing perception of female athletes.  You can keep up to date with Erica via Instagram: @fitsoccerqueen and her website www.ericasuter.com .  To learn more about the LTAD Network check out www.ltadnetwork.com or follow on Instagram: @ltadnetwork or Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ltadnetwork . You can keep up to date with Athletic Evolution via our www.athleticevolution.co.uk , Instagram: @athleticevouk and Twitter: @athleticevouk .
55:36
April 22, 2021
James Baker & Mike Young (LTAD Network): What is the LTAD Network?
In this episode I sit down the LTAD Network founders James Baker and Mike Young.  James and Mike discuss:  Their own athletic journeys as children/adolescents.  How their initial connection on Twitter flourished into a long term business partnership.  The evolution in awareness of youth strength & conditioning.  The reason behind the rebrand from Proformance to LTAD Network.  The aim of building a community of coaches to share ideas, practice and opportunities.  Redefining the LTAD space from youth specific to a cradle to grave focus.  What’s on offer at the LTAD Network. Membership structure/pricing.  What’s coming in the pipeline. How you can connect with the LTAD Network.  To learn more about the LTAD Network check out www.ltadnetwork.com or follow on Instagram: @ltadnetwork or Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ltadnetwork . You can keep up to date with Athletic Evolution via our www.athleticevolution.co.uk , Instagram: @athleticevouk and Twitter: @athleticevouk .
58:52
April 15, 2021
The Future of the Athletic Evolution Podcast...
This episode is a slightly different to the usual. I wanted to update you, the listener on some exciting developments with the Athletic Evolution Podcast.  In this episode I cover:  The future direction that the podcast will be taking.  Being approached by James Baker about a collaborative opportunity.  Why I am excited about joining forces with the LTAD Network  What the LTAD Network is all about.  Why I think it solves the problem I get asked about most frequently.  Why joining the LTAD Network will help us reach even more coaches around the world.  How you can join us for peanuts!  To learn more about the LTAD Network check out www.ltadnetwork.com or follow them on Instagram: @ltadnetwork or Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ltadnetwork .  As always you can keep up to date with Athletic Evolution via our www.athleticevolution.co.uk , Instagram: @athleticevouk and Twitter: @athleticevouk .
07:25
April 08, 2021
Jamie Bowie (Scottish Gymnastics): Is physical ability overrated?
Jamie Bowie is a former 400m GB and Team Scotland athlete, Jamie was part of the team that won silver at the World Indoor Championships in the 4x400m relay. Now turning his hand to coaching, the former internationalist has worked with athletes at pathway level in both athletics and rugby and now works for Scottish Gymnastics as a Performance Manager for the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in 2018 and towards the Birmingham 2022 Games. Continuing, to progress his coaching he currently coaches Double World Champion and Paralympic sprinter Maria Lyle ahead of the postponed Tokyo Paralympic Games. In this episode Jamie discusses: Not being a "talented" youngster and how the 400m found him. Not getting carried away by physical abilities in adolescence. The personal characteristics he looks for in athletes. The challenge of selecting athletes for development vs performance at youth level. The similarities between the 4x400m relay and Artistic Gymnastics. The importance of investing in both coaches and athletes. Long term coach-athlete relationships. You can keep up to date with Jamie via his Instagram account: @jkb400 and @coach.bowie as well as via his Twitter account: @Bowie2Bowie . As always you can keep up to date with Athletic Evolution via our website, Instagram and Twitter.
53:27
April 01, 2021
Dan Jefferson (Sports Authority of India): Boxing from Bannockburn to Bangalore.
Dan Jefferson is currently working with the Sports Authority of India as the Head of Strength and Conditioning with the boxing federation, specifically supporting the Male and Female Olympic teams for Tokyo 2021. Prior to this Dan was the Senior Strength & Conditioning coach at the Inspire Institute of Sport (IIS), India, where he led the IIS Boxing programme. Prior to making the international move, Dan worked as a Strength & Conditioning Coach at the Sport Scotland Institute of Sport where he was the national lead for their boxing & badminton programmes, alongside multi-sport delivery in a variety of sports including golf, cricket, swimming, snowboarding & freestyle skiing. Dan is an accredited coach with the United Kingdom Strength & Conditioning Association (UKSCA) and a graduate of Sport & Exercise Science from Abertay University Dundee, Scotland.  In this episode Dan discusses:  How starting as a boxing coach helped him develop his coaching skills.  The transferable lessons he learnt from working on a building site into a multidisciplinary support department.  The culture shock he experienced moving from Scotland to India and his initial doubts.  How coaching in a different language challenges your coaching skills.  The importance and significance of trying to learn the language.  The similarities and differences between coaching in India vs Scotland.  Tokyo Olympics and beyond.  You can keep up to date with Dan via Instagram: @jeffersonperformance and LinkedIn .  As always you can keep up to date with Athletic Evolution via our website, Instagram and Twitter.
01:14:41
March 26, 2021
Jason Avelar (Prescott Junior High School): The Motivation Factor Legacy
Jason Avelar has been a PE teacher for the last 8 years at Prescott Junior High School, considered one of the best physical education schools in America. Prescott was featured in the popular documentary “The Motivation Factor” which stresses the importance of being physically active and explores the unique PE program founded at La Sierra High School in the 1960's. Jason holds Bachelor's in Science in Physical Education from the University of Mary, as well as a Masters in Best Practices from National University. He has been a Physical Education Teacher for 12 years, High School Football Coach for 12 years, as well a Junior High School Basketball and Track coach 8 years. He is also a Blue Belt in Jiu Jitsu.  In this episode Jason discusses:  How he found his own escape in sport and exercise in his youth.  The Fitness based model of PE Curriculum delivered at Prescott.  The unique system of coloured shorts or "trunks" to identify physical achievements.  How the program was altered for younger age groups and those who don't "level up"  How recording personal records and progress across 20 fitness tests is motivating for adolescents.  How this personal improvement translates into other academic areas.  You can keep up to date with Jason via Instagram: @coach_ave34 and Prescott Pride via @prescottpride . You can read Jason's article on Strong First here and learn more about the Motivation Factor Documentary here.  As always you can keep up to date with Athletic Evolution via our website, Instagram and Twitter.
58:04
March 19, 2021
Oliver Morgan (Celtic FC Academy): Creating autonomy in a professional football academy.
Oliver Morgan holds a BSc Sport & Exercise Sciences from University of Birmingham, an MRes in Talent Identification from Coventry University and is currently completing a Professional Doctorate at Liverpool John Moores investigating CODs match demands. He spent 8 seasons at Liverpool FC holding a variety of roles across a variety of squads. From U12s-16s squads and from General Sports Scientist to Rehabilitation Fitness Coach. In January 2019 he moved onto to take the role of Head of Academy Sport Science at Celtic FC. In this episode Oliver discusses: The difference between philosophy and strategy. His process of Diagnosis, Guiding Policy and Coherent Action. Keeping the best interests of the player at the centre of decision making. Celtic's aim of creating Champions League standard players and the extreme demands required. The 4 component parts of a Champions League player. Giving athletes choice and why autonomy plays such a large part at the academy. You can keep up to date with Oliver via Twitter: @oliverjohnm . As always you can keep up to date with Athletic Evolution via our website, Instagram and Twitter.
51:47
March 12, 2021
Dan Lonsdale: What can gymnastics and S&C learn from each other?
Dan Lonsdale is an S&C coach from the UK with 9 years' experience working at university level preparing some of the country's top student performance sport athletes. In 2018 Dan Lonsdale Gymnastics Strength & Conditioning was founded with the vision of creating an encouraging environment in which young gymnasts can thrive in, whilst applying the latest research in the simplest manner in order to enhance performance and protect them from injury. Since then, Dan is now the go to S&C consultant for gymnastics clubs across the UK. In this episode Dan discusses: How a rugby lad ended up working in gymnastics. His concept of "layering" for differentiation in sessions. Why this can take years to accumulate the experience to know what progressions/regressions work best. The difference between working in a traditional environment like gymnastics vs teamsports. The importance of proper landing mechanics in gymnastics. What S&C could bring to Gymnastics. What gymnastics can bring to S&C programs of other sports. You can keep up to date with Dan via his website www.danlonsdale.com or via Instagram: @danlonsdalesc . As always you can keep up to date with Athletic Evolution via our website, Instagram and Twitter.
44:34
March 05, 2021
Dr Andrew Pichardo (Tyler Legacy High School): Bringing Strength training into Secondary School.
Dr Andrew Pichardo is the Head Strength & Conditioning Coach at Tyler Legacy High School, located in East Texas. After coaching stops with the University of Florida, IMG Academy, the Milwaukee Brewers, and the Olympic Training Center, Andrew obtained his PhD from Auckland University of Technology, where he worked to implement and research the effects of a resistance training program into secondary school curriculum. In this episode Andrew discusses: How his coaching is driven by a wider desire to help others. His role at Tyler Legacy High School, coaching sessions for up to 80 athletes at a time. How a PhD opportunity with AUT Millenium lead to him moving across the world to New Zealand. An overview of his PhD research. How he tried to ensure his research articles gave practical applications for youth S&C Coaches. You can learn more about Andrew's work by visiting his Research Gate profile or by following him on Instagram: @andrew.pichardo and Twitter: @andrewpichardo6 . As always you can keep up to date with Athletic Evolution via our website, Instagram and Twitter.
56:47
February 26, 2021
Gordon MacLelland (Working with Parents in Sport): Navigating the Parent & Coach Relationship.
Gordon MacLelland set up ‘Working with Parents in Sport’ after 20 years as a teacher and as a coach to all age levels from 7 year olds to adults. He has a BA/Hons degree in Sports Science from University College Chester and a PGCE from Lancaster University. He is a qualified teacher and has been Director of Sport at an independent prep school in the UK for the last 13 years. He has worked in schools in both the UK and New Zealand for the last 16 years.  He is the author of three books, ‘Two Hats’ – a book for parent coaches who are coaching or thinking of coaching their own children,  ‘Great Sports Parenting’ – A pocket guide for parents of children in sport and ‘Engage’ – A coaches guide to building positive relationships with parents. In recent times he has become a parent to two children and the early sporting experiences of his own children prompted him to set up the company as well as write the three books above.  As a speaker he brings a wealth of experience to working with organisations, coaches and parents gathered through 20 years as a teacher and coach as well as a parent currently involved in children’s sport.   In this episode Gordon discusses: His own conflicting emotions as a sport parent early in his son's life.  Making information accessible and applicable for sport parents.  No one trains coaches to engage with parents.  Why parents should inform themselves on child development.  Parental doubts and the fear of missing out (FOMO).  The dual roles of a Parent who is also Coaching.  Managing the Coach/Parent relationship.   You can learn more about the Gordon's work by visiting www.parentsinsport.co.uk  or by following Working with Parents in Sport on Facebook and Twitter via @wwpis .   As always you can keep up to date with Athletic Evolution via our website, Instagram and Twitter.
46:09
February 19, 2021
Dr Jeff Cullen (Scottish Rugby): Taking the confusion out of Concussion
Dr Jeff Cullen has been heavily involved in providing medical support in rugby for many years, both at club and international level.  He recently contributed to an article on Concussion management on the British Journal of Sports Medicine Blog. I was privileged to work alongside him in this previous Scotland U16 and U17 Age grade programs. In this episode Jeff discusses: How we should view concussion as a traumatic brain injury. The Symptoms and Signs of concussion to look out for. How concussions can develop over minutes, hours or even days. Why scrum caps and helmets don't necessarily reduce concussion risk. How concussed athletes become susceptible to future concussions. Why the Graded Return to Play (GRTP) is dependant on symptoms and not just time elapsed. The importance of knowing the correct guidelines and "If in doubt, sit them out." You can access the Sport Scotland Concussion guidelines here: https://sportscotland.org.uk/media/3382/concussionreport2018.pdf . You can keep up to date with Jeff by following him on Twitter: @jeffcullen0 . As always you can keep up to date with Athletic Evolution via our website, Instagram and Twitter.
43:45
February 12, 2021
Ruben Nieves (Positive Coaching Alliance): What is a Positive Coach?
Ruben Nieves is the Director of Training for Positive Coaching Alliance, responsible for overseeing the training and support of PCA trainers around the US. Ruben earned his Masters Degree in Education from Stanford University in 1982. He coached collegiate volleyball for 18 years including stints as the Head Men's Coach at Stanford and the Head Women's Coach at Fresno State. Ruben was twice named NCAA Men's Volleyball Coach of the Year, in 1992 and 1997. He guided Stanford to the Cardinal's first men's volleyball NCAA championship in 1997. Ruben also has extensive experience and success in international volleyball. He spent the summer of 2001 as Head Coach of the USA Men's Volleyball World University Games Team which captured the Gold Medal in Beijing, China, thus becoming the first and only American squad in history to accomplish this feat. In addition, Ruben has seven years of physical education teaching experience at all levels K-12. As a parent, coach or official, he has been involved in many youth sports including track and field, soccer, baseball, softball, basketball, swimming, water polo, football, tennis and cross-country. Ruben has worked with Positive Coaching Alliance since 2001 and has presented over 500 PCA workshops. In this episode Ruben discusses: His fortunate opportunity to break into coaching at Stanford as an interim Head Coach. Winning NCAA coach of the year and taking the reigns at the World University Games in Beijing. How he got involved with the PCA How the PCA focusses on coaches, administrators, parents and athletes to change the culture of youth sport. The importance of Double Goal Coaches and Triple Impact Competitors. Some of the guiding principles including ELM, E-tank and ROOTS. How positive coaching isn't just for recreational or youth sports. The role of legendary NBA coach Phil Jackson as a spokesperson for PCA. You can learn more about the Positive Coaching Alliance work by visiting www.positivecoach.org as well as access resources at www.pcadevzone.org  or by following Positive Coaching Alliance on Instagram: @positivecoachus . As always you can keep up to date with Athletic Evolution via our website, Instagram and Twitter.
47:21
February 05, 2021
Stephen Sommerville (Movement Park): A unique environment for Physical Literacy development.
For the past 40 years, the sport of Judo has consumed Stephen's life in one way or another; as a successful competitive player, infamous national development coach and for a number of years a key member of the Education Development Team for the Scottish Governing Body of Judo, JudoScotland. Stephen is very proud of his reputation as one of Scotland’s most innovative program developers which he developed during his time at JudoScotland. Now on a journey of leadership and conscious social understanding, Stephen is determined to make a difference to society with the charity Movement Park. The SCIO formed in April 2015 and the vision is to create a culture where the wealth of the community is judged on the health of the community. With a passion for Long Term People Development and Movement Competencies, Stephen is seeking to bring this to a community within Glasgow helping individuals understand and realise the importance of staying active for life and moving well. With his experience and knowledge, Stephen has no doubt that this can be achieved and is determined to do so in his own rather unconventional and quirky way.  In this episode Stephen discusses: How an engaging and inspiring role model helped him fall in love with Judo. His career as a Performance and Development coach. How his interest in Physical Literacy and Fundamental movements grew over time. Stepping off the Mat as a fulltime Judo Coach. The catalyst for starting "Movement Park". The importance of building competence and confidence in young children. Giving children the opportunities to experience different movements and sports at the same venue. The daily schedule at Movement Park as well as the groups and coaches involved. You can learn more about Movement Park work by visiting www.movementpark.org  or by following Movement Park on Instagram: @movement_park . As always you can keep up to date with Athletic Evolution via our website, Instagram and Twitter.  
54:42
January 29, 2021
VJ Stanley (Balanced Excellence) Winning at all costs cheapens the victory.
VJ Stanley is the founder and President of Balanced Excellence. VJ was a 3 sport varsity athlete. He then went on to play junior hockey for the Rochester Monarchs and pursued his passion at Clarkson University. Unfortunately, he sustained two concussions in one week which ended his career after only one game. After the injury, at age 23, he became a high school coach at Fairport High School in Rochester, NY. He was the youngest high school hockey coach in Monroe County history. At Fairport, he set 13 records. VJ went on to become the head coach at the University of Rochester, coaching for 21 years. VJ founded Balanced Excellence as an answer to his family's and friends constant questions about the stress associated with their children's participation in youth sports. He became an author and public speaker with over 30 years of experience with youth and high school sports injury prevention, as well as providing leadership, insights and consulting for long-term athletic development. Mental health and the pure enjoyment of playing youth sports for fun are a huge part of Balanced Excellence. In this episode VJ discusses: His own athletic and coaching journey.  The difference between trust and respect. Why it's about the journey of helping others get better. Why Balanced Excellence is a microcosm of life. Why we should be giving kids equal playing time at the developmental level. Why no one knows how to win. Teaching children to own and value the journey. You can learn more about VJ's work by visiting www.balancedexcellence.com . As always you can keep up to date with Athletic Evolution via our website, Instagram and Twitter.
48:53
January 22, 2021
David Dunne (Hexis App) What's missing in behaviour change?
David Dunne is a Performance Nutritionist with an array of experience working in elite sport with Harlequins, Queens Park Rangers FC, Bradford Bulls, British Fencing, British Canoeing and Professional Golfers. He is also the CEO of Hexis Performance and is currently completing a PhD in Digital Health and Behaviour Change.  In this episode David discusses: The numerous Consultant Nutritionist roles he's had to date. How the breadth of experiences has taught him to think better. How we are dealing with human beings, not numbers or athletes. The importance of building empathy and trust. The problem of motivation vs capability in behaviour change. Why more knowledge may not be the answer. His PhD Research combining social media and nutrition interventions. The development of the Hexis App to provide individualised nutrition support to athletes. You can learn more about David's work by visiting www.hexisapp.com or by following Hexis on Instagram: @hexis_performance and David on Twitter: @thenutrionisr . As always you can keep up to date with Athletic Evolution via our website, Instagram and Twitter.
37:47
January 15, 2021
Dr Nico Kolokythas (Elmhurst Ballet School, StrengthMotionMind): Lessons learned from valuable mistakes.
Dr Nico Kolokythas has over 15 years experience in the athletic development of the adolescent in elite performance in a variety of sports (Judo, Netball, Basketball, Football, Taekwondo, Tennis). He is also currently the strength and conditioning coach for professional martial artists in Mixed Martial Arts. Based at Elmhurst Ballet School, U.K. he completed a PhD in injuries and the adolescent ballet dancer and also works as a consultant for Birmingham Royal Ballet. As part of his studies, he led randomised controlled trials in injury prevention in dance and has now developed an injury prevention intervention called “11+Dance”. He is regular presenter at the International Association of Dance Medicine and Science conference and a regular writer/contributor for One Dance UK’s magazine. Since, 2014, Nico has been a visiting lecturer at the University of Wolverhampton, and recently became a visiting lecturer at Bern University. His focus in teaching is on coaching and training methods as well as Motor Learning & Control. In this episode Nico discusses: His interesting journey into coaching via a business degree and psychology degree. His initial perspective seeing weak bodies and injuries mount up in the ballet environment. The excessive workloads experienced in ballet from a young age. His initial mistake and overestimating the training capacity of young ballet dancers. How his first pilot study was a dramatic failure and let to him adapting his approach. The results of his research and the development of the 11+ Dance protocol. How mistakes have guided him to better decisions and better understanding. You can learn more about Niko's work by visiting www.strengthmotionmind.com or by following him on Instagram: @strengthmotionmind . As always you can keep up to date with Athletic Evolution via our website, Instagram and Twitter.
01:25:32
January 08, 2021
Steffan Jones (Wellington School/Pacelab/Rajasthan Royals): Separate Physical Education from Sport.
Steffan Jones is the last dual professional sportsman in the United Kingdom having played 3 years professional rugby and 20 years professional cricket. Currently, he is Director of Sport Performance at a Wellington School in England and a global fast bowling consultant. He is the fast bowling development coach for the Rajasthan Royals in the IPL as well as consulting for individual fast bowlers, javelin throwers and pitchers around the world. Steffan is in a unique position having played the sport, is a qualified sports scientist, a UKSCA qualified strength and conditioning coach and also as a level 3 qualified technical coach.  In this episode Steffan discusses:  His schoolboy rugby career representing Wales.  Why he choose Somerset Cricket over Bristol Rugby.  Why schools need to separate PE from Sport.  Creating a PE curriculum that caters for the 99.5% not the 0.5%  The differences between an elite program and being elitist.  The attractors of fast bowling performance.  His dream of a fast bowling performance centre in the UK.  You can learn more about Steffan's work by visiting www.pacelab.co.uk or by following him on Instagram: @steffanjones105 .  As always you can keep up to date with Athletic Evolution via our website, Instagram and Twitter.
57:01
December 04, 2020
Jan Willem Teunissen (HAN-University & Ghent University): How movement options create opportunities.
Jan Willem Teunissen has B. in PE and a MSc. in talent development & exercise physiology from VU University Amsterdam. In the past he worked for elite soccer club Ajax Amsterdam and implemented an all-round development program and maturity related individual training program within the youth academy. Furthermore, Jan Willem was head of the performance staff at elite soccer club FC Twente. Currently he is working at two educational institutes; HAN-University and Ghent University. In this episode Jan Willem discusses:  His own experience of burnout in Tennis and injury in the Marines. His experiences at Ajax and FC Twente. The tension between theoretical models and real world application. His research on the unique profiles of different sports. Applying alternative exercises to the profile of football. How mastering a variety of skills leads to greater opportunities in competition. Similarities and differences between different sports. The implications for talent development and talent transfer. You can visit the video resource Jan Willem mentions here at www.sportsinspirator.com and follow his work via his Research Gate profile and his LinkedIn page. As always you can keep up to date with Athletic Evolution via our website, Instagram and Twitter.
39:15
November 27, 2020
Tom Farrow (Areté Performance): Face chaos and come up with a solution.
Tom Farrow is a Physical Performance Specialist and is the Founder & Co-Director of Areté Performance, He was the Head of Physical Performance for England & Team GB 7s Men’s teams Until August, when the programme was unfortunately cut due to losing funding during Coronavirus. Tom was also a Contact Skills Specialist with the Men’s 7s programme and has worked in this capacity with the 2016 Team GB Women’s 7s team, Tokyo Toshiba Brave, Fulham FC Academy and Richmond Rugby Club. He has previously worked as a strength and conditioning coach with the English Institute of Sport, GB Canoe, & Speedworks. Until Sept 2014, Tom was a Senior Strength & Conditioning Coach with Wasps Rugby and co-led their First XV programme. After starting his own business Tom also spent time working with the Wasps Academy programme as both a Strength & Conditioning Coach and Contact Skills Specialist. In this episode he covers: How the skill of coaching, mastery and potential drives him. How Bruce Lee was a big influence. Some unorthodox coaching influences. "Developing heroes". Chaos and order and antifragility in coaching. Learning from great coaches. You can keep up to date with Tom's work via the Areté Performance Instagram: @areteperform_hq  or via their website www.arete-performance.com . As always you can keep up to date with Athletic Evolution via our website, Instagram and Twitter.
57:01
November 20, 2020
Andy Bruce (Statera): Solving the youth athlete monitoring problem.
Andy is an Athletic Development and Physical Well-being coach at Merchant Taylors' school and leads the UKSCA Special interest group for Strength and conditioning in schools. Steven studied maths at oxford and computer science at UCL and has a background coaching and competing in long-distance triathlon. After many races, and many hours of talking (mainly nonsense), eventually they came up with an idea, and that idea was Statera. Through his work as a Strength and Conditioning coach, Andy often remarked on  how difficult it was to accurately track the training of the youth and team athletes he was working with. He thought how great it would be to get all the information he needed on his athletes, all in one place, in a time efficient way. As luck would have it, through a blend of personal interests and software development skills, Steven had spent considerable time developing his own training diary. So, after some more talking, and a few more races, Steven began to develop a web application to solve Andy’s puzzle. And so Statera was born.  In this episode, Andy discusses:  Why there's a need to manage workload in youth athletes.  The challenges of managing youth athletes who are involved in multiple activities.  Why he didn't just use one of systems designed for senior professional sport.  Why Statera was created to solve his problem and how it can help other coaches.  The features and functionality of Statera for coaches and parents. How you can get involved in helping Statera innovate and improve.  You can keep up to date with Andy & Steven's work with Statera via their Facebook page Statera TSB , Twitter: @StateraTSB and their website www.statera.uk .  As always you can keep up to date with Athletic Evolution via our website, Instagram and Twitter.
37:00
November 06, 2020