Finding transfer can be a difficult task in field sports, where “performance” is a difficult concept to quantify. But just because it may be difficult to find doesn’t mean the search is fruitless. Mark Bennett joins English Rugby this summer as the head of sports science. He joins the podcast this week to discuss where his search for transfer has taken him over the course of his career as a player, coach, and sports scientist.
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Bennett brings a unique background to his new role. As a player he reached the highest level by representing Wales. As a strength and conditioning coach he worked for many professional clubs and also helped lead Wales to Six Nations Grand Slams in 2005 and 2008. Most recently he has been working as the Head of Performance for Bristol Rugby and helped them gain promotion to the English Premiership.
We started off the podcast with Bennett describing how he first came across the work of Yuri Verkoshansky and then Anatoli Bondarchuk in his search to create a more rugby-specific training plan.Decide what questions you want to answer BEFORE collecting data. Otherwise the data won't get used. Click To Tweet The first question is what actions win games. Then work out what training will improve that. Click To Tweet Some qualities are more difficult to develop than other & that will separate the best. @elitesc7 Click To Tweet You can't be too strong. But you can spend too much time training strength. @elitesc7 Click To Tweet
Maybe we shouldn't be thinking about sport specific exercises as much as sport specific qualities. Click To Tweet Transfer may be more difficult to measure in field sports, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't try. Click To Tweet
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The following links were referenced in the podcast or provide some additional reading material on the topic:
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- Bennett is active on Twitter at @elitesc7. You can also read about his new role on the RFU webpage.
- To learn more about Verkoshansky or Bondarchuk, check out some of their books in the HMMR Store. Recommended reads are Transfer of Training by Anatoli Bondarchuk and Special Strength Training Manual for Coaches by Yuri Verkoshansky
- You can also learn more about putting Bondarchuk in practice in lesson 1 in the HMMR Classroom. Become a HMMR Plus member to gain access to this and more webinar, including our most recent webinar with former Japan Rugby S&C John Pryor.
- Rugby coaches might also be interested in Episode 96 where we interview Scottish 7s S&C Nick Lumley.