Peter Vint has worked around the world to bridge the gap between sports science and on field performance. The former Senior Director of Competitive Analysis, Research & Innovation at the United State Olympic Committee joins this week’s GAINcast to discuss how to develop a high performance team and create an environment where their work brings results.
Highlights and Quotes
Vint brings more than 30 years of experience to his work. After earning a Ph.D. in biomechanics, he has spent a large portion of his career with the United States Olympic Committee, working in a variety of roles such as Director of High Performance and as Senior Sport Technologist. His last role with the USOC was as Senior Director of Competitive Analysis, Research & Innovation, where he focused on defining and monitoring international competitiveness for more than 100,000 senior elite athletes and teams competing in over 400 Summer and Winter Olympic events. More recently he has worked in soccer.
Throughout the episode we cover a variety of topics about how to best develop and effective high performance team such as what role the team plays, how it works with coaches, where do they look for gains, and how you can get the most out of the team.
- 5:00 – Background of Peter Vint.
- 11:30 – Vint’s influences. “When you take the time to watch, there is always something to learn. “
- 14:45 – What is sports science? It is a holistic concept where all the systems that elicit performance come to bear. “Performance happens with the whole person. Sports science is the collective expertise that tries to improve the whole person.”
- 17:30- What does the ideal sports performance team look like? It will look different for each sport, one constant is that the team should be embeded in the sport’s environment. “You cannot have impact on a sporting environment without living it with them. “
- 20:30 – How do you incorporate the coach into the performance process? “Ultimately the driver of performance is the coach. They are linchpin. ” “Coaches need to be educated to ask the right questions and be proactive rather than reactive. “
- 28:30 – Do marginal gains really matter? Small gains can indeed compound over time, but “marginal gains matter, but it’s not about skipping steps. “
- 33:30 – Advice on developing filters for finding good information. Start with using deterministic modeling to determine key critical components of performance. “When you can set a clear standard of performance, you can focus better on what you need to do.”
- 38:00 – Support staff wants to help, but they also need support. “If coaches can help the helpers, they’ll help themselves. “
- 40:00 – Are there limits to human performance?
- 45:00 – Vint’s book recommendations.
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- For related content listen to GAINcast 63 on supporting champions with Steven Ingham and GAINcast 17 on defining sport demands.
- Books recommended on this epiosde: How to Support a Champion: The art of applying science to the elite athlete by Steven Ingham, Team of Teams: New Rules of Engagement for a Complex World by General Stanley McChrystal, The Talent Lab: The secret to finding, creating and sustaining success by Owen Slot, Peak: Secrets from the New Science of Expertise by Anders Ericsson, The Push: A Climber’s Journey of Endurance, Risk, and Going Beyond Limits by Tommy Caldwell, and The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution by Walter Isaacson.