GAINcast Episode 96: The Arsenal Arrow (with Des Ryan)

If you want pressure to perform, try working in professional soccer in England. To make matters more complicated, try working with young players and balancing the need for short-term results and setting up long-term potential. That is the challenge Des Ryan confronts every day as Head of Sports Medicine & Athletic Development at the Arsenal Academy. On this episode of the GAINcast he explains the Arsenal approach to athletic development and high performance.

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Notes and Quotes

Des Ryan has been working as the Head of Sports Medicine & Athletic Development for nearly five years and before that came from a background in rugby. In addition to explaining Arsenal’s approach to athletic development, he also discusses the academy structure, how they seek to build team culture, and managing a high performance team.

Background and about the Arsenal Academy
  • 0:45 – Sports science conference highlights.
  • 10:00 – Ryan’s background and influences.
  • 15:15 – EPPP and changes that have occurred in English football culture.
  • 19:30 – Not a full-time program. We want kids having normal experiences.
Long-term athlete development
Managing a performance team

To hear more about these topics you can listen to the full episode above. If you like what you hear on the GAINcast, don’t forget to give us a review and subscribe on iTunes.

Further Reading

The following links were referenced in the podcast or provide some additional reading material on the topic: