Every June, we both make a trip to Houston for Vern Gambetta’s annual GAIN conference. With faculty included strength coaches, sport coaches, physical therapists, trainers, academics and sports scientists from a variety of professional and amateur sports, it provides a chance to learn and share. On this week’s podcast we broadcast live from the event and recap the key lessons learned on each day of the event.
Notes and quotes
GAIN took place from June 12 to 16 in Houston, Texas. This was the 11th edition and included a factuly from multiple sports and professions. For more about the faculty, read about them here.
Day 1 recap
- 2:00 – Peter Weyand, difference makers in sprinting, and training for the sprints. “The real difference making in sprinting is not how fast the leg swings, but how fast it attacks the ground. “
- 5:15 – Grace Golden, returning to play, and single leg squat tests. “When you develop a return to play plan, know what the athlete was capable of before the injury so you know what you need to return them to. “
- 9:00 – Jimmy Radcliffe, orienting your compass, and club sports: “Are you doing something to keep your keep your job, or doing something to keep your job. “
- 12:15 – James Marshall and play.
- 15:45 – Periodization in individual versus team sports, and how our approach has changed.
Day 2 recap
- 21:00 – Practical sessions with Greg Thompson, Jimmy Radcliffe and thoughts on leg circuits.
- 25:00 – Peter Weyand on filtering knowledge, Jimmy Radcliffe on robust running, and Steve Magness on training tools.
- 27:45 – Dan Noble and training at the Hill Academy.
- 30:00 – Randy Ballard on integrated performance teams and what we like to learn at clinics.
Day 3 recap (with guest Dan Noble)
- 33:30 – Dan’s thoughts on sports science and the presentations from Ryan Podell and Landon Evans.
- 35:30 – Ryan Podell on speed profiling and making testing efficient: “Daily testing and monitoring protocols should be efficient; you need to keep the athlete engaged in training. ” “Players often feel sports science is there to hurt them, not help them. “
- 40:30 – Nick’s thoughts on injury prevention.
- 42:15 – Steve Myrland on the weight room: “Strength is a single element of the collective term athleticism. You cannot be athletic without being strong, but you can be strong without being athletic. “
Day 4 recap
- 48:00 – Defining your training philosophy.
- 50:15 – Landon Evans and having processes to pass along sports science information.
- 51:15 – Making the champions choice.
- 53:00 – Final reflections on GAIN 2018.
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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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- Several of the presenters discussed have been guests previously on the HMMR Podcast or GAINcast, including Peter Weyand, Randy Ballard, Dan Noble, Steve Myrland, and Greg Thompson.
- Dan Noble joined our conversation. He was also a guest on Episode 111. You can find him on Twitter at @coachnoble45. We also referenced James Marshall’s blog as a top reference.
- To learn more about the leg circuits we discussed watch Lesson 13 in the HMMR Classroom and listen to Episode 146.