GAINcast Episode 134: Sports science has lost its way (with Tony Strudwick)

Over the last decade the field of sports science has grown exponentially. At the same time it has started to lose its way. Rather than telling players what they can do, it often tells players what they can’t. Rather than focusing on adaptations, it focuses on measuring loads. And rather than being coach-driven, training has become driven more by the backroom staff. On this episode of the GAINcast, Tony Studwick shares his experience as a sports scientist. In more than a decade with Manchester United he saw first hand how the field has evolved and what the best teams do differently in this area.

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Notes and quotes

Strudwick has spent his entire career focusing on soccer. He has a PhD in sports science, which he earned from Liverpool John Moores University. He previously worked in various roles for the Blackburn Rovers, Coventry City, West Ham United and The Football Association. From 2007 to 2018 he worked for Machester United. This summer he began a new role as head of performance for the Welsh national team.

Strudwick’s career
Improving sports science

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Further reading

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

  • Check out our latest book Training Talk: Conversations with a Dozen Master Coaches for more in-depth insights on training from some of the world’s top coaches.
  • Don’t forget to join HMMR Plus to get full access to our video, article, and podcast archive here on HMMR Media.
  • You can learn more from Tony and reach out to him on Twitter at @StrudwickTony.
  • We reference Studwick’s recent comments on sports science, which can be read here. We also discussed in detail Strudwick’s comments on the state of sports science on GAINcast 128.
  • On GAINcast 27 we looked at how sports science can best fit into the performance team. That also a topic we looked at with Peter Vint, formerly of Everton, on GAINcast 80. We also looked at Premier League soccer in GAINcast 96 with Des Ryan from Arsenal.
  • Another podcast referenced in this episode was Episode 158 of the HMMR Podcast with Matt Price from the LA Kings.