In 35 years of working with one of the largest high schools in the nation, Joe Przytula has had the chance to look at training from different viewpoints: as an athletic trainer, strength coach, and now administrator. He’s also studied sports from different angles. One thing that shows up over and over is that integrated approaches tend to prevail. Przytula joins us on this week’s episode to share talk about his journey and some of the concepts he’s confronting in his daily work.
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Przytula is the supervisor of physical education, health, and safety at Elizabeth (NJ) Public Schools. He has worked at Elizabeth since 1985, beginning as an athletic trainer. He has a well-rounded background with certifications as an athletic trainer, strength and conditioning coach, weightlifting coach, massage therapist, and ART practitioner. We discussed his background, the evolution of athletic training, and some of the concepts he is looking at currently in his daily work.
Background, athletic training, and physical education
- 3:00 – Przytula’s background, meeting Vern, and thinking different.
- 6:30 – Eminence-based training and integrated training approaches.
- 9:15 – Coaching at one of the nation’s largest high schools: “It’s cool if you have facilities and equipment, but you don’t need it. “
- 11:30 – Rethinking athletic training: “Athletic trainers used to be the bucket and sponge types of guys, but athletes can’t get better by laying on a table. “
- 18:45 – Getting your hands dirty as an athletic trainer.
- 23:00 – Moving to an administrative position and changing culture from the top.
- 28:45 – Current challenges in physical education.
- 35:30 – Understanding fascia: “Organizing the body into trains is a nice concept, but it isn’t the answer. Sometimes you have to segment the body, but eventually it has to connect again. “
- 41:30 – Putting Frans Bosch’s concepts in context: “The hip not only helps control the lower extremities, but the upper extremities. “
- 44:15 – Biotensegrity.
- 46:30 – The spinal engine and the role of the spine in movement.
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The following links were referenced in the podcast or provide some additional reading material on the topic:
- Przytula is on the faculty at GAIN, which will take place from June 11th to 15th, 2019. Applications will open on the GAIN website in January.
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- You can reach out to Przytula on Twitter (@jpatc1).
- We referenced several past episode on the podcast, including GAINcast 35 with Paul Davis, and GAINcast 135 and GAINcast 136 with Frans Bosch and John Pryor.