Coaches need to reflect and debrief, but translating the theory into practice can be difficult. Xavier Roy recently completed his PhD on the topic and as part of his research he worked hands on with a Canadian football team to see how coaches reflected on training, and what steps they took to implement changes. On this episode of the podcast he joins us to discuss his research and also share thoughts on training for football and current trends both north and south of the border.
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Xavier Roy holds a Bachelor’s degree in kinesiology, a Master’s degree in exercise physiology and recently completed his PhD in education. He currently works as an athletic development coach with athletes from various sports and also teaches in the Sports Studies program at Bishop’s University. As an athletic development coach and kinesiologist, Xavier has worked with athletes from many sports such as football, soccer, track & field, speed skating, and ice hockey. In the past, he has worked as a Strength and Conditioning coach at McGill University (football and basketball) and more recently at the Université de Sherbrooke (football) as well as the Cegep level in football.
Reflective practice and Canadian football
- 3:00 – Roy’s PhD research on reflective practice in Canadian football: “Reflective coaching can help coaches improve planning practice to make it more resemble the type of tempo that they want to have in the game. “
- 8:15 – Examples of reflective coaching and adjusting training in practice.
- 12:15 – Differences between Canadian and American football.
- 15:00 – Coaching challenges in Canadian football.
The need for speed
- 18:30 – Trends in American football and how Nick’s training has evolved.
- 21:45 – Trends in Canadian football and how Roy’s training has evolved: “There’s a transition from getting bigger and stronger to getting fitter and faster. “
- 25:45 – A rant on speed coaches: “True speed coaches will show numbers before and after. It’s not about how things look on Instagram; it’s about whether the athletes got faster. “
- 28:15 – Integrating speed work into off-season training and examples of training weeks.
- 30:45 – In-season training for football.
Training in Canada and working with other sports
- 36:00 – Work with other sports.
- 40:30 – Learning about a new sport.
- 44:00 – Top coaches in Canada, circus training: “When you look at the best coaches you don’t see flashy exercises. They master the basics, they do them well, and they do them consistently. “
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- You can learn more about Roy on his website and follow him on Instagram (@xrperformance) and Twitter (@xrperformance).
- He has written a series of good articles on SimpliFaster, including a look at his research and more on the athlete-centered training model. He also put together a two part series on training for Canadian football.
- We have also looked at how to analyze and break down new sports on Episode 104 as well as GAINcast 17 with Vern Gambetta.