How you handle transitions is a key to sports, and a key to careers. Over the past few years Jenn Joyce has transitioned from world-class athlete, to youth development coach, to working with world-class athletes. Her newest role is working with the bronze-medal winning Canadian women’s sevens rugby team. On this week’s podcast we talk about transitioning to a new job, a sport, and a new level as well as insights on training for transitions and speed in team sports.
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Jennifer Joyce is a Strength & Conditioning Coach at the Canadian Sport Institute Pacific in Victoria, BC, working with Rugby Canada’s women’s sevens national program and Golf Canada’s junior national girls team. Prior to that she worked with the Canadian Sports schools and various other roles as a strength coach and track and field coach. As an athlete, she set Canadian records in the hammer throw and represented Canada at the World Championships.
- 3:00 – Transitioning from working with developmental athletes to high performance athletes.
- 7:15 – Balancing sports-specific strength and foundational strength.
- 12:00 – Specific training for a general sport.s
- 14:30 – Defining the demands of rugby sevens fitting into a new sport.
- 26:00 – Speed training for team sports: “Swerve running is not about running and changing direction. It is about teaching natural body positions to happen without the center of gravity changing so much that you can maintain speed as much as possible. ” “Wickets clean up top speed mechanics so much, especially in environments where you do not have much time. But in the end it doesn’t matter if they can run a beautiful wicket drill in practice if it falls out the window in a game. “
- 34:00 – Sprint training influences.
- 39:00 – Key takeaways from training with Bondarchuk: “It’s not possible to train with Bondarchuk and not be impacted by it in one way or another. It is so different than traditional approaches. Even if you are not programming in that way, understanding adaptation to peak condition is a game changer. “
- 42:30 – Special strength and volume: “We have force plates and daily wellness monitoring, but I laugh at how low-tech Bondarchuk’s monitoring was. But the training worked. Repetition of quality works. “
- 47:00 – The recent growth of throwing in Canada.
- 53:00 – Sex differences in athlete development: “There is limited research done on female athletes, and of that there is virtually no research longitudinal research. Normative data tells us that females get faster until puberty sets in, but we know from practice that just isn’t true. They can get faster after age 14. “
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- Joyce was also a guest on Episode 133 where she discussed foundational strength for developing athletes.
- You can learn more about her background in her bio.
- You can learn more about Joyce on Instagram (@coachjennjoyce), Facebook (@JenniferJoyce.HammerThrow) and Twitter (@jenniferkjoyce).