Whether you are building or rebuilding an athlete, you have to start from the ground up. Begin with what they can do and build upon it until you get them doing the things fundamental for their sport. Matt Siniscalchi has worked at all levels of the sport, from youth football academy players, to his current role helping world champions back from injury. The challenges are always changing, but the philosophy remains the same. On this week’s podcast Siniscalchi joins us to discuss this philosophy, and dive in detail into progressions and strength training for athletes recovering from injury.
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Matt Siniscalchi an athletic development and reconditioning coach at Knowles Athletic. Prior to that he worked as head of strength and conditioning coach for the Philadelphia Union of Major League Soccer.
- 3:15 – Background and the pillars of athletic development: “Our four pillars of athletic development are gymnastics, strength, multidimensional speed and agility, and competitive coordinative games. “
- 6:45 – Breaking down the pillars: “Gymnastics is utilized as a way to get guys and girls to bend, rotate, twist, turn, and roll in a fun way. Because they are not accustomed to doing them, they don’t think about their injury as much. “
- 9:00 – How the pillars change when coaching for rehabilitation vs. youth development.
- 11:00 – Learning to roll and benefits.
- 17:00 – Strength in the reconditioning setting: “How do you know what they need until you’ve done the bare minimum? Do that and track where they stop making progress, that’s where you can use new exercises or intensity. “
- 23:00 – Nick and Matt’s interpretation and implementation of 1×20 method.
- 27:00 – Extensive jumping, leg circuits, conditioning and other facets of training for team sports athletes.
- 31:00 – Measuring results and progress.
- 35:00 – Designing strength training to complement the reconditioning process.
- 37:00 – Assessing athletes to start ACL rehabilitation.
- 40:00 – Training progressions for ACL rehabilitation: “Ask what they can do. Work around the injury to maintain a training stimulus. Then focus on what is fundamental to do. If they can’t walk, we try to get them to walk. Look at the fundamental things and figure out how to get there in a way that is non-threatening and instills confidence. “
- 46:00 – Better understanding pain. “Pain is a response to a threat. When things aren’t perceived as a massive threat you can move a bit easier. Take them out of the environment where what they were doing was painful and use a completely different environment. New games, for example, can make you feel normal. And there is nothing more powerful in training than fun. “
- 51:00 – The role of artificial turf and non-contact leg injuries.
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- You can follow Siniscalchi on Twitter (@mattsiniscalchi) and Instagram (@mattsiniscalchi). You can also learn more about Knowles Athletic on their website and on their Instagram (@knowlesathletic).
- Siniscalchi’s boss and mentor Bill Knowles was a guest on Episode 124, as well as GAINcast 49.