Earlier this month I wrote about how the universality of fartleks. The concept comes from the world or running, but I outlined how one could implement such speed play in throwing. This isn’t just a concept that sounds fun and cool; it also has some science to back it up and can be applied in preparation for any number of sports.
Entries by Martin Bingisser
With drafts for many professional sports taking place in the coming months for professional sports leagues in North America, it is a good time to take a look at how we evaluate players. Effectively evaluating a player is about more than measuring their performance, it is about learning about them from every angle and getting input from the entire coaching staff. On this week’s episode we discuss best practices in player evaluations.
It’s that time again. The international season is about to start up and I’m eager to see the best throwers get back in the ring. As I do every year, I’ve compiled a list of the top reasons to watch our sport’s most exciting event in 2017.
The problem with speed training for field sports is that speed can be difficult to transfer to the field of play. In his work with Japan Rugby and several professional clubs John Pryor has sought out solutions to this problem, developing a system of robust running that helps players develop the skills to hit the right positions in the various complex situations they might encounter on the field. In this episode we sit down with Pryor to discuss his approach to speed training for field sport athletes.
Several top Ohio throwers started the season on Friday at the Larry Kohring Eastwood Relays. Nick Lane (Bowling Green, OH) added nearly ten feet to his best to win. His top mark of 219’5″ now ranks second in the nation. Sam Meece (Napoleon, OH) also started his season off with a new best and broke 200 feet for the first time. In the girl’s competition Carrol Pauley (Riverdale, Mount Blanchard, OH) and Madison Pollard (Anthony Wayne, Whitehouse, OH) were separated by just 13 inches as they took first and second. Both also produced marks that are among the top five in the nation.
Throwers from across the northeast converged on Randall’s Island for the New York Relays on Friday. Jill Shippee (Shenendehowa, Clifton Park, NY) made her outdoor season debut at the meet with a convincing win. Her first throw of 196’2″ held on for the win and marked a 15 foot improvement over last year. It also puts her just feet off of the national lead. Dilyn Cote led three throwers over 200 feet to win the boy’s competition. He added four feet to his personal best and nearly a dozen feet to his season’s best to win the title. Both Jason Wright (St. Anthony’s, South Huntington, NY) and Jacob Furland (Classical, Providence, RI) broke 200 feet for the first time to place second and third.
John Kiely is one of the leading minds in periodization. By taking a critical look at current approaches to periodization, he is asking how we can move the field forward to keep up with what science and leading coaches have learned. On this episode he joins us to discuss how current models can be problematic, what other factors coaches need to take into account while planning, the role of stress and team culture in adaptation, and how technology can help coaches.
Robustness is a term that gets thrown around a lot lately, but few people take a step back to look at what the term actually means. Robustness is more than just having the strength to endure more pressure; it is about being able to endure different pressures. Or, to quote the experts, the ability of a system to tolerate perturbations. We are happy to announce that our latest eCourse in the HMMR Media Classroom focuses on the topic. In it, John Pryor provides a practical guide to develop robust running skills.
Olympic medalist and two-time world champion Reese Hoffa recently retired as perhaps the top shot putter of this century. His longevity and consistency helped him set a record with 138 competitions ever over 21 meters. Since retiring, he has focussed on building up his own throws academy. On this week’s episode he joins us to discuss what helped give him such a long and successful career. In addition, we discuss transitioning to youth coaching, how to individualize technique, building athlete ownership and more.
At the end of day, training comes down to a few core principles. Yet the complexity of the human body often cause us to lose focus of this and make training more complex than it needs to be in many cases. On this episode of the GAINcast we discuss the need to keep things simple and how to keep things simple.
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