The most amazing performance at the recent World Athletics Championships didn’t take place on the track, it took place on the field. On his final attempt, shot putter Joe Kovacs summoned the best effort the world has seen in nearly 30 years. Not only was his performance historic, but the whole competition was as he edged out both of his top rivals by just one centimeter. Kovacs joins us on this week’s podcast to talk about the competition, the ups and downs he’s faced in the years leading up to his breakthrough, and the evolution of rotational shot put technique.
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Core training is one of the most misunderstood concepts out there. Not only does the term core lack a consistent definition, but training is often inspired by myths. On this week’s GAINcast we assembled a roundtable of some of the most experienced practitioners in the area to try to define the topic, evaluate common training means, and discuss their own approach to the complex topic.
Everyone talks about the need for a strong core, but what exactly is the “core”? What function does it serve? How do we train it? And how do we progress training? On this week’s podcast Derek Evely joins us again for a chat on core strength and many related topics.
You can’t talk about talent identification without talent development. And you can’t talk about technical development without physical development. Johnny Parkes is the senior manager of player ID and development at the US Tennis Association. In this role he’s sought to apply his philosophy: coaches need to incorporate, not separate. Integrate ID and development, and integrate technical and physical training. He joins this week’s GAINcast to discuss how one national organization is trying to reshape traditional development models and approach the local problem of player development.
Reflective practice is a way of studying your own experiences to improve the way you work. Reflective coaching is doing the same to become a better coach. This month we are explored ways coaches can learn from their successes and failures to take a step forward. Below are all of our new resources on the topic, including several new articles, podcasts, and videos.
The best feedback for coaches often comes from the people doing the training themselves: the athletes. Nobody knows better how training went than the people who did it. Being able to identify and articulate that feedback is a skill that must be honed and developed like anything else.
Most sports you work against gravity. In others, you work with gravity. In downhill mountain biking, gravity helps take you from the top of the hill to the bottom. Gravity can still abuse riders, but the best turn the tables and use it to their advantage. Chris Kilmurray joins us on this week’s podcast to discuss the sport, what drives performance, and training methods.
Over the past week Track and Field News has released their annual high school all-American teams. In the hammer throw, three boys and three girls are given all-American honors. National leaders Samantha Kunza (Timberland, Wentzville, MO) and Trey Knight (Ridgefield, WA) led the way. Both were repeat all-Americans, with Knight also being the only 2018 event leader amongst all the event to repeat in 2019. He was undefeated this year, moved to third all-time in high school history, and also was fourth overall amongst all events in the athlete of the year voting. Interestingly, all three of the boys all-Americans will return next year.
Many coaches lament the decline of physical education and physical literacy. Rather than just complain about it, Darren Ritchie has been at the forefront of doing something about it. As head of coach development at Scottish Athletics, he sought to arm coaches with new tools to battle the problem. On this week’s GAINcast Ritchie joins us to discuss how he helped define and build physical competence in Scotland.