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.
Entries by Martin Bingisser
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.
After every season, Nick and I informally look back on how training has gone, what went went well, and what didn’t. In this year’s debrief we look at changes to our warm ups, integrating specific strength, better implementing the Bondarchuk system, lessons on remote coaching, and more.
Strength and conditioning coaches normally understand what the S stands for in S&C. But how do you define the C? In August we put together a variety of resources, including 2 new video lessons, 3 new podcast episodes, and 4 detailed training articles. Below you’ll find links to all our new resources and some highlights from our archives on the topic. As always, become a Plus Member to make sure you get access to all of the vast resources on the site.
Baseball has become a faster and more athletic game recently, in large part due to advances in training. Ron Wolforth set up the Texas Baseball Ranch 16 years ago and has been pumping out elite pitchers ever since. The key isn’t in their program, but in the process that helps assess and find the performance pathway for each athlete. On this week’s GAINcast he joins us to discuss his approach to player assessment, training, and specific methodologies.
Healing an injury is only one step in the complex process to return an injured athlete to the field. Being on the sidelines can have a large impact on the physical and psychological condition of an athlete, which also needs to be addressed in the return to play process. In other words, we need to recondition the athlete. Physiotherapist, athletic development coach, and footballer Leigh Egger joins this week’s podcast to talk about the process of reconditioning and helping injured athletes.
Everybody trains and everybody trains hard. So what separates the good from the great? How they use their time and energy in training. The best coaches and athletes have a relentless focus on learning and getting better. On this week’s GAINcast we dive into some thoughts on getting better, including some practical examples of how to put learning processes into practice.
One of the constant struggles we have in Switzerland is keeping athletes involved in the sport after they retire. If you look at the all-time list in the hammer throw, only two of the top 25 throwers (myself included) are actively coaching. A few others coached briefly, but for the most part once athletes retire we will never see them again.
When we think about conditioning, one time of year comes to mind: the preseason. As the season ends, the next year inevitably starts with a rest phase, followed by rigorous preseason training. As many sports are about to head into their training camps for the fall season, it is time to rethink our approach to the preseason.
Athletes are reporting to training camp in many sports right now and that often means one thing: grueling fitness tests to check an athlete’s shape. But the testing is getting out of hand. On this episode of the GAINcast we take a close look at fitness and performance testing, with examples of how to do it right and wrong.