GAINcast Episode 40: Visiting the USSA Center of Excellence

Last month Vern visited the US Ski and Snowboard Association’s Center of Excellence in Park City, Utah. While there he had a chance to sit down with their performance staff to share experiences, ideas and more. This is the first in a series of episodes from his visit. In this episode Vern has a roundtable chat with coaches Mike Bahn, Tracy Fober, Tschana Schiller and Michael Bingaman. Read more

GAINcast Episode 39: Teaching Speed

Knowing about speed is one thing, but teaching it is something else. This is where the art of coaching comes into play. On this week’s episode Vern walks us through what he would do on the first day of speed training with a new group of athletes. It’s a great look into the mind of a coach to see how they put together their session and why. Read more

GAINcast Episode 38: The 24-Hour Athlete

Focusing on the two hours a day an athlete trains misses out on the vast majority of what is going on in an athletes life. The other 22 hours a day in many cases are more important. Lifestyle can have both positive and negative effects on performance and to reach the top you truly need to be a 24-hour athlete. On this week’s episode Vern talks about how lifestyle can affect performance both positively and negatively. Read more

GAINcast Episode 37: Physical Education (with Greg Thompson)

Everyone laments about the current state of physical education, but what are we to do about it? GAIN faculty member Greg Thompson has put it upon himself to find a solution. As a USSF A-License coach and a primary school physical education teacher, he joins us on this week’s episode to discuss his methods for building athletes from the ground up in schools. Read more

GAINcast Episode 36: Physical Literacy

Learning to move is a lot like learning to read and write: you cannot write a novel without first learning the ABCs and how to string them together into words, sentences, and paragraphs. On this week’s episode Vern discusses physical literacy and how it fits into athletic development. Read more

GAINcast Episode 35: The Art and Science of Coaching Baseball (with Paul Davis)

Baseball is a sport that oscillates between tradition and modern analytics. Coaches like Paul Davis of the St. Louis Cardinals try to find a balance in the middle. As a developmental pitching coordinator and coach he has to understand the science of movement and the art of coaching. On this episode Davis joins us to walk through his approach to developing pitchers as athletes. Read more

GAINcast Episode 34: Live from Glasgow

Two weeks ago Vern and I got the opportunity to present at the Scottish Athletics annual coaching conference. At the end of the seminar we got that chance to pose some questions to all the presenters at a roundtable session. We recorded that discussion and present it as this week’s episode. Read more

GAINcast Episode 33: Connections

Connections are all around us in sport, but we often overlook them. Muscles connect, movements connect, athletes connect, coaches connect, disciplines connect, sports connect, and so on. On this episode of the GAINcast Vern discusses what role these connections play and how we as coaches can enhance connections. Read more

GAINcast Episode 32: Reflections

This past weekend both Vern and Martin presented at Scottish Athletics National Coaching Conference in Glasgow. During the seminar they took a few minutes away to share some instant impressions on the seminars they had heard so far, including topics like distance training, youth athletic development, and more. Read more

GAINcast Episode 31: Optimizing Your Workout

Earlier this summer we looked at winning the workout, and on this week’s episode we dive deeper into the topic by providing specific ideas and tips on how to optimize your workout to get the most out of each session in terms of structure, organization, athlete buy in, and more. Read more