GAINcast Episode 158: Characteristics of coaching excellence

When you look at teams that overachieve and out perform, the common denominator is often coaching. Coaching makes a difference. We have seen great coaches, good coaches and indifferent coaches throughout our careers. The great ones share some things in common. On this week’s GAINcast we discuss the common characteristics of coaching excellence. Read more

Gaincast Episode 157: Find the right fit (with John Baumann)

Supporting a track and field team might sound like a simple enough, but when you look a bit closer you see it can often mean helping 100 athletes competing in vastly different sports. John Baumann knows the sport inside and out, having helped develop NCAA champions as both a technical coach and strength coach. He joins this week’s GAINcast to talk about his work as the head strength and conditioning coach for the University of Kansas track and field team, how he learned from his background as a throws coach, and finding the right program for athletes from varied backgrounds and diverse events. Read more

GAINcast Episode 156: Chucking spears (with Steve Backley)

Watch the javelin in full speed and it is a thing of beauty. Watch it in slow motion and it’ll often make you cringe. In order to throw a spear the length of a football field requires athletes to put their body in extreme positions with massive amounts of force transferring through the kinetic chain. Mastering it is hard, staying at the top even harder. Steve Backley was not just one of the best javelin throwers of all time, but sat atop the sport for 15 years. On this episode of the GAINcast, Backley joins us to discuss how he developed in the sport, what creates the perfect throw, and becoming a better competitor. Read more

GAINcast Episode 155: Jump around

Somewhere in the past few decades jumping and hopping became complicated. Simple movements were renamed as plyometrics and hidden behind a veil of science. The effect has been that many coaches are scared away from plyometric training and are losing out on one of the most basic forms of human movement in training. On this episode of the GAINcast, we share our approach to plyometric training and best practices and exercises coaches can implement. Read more

GAINcast Episode 154: GAIN 2019 sneak peak

GAIN 2019 is coming up in June and this week we announced our lineup for this year’s event. With 18 faculty members from a variety of fields and sports, GAIN will be bigger and better than ever. Listen in to this week’s GAINcast for a full sneak peak of the event, including background on all of our presenters and an inside look at their topics. Read more

GAINcast Episode 153: Making shapes (with Tom Barton)

Range of motion is a critical element of movement. If you can’t get into a position, it will be difficult or impossible to incorporate that into a movement. Tom Barton has worked as a physiotherapist with some of the world’s top swimmers. He joins this week’s GAINcast to look at how the brain and body interact to reach positions, training range of motion, and other related topics. Read more

GAINcast Episode 152: The evolution of a coach

Vern is entering his 50th year as a coach. On this episode he looks back at how his coaching has evolved. More specifically, he looks at when he started asking different questions during different stages of his career and how that helped him improve his coaching. Read more

GAINcast Episode 151: Bigger and better goals

The start of the year means new goals and resolutions for athletes and coaches. Unfortunately, many goals are set at the start of the year and quickly forgotten thereafter. On this episode of the GAINcast we talk about not just how to set better goals, but some best practices on how to make the goals reality and achieve them. Read more

GAINcast Episode 150: The state of sport (with Nick Garcia)

Our annual tradition is to start off the year with a combined episode of the HMMR Podcast and GAINcast to discuss the state of training for sports. The whole crew gets together on this episode to talk about some of the issue facing our profession, the recent topics we’ve been studying, and our goals for 2019. Read more

GAINcast Episode 149: Integrated training (with Joe Przytula)

In 35 years of working with one of the largest high schools in the nation, Joe Przytula has had the chance to look at training from different viewpoints: as an athletic trainer, strength coach, and now administrator. He’s also studied sports from different angles. One thing that shows up over and over is that integrated approaches tend to prevail. Przytula joins us on this week’s episode to share talk about his journey and some of the concepts he’s confronting in his daily work. Read more