GAINtalk 2: Assessing trainability (with Randy Ballard)

In this 46 minute lesson, athletic trainer Randy Ballard explains and demonstrates his approach to assessing trainability. As the Associate Athletic Director for Sports Medicine at the University of Illinois, he has developed a program to assess incoming athletes and assist coaches in meeting their needs going forward. In addition to a discussion of the approach, this video also includes practical demonstrations of the assessment and case studies filmed at the annual GAIN conference.

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Topics Covered

The approach

22 minutes

  • Underlying philosophy
  • Practical tips for implementing trainability assessment
Practical demonstration

9 minutes

  • Demonstration of five movement tests
Case studies

16 minutes

  • Interpreting athlete results
  • Examples of making the test more sport-specific

About GAIN

GAIN is a coaching network offering coaches a community to grow, and annual events to learn and network. The annual flagship GAIN event takes place in June with details announced in December. The week-long event brings together top coaches from around the world to share best practices on athletic development, sports medicine, the art of coaching, and more.

GAIN also helps produce the GAINcast podcast where coaches can listen weekly for new coaching tips. In addition, other GAIN events are hosted throughout the year and members get access to the below video and hundreds more on the GAIN website.


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