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Training, Fast and Slow

Earlier this month I wrote about how the universality of fartleks. The concept comes from the world or running, but I outlined how one could implement such speed play in throwing. This isn’t just a concept that sounds fun and cool; it also has some science to back it up and can be applied in preparation for any number of sports. Read more

GAINcast Episode 62: Player Evaluations

With drafts for many professional sports taking place in the coming months for professional sports leagues in North America, it is a good time to take a look at how we evaluate players. Effectively evaluating a player is about more than measuring their performance, it is about learning about them from every angle and getting input from the entire coaching staff. On this week’s episode we discuss best practices in player evaluations. Read more

What if the evidence is flawed?

There is a stampede toward evidence based practice in medicine and sport science, but as I take a step back and look at this I have some very profound concerns. The biggest concern is what if the evidence is flawed? I encourage you to read the article “Why Most Published Research Findings Are False” by John P. A. Ioannidis. It is the most downloaded technical paper from the journal PLoS Medicine. Read more

GAINcast Episode 61: The Future of Periodization (with John Kiely)

John Kiely is one of the leading minds in periodization. By taking a critical look at current approaches to periodization, he is asking how we can move the field forward to keep up with what science and leading coaches have learned. On this episode he joins us to discuss how current models can be problematic, what other factors coaches need to take into account while planning, the role of stress and team culture in adaptation, and how technology can help coaches. Read more

Sports Science Monthly – April 2017

Welcome back to another edition of the monthly round up of sports science research. This month we have a look at a program for preventing hamstring injuries in sprinters, a bit on running economy, beta-alanine, blood flow restricted training, vitamin D, and the All Blacks Rugby Team. Enjoy! Read more

GAINCast Episode 60: It’s Not That Complicated

At the end of day, training comes down to a few core principles. Yet the complexity of the human body often cause us to lose focus of this and make training more complex than it needs to be in many cases. On this episode of the GAINcast we discuss the need to keep things simple and how to keep things simple. Read more

Mental Toughness?

I abhor the term “mental toughness” and all the implications and baggage that comes with it. It is not part of my coaching vocabulary or practice. I want to help my athletes be mentally strong and understand why they are doing what they are doing. There are tough workouts and there are easy workouts all directed toward one goal: preparing a robust adaptable athlete who is ready to thrive in the competitive arena. That requires mindful highly focused training that is done with intent and purpose. Read more

How Your Emotional State Can Be More Powerful Than Your Rep Scheme

Next month I will be hosting a seminar in London with John Kiely on periodisation and planning. The key theme underlying the seminar is that current periodisation models are based on outdated or nonexistant science. The scientific understanding of stress and adaptation, for example, have changed a lot the past century, but periodisation has not changed with them. In our seminar we will discuss this new understanding, what it means to coaches, and how it affects the planning process with examples of effective solutions. Read more

GAINcast Episode 59: Take It to the Limit (with Dr. Michael Joyner)

How far can we take the human body? Can we break two hours in the marathon? Or will Usain Bolt’s records ever fall? Dr. Michael Joyner of the Mayo Clinic has spent his career asking that very question. On this week’s episode of the GAINcast, Dr. Joyner joins us to discuss the limits of human performance, what training and sports science need to improve upon to take us there, and more. Read more

HMMR Podcast Episode 96: Complex Problems, Simple Solutions (with Nick Lumley)

Sometimes complex problems demand simple solutions. Scottish Rugby strength and conditioning coach Nick Lumley has learned this lessons first hand. Whether it comes to periodization or monitoring, he has been asked to accomplish a lot with little resources for the Scottish 7s team. And he has found solutions that worked, helping lead the team to their first ever title on the World Sevens Series last year. On this episode we talk about some of the simple solutions Lumley has used to solve complex problems. Read more