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Four Laws for Life and Training

On last week’s GAINcast Vern and I discussed the importance of connections in training. When it comes down to it, performance is about making connections. At one level it is about connecting muscles and joints to move together with optimal coordination. At another level it is about connecting ideas from different disciplines to find the best way to guide your athlete. At both levels we can learn a lot by looking at the field of ecology. Ecology, by its very nature, is a discipline devoted to connections: it is a branch of biology that deals with the relations of organisms to one another and to their physical surroundings. Barry Commoner was a leading ecologist and his 1971 book The Closing Circle was pivotal in helping bring about the modern environmental movement. Whether you are a tree hugger or not, in reading through his work you cannot help but see that much of it can be applied 1:1 in sport. Read more

Athletics and the Law

As some you might know, my life as a coach is more or less a very very time consuming hobby. I make my living as a lawyer. Thankfully for you readers I don’t devote many posts to topics like the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act or Qualified Intermediary rules. But over the last few weeks several legal topics have come up in track and field and it gives me a chance to combine the two topics. While well outside my area of expertise, the House of Run Podcast invited me on this week’s episode to take a quick look at four legal topics that have arisen recently: Read more