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GAINcast Episode 130: The playmaker’s advantage (with Len Zaichkowsky and Daniel Peterson)

The definition of a playmaker is a bit elusive: it combines having the right mindset, anticipation, perception, and decision-making skills. In their new book The Playmaker’s Advantage: How to Raise Your Mental Game to the Next Level, Len Zaichkowsky and Daniel Peterson take a look at what the science says and how coaches can help their athletes improve in this area. On this episode of the podcast, the authors join us for a chat on what they learned writing the book, and how it can be applied in practice. Read more

GAINcast Episode 63: Supporting Champions (with Steve Ingham)

Modern sports have a team of coaches behind each athlete. The support staff can add value to a team, but they can also detract from the team if not properly integrated. Physiologist Steve Ingham has served in a variety of senior national roles in the UK. Throughout a career of assisting world-class athletes he has learned how to build a performance team and how support coaches can best support athletes. On this week’s episode we discuss some lessons Ingham has learned in this area. Read more

GAINcast Episode 14: Difference Makers

Every coach searches for the difference makers; the things that mean the difference between wins and losses, between championships and relegation. On this week’s episode Vern talks about the most important difference makers he has found over his career.

This Episode’s Question: What are the real difference makers in training?

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GAINcast Episode 12: Innovation

In taking a page from the Silicon Valley playbook, sports performances teams worldwide are in search of the next way to innovate and disrupt their field. But when you look at the results in most cases people overthink innovation. This week’s episode looks at how coaches can implement the right change in their organization to bring about real improvements.

This Episode’s Question: How can coaches best implement innovation and change?

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What is High Performance?

Everywhere I turn I see programs labeled high performance. Most of what I have seen of these programs is far from high performance. High performance is more than a name or label it implies working at the tip of the development pyramid, the best of the best and figuring out what you have to do to make them better. Read more