Posts

Warming up in a chaotic environment

At the core, the ideas behind a warm up are relatively straightforward and well-understood: increase muscle temperature, increase range of motion, dial in an athlete psychologically, increase heart rate, prepare the joints, ligaments, and tendons for movement and impact, and much more. Together the warm up should prepare the athlete physically and mentally for training and competition. In most sports, the timing and execution of a warm up is simple. But in winter sports, challenges appear all over for something that should be one of the easiest parts of training to implement. Read more

GAINcast Episode 125: Gold medal roundtable

Every June, GAIN brings together world-class practitioners from a variety of sports. In addition to the presentations and practical sessions, this year we had a roundtable discussion on coaching Olympic champions, with panelists from Fiji rugby, snowboard, USA women’s hockey, and USA women’s basketball. We recorded the discussion and are sharing it in its entirety on this week’s GAINcast. Read more

HMMR Podcast Episode 144: Inside the Games (with US Ski & Snowboard)

When you watch the Olympics it is easy to see all see the athlete performances on television. But what we don’t see is the logistical work required to help get the most out of the athletes on the biggest day of their careers. Support teams start planning years in advance to make sure that athletes have optimal lodging, food, and training facilities in their final hours before competition. On this week’s episode we are joined by strength coach Tracy Fober and high performance chef Megan Chacosky from US Ski & Snowboqard to talk about the steps required to bring their high performance support system to PyeongChang, and how to get non-traditional sports to buy into the high performance culture. Read more

It starts and ends with testing

The goal of training is to get better; to choose methods that will transfer to results in your sport. In working with US Ski & Snowboard our staff was responsible for working with 10 different disciplines that had incredibly different physiological demands. Although each one might appear similar as they all take place on snow, when you dig deeper, the needs of each sport have unique differences that must be taken into account in training. Figuring out where those differences are and tailoring the training appropriately can be the difference between being on the podium or not. Read more

HMMR Podcast Episode 125: Integrating Physical Therapy (with Tracy Fober)

Too often in sports the coaches and sports medicine staffs are speaking in different languages. US Ski and Snowboard coach Tracy Fober has tried to bridge that gap. As a strength coach and formally trained physical therapist, she has develop holistic solutions for helping athletes recover from injuries and making them robust enough not to get injured in the first place. On this episode of the podcast she discusses her approach. Read more

Warming up and sleeping right might be more important than your training program

The world of technology and science has had a massive impact on sports performance. Just take one quick look at modern surgical techniques, rehabilitation protocols, testing analysis and training monitoring to see how much things have changed compared to just a decade ago. It is very easy then to get swept up in the tidal wave of amazing tools that are being marketed to the masses as the missing element in a program that will take one’s performance to the next level. Some of these may have merit, but what is disturbing is how often factors that have a much greater influence get lost in that tidal wave. Read more

GAINcast Episode 40: Visiting the USSA Center of Excellence

Last month Vern visited the US Ski and Snowboard Association’s Center of Excellence in Park City, Utah. While there he had a chance to sit down with their performance staff to share experiences, ideas and more. This is the first in a series of episodes from his visit. In this episode Vern has a roundtable chat with coaches Mike Bahn, Tracy Fober, Tschana Schiller and Michael Bingaman. Read more