GAINcast Episode 274: Lessons learned

We take a look at some current events and current happenings in our own training to reflect on some lessons learned on this week’s GAINcast. To start with we debrief the USWNT’s disappointing performance at the World Cup, before sharing lessons on how to best draw parallels from past experiences to working with new sports, including some examples from new sports we’ve been introduced to in the last year.

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Related resources

The following links were referenced in the podcast or provide some additional reading material on the topic:

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  • GAIN Swimming will also take place from September 15 to 17. You can learn more here.
  • On the last episode, we discussed another topic relating to the women’s World Cup: ACL injuries.
  • View our resource hub on field sports for more about preparing and coaching sports like soccer, rugby, and more.

Key quotes and topics

  • 1:00 – Introduction
  • 2:15 – Women’s World Cup debrief: “Never take a player to an international tournament that can’t play 90 minutes.”
  • 5:45 – The changing global soccer landscape: “Athleticism is no longer enough.”
  • 7:00 – New pathways and talent development
  • 12:15 – Preparing for global parity
  • 14:30 – Development program
  • 16:45 – Learning from parallel sports: “Small factors matter even more in the quote, unquote, simple sports.”
  • 25:00 – Lessons from indoor and outdoor volleyball: “So can use similar sports as a kind of a template, but then I think you also have to do trial and error to see where are those differences?”

Complete transcript

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