GAINcast Episode 279: Athlete profiling (with Jason Hettler)

What sport you play is different than how you play that sport. In the game of tennis, for example, vastly different styles of play emerge, which require a different approach to preapre for. On this week’s GAINcast Jason Hettler of IMG Academy Tennis explains their process of profiling athletes, matching to game style, and individualizing training.

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Jason Hettler is the head of strength and conditioning at IMG Academy Tennis. Prior to that he also assisted other sports within the IMG Academy and worked for several years as both a strength coach and educator at Altis.

Related resources

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

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  • You can learn more about Hettler on his webpage or follow him on Instagram (@jhettler24).
  • Gareth Sandford has also shared some great examples of the athlete profiling for tennis on Instagram here and here.
  • To develop the athlete profiling system, Hettler worked together with Johnny Parkes, Joe Eisenmann, and Gareth Sandford. All have been previous guests. Parkes was on GAINcast 171 and HMMR Podcast 227 and also is a contributing writer on this site. Eisenmann was on GAINcast 264. Sandford was on GAINcast 203.
  • Hettler’s former colleagues at Altis have also been on the HMMR Podcast previously. Stuart McMillan was on HMMR Podcast 202 and Dan Pfaff was on on HMMR Podcast 59 as well as two written interviews here and here.

Key quotes and topics

  • 0:00 – Introduction
  • 3:45 – Hettler’s background
  • 8:30 – Lessons on performance integration in track and field
  • 12:30 – Setting up a performance model
  • 18:30 – Profiling
  • 23:00 – Training strengths vs. weaknesses
  • 26:00 – Profiling at different ages and in individualization in a larger group
  • 30:00 – Calculating speed reserve ratio and other testing
  • 37:30 – The role of S&C coaches at tournaments

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