We are entering uncharted territory for coaches. The current pandemic as turned our life, our cities, our culture, and our teams into chaos. Sport will always play a back seat to the greater society, but coaches can still be more important than ever in these difficult times. For athletes, some sort of activity can help keep their minds off all the stress around them. On this week’s podcast we invite some coaches from our team of contributors to share how they are managing their team and specific training methods they are turning to.
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When Melbourne Storm director of performance Lachlan Penfold came on the show in 2018, we focused solely on his coaching journey that has led him through the NBA, NRL, AFL, Super Rugby, Rugby 7s, Olympic softball, javelin, baseball, and much more. On this week’s GAINcast we have him back on to dig deeper into his approach to training team sport athletes, including his thoughts on workload, speed, monitoring, testing, injuries, and more.
Whether you are building or rebuilding an athlete, you have to start from the ground up. Begin with what they can do and build upon it until you get them doing the things fundamental for their sport. Matt Siniscalchi has worked at all levels of the sport, from youth football academy players, to his current role helping world champions back from injury. The challenges are always changing, but the philosophy remains the same. On this week’s podcast Siniscalchi joins us to discuss this philosophy, and dive in detail into progressions and strength training for athletes recovering from injury.
National leader Monique Hardy (Webster Thomas, Webster, NY) easily captured the New York state title on Saturday in a stacked girl’s competition. Three of the nation’s top five were competing and three girls broke 55 feet in the competition. Some big personal bests highlighted the boy’s competition. Nick Pisciotta (Commack, NY) hit 75 feet for the first time to win, and Jayden DuBard (Cheektowaga, NY) added more than four feet to his best for silver.
Senior Henry Zimmerman (New Albany, OH) added nearly four feet to his personal best and challenged the state meet record en route to dominating the Ohio State Championships on Saturday. Zimmerman won the Division I competition by nearly ten feet, while Emma Kowalski (Hilliard Darby, Hilliard, OH) improved her best to win the girl’s title. The Division II/III competition also had some fine results, with Ella Rige (Leipsic, OH) and Tyler Arbaugh (Van Buren, OH) coming out on top.
Rhode Island state leaders Cheyenne Figueroa (Classical, Providence, RI) and Kyle Moison (Lincoln, RI) both took home another win at this year’s Weightarama meet on Tuesday. Moison and Logan Coles (Woonsocket, RI) also made their season debut with the heavier 35-pound weight and notched big improvements compared to the 2019 season. Coles came out on top with a mark that now ranks him second in the nation with the implement.
American football is a bastion of tradition. In some areas, such as strength and conditioning, that can hold the sport back. Many coaches, however, are working to change the traditions and they start out by asking simple questions all over again like how do we make our players better? On this week’s GAINcast, Matt Rhea explains how the forward-thinking setup he installed at Indiana University helped turn their program around using a practical data-driven approach.
Throughout February we took a look at skill acquisition, motor learning, and teaching technique. Below you’ll find all of our new content on the topic, including highlights from our archive that give some more insight on the area.
Logan Coles (Woonsocket, RI) and Kyle Moison (Lincoln, RI) continued their back-and-forth battle at the New England Weight Throw Championships on Wednesday. Moison took home the win with a personal best at the Rhode Island State Championships earlier this month and led through the start of the competition on Wednesday as well. But a final round improvement by Coles secured the win and came within an inch of his personal best. In the girl’s competition Cheyenne Figueroa (Classical, Providence, RI) broke the 12 year old meet record and came within three inches of her personal best.
National leader Trey Knight (Ridgefield, WA) once again broke 80 feet on Saturday, but it was Jayden White (Everett, WA) who stole the show at Saturday’s UW High School Invitational in Seattle. The senior continues to impress in his first season throwing the weight. He added another three feet to his personal best in the competition. Ava David (Lake Oswego, OR) was close to her personal best in winning the girl’s competition.