The start of the recent women’s World Cup in soccer has turned focus to the rash of ACL injuries in the sport, and the particular impact it has had on female players. On this week’s GAINcast Vern looks at the structure of the knee, risk factors for injuries, and what coaches can do to help reverse trends for women and men.
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It’s the summer time, which means championship season for track and field, and offseason training for many other sports. On this week’s podcast we recap the latest throwing results from the US championships, discuss summer training, and also cover common mistakes when implementing the Bondarchuk method.
We live in the age of polarization. We get into long debates about whether things are black or white, but when it comes to topics like training and motor learning, the reality is often a shade of grey. Professor Kevin Becker is looking to create a conversation beyond dichotomies. On this week’s GAINcast he shares some ideas around motor learning and attentional focus that attempt to color in the areas in between.
The California State Hammer Championships took place over the holiday weekend, with both winners improving their bests. Angela Schykerynec (Orland, CA) notched a new best to win the girl’s competition, while Jake Stafford (Dana Hills, CA) added nearly 10 feet to his best to win the boy’s competition.
Some coaches make training seem complex. Some make it seem oh so simple. And when you play the long game it is. Coach Paddy McGrath has been coaching Rudy Winkler for nearly 15 years. Slow and steady he’s developed into the American record holder and a favorite for the podium at this summer’s World Championships. On this week’s episode he joins us to talk about his approach to training, teaching, and throwing.
This year’s GAIN has come and gone and what an experience it was. On this week’s GAINcast Vern and Martin share the biggest learnings at this year’s GAIN. Plus they discuss in detail the key characteristics of a training system.
Freshman Kim Beard (Kings, Shoreline, WA) and Canadian Jake McEachern (Lloydminster, AB) captured wins at Nike Outdoor Nationals, with Kellen Kimes (Hart, MI) capturing a close battle for second with a new Michigan state record as well.
The nation’s top prep throwers converged on historic Franklin Field for New Balance Nationals. In the girl’s competition Jordan Koskondy (IMG Academy, Bradenton, FL) led from start to finish, including a new personal best in the final round to secure the win. Christian Toro (Lincoln, RI) also used a last round best to move from silver to gold in a close boys competition.
Results from Adidas Outdoor Nationals in North Carolina.
How do you integrate new and beginning athletes into your program? Nick recently presented on this topic at the annual GAIN conference. On this week episode we share some excerpts from his presentation, as well as other highlights from the conference.