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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GAINcast Episode 278: The New Year’s roundtable

To kick of 2024 we’re putting together a spectacular roundtable featuring guests Dr. Michael Joyner, Grace Golden, and Randy Ballard. We take a look back at trends from 2023, as well as what we see ahead in 2024. In addition we dive into the value of tribes, rethinking monitoring, soft skills, and much more to kick off the year.

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GAINcast Episode 277: Books, travels, and Olympic preparations

On this week’s GAINcast Vern shares his top 6 books of 2023, key insights after recent travels to Europe and Australia, plus thoughts as we look ahead at preparing for the 2024 Olympics.

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GAINcast Episode 276: Thoughts on strength

A recent interview on HMMR Media shared some of the weight room numbers of the hammer throw world champion. After hearing them, everyone asked: how can a champion be so weak? Strength is complex. Strength is contextual. On this week’s podcast we share some ideas about the role of strength in athletic performance, transfer of strength, training strength, and much more.

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GAINcast Episode 275: Championship behaviors (with Hugh McCutcheon)

Championship results require championship behaviors from both athletes and coaches. Having guided multiple men’s and women’s teams at the highest levels, volleyball coach Hugh McCutcheon knows a thing or two about what championships behaviors are. On this week’s GAINcast he joins us to share his input on finding intention, putting skill acquisition into practice, coaching, and more.

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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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GAINcast Episode 273: The ACL

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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GAINcast Episode 272: Beyond dichotomies (with Kevin Becker)

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.

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GAINcast Episode 271: Lessons from GAIN

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.

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GAINcast Episode 270: Competition skills

Just like other parts of sport, competing is a skill that can be trained. On this week’s GAINcast we explore what makes up the skill of competing and how to best train it. In addition we discuss the winning difference, creativity, and more.

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