Tag Archive for: Coaching

Developing athletes

Ever since I started on this journey, first as an athlete and then as a coach, I was fascinated with what it took to develop and nurture the athlete. As a young athlete I saw some athletes develop and thrive and others stagnate and fall by the wayside. Why was this? I noticed that certain schools were always good in selected sports. I noticed that certain coaches, regardless of talent, year in and year out always produced top athletes and teams. Why was that? At that stage of the journey I must admit it was all somewhat mysterious to me, there did not seem to be a method behind what I was observing. I wanted to know why the things that I was seeing were occurring.

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Running mechanics: part 3

To correct running mechanics, use the fault/reason/correction paradigm. First identify the fault in the mechanics. Then find the reason for the flaw and then correct the flaw.

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Lessons from Bondarchuk on culture and communication

Last week the National Post in Canada published an article on how Canada became a hammer-throwing superpower. Canada won both the men’s and women’s world titles in 2023, plus a number of other elite throwers. To be more precise, all that hammer production is coming out of just a small corner of the massvie country. The article itself is a detailed oral history one person who was a catalyst behind the recent dominance: Anatoliy Bondarchuk.

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Running mechanics: part 1

Running is a fundamental locomotor skill. It is a very natural activity. Unfortunately, because of our sedentary lifestyle and activity deprived society this natural skill rapidly erodes in accordance with the law of reversibility. As with any skill if is not used it is quickly lost. Generally, young children run naturally with fundamentally sound running mechanics. We need to ensure that this natural activity is reinforced through activity and play during childhood, so that in adolescence and latter all that is necessary is to reawaken those childhood movement patterns. If the skill has been lost through disuse it is tough to reacquire.

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HMMR Podcast Episode 318: Throwing insights (with Don Babbitt)

It’s been a hell of a year so far in the world of throwing: a world recrod, historic marks, and much more just in the spring. Coach Don Babbitt joins us on this week’s podcast as we look ahead to the US Olympic Trials and then the Paris Olympics. We take a look at insights that can be gained from the biomechanics of Mykolos Alekna, the development of Ethan Katzberg, the comeback of Kara Winger, and much more.

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GAINcast Episode 282: Coaching quality

A lot has been going on in the sporting world this spring, and in our worlds as well. On this week’s GAINcast we discuss a variety of topics including finding and measuring training quality, variability in skill execution, the right role for biomechanics analysis in coaching, and unstructured training.

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HMMR Podcast Episode 317: Q&A

On this week’s episode we dig back into to the listener mailbag. Some of the topics we cover: overcoming competition anxiety, the truth behind range throwing, fixing technique, maintaining physical qualities, our favorite presenters, and even a special story about coaching Jeremy Allen White.

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Sports Science Quarterly – Q2 2024

Every quarter we take a deep dive into the latest research in sports science. In this edition we look at the latest research on talent development environments, deliberate practice, reducing hamstring injuries, developing hardy coaches, and much more.

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HMMR Podcast Episode 316: Individualizing training (with Paul Solberg)

A lot of coaches like to talk about building individualized training plans, but more often that not their athlete’s programs start looking all the same. Paul Solberg is a bit different. He’s coaching some of the world’s top throwers, and they take very different approaches to reach the same goal. He joins us on this week’s podcast to share his process for understanding athletes, tailoring training plan, training intensities, building training blocks, and much more.

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GAINcast Episode 281: Presentation zen (with Garr Reynolds)

Communication is the cornerstone of coaching. Garr Reynold’s best-selling book Presentation Zen explains how to reach the audience through simplicity and storytelling. He joins us on this weeks’ GAINcast to discuss how these lessons can be helpful for coaches as well, including insights on editing, simplicity, material, and methods.

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