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Sports Science Monthly – October 2021

Every month we take a deep dive into the latest research in sports science. Continuing on from this site’s analysis of the Tokyo Olympics, our first research summary looks at sprint pacing strategies and distribution of effort across the rounds of championship. We then continue to look at new research on creating a high performance environment, mental health in elite coaches, the effectiveness of mentors, and much more.

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GAINcast Episode 218: The fundamentals (with Ron Adams)

The NBA game has changed drastically over the last few decades. At age 73, Ron Adams is the old guard in the new world trying to adapt classic fundamentals to the evolving game. On this week’s GAINcast he joins us to talk about fundamentals, coaching, NBA trends, and more.

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GAINcast Episode 215: Peanut (with Kristen Gambetta Anderson)

We’re changing things up on this week’s episode. Rather than sharing a coaching perspective, we’re looking at sport through the eyes of a former athlete, sports businesswoman, and daughter . . . not just any daughter, Vern’s daughter. Kristen Gambetta Anderson joins this week’s podcast to discuss her own under rated path through sport, her work in sports business, and provides a new perspective on Vern as a coach and father.

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GAINcast Episode 214: The good coach

We all talk about good coaching and see to know it when we see it, but often we are lost for words when asked to describe it. On this week’s GAINcast we dive into coaching excellence by defining it, sharing examples from our own experiences, exploring how coaches get better, and looking at how different components contribute to success.

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HMMR Podcast Episode 242: The influencers

Creating your own program takes a lot of leg work. It isn’t just about adapting a template to your situation; it is about seeking out influences and inspiration from numerous sources and making them your own. On this week’s episode we dive into the program at Notre Dame High School by analyzing some of the foundational influences and how they have been adapted, as well as important elements done on the periphery.

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Coaching Excellence – Part Three

Good coaches have mentors and role models. My first mentor and role was my high school basketball coach. He was the most influential person in my life up to that time aside from my parents. He taught me the value of structure and self-discipline. He also instilled in my teammates and me that it is was more than the ninety minutes of practice that made you better it was lifestyle. He did not call it the twenty-four hour athlete but that was what he was teaching us. It was a total commitment to the pursuit of excellence. Read more

HMMR Podcast Episode 52: Finding a Mentor

The most effective coaches development tool is finding a good mentor. Both Nick and I have had their careers shaped by some of the world’s best mentors. On this episode we share our experiences finding and working with mentors, discuss what makes a good mentor, and provide advice on how to seek out and work with mentors on your own. Read more

Words of Wisdom, Volume 3

There has been lots of good material online over the last month about training. Below are some excepts from my notebook with some of the quotes and articles I found most insightful.
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Reinventing the Wheel

It just amazes me to see how every generation of young coaches have to reinvent the wheel. No need. Connect with people who have been there before and the journey is much easier and direct. Read more

Words of Wisdom, Volume 2

Last week I started sharing some of the best training material I’ve run across online recently. Due to the great response, I’ve pulled out a few more quotes and words of wisdom from my June journal.
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