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No app for that

There is no app that will magically teach you to be a better coach. Becoming a better coach is a process. It requires daily investment in time and effort to achieve mastery of the skills necessary. Coaching is a people profession – it is not high tech; it is high touch. Technology and science should inform what we do, not drive what we do as coaches.

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Reflections and recollections

If you are interested in the genesis and evolution of my ideas and concepts over the last 53 years, please take the opportunity to access my keynote address for the Annual Sports Biometrics Conference from last month. The title of the presentation is: Chalkboard to Virtual Reality–Reflections & Recollections. You can watch it below.

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FOMO

I think of late I am suffering from a severe case of FOMO (Fear of Missing Out). I am seeing all this stuff that looks really cool. I read and listen to the claims and I am in awe. Then I take a step back and let my experiences give me a perspective.

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November 2020 in review: technology and sport

The site theme in November was technology and sport. Throughout the month we put together 5 new articles and 3 new podcasts from 7 contributors about how to effectively integrate technology into training. You’ll find all the links below, as well as highlights from our archive on the topic.
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Using technology to integrate testing, training, and teaching

As technology has become commonplace in training, more and more coaches understand how to use technology. But getting the most out of any technology requires more than that. It requires seamless integration with training. Dean Benton is a master of integrating technology in the training process. As our site theme this month is technology and sport, it is only appropriate to get the master’s take on how to combine the two. Read more

HMMR Podcast Episode 236: Rethinking VBT (with Wil Fleming)

Velocity-based training has been gaining traction over the last few years as the technology becomes more affordable. Many of the resources out there, however, keep discussing the same old approaches to VBT. Weightlifting coach Wil Fleming just published a new book on VBT based on his experience using it in a sport that is based around the barbell. On this week’s podcast we discuss some of the methods he has tried out and how they can be adapted to other sports. Read more

Navigating the technology paradox in sport

Technology is a good thing, right? When we evaluate technology we tend to focus on the benefits: what it can add. But the paradox of technology is that it often has hidden costs we do not see up front. Determining whether technology is good or not can be harder than it looks. Read more

GAINcast Episode 202: Technology in sport

Technology has changed the world and sport over the last few decades. It has helped sport make substantial progress in some areas, but also failed to live up to the hype in others. On this week’s episode we talk about how technology can best support coaching, and share examples of how to evaluate technology, best practices in using it, and more. Read more

GAINcast Episode 192: Monitoring (with Aaron Coutts and Franco Impellizzeri)

Despite recent investments into monitoring at all levels of sports, the injury reductions and performance improvements promised have failed to materialize. Why is that? On this episode of the GAINcast Aaron Coutts and Franco Impellizzeri from the University of Technology Sydney dive into all aspects of the science of monitoring: why we monitor, technology, loading, metrics, fatigue, overtraining, subjective measures, planning, and more. Read more

HMMR Podcast Episode 221: Velocity vs. load (with Simon Overkamp)

For all the talk about velocity-based training, in many cases the programs don’t look that different than load-based programs in the end. Maybe a few kilos there or a bit more intent there. Does those differences matter? Simon Overkamp works with the top throwers and handball players in Germany and he joins us this week to take a look at some of the research he is doing on the topic and his best practices for velocity-based training. Read more