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What some Universities don’t tell you: An open letter to all Sports Science/S&C students, especially those considering it

Working in elite sport or any sport for that matter is an extremely rewarding career.  I consider myself very fortunate to have the position and experience I hold and consciously appreciate it every single day.  I’m all about pursuing your passion and doing what you love in life.  I understand why it appears so attractive to young individuals/aspiring coaches.  I would like to offer some simple advice and an honest perspective.

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Episode 11: James Baker

James BakerIn this Episode I interviewed James Baker on the back of the awesome Child to Champion conference to share his work with teenage athletes at St Peter’s High School. James gives loads of great insight into their programme especially around common problems with school age pupils and maximizing athlete engagement. (APOLOGIES for the poor sound quality in the 2nd part of the interview, had a bit of wifi trouble.) Then this month I review James Kerr’s Legacy and round up loads of jobs and online resources that are available at the moment.

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Adaptability part 1: The Coach

One of the greatest things I think I’ve learnt from working in Alpine skiing is the importance of adaptability.  Or even what it really means to be adaptable.  I can’t say that this has been the easiest of lessons for someone who likes structure, processes and effective organisation; for most of my experiences have been gained from sports with regular schedules that rarely change and work towards fixed events that aren’t likely to change (Rugby and Diving).  So what does it really mean to be adaptable and why is it so important?  Well hopefully I can illustrate that through a few short stories of my own experiences.  For the sake of making this easier to read (and write!), I’m going to break this down and publish it in two parts.

Part 1: Adapting to the coach

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Podcast Feedback

WCC podcastThis is an open letter to everyone who’s been listening to The World-Class Coaching Podcast.
So far I’ve had some great feedback, some helpful constructive criticism and one fairly amusing troll on YouTube (I know who you are!).

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Episode 8: Tim Pelot

Tim PelotTim Pelot is a Senior Physiologist/S&C Coach for the US Olympic Committee. In what I personally found a really interesting interview, Tim exposes how little I know about volleyball and gives fantastic insight into the US Olympic volleyball programme, including how this might differ between positions and between beach vs indoor versions of the sport. We also delved further into the growth mindset concept and I hope you enjoy this episode as much as I did. In the later sections I review Jon Gordon’s The Energy Bus and round up current job opportunities.

 

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Episode 7: Michael Main

Michael MainMichael Main leads the S&C programme for Sri Lanka Cricket. In this episode Michael delves into his philosophies on S&C in Cricket and how working with the Sri Lankan national team has been a completely different challenge to when he lead the S&C programme for Hampshire cricket. He also discusses how he applies some of Frans Bosch’s methods into his programme. Then I’ve reviewed the work of Carol Dweck in her book “Mindset” and in a slightly different trend to normal, give my go-to sources for all job and internship opportunities.

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Episode 6: Pete McKnight

Pete McKnightPete McKnight is now Director of sport science and coaching for HINTSA Performance, as well as chairman of the UKSCA. Pete discusses how he’s enjoying his new role, what this involves on a daily basis and we get to have a good discussion about S&C in Alpine Skiing, cultural challenges, logistical challenges, his approach to strength training through the winter as well as ACL risk in skiing and what that means for the S&C coach. Later on I discuss a really interesting TED Talk from Amy Cuddy and as always round up CPD & job opportunities.

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Episode 5: Alex Wolf

Alex WolfAlex Wolf: Head of S&C for the EIS.  There is so much valuable content in this episode for all S&C coaches I can’t recommend it enough!  Alex talks about how his philosophies have evolved over the years and how the structure of the EIS has evolved.  He talks about his most valuable lessons from leading the S&C for British Rowing as well as discussing his problem-solving framework, which he unfortunately couldn’t present at this year’s UKSCA conference.  He also talks about what he and the EIS look for when they hire S&C coaches.  Later on I review a great article by John Kiely on periodization and as always round up available jobs and CPD.

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Episode 4: Rich Blagrove

Rich BlagroveRich Blagrove, Leader of the Undergraduate programme in Strength & Conditioning Science at St Mary’s University, discusses strength training for endurance running as well as considerations for concurrent training methods in all sports and some of his latest research. I also review David Epstein’s brilliant book The Sports Gene and give a heads up to various CPD, intern and job opportunities that are out there at the moment. Continue reading

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If you want to be a top level S&C Coach, you need to act now!

I’m publishing this week’s post a little early due to some fast approaching deadlines!  I promise next week’s article will contain a discussion on practical application of S&C in high performance sport.  As we’re already half way through February, this post serves as a reminder of the article I wrote a few weeks ago on the importance of EXPERIENCE and to say that NOW really is the time to get applying for internships and work experience!  Most internships in the UK aren’t advertised because they get so many applicants anyway.  I know professional football and rugby clubs will already be thinking about next season.  Before I give a few more tips to help you with your applications, I want to highlight a few more upcoming opportunities that will really aid your development.

 

These are the last few days to sign up for Brendan Chaplin’s Online Strength & Conditioning Conference in May at the discounted price.  I honestly believe this is one of the best learning opportunities of the year for anyone who works in sport or is interested in health & fitness.  The best thing about this conference is that you can access it anywhere in the world and even if you’re busy at the time, you receive a copy of all the presentations to keep and watch whenever you want.  Last year I was away in Cape Town, but still managed to participate in online discussions during some presentations and watched the rest when I returned to the UK.  The fact that this conference is online also means that you get a huge line up of awesome coaches presenting at extremely great value for money.  I’ve put a list of the presenters and their presentations at the bottom of this article and you can click on the picture above for a link to sign up now.  I shouldn’t have to say much more, the content sells itself.

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