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.
Regardless of it’s nature, every session will start with some form of warm up. I thought this would be a great place to start discussion and set a few exercises that will push the practical application of your knowledge. I would first like to say that I’ve had some really great and appreciative feedback from writing this blog. I’m extremely grateful for your comments and happy to be helping so many aspiring coaches. I’m sorry I haven’t managed to post for a couple of weeks, life and work got in the way a little. Before you get stuck into the tasks and discussion in this article, start by enjoying this extremely confident display from Michelle Jenneke as she prepares to compete:
As I mentioned in my introductory article, this thread is not designed to discuss the science but rather the practical application of your knowledge and challenge your thought process as a coach. Whilst I firmly believe you should have a solid understanding of the scientific evidence upon which we base our training principals, there are texts books and University degrees that can teach you in a lot more depth than one article on my blog. That being said, I remember when I first started out, it was one thing knowing the science and another thing entirely being able to put my knowledge into clear words when in an interview situation or even general conversation with more experienced coaches who I respected and looked up to. So the first exercise is to help you with this:
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.
I’ve had this idea for over a year now and it’s about time I made it a reality. Originally I was going to build a website specifically for the task, but as its not as important as my paid job and my workload is forever increasing, in the words of Seth Godin I just need to get on and “ship”.