Episodes

  • Nicolai Morris is a strength and conditioning coach with Men and Women's Hockey at the New South Wales Institute of Sport. Nicolai also works with Tokyo Olympic Silver Medalist High Jumper Nicola McDermott. Previously, Nicolai worked as an S&C specialist with High Performance Sport New Zealand as the lead of the New Zealand women's hockey team, and with the New Zealand Rowing in the elite and U23/Junior pathways. She also worked as the Head strength and conditioning coach for the Australian Beach Handball team, Sydney Uni and the NSW Women’s State of Origin team. Nicolai is a ASCA Level 2, Pro-Scheme Elite coach, and holds a Masters in Strength and Conditioning with over a decade of coaching experience.

    In this episode Nicolai discusses:

    Her entry into swimming due to severe asthma and her first experience of S&C. Exposure to different activities and coaching men's gymnastics. How this skillset has helped her coaching with different sports from Rugby to High Jump. Some useful starting points for those wanting to integrate gymnastic activities. Red Flags to look out for with athletes. A unique case study using gymnastics with Tokyo Silver Medallist in High Jump, Nicola McDermott

    You can follow Nicolai's work via Instagram: @nicolai_morris and Twitter: @nicolai_morris .

    To learn more about the LTAD Network check out www.ltadnetwork.com or follow on Instagram: @ltadnetwork or Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ltadnetwork .

    You can keep up to date with Athletic Evolution via our www.athleticevolution.co.uk , Instagram: @athleticevouk and Twitter: @athleticevouk .

  • Jake is a strength and conditioning coach and applied sports scientist. He has extensive experience within academy, team and individual sport settings and has worked with athletes, male and female, both developing and elite. Jake has enjoyed a varied career which has afforded him opportunities to live and work interstate and internationally, having benefitted in learning from a range of people, across cultures and disciplines in sport.  Jake moved to Bendigo, VIC in 2019 to undertake an industry PhD role with the Bendigo Pioneers NAB League sides and La Trobe University where he is investigating the match-play demands of elite-junior and senior Australian Rules football, and characteristics associated with draft success. Jake has held youth development roles that he believes either suit, or challenge traditional LTAD models, providing him with a unique ability to blend an approach and drive performance.

    In this episode Jake discusses:

    An overview of AFL for the uninitiated. His data collection across AFL and Junior competition and some novel metrics he is investigating. How the training and match demands between Junior and Senior AFL compare. How these metrics may relate to success in the AFL draft. How much training volume is really necessary? Should we spend more time on skill development vs physical development? Breaking down GPS data to identify the what, where and when peak running demands occur. Prescribing training drills and activities based on peak demands.

    You can follow Jake's work on Twitter via: @jake_jennings1 and via his LinkedIn page.

    To learn more about the LTAD Network check out www.ltadnetwork.com or follow on Instagram: @ltadnetwork or Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ltadnetwork .

    You can keep up to date with Athletic Evolution via our www.athleticevolution.co.uk , Instagram: @athleticevouk and Twitter: @athleticevouk .

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  • Lachlan Wilmot has been working in the fitness industry going on 17 years, working with both the general population and elite level athletes. After completing a Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science, Lachlan continued his education, completing his Honours thesis in Sports Science. Lachlan spent 8 years as the Senior Athletic Performance Coach specialising in strength and power at the GWS Giants AFL Club based in Sydney, after previous involvement with the AIS-AFL Academy and NSW/ACT AFL Academy. Lachlan then moved across to the Parramatta Eels NRL Club to take on the role of High-Performance Manager. After 2 seasons at the club he made the decision to transition into his private company Athletes Authority. Lachlan is currently the Director of Coaching and Performance at Athletes Authority in Sydney, a company that specialises in athlete development and coach education. Lachlan also currently sits on the board of directors for the Australian Strength and Conditioning Association.

    In this episode Lachlan discusses:

    His very unique job interview for the GWS Giants role. His Presuasion, Persuasion and Prosuasion model for networking and building your career. How they built Athlete's Authority. An overview of the oustanding facility and services they offer. Why individualised programming may not be as beneficial as we think. How connection and community is at the heart of what they do. Why the discriminate on an athlete's attitude rather than performance level.

    You can follow Athletes Authority via their website: www.athletesauthority.com.au and via their Instagram: @athletesauthority . You can follow Lachlan on Instagram: @performancecoach_wilmot and Twitter: @lachlan_wilmot.

    To learn more about the LTAD Network check out www.ltadnetwork.com or follow on Instagram: @ltadnetwork or Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ltadnetwork .

    You can keep up to date with Athletic Evolution via our www.athleticevolution.co.uk , Instagram: @athleticevouk and Twitter: @athleticevouk .

  • Josh Fletcher is 'The Practitioner Wellness Guy'. He currently works for Hintsa with an F2 racing driver, previously EXOS with the Special Forces, Elite sport in India, English Institute of Sport and in Professional Rugby. Recently he has dedicated his core business "Career Blueprint" to supporting performance practitioners in taking control of their well-being. He believes that as coaches we are pretty poor at looking after ourselves, putting our time and energy into our athletes and other people, impacting our happiness, health and wealth. He believes it's time for your personal well-being to stop being an afterthought because you are more than just a performance practitioner.  

    In this episode Josh discusses:  

    How he ended burning out as a coach. How an unusual contract with Exos ended up leading to him living in France and working in F2. How anyone in the S&C industry long term encounters burnout in some form. Why we as coaches need to take control of our own happiness, health and wealth and not leave it to our employers. Why/How he is curating conversations around practitioner wellness. How you can get involved in the conversation. 

    You can Josh's work via Instagram: @careerblueprint and Twitter: @coachblueprint1 . 

    You can join the  Facebook community here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/practitionerwellbeing and check out Josh Website here: www.yourcareer-blueprint.com . To enter a competition to win 1 of 5 free journals enter here: https://tinyurl.com/athletic-evolution-competition . To get a 15% off discount use the code: athleticevo (all lower case). 

    To learn more about the LTAD Network check out www.ltadnetwork.com or follow on Instagram: @ltadnetwork or Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ltadnetwork .  You can keep up to date with Athletic Evolution via our www.athleticevolution.co.uk , Instagram: @athleticevouk and Twitter: @athleticevouk

  • Clive Brewer is the Performance Director for the Center for Coaching Excellence / Assistant Professor of Sports Science at ETSU. He consults internationally, supporting Olympic Athletes such as Galen Rupp in his preparation for 2021 Olympics. Clive also leads on coach development education programs internationally - for example, the restructure of the UKSCA coach development pathway and is also an Adjunct Professor for the School of Coaching & Sports Science at West Virginia University.     

    Clive was the Performance Director for Columbus Crew in 2020, and prior to this was the Assistant Director of High Performance for the Toronto Blue Jays Major League Baseball Team.   Clive has consulted with organizations such as Manchester United FC, USA Football, Wimbledon tennis championships, WTA, Scotland National Rugby League, Liverpool Ladies, the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), SportsMed Global, Cirque du Soleil and IMG Academy. In August 2015, he was awarded the fellowship of the UKSCA in recognition of his contribution to the industry.   His latest book “Developing athletic movement skills” was published by Human Kinetics in 2017. A regular speaker at International conferences, Clive has published 2 other books, 8 book chapters and more than 15 papers on training methods, coaching & performance in peer-reviewed journals. 

    In this episode, Clive discusses: 

    The rise of opportunities away from the professional clubs and institutes of sport. Why the youth setting is a great place to learn the skills required for coaching. How coaches are starting to recognise the youth setting as an legitimate career. The simplest advice to becoming a better coach. The valuable lessons he took from coaching primary school children. His varied roles and what motivates him in accepting a new opportunity. 

    You can follow Clive on Twitter via: @Clivesportsandc and on LinkedIn. 

    To learn more about the LTAD Network check out www.ltadnetwork.com or follow on Instagram: @ltadnetwork or Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ltadnetwork .

    You can keep up to date with Athletic Evolution via our www.athleticevolution.co.uk , Instagram: @athleticevouk and Twitter: @athleticevouk .

  • David Joyce is an internationally recognized leader in human performance, strategy and decision making. He holds Masters degrees in both Sports Physiotherapy and Strength & Conditioning, as well as an MBA. He has worked with hundreds of elite athletes, including multiple world and Olympic champions and in multiple sports around the world. Nowadays, Dave’s focus has shifted much more towards enabling major sporting organisations, corporates, start-ups and emerging leaders navigate through the choppy seas of complexity, and set themselves up to thrive in an increasingly uncertain future. He has written and co-edited with Daniel Lewindon 2 internationally best-selling textbooks on high-performance and rehabilitation, and the new edition of High Performance Training For Sports has just been released to critical acclaim around the world.

    In this episode David discusses:

    His varied career in both team and olympic sports in Australia, UK, Europe and China. How an interesting move to Galatasaray came about. His time at Western Force and combatting being the most travelled team in the world. The similarities that exist in coaching both sport and executives. Why coaches should write their own eulogy. Why clarity on your values and mission are vital for congruence as a coach. How he and Dan Lewindon had no idea when they embarked on the 1st edition of High Performance Training for Sports. How the 2nd edition isn't just a revamp of the 1st, but an entirely different book in it's own right.

    You can follow David on Twitter via: @DavidGJoyce or via LinkedIn. You can purchase the latest edition of High Performance Training for Sports here.

    To learn more about the LTAD Network check out www.ltadnetwork.com or follow on Instagram: @ltadnetwork or Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ltadnetwork .

    You can keep up to date with Athletic Evolution via our www.athleticevolution.co.uk , Instagram: @athleticevouk and Twitter: @athleticevouk

  • Grant Jenkins is the Director of Propel Perform, as well as a Strength & Conditioning Coach & an Accredited Exercise Physiologist. Grant specialises in coaching developmental athletes with a long list of demonstrated success:

    2 Athletes selected as Queensland State Junior Sports Stars of the Year; a Wimbledon Junior Champion; State Powerlifting Champion; age-group BMX World Champions; age-group Triathlon World Champion; over 20 National Tennis Champions.

    In 2017 he received the distinguished recognition of being awarded ‘Master Coach’ by the Australian Strength & Conditioning Association - the highest level of qualification in Australia. Additionally he holds:

    Bachelor of Science (Hons) with Sport Science & Rehabilitation. Level 3 Strength & Conditioning Coach (Australian Strength & Conditioning Association). Accredited Exercise Physiologist (Exercise & Sport Science Association) State Level Sports Power Coach (Australian Weightlifting Federation)..

    You can often hear him on the Australian ABC Radio giving his insight to the world of high performance and health. He has appeared on ESPN’s series ‘Search for Hurt’ , as well as contributed interviews in Men’s Health magazine.

    In this episode Grant discusses:

    The influence his father had in driving his entrepreneurship. The various "lucky" breaks he had in his developing career. The red ocean vs blue ocean strategy applied in S&C. Some of the opportunities S&C Coaches are overlooking when they set sights on the "pros". How he teaches his interns to "get lucky" in their interactions and careers. The skills required to set up a successful coaching business. The disconnect between LTAD theory and real world application.

    You can follow Grant on Twitter via: @grant_jenkins and on Instagram via: @grant_jenkins . You can sign up to Grant's newsletter here: www.grantjenkins.info . You can learn more about Propel Perform here: www.propelperform.com .

    To learn more about the LTAD Network check out www.ltadnetwork.com or follow on Instagram: @ltadnetwork or Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ltadnetwork .

    You can keep up to date with Athletic Evolution via our www.athleticevolution.co.uk , Instagram: @athleticevouk and Twitter: @athleticevouk

  • Marina Carrier is a Tokyo 2020 Olympian who represented Australia in the Modern Pentathlon. She has been involved in Pentathlon since the age of 12. At the senior level, her highest world ranking was #39, whilst her she finished her U18 Youth career at #7 in the World. She has had several international podium finishes, including beating the World #2. She has also previously been the  Australian National Champion in 2017 & 2018. 

    In this episode she discusses: 

    The impact Covid lockdowns had on her training and preparation for the Olympic Games.  How she had to adapt her training environments and scheduling to achieve a "Best Possible" performance.  How she could barely walk just 8 weeks prior to competing.  The additional requirements of travel, testing, processing, quarantines and strict departures required for the athletes in order to compete.  Why she decided to listen to her body and change her practice schedule just days before competing.  How the joy of sport can be lost at the elite level and the importance of preserving it.  Why her primary aim was to be present in the moment and to enjoy her Olympic Games experience. 

    You can read more about Marina on the Australian Olympic Team Website . To learn more about the LTAD Network check out www.ltadnetwork.com or follow on Instagram: @ltadnetwork or Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ltadnetwork . Keep up to date with Athletic Evolution via our Website, Twitter and Instagram. You can leave us feedback or submit a question for future episodes here.

  • Clive Brewer is the Performance Director for the Center for Coaching Excellence / Assistant Professor of Sports Science at ETSU. He consults internationally, supporting Olympic Athletes such as Galen Rupp in his preparation for 2021 Olympics. Clive also leads on coach development education programs internationally - for example, the restructure of the UKSCA coach development pathway and is also an Adjunct Professor for the School of Coaching & Sports Science at West Virginia University.     Clive was the Performance Director for Columbus Crew in 2020, and prior to this was the Assistant Director of High Performance for the Toronto Blue Jays Major League Baseball Team.   Clive has consulted with organizations such as Manchester United FC, USA Football, Wimbledon tennis championships, WTA, Scotland National Rugby League, Liverpool Ladies, the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), SportsMed Global, Cirque du Soleil and IMG Academy.   In August 2015, he was awarded the fellowship of the UKSCA in recognition of his contribution to the industry.   His latest book “Developing athletic movement skills” was published by Human Kinetics in 2017. A regular speaker at International conferences, Clive has published 2 other books, 8 book chapters and more than 15 papers on training methods, coaching & performance in peer-reviewed journals. 

    In this episode, Clive discusses: 

    Why sport is a “people business”.  The evolution of the industry along with various job titles.  Differences between the industry in the UK and US.  Why being new to a sport as a coach can give you a unique position to question the way things are done.  Making the most of staff/expertise around you.  His road trip analogy for working in an interdisciplinary team.  Why technology can’t trump trade craft.  The importance of reflective practices in progressing your coaching skill.  The importance of working with new individuals/sports/environments to progress your coaching. 

    You can follow Clive on Twitter via: @Clivesportsandc and on LinkedIn. To learn more about the LTAD Network check out www.ltadnetwork.com or follow on Instagram: @ltadnetwork or Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ltadnetwork . 

    You can keep up to date with Athletic Evolution via our www.athleticevolution.co.uk , Instagram: @athleticevouk and Twitter: @athleticevouk

  • Ash’s academic foundations include 3 undergraduate degrees: in Strength and Conditioning, Sports and Exercise Science and Exercise Rehabilitation. Additionally He has post graduate qualifications in Sports and Exercise Medicine and Nutrition, whilst working towards a PhD in Sports and Exercise Science.

    Throughout his career he has lectured and worked at various academic institutions and presented at some of the leading educational resources including Chester University and TRA Performance. He has worked with a broad range of sports men and women at elite and amateur level including Tennis, MMA, Rugby, Olympic winter sports, Boxing and Horse racing. He has also presented to premiership football academies on athlete optimisation, specifically strength development to optimise performance and minimize injury. Ash also has a keen interest in supporting the general population and sits as a member of the Faculty of Public Health.

    In this episode Ash discusses:

    How his own experience as a youngster shaped his emphasis on resistance training. Why resistance training is a more accurate representation of post-school physical activity habits for adult life, rather than team sport. How we are failing to capitalise on the school experience as the ideal scenario to equip adolescents in resistance training. The  significant barriers to engaging in effective training programs in school settings. Why PE teachers need greater upskilling and support to deliver effective resistance training. How this change could help improve societal habits and relieve the burden on the National Health Service.

    You can follow Ash on Twitter via: @ashcox16 and on Instagram via: @ash_cox . You can can check out Redwood Performance here: www.redwoodperformanceinstitute.co.uk and keep up to date with Ash's research via his Research Gate profile.

    To learn more about the LTAD Network check out www.ltadnetwork.com or follow on Instagram: @ltadnetwork or Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ltadnetwork .

    You can keep up to date with Athletic Evolution via our www.athleticevolution.co.uk , Instagram: @athleticevouk and Twitter: @athleticevouk

  • James Baker is a coach, educator and researcher that is passionate about helping people achieve their potential as athletes and coaches. He is one of the co-founders of the LTAD Network, previously known as Proformance Strength & Conditioning, and brings a unique blend of skills and experience as a S&C coach, PE teacher, sport scientist and researcher. He is currently a Strength & Conditioning coach and Performance Support Lead at the Aspire Academy in Doha, Qatar.

    Alongside his coaching responsibilities he is leading a research project on the impact of growth and maturation in youth track and field. In 2020, he received the Australian Strength & Conditioning Association’s Senior Research Award on behalf of the Aspire Academy research team. Prior to arriving at Aspire, James established a number of school based LTAD programmes in the UK, including St. Peter’s R.C. High School in Gloucester.

    He created and integrated a 7-year LTAD pathway into the state school Physical Education curriculum, redefining what could be offered by state secondary schools in terms of support for “Gifted and Talented” pupils. In 2017, James was awarded the United Kingdom Strength & Conditioning Associations’ S&C Coach of the Year Award for Youth Sport for his work at the school.

    In this episode James discusses:

    • The aim to make the application of LTAD coaching easy to understand and apply in a simple and practical way.

    • How the model has been tested in a variety of environments including the private, education and academy sectors.

    • Why training age/competency trumps chronological or biological age.

    • Differences between the female and male models.

    • How the model maps across to schools and sport academies.

    • How the model can benefit both individual coaches and organisations.

    • How to access the model for free here: https://education.ltadnetwork.com/course/free-resources

    To learn more about the LTAD Network check out www.ltadnetwork.com or follow on Instagram: @ltadnetwork or Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ltadnetwork .

    You can keep up to date with Athletic Evolution via our www.athleticevolution.co.uk , Instagram: @athleticevouk and Twitter: @athleticevouk

  • David Jackson is an Advanced Oxygen Advantage breathwork coach, a former professional rugby player, Accredited UKSCA Strength & Conditioning coach, NASM performance enhancement & corrective exercise specialist and co-founder of the School of Calisthenics that combines movement and breathwork to develop freedom in our bodies and minds.

    Having worked with professional & recreational athletes to enhance performance through better breathing as well as clients seeking better stress management through breathwork He is passionate about helping everyone fulfil their true potential through enhancing their breathing whatever their goals.

    In this episode Jacko discusses:

    How an initial curiosity sparked a deep dive into breath work. The importance of nasal breathing rather than mouth breathing. Some biochemistry of breathing/respiration and the benefits and adaptations of breathwork. How breathwork can improve recovery within and between training sessions. Basics to focus on to get started improving breathing mechanics. His key resources to learn more about breathwork.

    You can check out Jacko's FREE Better Breathing Ebook here, his Youtube channel here and his Online Breathwork Basics Course here.  You can can check out his site www.rootedlife.co.uk  and keep up to date with him via the Instagram account: @jackohumanflag .

    To learn more about the LTAD Network check out www.ltadnetwork.com or follow on Instagram: @ltadnetwork or Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ltadnetwork .

    You can keep up to date with Athletic Evolution via our www.athleticevolution.co.uk , Instagram: @athleticevouk and Twitter: @athleticevouk

  • Ranell Hobson is the founder of the Academy of Sport Speed Australia (ASSA). She is an S&C Coach with a specialty in Speed. Through her private coaching, Ranell has helped hundreds of athletes modify their physical qualities and biomechanics to maximise speed performance. Ranell is in her 6th year as S&C Coach GWS Fury Premier League (Netball) and 3rd year as the Speed Specialist for NSW Baseball. In 2019 Ranell was awarded the ‘ASCA Performance Development Coach of the Year’ for her work as S&C Coach of the Premiership winning GWS Fury Premier League U23’s Netball team. Ranell is a regular presenter at Strength & Conditioning and Fitness Conventions and has delivered her Explosive Speed Development courses and Athlete clinics across Australia, the UK and Asia. An elite masters athlete in her own right, Ranell has won 6 World Championship Medals, holds multiple State, National and Oceania titles in the Sprint events and is a previous World Record holder in the 4 x 100m.

    In this episode Ranell discusses:

    The importance of increasing strength through peak weight velocity in female athletes. How she integrates strength training on the track, pitch and court. When to focus on strength/power and when to back off during the menstrual cycle. How she organises her training programs within a squad of female athletes according to their cycles. The opportunities to get better at the individual details within a team context.

    You can check out Ranell's work at www.academyofsportspeed.com  and keep up to date with her via the Instagram account: @academyofsportspeed .

    To learn more about the LTAD Network check out www.ltadnetwork.com or follow on Instagram: @ltadnetwork or Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ltadnetwork .

    You can keep up to date with Athletic Evolution via our www.athleticevolution.co.uk , Instagram: @athleticevouk and Twitter: @athleticevouk

  • Ivi Casagrande was a scholarship athlete playing for the soccer team at Bowling Green State University where she got her Bachelor's degree in Pre-Medicine. After graduating, she played semi-profesionally at Toledo Villa before pursuing a master's degree in Kinesiology at Bowling Green State University and serving as the Sports Performance coach for the soccer team there. Before becoming the sports performance coach with the Division I soccer team. In 2018, she joined US Soccer as a Network Sport Scientist providing support for the girls youth national teams. Additionally she was the Director of Sports Performance at the Redline Athletics youth athletic training center. In 2019, she became the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach for Orlando Pride before taking the post of  Women’s & Girls Sports Scientist at an FA WSL club.

    In this episode Ivi discusses:

    Fulfilling a dream of working with world class player Marta. The complicated nature of injury. The importance of taking a holistic approach to injury prevention. The importance of casual conversations in building rapport with athletes. Empowering female athletes to manage their cycle with positive behaviours. Her toolkit  to help female athlete manage symptoms. Why there is no one size fits all approach.

    You can check out Ivi's work at www.ivicasagrande.com  and keep up to date with her via the Instagram account: @ivicasagrande and via @ivicasagrande on Twitter.

    To learn more about the LTAD Network check out www.ltadnetwork.com or follow on Instagram: @ltadnetwork or Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ltadnetwork .

    You can keep up to date with Athletic Evolution via our www.athleticevolution.co.uk , Instagram: @athleticevouk and Twitter: @athleticevouk

  • Dr Sylvia Moeskops is a lecturer in Strength and Conditioning at Cardiff Metropolitan University. She has recently completed her PhD which investigated the effects of growth, maturation and training on strength and power development in young female artistic gymnasts. Her interest in the topic was inspired from her experiences as a young gymnast and her time coaching artistic gymnasts. Sylvia works as a strength and conditioning coach in the Youth Physical Development Centre at Cardiff Metropolitan University. She currently leads the programming and delivery for the young artistic female gymnasts. She has also recently started strength and conditioning provision in local gymnastics clubs & delivering S&C CPD workshops for Welsh Gymnastics.

    In this episode Sylvia discusses:

    How her 8 week Master's study set the scene for her PhD Research. The resource intensive nature of running a 10 month long term training study for her PhD. The importance of having a control, gymnastics only and a combined training group to demonstrate training effect. The extensive testing battery they used to determine if S&C improved performance in youth female gymnasts. Why she spent 8 weeks focussing on movement competency even with gymnasts. The importance of cognitive maturity in determining young athlete's programs. The results, benefits and applications of her PhD research in training young female athletes.

    You can check out Sylvia work via her Research Gate profile here  and keep up to date with her via the Instagram account: @project_spring_gymnasts and via @sylviamoeskops on Twitter.

    To learn more about the LTAD Network check out www.ltadnetwork.com or follow on Instagram: @ltadnetwork or Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ltadnetwork .

    You can keep up to date with Athletic Evolution via our www.athleticevolution.co.uk , Instagram: @athleticevouk and Twitter: @athleticevouk

  • Nathan Parnham is an Athletic Development Coach based in Australia. He has worked in various roles throughout his career in the development and professional space across both genders for close to two decades. He has recently taken up a role as  the Director of Strength and Conditioning at Brisbane Grammar School. Nathan has played role in the development of a range of state, national, and professional athletes currently plying their trade in the Australian Netball League, A/W-league's, NRL, Super Rugby, Rugby7s, and the ITF Tennis Circuit. He has recently transitioned from professional sport back into the development realm and is passionate about sharing content and highlighting aspects that Coaches and Parents may find useful. 

    In this episode Nathan discusses:

    His recent switch to Brisbane Grammar School and ow the S&C delivery works at the school. Being aware of the variety of demands and realising that we can't have adult expectations. His aim to write a guide to answer the FAQs of parents and coaches. The journey from pipe dream to publication. The range of content included such as scheduling, supplements, sport sampling and maturation. Additional contributions from coaches and athletes.

    You can pick up a copy of The Sporting Parent" at www.nathanparnham.com and keep up to date with Nathan via the Instagram account: @thesportingparent and via @nathan_parnham .

    To learn more about the LTAD Network check out www.ltadnetwork.com or follow on Instagram: @ltadnetwork or Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ltadnetwork .

    You can keep up to date with Athletic Evolution via our www.athleticevolution.co.uk , Instagram: @athleticevouk and Twitter: @athleticevouk

  • Dr Mike Young is a nationally recognized researcher, coach, and educator. His depth of knowledge and experience in the field of athletic development is evidenced by his stays at all three U.S. Olympic Training Centers as an athlete (Lake Placid), sport scientist (Colorado Springs & Chula Vista), and coach (Colorado Springs). Mike has an undergraduate degree in Exercise Physiology, an MS in Athletic Administration and a PhD in Biomechanics. Mike has earned NSCA’s Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, is recognized by USA Weightlifting as a Club and Advanced Sport Performance Coach, a Crossfit Level 1 Certified Trainer, is one of less than 20 USA Track & Field (USATF) Level 3 coaches in the country and has a USATF Level 2 certification in 3 event areas.

    Mike has served as the primary coach for national/international team qualifiers in Athletics, as well as Bobsleigh, Skeleton and Weightlifting. InTrack & Field, he has coached or assisted multiple Olympians, National Champions, Masters National and World Champions and Collegiate National Champions. Additionally, he has served as the S&C coach for professionals in the NFL, MLB and MLS. He served as the Fitness Coach for the Vancouver Whitecaps and Carolina Railhawks. Previously, Mike coached Athletics at the NCAA level at 4 Universities, most notably coaching 4 years at LSU where the team won 6 National Championships. Mike is equally qualified as a sport scientist and coach educator. His research on sprinting, stretching, balance and throwing activities have been published and presented in Regional, National and International journals and conferences and he is an invited editor for the Journal of Sports Sciences and Sports Biomechanics.

    In this episode Mike discusses:

    Progression from beginner to advanced/ pre session to competition. Why teamsports require a high eccentric force generating capacity. The importance of building basic concentric strength before progressing to more specific strength qualities. His thresholds for focussing on more specific strength qualities. A practical rule of thumb for stimulating eccentric strength. Some of the tools and methods he uses in training programs to monitor these qualities. Ensure the training signal to the body is as clear as possible. Practical examples of a training week with his T&F athletes.

    You can keep up to date with Mike via the Instagram account: @mikeyoungphd and via the @athleticlab .

    To learn more about the LTAD Network check out www.ltadnetwork.com or follow on Instagram: @ltadnetwork or Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ltadnetwork .

    You can keep up to date with Athletic Evolution via our www.athleticevolution.co.uk , Instagram: @athleticevouk and Twitter: @athleticevouk

  • Dr. John P. Wagle is the Director, Performance Science / Player Development for the Kansas City Royals. Before joining the Royals, he provided support in strength and conditioning and sport science to university and U.S Olympic Training Site athletes while a doctoral fellow in the Sport Physiology & Performance program at East Tennessee State University. Prior joining ETSU, Wagle was the Director of Sports Performance at DePaul University, overseeing all aspects of the department while working with men’s basketball, women’s softball, and men’s tennis. He has been a published author, invited speaker, and consultant on several topics, including training theory, athlete monitoring, and accentuated eccentric loading. Wagle received his M.S. in exercise science from Western Illinois University and completed his undergraduate work at Augustana College (IL), majoring in physics and business management. He also holds two graduate degrees in business administration from Loyola University (MBA) and North Park University (MNA). As an athlete, Wagle was an All-American infielder at Augustana College and played two seasons of minor league baseball following his collegiate career.

    In this episode John discusses:

    Defining what Accentuated Eccentric Loading (AEL) is. The 3 criteria needed to satisfy AEL. The adaptations stimulated by AEL. How AEL compares to other eccentric methods such as Tempo and Flywheel training. How/When/Where AEL can be applied in practice. His Action, Management, Care model for athlete monitoring. The idea of "Potential Restraint Factors" that can limit athlete performance.

    You can keep up to date with John via the Twitter account: @DrJohnPWagle . 

    To learn more about the LTAD Network check out www.ltadnetwork.com or follow on Instagram: @ltadnetwork or Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ltadnetwork .

    You can keep up to date with Athletic Evolution via our www.athleticevolution.co.uk , Instagram: @athleticevouk and Twitter: @athleticevouk

  • Irving “Boo” Schexnayder is regarded internationally as one of the leading authorities in training design,  bringing 39 years of experience in coaching and consulting. He recently returned to the LSU Track and Field coaching staff for a second stint, adding to his previous 12 year term on the LSU Staff. Regarded as one of the world’s premier field event coaches, he was the mastermind behind 19 NCAA Champions during his collegiate coaching career. He was a part of 12 NCAA Championship teams and a pair of Juco National titles, as well as developing a host of conference champions and All-Americans. He returned to the LSU staff in 2017.

    Schexnayder has also been a prominent figure on the international scene, having coached triple jumper Walter Davis to multiple World Championships, and long jumper John Moffitt to a silver medal at the 2004 Olympics in Athens. He has coached 11 Olympians, and has served on coaching staffs for Team USA to the 2003 Pan Am Games in Santo Domingo, the 2006 World Junior Championships in Beijing, and was the Jumps Coach for Team USA at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.

    In this episode Boo discusses:

    His method of categorising plyometrics according to their purpose in the program. Why young athletes may be more prepared for speed development than we think. How he integrates plyometrics early in the rehab process. How he adjusts plyometrics for Track vs Team Sports and Heavier vs Lighter athletes. Key coaching points in horizontal and vertical plyometrics. His go to jump tests to evaluate plyometric ability.

    You can keep up to date with Boo via the Twitter account: @BooSchex and via his website www.sacspeed.com .

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  • Dan Baker has PhD in sports science from Edith Cowan University. He was the Brisbane Broncos NRL Strength and Conditioning for 19 years and has coached elite, international and national league athletes in rugby union (QLD Reds, Wallabies), diving (AIS/Olympic), netball (National League), soccer (National League), power lifting, MMA and athletics. Dan is an Accredited ASCA Level 3 S&C Coach and Accredited Master Coach , the highest level, within the ASCA Professional Coach Accreditation Scheme. His area of specialty is the periodisation of strength and power training methods, using velocity measures in resistance training, Maximal Aerobic Speed (MAS) training and Long-Term Athlete Development. 

    In this episode Dan discusses: 

    Programming strength training for different ages and stages from youth to Pro. Why it’s stupid to load an athlete who moves poorly. Why chasing loading early could be considered “lazy” coaching. How to determine if a young athlete is ready for barbell training. His research on Strength/Power as a differentiator in levels of performance.  Strategies for creating an effective training environment. 

    You can keep up to date with Dan via the Instagram account: @danbakerstrength_ and via his website www.danbakerstrength.com . 

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    You can keep up to date with Athletic Evolution via our www.athleticevolution.co.uk , Instagram: @athleticevouk and Twitter: @athleticevouk .