Episodes

  • Kelly Fillingham is a Performance Coach and Coach Developer. She is currently employed by Scottish Hockey as the West Regional Development Manager and the Head of Scottish Hockey Girls Emerging Talent Squad, as well as leading on the BRAVE Academy Program. She is also the Director of 360 Hockey.

    In this episode Kelly discusses:

    Her hockey career, playing in the UK and USA and being a "student of coaches". Embracing new challenges coaching in England's talent system, as well as Scottish Masters League. How Scottish Hockey entered a "Reset phase" and the opportunity to do things differently. How this lead to the Brave Academy and the idea of Emerging & Aspiring Squads. The player numbers, regional centres, education plan and future expansion.

    You can follow Kelly on Twitter via: @Twiddle81 and the Brave Academy via @ScottishHockey and the website www.scotttish-hockey.org.uk .

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  • This episode is a recording of the LTAD Chat on Training the Adolescent Female, hosted by Joe Eisenmann with guests Erica Suter and Elisabeth Oehler.
    Erica Suter is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and has a Masters in Exercise Science and Sport Performance Enhancement. As an athlete, she pcaptained the soccer team at Johns Hopkins University and was a 2x Academic All American, 2 x Scholar All American and National Player of the Year. She holds the record of being the 2nd highest goal scorer for John Hopkins University and was selected in the John Hopkins 25th Anniversary All star team.

    Elisabeth Oehler is a strength coach who worked for the German Weightlifting Federation from 2017-2020 as manager of the youth department and later Head of Talent Identification. She's a licensed weightlifting coach (high performance) by the German Olympic Sports Confederation and holds several qualifications in youth development and strength & conditioning. In 2021 she started her own business consulting and coaching in National Governing Bodies of different sports. She helps organizations implementing talent development programs and improving coaching education.

    In this episode, the pair discuss:


    Physical considerations in training the female athlete.



    Important psychological and social considerations in training teenage females.



    Creating buy in to the training process.



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  • Professor Mark De Set Croix has published over 100 articles and presented at over 100 conferences across the globe. He works predominantly in football, identifying injury risk via screening and implementing prevention programmes. A key focus of his work is to help coaches develop their understanding of prevention strategies.

    After undertaking his teacher training degree he knew he had an interest both in children’s sport and physical activity and a growing interest in science. He completed a PhD exploring how children’s muscle strength changes with growth and maturation and is now using that knowledge to explore how to reduce injury risk in youth sport. This has provided him with opportunities to work with some of the world’s leading football clubs.

    Mark has just led an Erasmus+ European-funded project with partners in Spain and the Czech Republic to explore the knowledge and understanding of grass root coaches in terms of youth injury prevention. He has also obtained funding from FIFA, UEFA and the English FA to explore injury risk in female youth football, and works with organisations such as the England and Wales Cricket Board, Athletic Club Bilbao Football Club and Bristol City Football Club.

    In this episode Mark discusses:

    The many factors that should be considered in an injury risk reduction program. The importance of Training Quality as well as Training Age. Why Coach Education programs need to be more accessible for grassroots coaches. Is asymmetry as detrimental as people suggest? What does neuromuscular control really mean? Are kids affected by fatigue the same way as adults? Is there any truth to the concept of "Windows of Trainability"?

    You can keep up to date with Mark's research via the University of Gloucestershire Repository, his Research Gate page here, as well as via his Twitter account: @destecroixmark .

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  • This episode is a recording of the LTAD Chat on Speed Development, hosted by Joe Eisenmann with guests Tony Holler and John Garrish.

    Tony Holler is the track coach at Plainfield North High School outside of Chicago, Illinois. Tony retired from teaching chemistry after 38 years in the classroom and has 40 years of coaching experience in American Football, Basketball and Track & Field. Tony is member of Illinois Track & Field Hall of Fame and Co-director of Track Football Consortium along with Chris Korfist. Tony created the revolutionary "Feed the cats" in 19999 and plans to publish his first book in 2022.

    John Garrish is the Director of Athletic Development & Performance at North Broward Prep School in Florida, and also serves as the Director of Athletic Performance for the Florida Rugby Union 7s. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Wagner College, where he participated in Track & Field, and a Masters in Kinesiology & Exercise Science from the University of North Texas where he was also an intern with the Strength & Conditioning Program.

    In this chat they cover:

    The phases of speed. Testing and evaluation of speed. Teaching and coaching the biomechanics of acceleration and maximal velocity sprinting. The role of strength training and plyometrics in speed development. Programming for speed development.

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  • In this episode, the LTAD Network Podcast takes a slightly different turn as I invite James Bakerto give a preview of the upcoming 2022 LTAD Network Conference, taking place on July 9-10th at Hartpury University. 

    In this episode we cover: 

    The benefits of Live events vs Online events. What audience the LTAD Network Conference is designed for. An overview of some of the Keynote Speakers, Topics and why they were selected. Why we aim for an equal balance of both Theory and Practical delivery. The daily schedule for the Conference. An opportunity to win a Free Ticket to the 2022 Conference. 

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  • Aimee Ellen O'Keeffe is a Performance Nutritionist at Manchester United Women's team and owner of Committed Nutrition Ltd, her own private nutrition coaching company. Aimee is passionate about the female athlete, particularly breaking down barriers to fuelling and changing attitudes towards carbohydrates. Aimee has carried out a lot of research since starting in her role at Manchester United, analysing areas such as MD-1 carbohydrate intake, injury nutrition, half time carbohydrate intake to name a few.

    In this episode Aimee discusses:


    How working with a young female footballer with a stress fracture lead to her doing a Masters in Nutrition.



    Relative Energy Deficit Syndrome or "REDS".



    How underfuelling nutritionally can result in compromised bone health and stress fractures.



    What a day in the life of a full-time nutritionist in a pro football club looks like.



    The difference between disorder eating and an eating disorder.



    How nutrition can affect the menstrual cycle and why this matters.



    How social media can influence young female athletes to underfuel.


    You can keep up to date with Aimee's work via Instagram: @committednutrition2020 and Twitter: @Aimeellen1 .


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  • Dr Liz Durden-Myers is a physical education researcher and teacher educator with over 15 years' experience within education across the primary, secondary and higher education sectors. She is currently a Senior Lecturer In Physical Education at the University of Gloucestershire & Bath Spa University, Managing Director & Co-Founder at PE Scholar & Scholary and Past Chair of the International Physical Literacy Association (IPLA). Liz is a qualified teacher and holds a PhD in Physical Literacy, a MA in Education, a MSc in Psychology and a BA (Hons) in Physical Education with QTS.

    Her research fields include Education, Physical Education, Philosophy, Health, Sport and Wellbeing. She has specific expertise in Physical Literacy, Teaching Pedagogy, Curriculum Design and Teacher Professional Development. Liz is an international speaker, passionate educator and physical activity advocate who champions the value of physical activity for life, for health, wellbeing and human flourishing.


    In this episode she discusses:


    The concept of human flourishing and the key principles.



    The relationship between Physical Activity and our Environment.



    What exactly is "Physical Literacy".



    How do we assess Physical Literacy?



    What is success in Physical Education?



    Are current/future generations of teachers equipped to deliver PE effectively?



    Why PE should stand for "Positive Experiences" not "Public Embarrassment".


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  • Dan Howells is a high performance coach, with a career spanning over 15 years of work in elite sport, both in the UK and the USA. Dan is a certified Strength & Conditioning coach and has worked with: Olympic and Paralympic Programmes, US and GB Ski Team, English Institute of Sport, Wasps Rugby Club, England Rugby 7s, Team GB Rugby 7s (2016 and 2020 Olympics) and Houston Astros MLB Club. As well as focusing on creating impact and success within performance sport organisations, Dan is passionate about creating real world learning opportunities for developing coaches and practitioners. Coaching coaches is something he is heavily invested in.

    In this episode Dan discusses:

    His career in Premiership Rugby, the HSBS 7's World Series, the Olympics and Major League Baseball. How Collaborate Sports was born out of his own adaptability during covid. How Collaborate Sports is helping practitioners gain exposure to real world scenarios. The difference between Coaching vs Facilitating and Negligence vs Mistakes.  Why mentoring can help speed up the time reaching successful resolutions. Why mentoring should be a deliberate decision to raise awareness of developmental gaps. What good mentoring should look/feel like.

    To learn more about Dan's work with Collaborate Sports you can check out his accounts on Twitter: @howellsdan , Instagram:  @collaborate_sports and the website www.collaboratesports.com . 

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  • Ashley Jones is a rugby strength and conditioning coach who has worked at the highest levels of the game for the last 30 years across 4 continents. He was involved with the physical preparation of the Crusaders (Super XV competition), New Zealand All Blacks, Australian Wallabies, Panasonic Rugby in Japan, Edinburgh Rugby in Scotland and the Samoan Rugby Union, prior to joining the Houston Saber cats. He was awarded the NSCA's Professional Coach of the Year in 2016. Ashley holds his CSCS (Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist) since 1988.
    He is also a columnist at www.elitefts.com and is a sought after speaker and writer for organisations around the world.


    In this episode Ashley discuss:

    - how he accidentally ended up playing rugby union instead of rugby league.

    - A formative interaction with a team captain.

    - How he went from teaching to coaching.

    - How his coaching career developed and took him around the world.

    - What traits he’s noticed in great coaches and athletes in the teams he’s coached.

    - His approach to athletic development.

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  • Dr Sean Cumming is a Senior Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Sciences at the University of Bath, as well as a consultant for the Premier League, Football Association, Lawn Tennis Association and Bath Rugby.  In this podcast Sean discusses: The differences between Growth, Maturation, PHV PWV. How these differ between males and females. The effect maturation has on physical attributes like speed, strength and power. The difference between Biobanding and Relative Age. How Biobanding is being used in different organisations. You can follow Sean's work via his Research Gateway profile page. 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.

  • Dan Noble is the Director of Hockey at Upper Canada College and Former Director of Athlete Performance & Development at The Hill Academy. He is also the Director of Performance at Oshawa Generals and Halifax Thunderbirds as well as the owner of Noble Sports & Performance. He is an Athletic Development Coach, Speaker & Consultant who works with athletes and organizations from the minor, international & professional level. In this episode Dan discusses: His time at the Hill Academy. How volunteering frequently lead to working with the Chinese National Women’s Hockey Team. Why connecting with the person within the athlete is vital. Working with the Canadian Women’s team in lockdown for 600+ days in the lead up to their Gold Medal at the Winter Olympics. Why collaboration with the athlete is important. You can keep up to date with Dan via Instagram: @coachnoble45 and Twitter: @coachnoble45. To learn more about the LTAD Network check out www.ltadnetwork.com or follow on Instagram: @ltadnetwork or Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ltadnetwork .


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  • David Johnson is an Academy Sports Scientist at West Ham United and previously Academy S&C coach at AFC Bournemouth. He is a PhD candidate at the University of Bath investigating Training Load in Academy Footballers. He holds an MRes in Health and Wellbeing at The University of Bath and a BSc Exercise and Sports Science graduate from Manchester Metropolitan University.

    In this episode David discusses:


    How his MRes research investigated the time lost to injuries during the period of 88-95% Predicted Adult Height.



    How this set the stage for a PhD investigating this issue in greater detail.



    Identifying the issue of increased injury rates in periods of growth and presenting back to the multi-disciplinary team.



    Why the overall training load including activities outside of the primary sporting context are important to understand the variety in training load.



    His intervention seeking to reduce the impact of Growth Related Injuries and the massive 76% reduction they achieved.



    Why a greater strength training stimulus may be necessary during periods before Growth Related Injuries present.



    The concept of the "Activity Ladder" and some of the training modification made for players with Growth Related Injuries.


    You can keep up to date with David's work via his Research Gate profile, as well as his Twitter account: @david_johnson11 .

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  • Dr Sean Cumming is a Senior Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Sciences at the University of Bath, as well as a consultant for the Premier League, Football Association, Lawn Tennis Association and Bath Rugby. He previously provided "An idiot's guide to Growth, Maturation and Biobanding" in Season 1, Episode 11 of the podcast. 

    In this episode Sean discusses:

    Some of the interesting research projects that have happened in the Growth & Maturation space since our last chat in 2019. The research by Megan Hill showing the influence of peak height velocity on match grades in Academy Footballers. The research by David Johnson showing that the impact of Growth related injuries can be attenuated in Academy Footballers. The continued confusion of people wrongly using Relative Age Effect and Maturation interchangeably. Why the Maturity Offset method has a large error and shouldn't be a primary tool for monitoring maturation status. Where the research is heading in the future, including the on pitch visual screening behaviours of late vs early maturers.

    You can follow Sean's work via his Research Gateway profile page. 

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  • Pratik Patel is the former Director of Performance Nutrition and Assistant S&C with the New York Giants in the NFL for 4 years. Prior to that, Pratik was the Director of Sports Nutrition at University of Oregon, Sports Dietician at Michigan State and interned at the Houston Texans, Kansas City Chiefs and Kansas City Royals. 

    In this episode Pratik discusses:

    His own eating and exercise behaviours as a youth. Some of the nutrition challenges that face College and NFL athletes. The fundamental principles that young athletes and their coaches should master before progressing to the complex ideas. Some key principles to help youth athletes gain lean mass. The frame size profile as a limiting factor for muscle gain. Why he no longer works in the NFL and what projects he has coming up.

    You can keep up to date with Pratel via his Instagram account: @pratikxpatel and via his Twitter account: @pratikxpatel . 

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  • Joel Brannigan is an experienced coach and manager, having worked in strength and conditioning since his retirement from professional rugby in 2004, with a career that say him playing for Edinburgh, London Welsh RFC and Newcastle Falcons RFC and representing Scotland at international level. Accredited in 2007, Joel has worked with success across a diverse range of organisations and has a depth of experience in elite and professional sport, NGBs, education settings and the private sector. He has been delivering workshops for the UKSCA since 2012 as a tutor and is also a practising assessor on the current accreditation process. In addition, he has been involved in several UKSCA working groups on the subject of early years practitioner development; he is also part of the team who has taken the new UKSCA Trainer Award from its infancy to product launch. 

    In this episode Joel discusses: 

    The big impact a PE teacher had on him in his youth as a "big" kid. How being "consistently average" helped him become a professional rugby player. The influences key mentors played in his development as a coach. The various changes in the Northumbria program over the years in relation to funding at the university. The challenges encountered when working with student athletes. The trends he has noticed emerging with student athletes arriving at university.

    You can keep up to date with Joel via Twitter: @joelbrannigan03 .

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  • Sophie is the Director of Strength and Conditioning at Brisbane Boys’ College in Australia. She has spent many years working in the youth athletic development space and also has experience in a professional sporting capacity. Her current role at Brisbane Boys’ College sees her responsible for the implementation and continued improvement of sport specific S&C as well as general long-term athletic development programs across the school. Sophie’s philosophy as it pertains to youth S&C , is to deliver an all-encompassing approach to sport and general wellbeing which includes the inter-related aspects of training, resilience, nutrition and injury management. 

    In this episode Sophie discusses:

    Why the development space is such a rewarding context. An Overview of the staffing structure and logistics of the BBC program. How the program has expanded from a 1st XV and 1st 8 rowing program to service more students. The Green, White, Black program they use. Why it's important to encourage young boys to make more sensible decisions in the weight room. The future of the BBC program.

    You can keep up to date with Sophie’s work via Instagram: @s_pidcock and Twitter: @soph_pidcock . 

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  • John Noonan is a performance coach, lecturer and business owner, he has over 15 years experience working with youth, senior and international athletes across various professional sports including Olympic medalists and National champions. In 2018 John founded his business Noonan Performance were he now works as a performance coach consultant to elite athletes and corporate clients, as well as running a coach mentorship programme. John is also a regular speaker at national and international conferences and a guest lecturer in strength and conditioning at Liverpool John Moores University.

    In this episode John discusses:

    What key life values & priorities influenced his decision to walk away from a Premier League role. How the pandemic has increased the number of coaches looking for more autonomy over their life/career. His Family, Fulfillment and Finance framework for decision making around career opportunities/progression. How whether you are a Breaker, Survivior, Thriver or Redefiner will influence your values and decisions. The importance of identifying your values and making decisions in line with them. Why the conventional wisdom of degree, internships, fulltime role may not be suitable for everyone.

    You can follow John's work via his Instagram account: @johnnoonancoach , Twitter account: @johnnoonancoach and website: www.noonanperformance.com , where you can buy a copy of the "Family, Fulfillment and Finance model".

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  • Michael Boyle is the co-owner of Mike Boyle Strength and Conditioning, and the co-founder of Certified Functional Strength Coach. Boyle is also one of the worlds’ foremost educators in the areas of performance training, personal training and athletic rehabilitation. Boyle has been involved in training and rehabilitation with a wide range of athletes, including stars in every major professional sport. Mike has also served as a consultant to some of the top teams in the NFL, NHL, as well as numerous division one athletic programs. In addition, Boyle has been involved in Olympic Gold Medal efforts in women’s soccer, women’s ice hockey, gymnastics and judo. In 2012 and 2013 Boyle was a Strength and Conditioning Consultant to the Boston Red Sox, winners of the 2013 World Series and, from 1991-1999 Boyle served as the Strength and Conditioning Coach for the Boston Bruins. Boyle served as strength and conditioning coach at Boston University from 1983-2012. Also an author and video seminar producer, Boyle recently released New Functional Training for Sports, his fourth book. 

    In this episode Mike discusses: 

    Why his Tweet of a "bad program" had such an uptake.



    What program High school athletes should really be following.



    Whether you should teach Olympic lifting or not.



    How Equipment and Facility layout dictates programming.



    Why It’s not about what you like.



    Simple and logical strategies to increase load in beginner trainees.



    Why it's important to consider the influence of drug users in popular programs. 



    His simplistic periodisation.



    The concept of "orthopedic cost" in programming.


    You can follow Mike's work via his Instagram account: @michael_boyle1959 , his Twitter account: @mboyle1959 and via his site www.strengthcoach.com .

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  • Matt McInnes Watson is a performance coach and specialist in track and field, speed, power and plyometrics. Matt is the owner of Plus Plyos, a coaching business that provides plyometric programs and education. He is studying for a PhD in Plyometrics whilst teaching in the United Arab Emirates and coaching athletes from the U.K. and U.S. 

    In this episode Matt discusses: 


    His initial interest in plyometrics coming through basketball and athletics.



    The influence of a significant mentor in his coaching methodology.



    Some of the misleading research on plyometrics.



    A solid definition to decide if an activity is plyometric or not.



    Some of the volumes and doses required to elicit a training response.



    His tier system of categorising plyometric exercises. 



    Some unique metrics he and a colleague have calculated.


    You can follow Matt's work via his Instagram account: @plusplyos and via the website: www.plusplyos.com .

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  • Derek Evely has taken a career path unique in Olympic sport. As an athletics coach, he has coached professionally at all levels along the developmental continuum and is widely regarded as a foremost expert in both youth development training / programming and elite training methodology. As a coach he has produced three World Junior Championship medalists, of which two went on to become Olympic Medalists. He was the development coach for Gary Reed (IAAF World Championships 800m Silver Medalist), Dylan Armstrong (Beijing Olympic Shot Put Bronze Medalist) and Sophie Hitchon (2016 Olympic Hammer Throw Bronze Medalist). He has coached numerous national age class, junior and senior record holders, including Sultana Frizell, the current Canadian Record Holder in the women’s hammer throw. From 1998 - 2012 has was a national team coach for both Britain and Canada to every major championship on the global calendar including the Olympic Games, IAAF World Championships, European Championships, Pan American Games and Commonwealth Games. He was the Loughborough High Performance Training Centre Director for British Athletics leading into the 2012 Olympic Games where he coached the youngest athlete on the British Athletics Team (Hitchon) to her first Olympic final. From 2005 to 2009 he was the Sport Science Manager for the Canadian Athletics Coaching Center. Currently, he consults and coaches with federations and individuals worldwide on all aspects of developmental and high-performance programming and is the owner / operator of EveltrakSport.com, a sport training and information resource for coaches, trainers, teachers and parents. He is also the host of EvelChat, the EveltrakSport.com coaching podcast. 

    In this episode Derek discusses: 


    His time at the GB athletic training centre.



    The Bondarchuk classification system.



    Why a common language is important to ensure clear communication among coaches.



    Why the process of writing down your training framework is vital.


    You can follow Derek's work via his Instagram account: @eveltrak , Twitter @eveltrak and his website: www.eveltraksport.com .

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