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ASCA Podcast #75 - Natalie Deegan
Natalie holds a Masters in Exercise and Sport Science (Sydney University) and is an ASCA Level 2 Professional Coach. She currently works a lecturer in Sports Performance at the Australian College of Physical Education, and is the Penrith Panthers Premier League Netball S&C Coach. From 2010 to 2020 she held roles at NSW Institute of Sport in Sport Science, where she was involved in Athlete Testing and Monitoring; along with athlete physical preparation using Heat and Altitude Training for athletes from sports including Track and Field, Kayaking, Netball and Rugby League. Nat has been a conference presenter at the ASCA International Conference in 2015 and 2019.
“It is a really big area and we still do not understand how a menstrual cycle can impact on female performance overall”
“Mid-follicular phase may be the best time to put some strength in training”
“To get a good picture of what is happening with athletes’ cycles, you would probably need to track for around 6 months”
“If athletes are stressed in another part of life, that may trigger a worse cycle”
“In an altitude room, you don’t have to work as hard mechanically, but you still feel like you have worked perceptually”
“For heat acclimation, there is a holding effect of around 7-10 days after the last stimulus”
1) Natalie’s backstory in strength and conditioning and sport science
2) The menstruation cycle and what we currently know about it
3) Setting up training around the menstruation cycle for both strength and conditioning
4) Ways of recording the menstrual cycle for females including apps and the effect of age of menstrual cycle symptoms
5) The role of the S&C coach in helping female athletes with their menstrual cycle
6) The possibility of menstrual cycles syncing up based who the athletes are around and the use of oral contraceptives to regulate the menstrual cycle around competitions
7) The benefits of heat and altitude to drive athlete adaptations
8) The "ins and outs" of using an altitude room, including working inside and recovering outside
9) Deciding whether heat or altitude interventions might be more beneficial for the athletes
10) Active versus passive heat/altitude exposure and the positives and negatives of each
ASCA Podcast #74 - Klinton Hoare
Klinton Hoare is an experienced strength and conditioning coach with a demonstrated history working in the professional training & coaching industry, leading systems, and pathways towards long term sustainable athletic development.
Currently employed by the Gold Coast Titans working as the High-Performance Manager, Klinton’s 20plus years’ experience has seen him employed across a variety of sports including holding the role as Head of Athletic Performance with the National Rugby League 2004-2012, Head of Performance of Samoa Rugby League 2013-2019, S & C for the Cronulla Sharks 2013-14 and as the Strength & Conditioning Coach for the USA Gold Medal Winning Softball Team at the 2000 Olympics.
Over the past decade Klinton has consulted to professional athletes in both the Northern and Southern Hemisphere, also having been commissioned by both professional and semi-professional teams to lead and be part of teams that have introduced cultural change and enhance the performance environment.
As a graduate of Australian Catholic University with an Exercise Sports Science degree, Klinton holds his ESSA HPM accreditation and is an ASCA level 2 Elite Pro Coach, however, will passionately declare, the lessons learnt from his athletes, working alongside influential coaches combined with two and half decades of exposure to high performing strength and conditioning environments that have taught him availability, engagement and performance are the keys to a successful program.
“A high-performance department needs collective collaboration”
“In the big end of town, there is no place for you to work in silos”
“Once you start praising and giving recognition, people become more forward in collaborating with one another”
“Speed is king in rugby league”
“If the coach needs to change something, you have to be ready to adapt and go with it as best as you can”
“Energy precedes any programming as a coach”
1) Klint’s initial beginnings in rugby league and his progressions in strength and conditioning
2) What a high-performance team requires and how collaboration and standards can drive the group
3) The parallels and similarities between business and high-performance sport
4) The systems and structures that underpin daily operations, collaboration and competitiveness
5) Social capital, building high trust environments and fostering engagement
6) The “big rocks” for rugby league development
7) Speed development and where it fits in an overall rugby league program
8) Agile periodization, specific conditioning and where the “hot” session should sit in a week
9) Testing and assessments in rugby league
10) The dangers of programming too much and selling icecreams if you want to be loved
ASCA Podcast #73 - Glenn Corcoran, Rick Martin and Dr. Stephen Bird
Glenn Corcoran is the manager of the Bond University High Performance Training Centre and holds a Master Exercise Science (S&C). He is an ASCA Level 3 and PCAS-Master coach, and NSCA CSCS and RSCC*Emeritus. Glenn is a Life member of the ASCA, and was the 2019 ASCA Professional Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year. Glenn has over 30 years of experience as a strength and conditioning coach in team sports: especially with rugby including the Australian National Womens’ Rugby Union “Wallaroos” and Premier Club Rugby. He is also on the Advisory Board for the IUSCA.
Dr. Stephen Bird is an Associate Professor in Sport and Exercise at the University of Southern Queensland. Stephen is currently the Athlete Health and Performance Lead for Basketball New Zealand Senior National Teams, Associate Editor of the Journal of Australian Strength & Conditioning, and Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Strength & Conditioning. He has worked with many teams attending major sporting events, including Olympic Games, Commonwealth Games, Rugby League World Cup, UCI Mountain Bike World Cup and World Championships, and FIBA Asia Cup. Stephen has worked in High Performance roles with teams in the NRL, NBL, WNBL, Suncorp Super Netball, and PNG High Performance Program.
Rick Martin is the Strength and Conditioning Coordinator at Bond University High Performance Training Centre. Prior to that, he was the Head Performance Coach for The Philippine Olympic Committee preparing athletes from 22 different sports for the 2013 South East Asian Games and also lived and worked full time (2010-2012) in China as Head Performance Coach for WCBA team Guangdong Dolphin and CBA Junior Men’s Basketball Team in preparation for the 2012 World Junior Championships. Rick has also coached elite, national and international athletes in Basketball (NBL 9 years) with Gold Coast Rollers, Brisbane Bullets and Gold Coast Blaze. Men’s and Women’s Olympic Sprint Kayak (AIS and QAS), Professional Boxing, Beach Volleyball, Women’s Rugby 7’s, Olympic Swimming and Beach/Track Sprinting. Rick is an accredited Level 3 PCAS Master Coach with the Australian Strength and Conditioning Association and is the ASCA Gold Coast SIG (Special Interest Group) Coordinator.
“The first impression that teams or squads get is what you deliver on the field”
“It is what you walk past, you accept as a standard”
“Know your floor, know your equipment and have contingencies ready to go with any session”
“In large groups, it can be more about managing people than coaching during sessions”
“You don’t want to go overboard with having an extra friend during the workout, there is work that needs to be done but once that work is done, all good and well to be social”
1) How Glenn, Rick and Stephen got started in strength and conditioning and their pathway
2) The logistics around dealing with large squads of athletes and making the right first impression
3) Safety considerations and utilizing the equipment you’ve got in a weight room
4) Dealing with peer pressure in S&C session amongst athletes and setting up groups within sessions
5) Having a separation between coach and athletes in the weight room
6) Practical advice for getting across every athlete in large groups and dealing with sports coaches in setting a good weight room culture
7) Balls, bands and having contingencies if session logistics change at a moment’s notice
8) The differences between learning from science and from other practitioners
9) Training loads, strength and power advances and female health focus groups
ASCA Podcast #72 - David Joyce
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.
“It is a bit of fallacy to think that your values are permanent with you; we all change and what I valued 15 years ago, is different to what I value now”
“When you are sitting at your desk and it is all a bit too daunting, you have to eat the elephant one bite at a time”
“After 2 or 4 years, you collect your thoughts, you collect your wisdom and then you reassess your (career) journey”
“You can view strength training as skill training under duress”
“Being able to explore different movement patterns is so important for athletes”
“In 20 years of my career, the people who can hula hoop, don’t seem to get back pain… I just think people that move well, don’t get injured as much from non-traumatic causes”
“Managers need to coach, give feedback and delegate to their staff to be effective”
1) How David got started and high-performance journey
2) Coaching inside and outside of sport
3) Understanding yourself, assessing your strengths and understanding what you are looking for in your career as a coach
4) Writing your own eulogy as a way of plotting your career and life
5) Doing your groundwork on researching where you might want to work in the profession
6) Your appetite for risk, career stage and how that may shape your career choices
7) The second incarnation of High Performance Training for Sport and what has changed since the first
8) Things David has learned from putting the book together and what he would take back into his practice working with athletes
9) Understanding the sport as deeply as possible for an S&C coach
10) Hula hooping, trampoline, and movement varibaility for injury prevention in athletes
11) Looking widely outside your "trench" to see what you can pick from other industries
12) The key components of management for leaders
13) The most amazing thing David has seen in training
ASCA Podcast #71 - Dan Howells
Dan Howells is a strength & conditioning coach accredited through the UKSCA and NSCA. He has worked in elite sport for over 15years, with experience in preparing athletes in Olympic and professional settings, having previously worked for the English Institute of Sport, Wasps Rugby, England 7s and the Houston Astros Major League Baseball team. He also most recently helped the GB rugby 7s team prepare for the Tokyo Olympics just as he has done for the Rio 2016 Games. Dan also aims to help developing practitioners with group mentorship via his personal development platform called Collaborate Sports.
“I was emotionally invested in that sport and probably blinkered by what performance impact meant”
“There needed to be recognition that everybody below the Major Leagues is there for player development”
“Travel fatigue, to a point, you can get away with it in professional baseball when compared to rugby sevens”
“The reality of using numbers puts some perspective on sport and what is physically possible”
“Just like sets and reps, conditioning for me is all about duration of time and duration of rest”
“People talk about data driven versus data informed, and it is definitely data informed for me”
1) Dan’s backstory and influence from his time at the US Ski and Snowboard team
2) The nature of strength and conditioning in major and minor League baseball
3) Player development in a very congested schedule like baseball
4) Working back from the sport and focusing on what you can influence
5) Developing power in hitters and how to determine the performance foci for individual players
6) The differences in training paradigms for pitchers and hitters
7) The off season and in season periodization structure at the Astros
8) Travel and sleep in major and minor league baseball
9) The benefits of using a duration-based energy system development scheme
10) Using numbers to inform decisions on physical preparation
11) Coach development, personality profiling and collaboration amongst professionals
ASCA Podcast #70 Andrea Hudy
Andrea Hudy is the Director of Sports Performance for women’s basketball at the University of Connecticut. She has recently returned to UCONN after spending nine-plus years there earlier in her career. Prior to this, Andrea was the Head Coach, Basketball Strength and Conditioning at The University of Texas and before coming to Texas, Hudy served as the Assistant Athletics Director for Sport Performance at the University of Kansas and handled the strength and conditioning responsibilities for the Kansas men’s basketball team for 15 years. In 2017, the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) honored Hudy with the Impact Award, given to an individual whose career has greatly contributed to the advancement of the national or international strength and conditioning or fitness industries. In the summer of 2014, her book, Power Positions, was published. In January 2013, she was named the National College Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year by the NSCA for her dedication to improving athletic performance with safe and effective science-based programs. In her 26 seasons of collegiate strength and conditioning coaching, Hudy has worked with 48 former student-athletes who have gone on to play in the NBA.
“The best ability is availability, and the health of my athletes is so important for me”
“My argument these days is periodization is dead just based on the fact that every athlete needs something different”
“If someone is hurting, let’s do whatever we can to help them feel good and recover”
“My number one thing is having a relationship with the athlete, being data driven and producing a high-level healthy athlete”
“Our more consistent force producers (in the jumps) are more consistent basketball players”
“Failure is feedback and I always tell people I have a PhD in failure so do not be afraid of failure”
1) Andrea’s backstory and the consideration of mental health work to help fully recover from an injury
2) Insights into using Sparta Science with basketball athletes
3) Putting training together in college basketball through pre-season, in-season and "championship" season
4) Different body types and the need for recovery modalities
5) The challenges around academic stresses with college athletes and creating schedules around the individual athlete
6) Development versus recovery philosophies for college and professional basketball settings
7) Other strength/power tests Andrea uses including the "Kansas" squat test
8) The impact of less physical activity during COVID on tendon health and posture for training athletes
Awesome podcast, great to listen to so many great minds from all over sport and S&C!
Awesome podcast featuring some of the greatest minds in Athletic Performance. Well worth a listen!
Great to be able to listen to local s&c coaches, learnt a lot!