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ASCA | Ensuring excellence in strength and conditioning.

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ASCA | Ensuring excellence in strength and conditioning.

    ASCA Podcast #55 - Perry Stewart

    ASCA Podcast #55 - Perry Stewart

    Perry Stewart is currently the lead academy S&C coach (U9-U16) at Arsenal Football Club and was previously head of academy sport science and medicine at Queens Park Rangers FC. He has spent almost a decade working exclusively with development age athletes (from 6 to 21 years old) from various sports including, football, rugby, tennis, fencing, track and martial arts. Perry is accredited with the UKSCA & NSCA and also a chartered sport scientist. He is also lectures at the London Sport Institute, Middlesex University and has recently authored three book chapters.

    QUOTES
    “If you want to work in Academy football, you have to be prepared to work unsociable hours”
    “Whether it is a 16 year old or a 12 year old, if you can move well, we have no trouble in loading that athlete”
    “There is a disproportionate growth that happens from distal to proximal in adolescence and that impacts what injuries are more likely to occur”
    “Growth and maturation are lumped together interchangeably but that’s not always the case”
    “If a child is emotional and mentally mature enough, they can start strength and conditioning”
    “We don’t want every day looking the same, we don’t want every week looking the same from a training volume and intensity standpoint”

    SHOWNOTES
    1) Perry’s journey from community health to English Premier League soccer clubs
    2) The foundation and youth development stages of the Arsenal FC Academy
    3) Maturation stages and hormonal development over adolescence and combing that with a competency based program
    4) The different ways of assessing peak height velocity
    5) When should kids start training?
    6) More on the structure of the Arsenal FC Academy structure and the use of cooperative and multipart games
    7) The importance of maintaining mobility, stability and motor patterns during growth spurt, monitoring growth and maturation and knowing what kids are doing outside of the Academy for injury prevention
    8) How gym and speed sessions look in the Arsenal FC Academy
    11) The benefits of coaching sports and not just coaching in the gym for strength & conditioning coaches
    12) The Kaizen principle and taking time for yourself as a coach

    • 1 hr
    ASCA Podcast #54 - Scott Pollock

    ASCA Podcast #54 - Scott Pollock

    Scott is currently the Lead Strength and Conditioning Coach at British Cycling and a Senior Strength and Conditioning Coach with the English Institute of Sport. Prior to this Scott held positions including the Head of Physical Preparation with British Swimming and Assistant Head of Strength and Conditioning at the Sports Institute of Northern Ireland. Scott is an accredited Strength and Conditioning Coach with the UKSCA and is currently completing a PhD via London South Bank University.

    QUOTES
    “This is cool, these guys (strength & conditioning coaches) get to wear shorts to work and crank up the music”
    “There are different ways in which you can stimulate the brain and transcranial direct current stimulation is one”
    “The placement of electrodes on the head needs to be adjusted through trial and error”
    “Are we increasing the neural drive or inhibiting your body’s own natural protective feedback mechanisms?”
    “You need to make an effort to understand the sports coaches’ thought process and spend time with them”

    SHOWNOTES
    1) Scott’s journey from Ireland to England and back again with British swimming and cycling
    2) Reverse engineering physical standards for specific sports based on race modelling
    3) Application or reverse engineering performance from stopwatch sports to chaos sports
    4) Transcranial direct current stimulation, Scott's Phd and research around whether it is effective
    6) Training the trunk and getting back to the basics

    PEOPLE MENTIONED
    Nick Grantham
    Joel Brannigan
    Michael Johnson
    Loren Landow
    Stuart Yule
    Adam Peaty
    Frans Bosch

    • 1 hr 8 min
    ASCA Podcast #53 - Daniel Kadlec

    ASCA Podcast #53 - Daniel Kadlec

    Daniel Kadlec is currently the Head Strength & Conditioning Coach for Softball Western Australia and Head Strength & Conditioning Coach for Claremont WFC in collaboration with Edith Cowan University while completing a PhD in Sports Science sponsored by VALD Performance. Daniel was previously a strength and conditioning coach in a private facility (PlusD Sports) in Solingen, Germany for the past seven years. He has worked with various teams, including Professional Handball, Germans Women's Rugby 7s, and the centralised women's Judo athletes. In addition to being an Australian Strength and Conditioning Association Professional Coach Accreditation Scheme - Professional (PCAS-P) coach, he is a certified sports physiotherapist. His areas of research interest are biomechanics and coaching science.

    QUOTES
    “Athlete rely on certain movement strategies when changing direction but when they can't use those strategies, the best case is they get beaten by an opponent, the worst case is the rupture an ACL”
    “To figure out an athlete's joint dominance, get them to move or jump and get an idea of which joints go through big ranges of motion. This will give you an idea of where they are generating torque.“
    “Gym strong athletes seem to be more hip dominant when changing direction whereas weaker athletes in the gym seem to rely on their knee extensors which might influence ACL injury risk”
    “I used to try and solve all my movement problems with gym solutions”
    “Make athletes anti-fragile so they can experience as much technical training as possible”
    “You are doing your field sport athletes a disservice if you are not programming linear speed weekly”

    SHOWNOTES
    1) Daniel’s journey from Germany to UK to Australia
    2) Daniel's research on isolated and multi-joint capacities and how they affect movement strategies in planned/unplanned change of direction tasks
    3) Using a constraint-based approach to alter movement strategies around hip, knee or ankle for change of direction
    4) Practical recommendations for planned/unplanned change of direction and the contribution of medial/lateral hip
    5) Daniel's approach to speed development and the use of running drills (e.g. A skips versus sprinting
    6) A sample speed/COD session and how to manipulate entry speed, cutting angle and reaction within a session

    PEOPLE MENTIONED
    1) Sophia Nimphius
    2) Jackie Alderson
    3) Matt Jordan

    • 1 hr
    ASCA Podcast #52 - Carmen Bott

    ASCA Podcast #52 - Carmen Bott

    Carmen Bott has been coaching for over 20 years and is considered a resource in applied strength & conditioning for the combative and collision sport athlete population(s). Her methods are grounded in science, but it is her 20+ years of experience that allow her to transfer the science into practice. Carmen lectures and coaches internationally in the field of sport science. She is a Faculty member at Langara College in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada in the Department of Kinesiology where she instructs Exercise Physiology & High Performance for Sport. She is also a Lecturer at Simon Fraser University.

    QUOTES
    “Just watch your athletes and if they can’t complete what you have programmed, give them a rest… then re-evaluate your programming”
    "Pick your modality first and then base your programming around that…"
    “Type I muscle for a combat sport athlete is just a garburator to allow your type II muscle to do more explosive work”
    “For combat sports athlete, give them something they feel productive doing in their recovery during power conditioning”
    “I borrowed a lot of exercises from wrestling coaches and then just added a bit more nuance to them for strength & conditining purposes”
    “With international wrestlers, it becomes a game of fatigue management and making sure they physical qualities they already have are preserved"
    “You can’t be too strong through mid-section or neck for combat sport athletes”

    SHOWNOTES
    1) Carmen’s background including her time at university, masters thesis and introduction to S&C
    2) The Wrestlers Edge program
    3) The three types of special endurance – strength, speed and power endurance and how to train them
    4) How to manage rest and recovery interval between special endurance blocks
    5) The modes of exercise Carmen likes to use for special endurance: sprints/hill sprints, kettlebells, battle ropes, jump squats, uphill jumping
    6) Insights into working with international wrestlers
    7) Peaking considerations for wrestlers pre competition including aerobic power work to help with plasma volume losses during the weight cut
    8) How strong is strong enough for the sport and how to assess what type off special endurance the athlete needs the most
    9) Tests and standards for neck and trunk work for wrestlers
    10) Comments on periodisation and vertical integration

    PEOPLE MENTIONED
    Pavel Tsatsouline
    Mladen Jovanovic
    Charlie Francis
    Joel McCallum

    • 1 hr 26 min
    ASCA Podcast #51 - Scott Dickinson

    ASCA Podcast #51 - Scott Dickinson

    ABOUT SCOTT
    Scott is an ASCA Level 2 – PCAS Elite Coach. He holds a Masters in Strength and Conditioning from Edith Cowan University and a Bachelor of Applied Sport Science – Human Movement Studies from QUT. In a career spanning more than 20 years, Scott has worked across multiple Olympic sports, as well as in Rugby League and AFL. Scott started his career at the Queensland Academy of Sport where he worked with sports such as Men’s Hockey, Baseball, Squash, Beach Volleyball, Gymnastics and Women’s Football before moving to the Newcastle Knights in the NRL. Following 3 years at the Knights, Scott spent a short stint at the New South Wales Institute of Sport before moving to The Netherlands to take up the post of Performance Manager of Strength and Conditioning for the Netherlands Olympic Committee. Here, he provided hands on support to Swimming, Track Cycling and Beach Volleyball in addition to managing the S&C discipline across the country and functioning as part of the technical committee. Since returning to Australia, Scott has worked at both the North Melbourne Kangaroos AFL club and the Victorian Institute of Sport before taking up his current role as National S&C Lead with Swimming Australia.

    QUOTES
    “You need to create some structure and find time to do the things you want to develop when being let go”
    “Make sure you are very good at developing all round athletic qualities, not just strength in a gym”
    “Understand that S&C is so much more than sets & reps, at end of day, it is influencing behaviour”
    “If you don’t have alignment of expectations between the organisation and yourself, then chances of success are going to be compromised”
    “Get the behaviors around training right first before adding the testing and diagnostics”

    SHOWNOTES
    1) Scott's origins in baseball and journey from the QAS to Swimming Australia
    2) COVID-19 and how to deal with potentially being out fo work and finding opportunities
    3) How to create and have a "Plan B" for S&C and at the same time, becoming more valuable to an organisation
    4) The main things Scott has learned from each of his stops
    5) How to tune into the culture of a new sport or working in another country
    6) A training week breakdown with Swimming Australia
    7) Diagnostics and testing with Swimming Australia including the ASH test

    PEOPLE MENTIONED
    Lachlan Penfold
    Angus Ross
    Kelvin Giles
    Suki Hobson
    Bill Knowles
    Andrew Johns
    Michael Hagen
    Ben Rosenblatt
    Jeremy Frisch
    Ben Ashworth

    • 1 hr 7 min
    ASCA Podcast #50 - Ross Smith

    ASCA Podcast #50 - Ross Smith

    Ross Smith is the Strength and Conditioning Lead at the Australian institute of Sport. Over 20 years strength and conditioning experience working across multiple sports and organisations. The past 15 years at the AIS working with development and elite athletes across multiple sports including boxing, taekwondo, judo, athletics, cycling, rowing, basketball, modern pentathlon, water polo, winter sports and playing a leading role in AIS intensive rehabilitation.

    QUOTES
    “Do you understand the sport? What are the actual physical requirements of the sport? What are the structures of the year? You need to understand these basic things before designing a S&C program”
    “Mimicking a boxing movement pattern in the gym normally doesn’t have the desired outcome”
    “You want to develop the range and the movement pattern but if you don’t develop the strength through that range, you are opening yourself up for injury”
    “Are you effective in standing on one leg and applying and directing force? If you can do that, its of massive benefit to any exercise you want to do”
    “I still like RPE x time but load isn’t load – where is that load coming from and what type of load is it? What type of physioogiocal loading is it? Is there impact associated with it?”

    SHOWNOTES
    1) From athletics coaching to S&C in NSWIS and AIS
    2) Combat sports at the AIS and getting a sports coach's trust
    4) What a training week looks like for boxers at the AIS
    5) Common injury concerns and the ability to link upper and lower bodies together
    6) Developing proprioceptive awareness
    7) Monitoring training load - sRPE, physiological loading and impact loading
    8) Getting the right balance between physiological and impact load across a training cycle
    9) Considerations for strength and conditioning around weight cutting
    10) Lessons from combat sports for other sports

    • 1 hr 22 min

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