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The psychology of physical enhancement, attitude, effort and energy with Dan Abrahams (Sports Psychologist)
This week’s guest on the Pacey Performance Podcast is sports psychologist Dan Abrahams. Dan became a psychologist following a stint as a professional golfer with an interest in the mental side of the sport. After calling time on his playing career, he became a coach and followed that up by gaining a master’s degree in sports psychology. He’s been working in this capacity for 16 years now, including for England Rugby, England Golf, and numerous Premier League football clubs.
Following the recent Olympic and Paralympic Games, sports psychology has been in the spotlight more than ever. Dan discusses the impact this has had on the subject, including how an athlete’s mental state can be rated on a three-stage ‘traffic light’ system depending on their current needs. He also addresses the theory that you cannot coach attitude, effort and energy - although the athlete is responsible for their own attitude, Dan explains how coaches and sports psychologists can create an environment that engages athletes and helps them maintain all-important intensity when training. If you’re interested in the mental side of coaching and sports science, then this week’s podcast is for you.
This week’s topics:
How sports psychology is currently split between athlete performance, wellbeing and mental health
Why sporting organisations need to address all three as psychology becomes more prominent
Why sports clubs on a budget could spend time educating their existing coaches in sports psychology
Why it’s said that you can’t coach attitude, effort and energy
How coaches can engage athletes and maintain all-important intensity during training
How to create a positive training environment that gets the best from athletes
Building relationships with athletes – and maintaining boundaries between the personal and professional
Triphasic training, the ‘performance pillars‘ system, and choosing the right athlete assessments with Matt Van (Director of Sports Science, Houston Texans)
Matt Van Dyke joins Rob on this week’s Pacey Performance Podcast. As the Director of Sports Science for the Houston Texans, Matt is responsible for the management of training loads and other performance aspects implemented to each individual athlete in order to maximise performance and readiness. Prior to this, Matt has worked at the University of Texas and University of Denver, designing and implementing speed, strength, conditioning, and mobility training programs for men’s lacrosse, alpine ski, baseball, tennis, swimming and track and field.
Matt talks to Rob about performance pillars, testing, and monitoring – subjects that he has recently written about in one of his many books, articles and blogs. This includes the metrics that sports scientists and coaches should be looking at in regards to GPS data, and the six physical performance qualities he looks for when measuring improvement. Matt further explains how to incorporate specialist training when faced with constraints, such as time.
There’s also some outstanding insight into a range of exercises and techniques, including triphasic training, oscillatory training, isometric exercises as a part of that, and understanding physics when it comes to power development. Matt also gives us some examples of further reading in these areas, which will be invaluable to any coach.
On the podcast this week:
The metrics to be looking at when it comes to GPS
How to test and monitor to see whether an athlete is improving
Matt’s 6 physical performance qualities
How to incorporate sprints when faced with limited time
Practical examples of preparing players when faced with constraints
Understanding physics when it comes to power development
How to incorporate eccentric training into a strength and power programme with John Wagle (Director of Performance Science and Player Development, Kansas City Royals)
This week’s guest on the Pacey Performance Podcast is John Wagle, Director of Performance Science and Player Development at the Kansas City Royals in Major League Baseball. Previously, he earned his PhD at East Tennessee State University, worked at DePaul University as a strength and conditioning coach, and spent some time prior to that as a baseball coach. John is here to talk about eccentric training – a subject he covered extensively in the PhD..
Eccentric training exists on a continuum, encompassing a large variety of methods from tempo training, to flywheel inertial training, accenuated eccentric training (AEL) and playometric training. John's PhD focused on AEL so discusses why it is specifically beneficial. If you’d like to know the timings and potential exercise selection that can bring greater muscle strength and recovery even to ‘lower end’ athletes, then this week’s podcast is for you.
Topics this week:
The benefits of eccentric training
Why eccentric training has been gaining in popularity
The downsides of eccentric training to be wary of
How to start focusing on eccentric training
How coaches can develop their use of flywheel training
Developing training programmes to lead into AEL (accentuated eccentric loading)
Simple exercises anyone can do which involve AEL
How ‘low end’ athletes can benefit from AEL
When to apply plyometrics in an AEL programme
Maintaining fitness levels while a team is ‘on the road’
The quadrant system; allowing creativity and structure in planning and periodisation with Daniel Bove (Director of Performance, New Orleans Pelicans)
This week’s guest on the Pacey Performance Podcast is Director of Performance for the New Orleans Pelicans in the NBA, Daniel Bove. Daniel has previously worked for the Atlanta Hawks as their assistance strength coach, before moving on to the Phoenix Suns and then New Orleans in his current role. In line with his new book, Daniel talks about how to use the quadrant system as a visualisation tool in strength and conditioning training, including how it can be used effectively in regular, day-to-day coaching.
This includes the outputs that can be created, how to manage quadrants when games are close together, and also force plates and their use in the NBA - giving some insight into plyometrics in a sport where effective jumping is an absolute necessity. To learn all this and much more, hit the pay button now.
This week’s topics:
The use of quadrants as a visualisation tool
Daniel’s principles for periodisation and planning
How to make the quadrant system fit into everyday coaching
Creating an output using the strength training quadrant
The use of machines during slow strength training
Managing quadrants when games are so close together
What to change in quadrants depending on the opposition
The use of metabolic quadrants, and what each quadrant involves
How plyometrics fit into the quadrant system
Force plates and how they are used in the NBA
How much info to feed back to athletes regarding rehab
Deceleration ability; testing, developing underpinning qualities and the braking strategy framework with Damian Harper (Lecturer at the Institute of Coaching & Performance)
Damian Harper is our guest on this week’s Pacey Performance Podcast, bringing with him a wealth of wide-ranging experience in coaching and strength and conditioning. Damian is currently working in the Institute of Coaching and Performance at UCLAN, supervising students on professional masters and doctorates in elite performance. He’s also a member of UCLAN’s newly developed football performance hub, developing the human braking research group following his PhD.
Prior to his time with UCLAN, Damian lectured in exercise physiology at York St John University, coached at the Bobby Charlton Soccer School, and earned his master’s degree while working with sports clubs in his local area. One of which was St. Albans Rugby Club, where he developed the 10/05 repeated jump test. This test, amongst other jump testing options, and deceleration testing and training, is what he discusses today.
With a huge depth of academic and first-hand experience of strength and conditioning harking back to his days as a footballer, there are very few individuals better placed to give their insight into S&C. Listen to this week podcast below to learn more about how Damian builds effective deceleration and change of direction, without succumbing to injury.
This week’s topics:
10/5 repeat jumps and why Damian uses them over other options
Why deceleration is so important
Why it’s important to ‘test the brakes’ of an athlete
How to find the sweet spot of the acceleration-deceleration ability (ADA) test
The tech needed to run the ADA test – and other options available
Exercises that can measure an athlete’s ability to decelerate effectively
How to improve deceleration performance
The use of eccentric approaches during training
Increasing intensity of decelerations during small-sided games
Where to look and who to listen for on the subject of deceleration
Weight machines; the most under utilised way to train in-season in the NBA with Cory Schlesinger (Director of Performance at the Phoenix Suns)
Cory Schlesinger is this week’s guest on the Pacey Performance Podcast. He has over 20 years’ experience in basketball, including 4 years as a player and 15 as a coach at college level before moving on to his current role as Head of Strength and Conditioning with the Phoenix Suns in the NBA. With the experience of both playing and coaching at college level, Cory discusses what he’d do differently in terms of attitude if he had that opportunity again.
Cory also discusses the techniques he tends to use, including his love of machines in strength and conditioning, and how sports science helps him get the best out of his players. This also includes some inside information about how the Phoenix Suns use force plates and aqua bags effectively.
Finally, Cory talks about Instagram and how he started to build a personal brand online. For all this and much, much more, listen to the podcast to gain some insight into what it’s like to coach promising and top-level athletes for over two decades.
On this week’s podcast:
What Cory would do differently if he had his time as a player again
The misconceptions Cory has about the NBA
Why certain coaching techniques wouldn’t transfer from college to the NBA
The importance of strong leadership in top level basketball
The differences between college basketball and NBA in terms of philosophy
How Cory dealt with the difference between coaching adult athletes and college students
The importance of avoiding judgement in weight training and strength and conditioning
What the NBA needed from a college coach’s point of view
Why Cory is a huge fan of using machines in S&C, and the techniques he uses
The difference between sports science and S&C in terms of impact
How sports science allows coaches to understand training efficiency
How the Phoenix Suns use force plates and aqua bags effectively
The low level plyometrics Cory favours
How Cory chooses to periodise recovery and the exercises he would prescribe
The use of Instagram and building a personal brand as a coach