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There are lots of voices in the coaching world. Few are as trusted as the Pacey Performance Podcast. Rob Pacey and his guests share the philosophies, ideas and insights in conversations that are the signal in the noise of the sport performance space.

Pacey Performance Podcast Robert Pacey

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There are lots of voices in the coaching world. Few are as trusted as the Pacey Performance Podcast. Rob Pacey and his guests share the philosophies, ideas and insights in conversations that are the signal in the noise of the sport performance space.

    The future of sports science and the sports scientist in professional sport with Jose Fernandez (Mahd Academy)

    The future of sports science and the sports scientist in professional sport with Jose Fernandez (Mahd Academy)

    Joining Rob this week on the Pacey Performance Podcast is Jose Fernandez, leader of Sports Science at the Mahd Academy in Saudi Arabia. The Academy is part of the Ministry of Sport and has been tasked with developing athletic potential in the country. Previously, Jose was Head of Sports Science at Major League Baseball’s Houston Astros. Jose talks about his five-year journey, and how he’s moved from baseball to his current role. This has given him insight on how sports science in baseball differs from other sports, and how he built trust with the technical coaches at the Astros.


    Jose also shares his views on athlete profiling and how training can be customised through data. We also talk about what Jose believes will be the next technological advance in sports science, whether wearables still have a future in data analysis, and the importance of biomechanics. There’s also some discussion on the ever more overlapping roles within professional sports, such as the crossover between data scientist, sports scientist, strength and conditioning, and recruitment of talent. For all this and much more, hit the play button now.


    On this week’s podcast:


    Jose’s five-year journey

    How sports science in baseball differs from other sports

    How Jose built trust with the Houston Astros technical coaches

    Examples of how to save coaches’ time

    Athlete profiling and customising training through data

    Athlete profiling specific to baseball

    What Jose believes will be the next technological advance in sports science

    The future of wearables in the field

    Data analysis and the importance of biomechanics

    Transitioning between roles of data scientist, sports scientist and strength and conditioning coach

    Jose’s views on sports scientists infiltrating other areas of a team, e.g., recruitment

    • 57 min
    #Bitesize - The power of social media in getting (or not getting) a job in elite sport with Dave Slemen

    #Bitesize - The power of social media in getting (or not getting) a job in elite sport with Dave Slemen

    Dave featured on episode #322 of the Pacey Performance Podcast. This #bitesize episode takes a great clip from that episode where he discussed -


    Using social media to your advantage when looking for a job

    How social media can put recruiters off

    Why are wages so low for performance staff and what we can do about it


    Check out the full episode with Dave here - https://www.sportsmith.co/listen/pacey-performance-podcast-322-david-slemen/


    This episode is supported by RockDaisy, the only FREE AMS on the market. AMS Lite features reporting capabilities, questionnaires and forms, alerts and communication, data sharing, data visualisation and calendar views.

    • 17 min
    Understanding and evaluating the return on investment from any sports technology with Sam Robertson (Professor at Victoria University)

    Understanding and evaluating the return on investment from any sports technology with Sam Robertson (Professor at Victoria University)

    The first Pacey Performance Podcast guest of 2022 sees the return of Sam Robertson, Professor of Sports Analytics at Victoria University. Prior to arriving at the university, Sam worked as a sport scientist in various roles in both Australia and the United Kingdom.


    Since his last appearance, Sam has started his own One Track Mind podcast, exploring the science, technology, economics and politics of sport. Sam discusses a little about his podcast, including how he chooses guests and the topics they explore before moving on to the subject of sports technology. In addition to Sam’s definition of sports technology, he talks about FIFA’s criteria for choosing a sports technology partner, and how the data captured and advantages/disadvantages are often subjective to the individual coach or team.


    Sam also discusses the democratisation of data, and how individuals can understand the return on investment of the technology they choose. There’s also debate on how sports data has affected fan engagement, and whether these developments have been positive for sport. Finally, Rob and Sam discuss how to subjectively choose a sports technology provider and the criteria we can all look out for. For all this insight and much more, hit the play button now.


    This week’s topics:


    Sam’s definition of sports technology

    The data generated by sports technology

    FIFA’s criteria for choosing a sports technology partner

    The democratisation of data

    How individuals can understand the return investment on the technology they choose

    Is fan engagement driven by data going the right way?

    IMUs vs. player tracking systems

    Why the tech giants have stayed away from professional sports technology

    Creating frameworks to make better decisions on data collected

    How choosing a sports technology provider can be measured subjectively


    As mentioned in the episode, you can be a part of a new initiative between Track VU and Sportsmith in the independant evaluation of sports technology by visiting sportsmith.co/tech

    • 59 min
    #Bitesize - Using fixed resistance machines in-season with Cory Schlesinger

    #Bitesize - Using fixed resistance machines in-season with Cory Schlesinger

    Cory featured on episode #358 of the Pacey Performance Podcast. This #bitesize episode takes a great clip from that episode where he discussed -


    Using fixed resistance machines with elite athletes

    Managing in-season stress with fixed resistance machines

    What sports science has done for programmes in the NBA


    Check out the full episode with Cory here - https://www.sportsmith.co/listen/weight-machines-the-most-under-utilised-way-to-train-in-season-in-the-nba/


    This episode is supported by RockDaisy, the only FREE AMS on the market. AMS Lite features reporting capabilities, questionnaires and forms, alerts and communication, data sharing, data visualisation and calendar views.

    • 14 min
    Agility training, problems with change of direction testing & game speed with Ian Jeffreys (Coach Educator & Academic Director, Setanta College)

    Agility training, problems with change of direction testing & game speed with Ian Jeffreys (Coach Educator & Academic Director, Setanta College)

    This weeks guest on the Pacey Performance Podcast is Ian Jeffreys. Ian is a Coach Educator and recently appointed Academic Director at Setanta College. Ian is an internationally renowned coach, educator and author. An ex professional rugby player, where he played at the highest level for 15 years, he is regarded as a world authority in the development of speed & agility and conditioning for team sports. His Gamespeed system of sport specific speed and agility development, along with his RAMP warm-up protocols have revolutionised training in these areas and have been adopted by a wide range of coaches and organisations around the world. 


    In this episode of the podcast, Ian dives into why change of direction testing is becoming more and more redundant as we know more about training true agility. He also details why change of direction ability is only one part of the puzzle when it comes to coaching agility.


    Ian gives some real life, practical examples of how we coach agility in closed and more importantly open scenarios. 


    This weeks talking points -


    The link between teaching and coaching

    Why isolated change of direction tests don't give us the full picture

    Ways to train agility in open and closed environments

    Using personal playing experience to develop coaching ability

    The development of gamespeed 

    • 1 hr 2 min
    #Bitesize - Understanding the menstrual cycle to optimise performance with Georgie Bruinvels

    #Bitesize - Understanding the menstrual cycle to optimise performance with Georgie Bruinvels

    Georgie featured on episode #294 of the Pacey Performance Podcast. This #bitesize episode takes a great clip from that episode where she discussed -


    Common symptoms of each phase of the menstrual cycle

    Working around each of the symptoms

    Supporting athletes in each phase


    Check out the full episode with Georgie here - https://www.sportsmith.co/listen/pacey-performance-podcast-294-dr-georgie-bruinvels/


    This episode is supported by RockDaisy, the only FREE AMS on the market. AMS Lite features reporting capabilities, questionnaires and forms, alerts and communication, data sharing, data visualisation and calendar views.

    • 24 min

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