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ASCA | Ensuring excellence in strength and conditioning.

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ASCA | Ensuring excellence in strength and conditioning.

    ASCA Podcast #70 Andrea Hudy

    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

    Phil Wagner
    William Kraemer
    Andrew Fry
    Nicolai Morris
    Sophia Nimphius

    • 1 hr
    ASCA Podcast #69 - Nicolai Morris

    ASCA Podcast #69 - Nicolai Morris

    Nicolai is a Strength and Conditioning Specialist with New South Wales Institute of Sport. She has just finished working with High Performance Sport New Zealand as the lead S&C of the Women’s Blacksticks Hockey team and previously with New Zealand Rowing in the elite and U23/Junior pathways. Nicolai has previously worked in a multitude of sports and has incorporated gymnastic skills and principals throughout her programming. She is an ASCA Level 2, Pro-Scheme Elite coach, with a Masters in Strength and Conditioning and over a decade of experience, as well as a background in coaching men’s gymnastics.

    “Gymnastics is the foundation of all movement and has applications across every arena”
    “Any athlete that needs their shoulders, hanging and handstands can make such a difference”
    “If you are in shoulder dominant sport and you cannot hang off a bar for 30s, doing a bunch of bench press may not be your number one priority”
    “If you have the body and spatial awareness, you are able to learn other movements faster and transfer your strength into our environments”

    1) Nicolai’s background and journey in strength and conditioning and gymnastics
    2) The benefits of gymnastics for all athletes
    3) Examples of using applied gymnastics exercises with different sports including rowing, athletics and swimming
    4) Progressing and regressing different gymnastics exercises like back bridges, handstands and ring fallouts
    5) How you can adapt gymnastics for different sized athletes and the benefits for larger athletes
    6) Different skills and movement expression to challenge athletes with
    7) The transferability of gymnastics to athletics performance
    8) Nicolai’s role in promoting female strength and conditioning and the benefits of a support network
    9) Things to be aware of in regard to females working in sport and female athletes

    Alex Clarke
    Lin Jinling
    Dalecki Strength
    Chris Gavilgio

    • 1 hr 2 min
    ASCA Podcast #68 - Lachlan Wilmot

    ASCA Podcast #68 - Lachlan Wilmot

    Lachlan Wilmot has been working in the fitness industry going on 15 years, working with both the general population and elite level athletes. After completing a Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science, Lachlan continued his education, completing his Honours thesis in Sports Science. Lachlan spent 8 years as the Senior Athletic Performance Coach specialising in strength and power at the GWS Giants AFL Club based in Sydney, after previous involvement with the AIS-AFL Academy and NSW/ACT AFL Academy. Lachlan then moved across to the Parramatta Eels NRL Club to take on the role of Head of Athletic Performance, after 2 seasons at the club he made the decision to transition into his private company Athletes Authority. Lachlan is currently the Director of Coaching and Performance at Athletes Authority in Sydney, a company that specialises in athlete development and coach education.

    “Be great at what you do, build connections with athletes and other coaches and get in front of as many people as you can”
    “I love having S&C coaches on staff that were personal trainers”
    “The weakest link in a team of staff will be bent by players”
    “You can’t control when the opportunity opens so keep biding your time and adding to your CV”
    “Make sure you pick the right business partner if you are going to open a business”
    “Understand who you are and what you want to produce in the private S&C setting”

    1) Lachlan’s experiences in strength and conditioning
    2) Volunteering, being good at what you do and social media presence
    3) The 3 Ps: persuasion, persuasion, prosuasian
    4) Figuring out what can you add to a program in professional sport
    5) Applying for the job and surviving the shaking of the resume tree
    6) The benefits of being a personal trainer for a strength & conditioning coach
    7) Laying the groundwork for career progression in S&C and focusing on what you can control
    8) The private S&C industry in Australia/NZ and picking the right business partner
    9) Understanding your niche in private S&C
    10) Athlete's authority training block and sport grouping approach
    11) Developing the culture within a private S&C facility and individual vs ideal programs
    12) The influence of Paul Chek and the integration of physiotherapy and S&C

    John Quinn
    David Joyce
    Dylan Shiel
    Blake Ferguson

    • 1 hr 25 min
    ASCA Podcast #67 - Nathan Parnham

    ASCA Podcast #67 - Nathan Parnham

    Nathan Parnham is an athletic development coach based in Brisbane, Australia. He is currently the Director of Strength and Conditioning at Brisbane Grammar School and has worked at Parramatta Eels (NRL) and Aussie 7s (Rugby Australia) and with athletes across a variety of sports from the Australian Netball League, A/W-league's, NRL, Super Rugby, Rugby7s, and the ITF Tennis Circuit. He also has a book that is about to be released in the end of June called the Sporting Parent, which details everything a parent needs to ensure their kid succeeds in sport and life.

    “Most coaches sing the same song but the parents oftentimes listen to a different playlist with their kids sporting development”
    “Gymnastics is by far the best way in my mind to try and build that kinesthetic awareness for your child as an individual”
    “Kids need to engage in multiple sports rather than trying to stack a week with different types of training sessions”
    “You want kids to engage in resistance training as early as possible to move better and hold their own bodyweight”
    “We have ideas as coaches as to what is best for the individual kid but the number one thing we normally don’t do well is communicating those ideas to parents and the kids”

    1) Nathan’s journey in strength and conditioning
    2) The stimulus for writing a book about youth athletic development and the process Nathan went through
    3) The common themes that arise in youth athletics development when dealing with parents
    4) The value of swimming, gymnastics and martial arts for youth athletic development
    5) How to give advice to parents regarding which types of training kids should be doing outside their chosen sport
    6) Peak height velocity (PHV) and advice for coaches working with youth in the stages around PHV
    7) Sport specialization and the benefits of engaging of other sports
    8) Resistance training for youth and the role of parents in promoting this
    9) The pros and cons of structured versus unstructured exercise and play
    10) Working with parents and youth and the value of remembering the context of what environment you are working in
    11) Developing accountability in youth through training and sport

    Lachlan Wilmot
    David Joyce
    Brett Bartholomew
    Ron McKeefery
    Kelvin Giles

    • 1 hr 6 min
    ASCA Podcast #66 - Donna Miller

    ASCA Podcast #66 - Donna Miller

    Donna Miller has worked in the S&C industry for over 10 years, working both privately, in team settings and the high school setting. Her background includes working in Suburban (Lindfield) and Shute Shield Rugby Union (Eastwood & Randwick), NSW U16s Schools Rep Squads (2014-2015), Jersey Flegg Rugby League (U20s) (2017-2019), as well as being part of high school programs including Newington College, Head of Athletic Development at St Andrew’s Cathedral School. She has worked with regional, state and national level athletes in rugby league & union, swimming, tennis, hockey, and rowing. She is currently Head of Strength & Conditioning at Hunter Valley Grammar School in the Hunter. Qualifications: B. Exercise & Sports Science (UNE), Professional Scheme Level 2 ASCA Coach, NCAS Certified, Cert III & IV Fitness.

    “They main thing with S&C in a school is addressing the needs of every kid, rather than just those that are there to play sport”
    “A LTAD model is for a perfect world and in high schools, it is not perfect so you have to adapt”
    “It is really important that kids need to be playing a multitude of sports until 15-16 years old”
    “You can’t take away from a student’s academic learning with a S&C program in a school”
    “if you can teach a year 7 kid to do a single leg RDL, you can do anything!”
    “The most important thing for female S&C coaches is not to walk into a role and say “I’m a female coach”, it should be “I’m a coach”, end of story!”

    1) Donna’s background and how she came into her current role
    2) The different roles as a S&C coach in a school setting
    3) Considerations S&C coaches need to be aware of with student athletes and the differences between inner city and country students
    4) How to handle the different demands and pulls on student athletes,
    5) The logistics of working in a school setting
    6) Screening and maturation measures for student athletes
    7) Donna's 3 phase program for athlete development in a school setting
    8) How S&C can integrate with PE across a school
    9) Differences between youth teams and school S&C
    10) Considerations for female S&C coaches in a school/youth environment

    Nathan Parnham
    Gary Schofield

    • 51 min
    ASCA Podcast #65 - David Watts

    ASCA Podcast #65 - David Watts

    David has been preparing Olympic and professional athletes for competitive success for over 10 years. He started his S&C career at the Queensland Academy of Sport in 2010. For a little over 6 years, he developed his coaching skills and knowledge as he worked with athletes from a wide range of Olympic sports. After the 2016 Rio Olympics he made the move to professional sport by taking on a role at the Geelong Cats Football Club. After 3 years specialising in rehab with the Cats, David transitioned back to a traditional S&C role moving into his current position as the Strength and Power Coach for the Melbourne Football Club. In addition to his extensive experience, David holds a course work masters from Edith Cowan University and is accredited with the ASCA as a Level 3 Master Coach.

    “I realized how important my personal training was to me for my mental space and to continually test my ideas”
    “There are two sides to CrossFit, participation and then the sport and the training that goes into supporting those athletes in the actual sport is quite frankly extraordinary”
    “You need to be so skilled at movements that there is very little cost to performing them repeatedly”
    “There are elements of Crossfit that really make you question the principles and theory of concurrent training”
    “One thing I will say about Crossfit athletes is they value recovery modalities more than any other athlete I have come across”
    “If you maintain a certain level of volume, you can recover from more than what you think you can, especially if it is a volume you have adapted to”

    1) Dave’s backstory, from the QAS to AFL and the introduction to CrossFit
    2) The type of athletes in CrossFit and competition structure
    3) The crucial elements of training for Crossfit including the skills of barbell cycling and gymnastics
    4) The type of "engine" needed for the sport And Dave's 3 component model of energy systems
    5) How does training look for competitive Crossfitters and getting “caught up in the volume trap”
    6) The periodization of Crossfit with a typical example over 12 weeks pre competition
    7) Crossfit athletes and coaches that S&C coaches could learn from
    8) The value of volume and competition, the interaction of energy systems and other things Dave has taken from Crossfit and applied to his S&C practice
    9) Other changes to Dave’s practice in last 2-3 years and upcoming development

    Kieran Young
    Darren Burgess
    Chris Dennis
    Matt Fraser
    Tia Clare Toomey
    Ben Bergeron
    Chris Hinshaw
    Lachlan James

    • 1 hr 15 min

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