Interview with Cam Davidson
Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach
Penn State University
There aren't many strength & conditioning coaches that get the opportunity to work with national championship teams or athletes. Cam Davidson has been a part of them in three different sports. Davidson, who is an assistant strength and conditioning coach for the Nittany Lions' Olympic Sports has worked with men's ice hockey, track and field, the four-time national champion women's volleyball team, and the three time national champion wrestling team among others. Davidson also trains three time national champion and Olympic hopeful shot-putter, Ryan Whiting.
I had the privilege of witnessing Cam's wisdom and his passion for strength and conditioning during his presentations, hands-on coaching, and his own training. He spoke at the Central Ohio Strength and Conditioning Clinic in May of 2012 on Max Effort training for female athletes where he displayed incredible knowledge of the scientific foundations and the practical application of his training modalities. Cam has the uncanny ability to communicate complex training methodologies in a very clear and enthusiastic manner. This summer, while training at The Columbus Weightlifting Club, Cam visited the S4 compound and coached me through the Olympic lifts. He was also the key contributor on Olympic Lifting for Athletes: Using Static Holds to Improve Technique article here at elitefts.com.
Cam Davidson is a friend and mentor and an outstanding strength and conditioning coach. It was a pleasure to do this interview.
Topics Covered in this Podcast
1. Cam's Career Path
2. Transitioning from Small School Head Coach to Big School Assistant
3. Max Effort Training for Females
4. Being New to an Already Successful Program
5. Olympic Lifting Progressions for First year Players
6. Four Stage Squat Progression for Throwers
7. Training Athletes at the Highest Levels of Competition
8. Cam's Biggest Challenges in the Profession
9. Athletes' Impressions of the Coach's Training