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A podcast for Parents, Sports Coaches, PE Teachers, Support staff and anyone else interested in Youth Athletic Development! Our mission is to support grassroots coaches in the development of youth athletes.

Here you'll find interviews with technical coaches, support staff, researchers and former athletes, helping us all to improve our coaching with young athletes.

The Athletic Evolution Podcast Rob Anderson

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A podcast for Parents, Sports Coaches, PE Teachers, Support staff and anyone else interested in Youth Athletic Development! Our mission is to support grassroots coaches in the development of youth athletes.

Here you'll find interviews with technical coaches, support staff, researchers and former athletes, helping us all to improve our coaching with young athletes.

    Ben Pullen (Cardiff Metropolitan University): Using S&C for holistic youth development.

    Ben Pullen (Cardiff Metropolitan University): Using S&C for holistic youth development.

    Ben Pullen is a PhD student in the Youth Physical Development Centre at Cardiff Metropolitan University. His research focuses on the impact of strength and conditioning on the athletic motor skill competencies and the psychological attributes of youths. His PhD is a joint project with the Welsh Institute of Performance Science, Sport Wales and Swansea University.



    In this episode Ben discusses:




    Taking performance out of the athletic development equation.




    How S&C can be an activity that benefits children in a way sport doesn't




    The misconception that talented youth athletes already possess movement competency.




    An overview of his PhD research investigating the effect of S&C on both physical and psychological factors.




    Understanding the constraints led approach to coaching.




    The grey area of competition in children and how to manage it to get desired coaching outcomes.



    You can keep up with Ben's work via his Research Gate profile, Twitter: @Ben_Pullen and Instagram: @bpullen_coach .



    As always you can keep up to date with Athletic Evolution via our Website, Facebook and Instagram.




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    • 1 hr 10 min
    Trevor Ragan (The Learner Lab): Don't train in the Zoo to compete in the Jungle.

    Trevor Ragan (The Learner Lab): Don't train in the Zoo to compete in the Jungle.

    Trevor Ragan is the founder of The Learner Lab - an educational website designed to unpack and share the science of learning and development. He spends his time with thought leaders and researchers from the worlds of psychology and developmental science, consumes their research, connects the dots, and shares it with anyone that will listen. He's worked with professional, college, and olympic sports teams, Fortune 500 companies, prisons, and in hundreds of schools across the country. These workshops are designed to help people understand and apply important principles of development, in order to become better, more resilient learners. 



    In this episode Trevor discusses: 




    The pain of missing out on a basketball spot at Duke University fuelling hunger to learn about learning! 




    How research gets misinterpreted and misdirected in practice. 




    How we often practice in the zoo but compete in the jungle. 




    Why research is crystal clear that we can all improve. 




    What we can learn from stand up comedy. 




    Running small "experiments" in our practice and training of athletes. 



    You can keep up to date with Trevor's work via www.learnerlab.com . 



    As always you can keep up to date with Athletic Evolution via our Website, Facebook and Instagram.


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    Dr John Radnor (Cardiff Met University): Nature or Nurture?

    Dr John Radnor (Cardiff Met University): Nature or Nurture?

    Dr John Radnor is a Lecturer and researcher in Strength and Conditioning at Cardiff Metropolitan University. His research interests surround youth S&C, and he has recently completed his PhD in Paediatric Exercise Science. John has previously worked with Welsh Rowing and the GB Start Programme, as well as previously being an academy S&C coach at Exeter Chiefs and Exeter City. Taking a step back from coaching at the moment, one of John’s main roles at the University is as the work-based learning lead for the SCRAM UG programme, developing links with NGB’s, pro teams, and local clubs for placement students. Within this role, John looks to develop research links ensuring that research is helping to answer “performance problems” for the clubs.



    In this episode John discusses:




    His difficult decision to leave Exeter Chiefs Academy to take up a PhD position.




    Why all coaches should Educate, Enthuse and Enhance.




    How his research his helping understand whether performance improvements are down to Maturation or Training.




    Some of the main findings of his PhD research.




    What this means for coaches in evaluating their programs.



    You can keep up to date with John via his Research Gate profile, or via Twitter: @John_Radnor .



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    • 1 hr 7 min
    Dr Amanda Johnson (Consultant Physiotherapist): A Masterclass in Growth-related injuries

    Dr Amanda Johnson (Consultant Physiotherapist): A Masterclass in Growth-related injuries

    Amanda Johnson has worked as a physiotherapist in several sports at a high level including Great Britain Aquatic teams particularly swimming, synchro swimming and 10 years with the GB diving team. She has also travelled with the England Athletics Team to international camps and competitions. Mandy served for 5 years as the England Women’s Football team physio and as a senior lecturer for the Football Association. She spent 10 years as the senior physiotherapist at the Academy of Manchester United under Sir Alex Ferguson before becoming the lead physiotherapist at Aspire Academy for 8 years. Amanda's PhD and research interests a  are related to issues and injuries suffered by developing youth athletes in all sports. She has lectured at many international conferences on youth development, maturity and injury. 



    In this episode Amanda discusses: 




    Being specifically hired by Sir Alex Ferguson to discover why young athletes were getting injured. 




    The forward thinking approach of the Manchester United Academy using biological assessment 20 years ago. 




    The wide span of biological ages she found within each age group team at the Academy. 




    Why some injuries are specific to young athletes. 




    What exactly is happening during Sever's, Osgood-Schlatter's and Sinding-Larsen-Johansson disease. 




    What sort of ages these injuries present and how they are often treated. 



    You can follow Amanda's work more closely via her Research Gate Profile here. 



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    • 1 hr 21 min
    Brett Klika (SPIDERfit Kids): The importance of "Powerful Play"

    Brett Klika (SPIDERfit Kids): The importance of "Powerful Play"

    Brett Klika, founder of SPIDERfit Kids is regarded as an international expert in the field of inspiring kids to be active for life, He is also an  IDEA Personal Trainer of the Year award winner, author, and international motivational speaker inspiring men, women, and children around the world to create a culture of wellness in their home and live the best version of their life.



    In this episode Brett discusses:




    How his fitness journey got started earning a pair of Nike Air trainers.




    His journey from development to the US Olympic training centre, then back to development.




    How the birth of his daughter was a catalyst for SPIDERfit kids.




    How exercise is a gateway for personal growth and identity.




    His focus on "Powerful Play"




    Why movement is so important in holistic human development.




    His approach manipulating "movement variables".




    The impact and future of SPIDERfit kids program.



    You can keep up to date with Brett via the SPIDERfit Facebook page , Instagram: @spiderfitkids and SPIDERfit Kids Youtube Channel and on the website: www.spiderfitkids.com .



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    • 59 min
    Jamie Salter (York St John University & Athlete Discovery): Is there a relationship between growth-related injury and training load?

    Jamie Salter (York St John University & Athlete Discovery): Is there a relationship between growth-related injury and training load?

    Jamie Salter has worked in professional football and rugby league with both youth and adult athletes in a physical preparation role at Barnsley FC, Middlesbrough FC and York Knights RLFC whilst working with various athletes on an ad-hoc basis for many years. Alongside applied experience, he has spent most of my career in education as a lecturer in further and higher education environments. He is currently a Lecturer at York St John University delivering to under- and post-graduate students in areas of injury prevention, rehabilitation and strength and conditioning. He has presented at several major international conferences and is a current PhD candidate researching the associations between biological maturation and training loads in youth football.



    In this episode Jamie discusses:


    His unique method of getting work experience in professional football.




    An influential experience coaching for Everton FC's disability group.




    His strength of building rapport and relationships with students and athletes.




    His research on training load and maturation monitoring at professional football academies.




    His research on the perceptions of training load in athletes of different maturity status.




    His current thought on the relationship between accelerations, decelerations and change of direction on growth related injuries.



    You can keep up to date with Jamie via his Twitter: @jay_salter and @AthleteDiscov , via Instagram: @athletediscovery and via the website www.athletediscovery.co.uk .

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    • 56 min

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This podcast does a great job inviting speakers with a variety of backgrounds to explore the corners of athletic development. Rob does a great job hosting it and asking questions while also staying out of the way of the guest.

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