Pacey Performance Podcast
Anaerobic speed reserve; maximising training prescription (part 1) with Gareth Sandford (Physiologist at Athletics Canada)

Anaerobic speed reserve; maximising training prescription (part 1) with Gareth Sandford (Physiologist at Athletics Canada)

October 21, 2021

This week’s guest on the Pacey Performance Podcast is Gareth Sandford, a researcher and physiologist for Athletics Canada, working with the Canadian Sports Institute, and the University of British Columbia. He previously earned his master’s in Sport Science and Physiology, where he did a year’s placement at Chelsea Football Club. He has also coached in the UK, US and in a tribal community in India. This led to a world tour which saw him observing and speaking to some of the best coaches in the world as part of his PhD.

Gareth is someone that you as a coach want to be listening to due to his education background and years of experience. This week’s podcast is a must listen/watch as Gareth talks about the anaerobic speed reserve, training models, athlete profiling (and its advantages) and tempo running vs maximal aerobic speed (MAS).

This episode is for all practitioners and coaches who want to maximise the conditioning work they do with their athletes. All you have to do is hit the play button to learn all this and much more.

This week’s Topics:

  • What is the anaerobic speed reserve and why would you use it?
  • Critical speed and what practitioners need to do to be able to look across the whole intensity speed continuum
  • Different trainings models, strengths and limitations they have
  • Tests you can use as a coach to help you best profiling your athletes

Timestamps

2:07 Topics learned from the world tour when getting his PhD and when was it

5:39 What anaerobic speed reserve means and what it does

7:14 The impacts of coaches exposing their athletes to anaerobic speed reserve with examples

10:34 The critical speed and what practitioners need to do to be able to look across the whole intensity speed continuum

12:38 Different trainings models, strengths and limitations they have, and what you can do

14:11 Important things to note as a coach when choosing the training model that works best for your athletes

22:13 How profiling your athlete can get them to the elite sport continuum

24:57 Tests you can do as a coach to help you do the best profiling of your athletes

29:39 The critical speed testing model and advantages and the challenges of using it

35:49 The types of models that you can use in developing athletes with aerobic qualities like footballers

40:50 Tempo run and ways in which a coach can use it successfully to train his or her athletes

#Bitesize - Training speed with team sport athletes with James Wild

#Bitesize - Training speed with team sport athletes with James Wild

October 19, 2021

James featured on episode #204 of the Pacey Performance Podcast. This #bitesize episode takes a great clip from that episode where James discusses -

  • Why we should coach team sport athletes differently to sprinters
  • How to profile team sport athletes
  • How to develop a programme based on appropriate profiling

Check out the full episode with Damian here - https://www.sportsmith.co/listen/pacey-performance-podcast-204-james-wild/

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Understanding and maximising the potential of the modern athlete with David Joyce and Dan Lewindon

Understanding and maximising the potential of the modern athlete with David Joyce and Dan Lewindon

October 14, 2021

This week’s Pacey Performance Podcast guests are Dan Lewindon and David Joyce. Dan has been the Head of Performance Science and Medicine at the Lawn Tennis Association for the past five years following time as a physiotherapist with England Rugby and several rugby union club sides. David runs Synapsing, his sports strategy and decision-making consultancy following over a decade as a performance director. Dan and David are the authors of the book ‘High-Performance Training for Sports’, with the second edition to be released imminently.

On the podcast, they discuss what’s new in their book, such as learning environments, learning strategies, coaching and queueing, and the use of language. They also discuss the chapter they wrote together about how to transition from direct athlete-facing roles to leadership positions. This includes the changes they’ve seen in coaching over the last two decades, and how strength and conditioning training has had to adapt to outside influences such as social media and the growing need to manage mental health. If you’re a coach who’s been in the industry for a while and looking to make that transition to a leadership position, then Dan and David’s insight could be exactly what you’re looking for.

On the podcast this week…

  • Dan and David’s 2nd edition of High-Performance Training for Sports’
  • What’s needed to move into a leadership position
  • What a coach will need to do to transition from a coaching to leadership role
  • Why some coaches will reach a certain age and transition out of sport
  • Why David Joyce took an MBA and the difference it made
  • Changes in the relationship between medical science and sport caused by Covid-19
  • What has changed in terms of athlete professionalism in the last two decades
  • What could lead to athletes using external practitioners, rather than club staff
  • Maintaining influence with athletes without constraining them
  • Whether elite teams and organisations are set up to manage mental health and wellbeing
  • A S&C coach’s role in an athlete’s extracurricular activities outside training
#Bitesize - Testing and training deceleration qualities with Damian Harper

#Bitesize - Testing and training deceleration qualities with Damian Harper

October 11, 2021

Damian Harper featured on episode #359 of the Pacey Performance Podcast. This #bitesize episode takes a great clip from that episode where Damian discusses -

  • Why team sport coaches should test and train deceleration
  • The best deceleration tests to use
  • How to improve deceleration with athletes

Check out the full episode with Damian here - https://www.sportsmith.co/listen/deceleration-ability-testing-developing-underpinning-qualities-and-the-braking-strategy-framework/

 

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The modern football fitness coach and the importance of deep technical and tactical knowledge with Adam Owen (UEFA Pro Licence Coach & High Performance Director)

The modern football fitness coach and the importance of deep technical and tactical knowledge with Adam Owen (UEFA Pro Licence Coach & High Performance Director)

October 7, 2021

This week’s guest on the Pacey Performance Podcast is Adam Owen, a man who has had more experience than most as a coach, sports scientist, performance director and consultant at numerous football clubs around Europe and the rest of the world. Starting as a player at Wrexham, Adam has coached at Rangers, Celtic, Sheffield Wednesday, Sheffield United, Servette, Lechia Gdansk, Benfica, Hebei Fortune and the Wales national team when they reached the semi-finals of Euro 2016.

With this experience, Adam gives us a superb overview of what it’s like to be a leading coach or assistant manager in professional football. Adam talks about the inner workings of coaching, such as man management, what a coaching qualification teaches us (and what it doesn’t), and how coaches can marry both the physical and technical side of the game. With several publications to his name, Adam explains how to take this profession beyond the academic. Simply hit the play button now to discover all this and much more.

On this week’s podcast:

  • Why it benefits coaches and sports scientists to have a deeper understanding of football
  • Why having a qualification in sports science or coaching isn’t always enough
  • What the minimum coaching qualification is that can give you influence within a club
  • Why it pays to know the physical side of football, not just the technical as a coach
  • How coaches with a physical style can gain a technical side
  • How to use experience gained in a pre-GPS time with that technology
  • Common misunderstandings between the physical and technical sides
  • Building rapport and trust with players by presenting a methodology
  • How to extract the best information from the coaches available at a club
  • How much a qualification, such as a UEFA A License, is dedicated to man management
Working with youth athletes; monitoring maturation, biobanding and training through rapid growth with Sean Cumming (Professor of Paediatric Exercise at Bath University)

Working with youth athletes; monitoring maturation, biobanding and training through rapid growth with Sean Cumming (Professor of Paediatric Exercise at Bath University)

September 30, 2021

This week’s Pacey Performance Podcase sees Rob joined by Sean Cumming; Professor of Paediatric Exercise at the University of Bath. He’s also been conducting a lot of work with the Lawn Tennis Association, Premier League, and the Football Association regarding the growth and development of young athletes. This is exactly what he speaks about this week, both in terms of physical and mental development.

For example, Sean discusses how a young athlete’s development can be shaped by the selection biases surrounding a particular sport, and how late and early development can be both beneficial and a drawback. Sean and Rob also discuss how training – both individually and as a group – can be adapted so everyone can meet their potential. This includes how to monitor maturation both with and without a budget – a must for many coaches at local and community sports clubs. For all this and much more, hit the play button now to hear more insight from this superb sports scientist.

This week’s topics:

  • Selection biases in tennis, and how they apply in other sports
  • Why selection biases are the reverse in gymnastics
  • Why coaches should consider biological maturation versus chronological age
  • Sean’s recommendations for creating a safe framework for early and late developers
  • Adapting training to stop young athletes becoming injured during growth spurts
  • The length of time it takes for early developers to catch up both physically and mentally
  • How to monitor maturation in young athletes on a lower budget
  • How to monitor maturation in young athletes on a higher budget
  • Why background and ethnicity can influence how quickly athletes mature
  • Use of bio-banding in football, and the cut-off points between each band
  • Why encouraging young footballers to play below their age group can be beneficial
The psychology of physical enhancement, attitude, effort and energy with Dan Abrahams (Sports Psychologist)

The psychology of physical enhancement, attitude, effort and energy with Dan Abrahams (Sports Psychologist)

September 23, 2021

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)

Triphasic training, the ‘performance pillars‘ system, and choosing the right athlete assessments with Matt Van (Director of Sports Science, Houston Texans)

September 16, 2021

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
  • Triphasic training
  • Oscillatory training
  • Eccentric training
  • Isometric exercises
  • 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)

How to incorporate eccentric training into a strength and power programme with John Wagle (Director of Performance Science and Player Development, Kansas City Royals)

September 9, 2021

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)

The quadrant system; allowing creativity and structure in planning and periodisation with Daniel Bove (Director of Performance, New Orleans Pelicans)

September 2, 2021

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)

Deceleration ability; testing, developing underpinning qualities and the braking strategy framework with Damian Harper (Lecturer at the Institute of Coaching & Performance)

August 26, 2021

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)

Weight machines; the most under utilised way to train in-season in the NBA with Cory Schlesinger (Director of Performance at the Phoenix Suns)

August 19, 2021

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
Rethinking rehabilitation, tendon health and the rise in popularity of blood flow restriction training with Luke Vella (Lead S&C Coach at Melbourne Rebels)

Rethinking rehabilitation, tendon health and the rise in popularity of blood flow restriction training with Luke Vella (Lead S&C Coach at Melbourne Rebels)

August 12, 2021

Luke Vella is Rob’s guest on this week’s Pacey Performance Podcast. Luke has recently returned to Australia following his time with Edinburgh Rugby, the University of Bath, and Olympic track cycling in Malaysia. While in Bath, he coached multiple sports, showing that in addition to his roles in Rugby and Aussie Rules, he certainly has several strings to his strength and conditioning bow.

With a background in rehab, Luke lets us know how to manage tendon health by looking out for the tell-tale symptoms that lead to tendon injuries, and how blood flow restriction training can help relieve pain.

For anyone looking for a deep-dive into rehab techniques involving blood flow restriction and improving muscle hypertrophy, speed and strength, then this week’s podcast is for you. He’ll also tell you how to plan your rehab programme. Hit play now to learn Luke’s rehab tips of the trade!

On the podcast this week:

  • Why switching between Australia and the UK was a good learning experience
  • Whether to stick to one sport or become a multi-sport coach
  • Tendon health and rehabilitation
  • The symptoms to look out for in athletes with tendon issues
  • How to test for tendon issues
  • How blood flow restriction training can relieve pain
  • The techniques coaches can use with blood flow restriction
  • When not to use blood flow restriction
  • Isometric loading protocols
  • Planning a rehab programme
Winning the Super Bowl, getting fired and making an impact in the NFL with James Hanisch (ex Director of Performance Science at Philadelphia Eagles)

Winning the Super Bowl, getting fired and making an impact in the NFL with James Hanisch (ex Director of Performance Science at Philadelphia Eagles)

August 5, 2021

On this week’s Pacey Performance Podcast, Rob speaks to James Hanisch of Hawkin Dynamics. James is the former Director of Performance Science at the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFL, and with a Super Bowl win as a coach to his name his wisdom and knowledge will be ideal for any sports scientist or aspiring trainer.

James talks to us about what it was like making the transition between Australia and the United States, both professionally and culturally. American football fans will also be interested to know about his role in the 2018 Super Bowl win for the Eagles, and why togetherness and a long-term coaching staff can make all the difference in a successful team.

James also gets in the technical side of coaching, with tips on how to maximise power output, stamina and analyse data on a much smaller budget than the large franchises can afford. He also goes into detail on the methods the Eagles used at that time, and how it led to success on one of the biggest stages in sport. To learn how, hit the play button now.

 

On the podcast this week:

  • Making the transition between sports and cultures
  • Coaching differences between Australian and American football
  • Why James decided to call time on his NFL coaching journey
  • How the Philadelphia Eagles came to win the Super Bowl in 2018
  • Why longevity in the coaching staff worked for the Eagles
  • Communication and why it is key to successful team
  • The importance of listening, trust and exit interviews
  • The training techniques the Eagles used in the build-up to their Super Bowl win
Changing the way we think about training speed and agility, and implementing the methods of Frans Bosch with Leigh Egger (Head of Performance at Feyenoord Rotterdam)

Changing the way we think about training speed and agility, and implementing the methods of Frans Bosch with Leigh Egger (Head of Performance at Feyenoord Rotterdam)

July 29, 2021

This week’s Pacey Performance Podcast sees Rob speak to Leigh Egger, Head of Performance at Feyenoord Rotterdam in the Dutch Eredivisie. Leigh was formerly a semi-professional footballer in Australia, which has given him insight and empathy into both the emotional and physical side of playing.

Leigh discusses his time at Feyenoord, including how he has been influenced by Frans Bosch, John Pryor and Stijn Vandenbroucke. He goes in depth into the effective rehab framework the club’s coaches have been working on, including how to improve agility, speed and strength in footballers.

To learn some of Leigh’s excellent coaching practices for yourself, hit the play button now to learn what Feyenoord have been up to – and avoid some costly errors coaches often encounter.

On this week’s podcast:

  • Why playing experience can be invaluable to coaches
  • How Leigh moved into coaching in the Dutch top division from his playing career
  • The rehab framework Leigh has been working on with Feyenoord’s influential coaching team
  • The biggest technical errors Leigh sees in football
  • The influence of Frans Bosch on Leigh's training philosophy
  • How to implement hip lock to improve sprinting and movement
  • Coaching techniques that develop agility
  • Leigh’s templates and tips for developing acceleration
  • The transfer of traditional strength training into sport
  • Using aqua bags correctly and the common errors people make with them

Leigh can be found on Twitter @LeighEgger

How to develop some of the Premier League‘s most promising young talent with Matt Allen (Head of Academy Physical Development at Tottenham Hotspur)

How to develop some of the Premier League‘s most promising young talent with Matt Allen (Head of Academy Physical Development at Tottenham Hotspur)

July 22, 2021

This week’s Pacey Performance Podcast sees Rob joined by Matt Allen, the Head of Academy Physical Development at Tottenham Hotspur. After initially working his way up as a student intern, he shares how he managed to bridge the gap between student life and a professional sports environment.

Matt shares some excellent knowledge about how to coach young athletes, including the techniques and drills that can turn a promising young footballer into a world beater, and the emotional intelligence to deal with both precocious young talent and demanding parents.

To learn more about his experiences at the top of the football pyramid with Spurs, the training sessions that will push young athletes to excel, and advice for younger coaches wanting to get into football, hit the play button now.

This week’s podcast topics:

  • How Matt’s internship bridged the gap between student and professional life
  • How training focus changes across the age groups
  • How to coach a tall athlete who isn’t necessarily physical in playing style
  • Managing periods of rapid growth, and when to alter things
  • Emotional Intelligence when dealing with young athlete’s parents
  • Linking training sessions together as an academy coach
  • Strength sessions vs power sessions with youth footballers
  • Speed training in football
  • Advice for younger coaches wanting to get into football
  • Insight into how to develop young players – and nurture the right attitude
Harnessing ego to increase player and coach performance with Martin Buchheit (Head of Performance Research at Kitman Labs) and George Perry (athletics coach and sports writer)

Harnessing ego to increase player and coach performance with Martin Buchheit (Head of Performance Research at Kitman Labs) and George Perry (athletics coach and sports writer)

July 15, 2021

On this week’s Pacey Performance Podcast, Rob speaks to Martin Buchheit and George Perry. Martin is well-known in sports science for his work as Head of Performance Intelligence Research at Kitman Labs and as ex Head of Performance at Paris Saint Germain. George is a sports performance specialist, businessman and writer from Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Together, they have co-authored EGOals - a comprehensive guide to the impact and importance of the human ego in sport, including self-confidence and portraying a positive image as an influencer in an often-competitive industry. Martin and George share inside information into what they’ve found working with both coaches and athletes with a big ego.

Of course, it is possible for this to tip into arrogance – a dangerous trait in the world of sport. Luckily Martin and George are on hand to advise on how to balance confidence and humility and remain grounded as a coach. Listen to this week’s podcast to learn all this and much more.

This week’s topics:

  • The book Martin and George are working on, and why it’s “the book they wish they had at the start of their career”
  • How greater self-awareness will help in coaching
  • Why the ego can be a powerful tool when harnessed in the right way
  • The differences in ego between American, European and Australian coaches
  • Dealing with – and coaching - Zlatan Ibrahimović and his big ego
  • How big egos can drive performance standards
  • Why Martin and George created fake, “egotistical” social media profiles
  • Finding the right balance between confidence and humility
  • The ‘made up’ job titles in the sports science and coaching industries
  • Building up your “bullshit filter”
Jumping and plyometrics; testing options, the importance of jump strategy and its link to speed with Joseph Coyne (Director of High Performance at Lindisfarne Anglican College)

Jumping and plyometrics; testing options, the importance of jump strategy and its link to speed with Joseph Coyne (Director of High Performance at Lindisfarne Anglican College)

July 8, 2021

On this week’s Pacey Performance Podcast, Rob speaks to Joseph Coyne; a man with a huge CV and an even bigger bank of strength and conditioning knowledge to draw from. Joseph has been Performance Director with the UFC Performance Institute in Shanghai and was previously employed by the Chinese Olympic Committee as a Performance Manager. This is in addition to coaching with the Chinese Track and Field Association, Surfing Australia, and working at a school as director of athletics and athletic development.

As you can imagine, Joseph has expertise to share – which is exactly what he does on this week’s podcast when it comes to plyometrics, jump training, and how to customise your training based on the build of your athletes and the sport they’re training for. This includes co-ordinating jumps to maintain that all-important intensity but avoid needless injury, including subjective load monitoring and RSI.

Joseph also speaks about what it was like to coach with the UFC in China – a world away from his background in track and field and personal love for rugby. To gain this superb insight into plyometrics, jumps training and subjective load monitoring from a coach who’s seen it all, hit play on the Pacey Performance Podcast now!

This week’s topics:

  • The story behind UFC in China
  • Plyometrics and jump training techniques
  • The increased popularity of 10/5 jumps versus 10 second repeats
  • How to alter your testing options based on your sport
  • Joseph’s process for developing force velocity profile – and how to improve it
  • Identifying a low amplitude jump strategy
  • How to co-ordinate jumps to maintain intensity but avoid injury
  • The difference that floor surface can make in plyometrics
  • The number of times a week athletes should be exposed to plyometrics
  • Safe plyometric training for heavier athletes
  • What team sports coaches can learn from track and field
  • Joseph’s insight into subjective load monitoring
Why speed should be at the top of the decision making tree in a performance based approach to rehab with Jonas Dodoo (Speedworks) & Alan Murdoch (Speedworks - Bath)

Why speed should be at the top of the decision making tree in a performance based approach to rehab with Jonas Dodoo (Speedworks) & Alan Murdoch (Speedworks - Bath)

July 1, 2021

There’s double the expertise on this week’s Pacey Performance Podcast as Rob is joined by Jonas Dodoo and Alan Murdoch. Jonas is Director of Speedworks Training and Head Coach at Loughborough University, whilst Alan is Head Coach at Speedworks and until recently was Strength and Conditioning Coach at Bath Rugby.

On the podcast, they discuss what first led to them working together and the skills and techniques they’ve learned during the course of their professional partnership. This includes how they’ve pooled their collective knowledge by linking the often separate coaching worlds of rehabilitation and speed.

There are also some excellent deep dives into exercise selection, shin roll, ACL rehab, and why they actively avoid bad psychology in any group of athletes they coach. This week’s podcast is the place to get up to speed with what Jonas and Alan are achieving - and how it could influence your own coaching regime in the near future.

Topics discussed:

  • How Jonas and Alan first started working together
  • What they’ve learned by pooling their collective knowledge
  • The transition from professional sports coaching to consultancy
  • How they’ve amalgamated the two worlds of rehab and speed training
  • Why speed training can influence decision making during athlete rehabilitation
  • The ‘bum before back’ technique and making strength training more efficient
  • Examples of how to integrate speed training into rehab
  • The importance of correct exercise selection
  • Shin roll, and why it is now such a big talking point for leading coaches
  • The power of psychology, and avoiding harmful cliques developing in groups of athletes
Reducing and rehabilitating hip and groin injuries, monitoring readiness in team sports & isometric training with Ed Gannon (Head of S&C at Buffalo Sabres)

Reducing and rehabilitating hip and groin injuries, monitoring readiness in team sports & isometric training with Ed Gannon (Head of S&C at Buffalo Sabres)

June 24, 2021

On this week’s Pacey Performance Podcast, we speak to Ed Gannon, Head of Strength and Conditioning at the Buffalo Sabres in the NHL. Despite having been at the Sabres for 6 years, Ed’s background is in Rugby Union in the UK. We discuss what led to him making that massive move, the challenges he faced, and the differences and similarities between the two very different worlds of coaching Rugby Union and ice hockey.

Ed also describes the training protocol he undertakes to mitigate for the natural effects of fatigue despite players undergoing a busy playing calendar - including the ideal schedule, a whole host of isometric exercise options and the data to look out for.

If you want to hear from an expert with the inside information to help you and your athletes increase their fitness, reduce injuries (especially to the hip and groin), analyse data to gain a practical solution and ultimately maximise performance, then this week’s talk with Ed Gannon is not to be missed.

Topics discussed this week:

  • What leads to a rugby coach moving to the USA
  • The difficulties a coach can face when moving to a new continent
  • How studying for a PhD in sports science was once a rarity in the industry
  • Neuromuscular status in ice hockey
  • How to mitigate for fatigue in training, despite a busy schedule
  • Why it pays to ‘follow the data’ when it comes to scheduling training sessions
  • Isometric training for injury prevention and performance enhancement
  • The tell-tale ‘red flags’ that tell you when a change in technique is needed
  • How to prevent hip and groin injuries
  • Why an academic approach can benefit coaches at the highest level
Training tendons; implications for sprinting, jumping and rehabilitation with Keith Baar (Professor of Molecular Exercise Physiology at University of California, Davis)

Training tendons; implications for sprinting, jumping and rehabilitation with Keith Baar (Professor of Molecular Exercise Physiology at University of California, Davis)

June 17, 2021

Dr. Keith Baar is the Head of the Functional Molecular Biology Laboratory (FMBLab) at the University of California Davis. On this week’s Pacey Performance Podcast, we discuss how the musculoskeletal system functions including how diet and physical activity affect muscle growth, and how tendons and ligaments respond to the stresses of exercise

Dr. Keith’s teachings are absolutely invaluable for both coaches, sports scientists and athletes alike as he tells us why injury rates are still on the rise despite coaches knowing more about the human body than ever before, and how to specifically avoid injuring tendons and ligaments whilst still developing muscle growth.

As a bonus, he also gives us some excellent nutritional tips. Don’t miss out on all this expert advice gained from a career dedicated to learning just what it is that gives the very best athletes that slight advantage over their rivals.

Topics:

  • What inspired him to get into sports science
  • Why injury rates are still on the rise
  • Why so many coaches only have a short-term view of training
  • A masterclass in tendons and ligaments and how to avoid injuring them
  • What makes every athlete unique when it comes to tendons
  • How to identify an imminent muscle injury
  • What athletes can do to become more flexible
  • Why static stretching is now outdated
  • Keith’s thoughts on isometric training and the techniques he recommends
  • The benefits of fast and slow training
  • The importance of nutrition and Keith’s advice
EPL > NHL > NFL; lessons from working in three of the biggest sports in the world with Jo Clubb (Sports Performance Consultant)

EPL > NHL > NFL; lessons from working in three of the biggest sports in the world with Jo Clubb (Sports Performance Consultant)

June 10, 2021

On this week’s Pacey Performance Podcast, Rob speaks to performance science consultant Jo Clubb about how she went from starting out in her dream job as an intern at Chelsea FC in the Premier League, to eventually working in the NHL with the Buffalo Bills and Buffalo Sabres. Jo also discusses what she calls her ‘sliding doors’ moment – when she got the opportunity to move to the US and work in ice hockey followed by American football. Through this, we talk about how opportunities can arise via the power of networking in a close-knit industry, and what younger people in the industry can do to grow their profile.

A running theme throughout this episode is how training and sports science isn’t always about the techniques, drills and exercises a coach introduces to a new team, but how a cultural fit can make the difference through connecting with athletes on a personal level. Through her own website and as a contributor to Sports Discovery, a resource dedicated to knowledge sharing of sports professionals, there can’t be many more in the industry with this level of expertise in collaboration and emotional intelligence.

We also talk about the importance of subjective monitoring and why it should be the cornerstone of any load monitoring system.

Topics:

  • Being an intern at Chelsea FC
  • The differences between coaching academy players and the first team
  • How sacrificing winning can actually benefit an athlete
  • Why Chelsea were ahead of their time in developing youth team players
  • The growth of cognitive diversity in coaching and how it benefits sports teams
  • Why networking in the sports science industry isn’t a dirty word
  • What Jo’s next challenge is, and how she deals with a change in identity
  • Lessons about what works (and haven’t worked!) in differing sports
  • The people who make up the heart of a sports club
  • The importance of emotional intelligence in creating a cultural fit as a trainer
  • Managing expectations as a newcomer in a team or as a consultant
  • Subjective monitoring and why it forms a huge part of Jo's load monitoring practice

Jo can be found on Twitter @JoClubbSportSci

Keep up to date with everything that is going on with the podcast by following on Twitter @strengthofsci or visiting strengthofscience.com.

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Contextual strength & coordination training, traditional strength training and intelligent science with John Pryor (Senior S&C Coach at Rugby Australia [Wallabies])

Contextual strength & coordination training, traditional strength training and intelligent science with John Pryor (Senior S&C Coach at Rugby Australia [Wallabies])

June 3, 2021

This week’s Pacey Performance Podcast sees me speak to Rugby Australia’s Senior Strength & Conditioning Coach, John Pryor, who has worked with the Wallabies, the Japanese national Rugby Union team and holds a master’s degree in health science. With his background in track and field and combat sports, John has an incredibly wide-ranging knowledge about strength and conditioning, contextual strength and coordination training.

John explains his background and his influences, which include Warren Young and Charles Poliquin, Vern Gambetta, Eddie Jones and Vern Gambetta. He also talks about his time working with Eddie Jones in Japan, and the point of difference for coaches who are taken seriously and seen as authentic by athletes and employers alike.

This makes this week’s podcast a must-listen for any coach wanting to learn what catches people’s attention, the basics of Frans Bosch's methodologies, and how there’s no substitute for experience in strength and conditioning training.

 

Topics:

  • The difference in mentality between Rugby League and Rugby Union
  • Why there’s a right and wrong time for athletes to question their training
  • What’s changed in the industry between 1988 and today
  • How it can be beneficial to minimise the information available to us
  • The coaches John Pryor would seek out personally
  • Developing points of differences in young coaches
  • The essential skills every coach needs to find a job
  • The coach that inspired John to take up strength and conditioning training as a career
  • Techniques and equipment used during his master’s degree
  • The ‘speed-bound index’ – what it is, and how it increases sprint speed
  • Co-ordination in sprint training and its importance
  • The bad training habits it can be easy to get stuck with
  • Working with Eddie Jones in Japan and how he got results
  • Change direction sessions
  • The biggest mistake seen in strength and conditioning training
Programming for early and late maturing athletes, athlete case studies, and identifying gaps in development with James Baker (Senior S&C Coach at Aspire Academy)

Programming for early and late maturing athletes, athlete case studies, and identifying gaps in development with James Baker (Senior S&C Coach at Aspire Academy)

May 27, 2021

In this episode of the Pacey Performance Podcast, I am speaking to Head of National Talent ID & Senior S&C Coach at Aspire Academy, James Baker. This is the second part to a two-part episode with James so if you haven't checked out part 1, make sure you do so. In this episode James gives us some incredible insight into two case studies. They highlight how essential the monitoring of growth and maturation is in young athletes. We also dive into moving athletes from a developmental programme into a performance programme where winning is the aim.

In this episode, we discussed...

  • Talent identification - finding the best athletes in Qatar
  • Developing an LTAD framework
  • Integrating a new athlete into an established pathway
  • Assessing growth and maturation
  • Testing and profiling with a limited budget
  • Specific competition performance

James can be found on Twitter @jamesbaker_8

Keep up to date with everything that is going on with the podcast by following on Twitter @strengthofsci or visiting strengthofscience.com.

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Assessing growth and maturation, developing an LTAD framework, and talent identification with James Baker (Senior S&C Coach at Aspire Academy)

Assessing growth and maturation, developing an LTAD framework, and talent identification with James Baker (Senior S&C Coach at Aspire Academy)

May 20, 2021

In this episode of the Pacey Performance Podcast, I am speaking to Head of National Talent ID & Senior S&C Coach at Aspire Academy, James Baker. If you're working with youth athletes anywhere in the world, you should have heard or seen James' work. He has taken on a further role at Aspire, now looking after national talent ID which is a fascinating transition which is another examlpe of the wide skill set of the strength and conditioning coach. Whether you have a huge budget or a small budget, information in this podcast will give you a clearer idea of how to develop an LTAD framework.

In this episode, we discussed...

  • Talent identification - finding the best athletes in Qatar
  • Developing an LTAD framework
  • Integrating a new athlete into an established pathway
  • Assessing growth and maturation
  • Testing and profiling with a limited budget
  • Specific competition performance

James can be found on Twitter @jamesbaker_8

Keep up to date with everything that is going on with the podcast by following on Twitter @strengthofsci or visiting strengthofscience.com.

Enjoy

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Murderball & training intensity; creating the fittest team in the Premier League with Benoit Delaval (1st Team Fitness Coach at Leeds United FC)

Murderball & training intensity; creating the fittest team in the Premier League with Benoit Delaval (1st Team Fitness Coach at Leeds United FC)

May 13, 2021

In this episode of the Pacey Performance Podcast, I am speaking to 1st Team Fitness Coach at Leeds United Football Club, Benoit Delaval. Leeds United have taken the Premier League by storm this year. They are currently sat 9th in the league, are unbeaten at home against the top 6 and have overcome the accusation that they would start to slump towards the end of the season. Their intensity is unwavering. But how do they train to live up to such a demanding philosophy week after week?

In this episode, we discussed...

  • Who is Benoit Delaval (background, experience and current role)?
  • The Leeds United philosophy
  • Getting players fit
  • Planning and periodisation
  • Data guided training
  • Use of small sided games
  • Keeping players fit in-season
  • Training to maintaining intensity
  • 'Murderball'
  • Recovery methods
  • Strength and power work

Benoit can be found on Twitter @bendelaval

Keep up to date with everything that is going on with the podcast by following on Twitter @strengthofsci or visiting strengthofscience.com.

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Eccentric training; the why, when and how with Angus Ross (Senior Strength & Conditioning Specialist at High Performance Sport New Zealand)

Eccentric training; the why, when and how with Angus Ross (Senior Strength & Conditioning Specialist at High Performance Sport New Zealand)

May 6, 2021

In this episode of the Pacey Performance Podcast, I am speaking to Senior Strength and Conditioning Specialist at High Performance Sport New Zealand, Angus Ross. Angus is one of the most humble guys in the industry but has an incredible brain. Angus sits in that really interesting place in strength and conditioning with one foot in academia and research, and one foot firmly in the applied world working with world class track and field athletes. And just to make me more jealous of Angus, it sounds like he was an incredible athlete too...

In this episode, we discussed...

  • Eccentric training

    • Why use eccentric focused training
    • Adaptations
      • The various types of eccentric training
      • Flywheel technology
    • Their place in the wider programme
      • Sprints and jumps
      • Integration with isometric training
      • Around competition and taper periods
  • Acceleration
    • Principles
    • Profiling
    • What team sport athletes can learn from sprinters (and what they shouldn't)

Angus can be found on Twitter @AngusRossNZ

 

Keep up to date with everything that is going on with the podcast by following on Twitter @strengthofsci or visiting the links below.

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Developing some of the most impressive young athletes in the world at Duke University with Aaron Getz (Associate Director for Performance [Football] at Duke University)

Developing some of the most impressive young athletes in the world at Duke University with Aaron Getz (Associate Director for Performance [Football] at Duke University)

April 29, 2021

In this episode of the Pacey Performance Podcast, I am speaking to Associate Director for Performance (Football) at Duke University, Aaron Getz. Today's guest has been in the collegiate system at one of the biggest football programmes in the US for a number of years. In this episode we discuss how Aaron and his team build some of the most impressive young athletes in the world. We chat programming, the inclusion of Olympic lifting, his views on velocity based training, training with an eccentric or isometric emphasis and much more.

In this episode, we discussed...

  • Who is Aaron Getz (background, experience and current role)
  • Olympic lifting with collegiate athletes
    • Programming
    • Teaching  - progressions and regressions
    • What happens to those that aren't competent? 
  • Programming
    • Cycling of unilateral bilateral work
    • What changed with Covid and athletes returning?
    • Guiding programming around fatigue
    • Inclusion of training with an eccentric or isometric emphasis
  • Coaching philosophy
    • Inclusion of technology

Aaron can be found on Twitter @GetzAaron3

Keep up to date with everything that is going on with the podcast by following on Twitter @strengthofsci or visiting strengthofscience.com.

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From Olympic hockey gold to European football: what we can learn from other sports with Rick Cost (Head of Performance at Feyenoord)

From Olympic hockey gold to European football: what we can learn from other sports with Rick Cost (Head of Performance at Feyenoord)

April 22, 2021

In this episode of the Pacey Performance Podcast, I am speaking to Head of Performance at Feyenoord Rotterdam, Rick Cost. After speaking to previous podcast guest, Callum Walsh about how much of an influence Rick has been on his practice, it was essential to get him on the podcast. After winning the Olympics with Netherlands field hockey, Rick switched sports, however, he brought a lot of what he had learned with him. He clearly has made a huge impression at Feyenoord and has developed a deep understanding of the demands of the game. In this episode we get a glimpse into the inner workings of 15 times winners of the Eredivisie.

In this episode, we discussed...

  • Who is Rick Cost (background, experience and current role)?
  • Periodisation
    • Philosophy
    • Influences
  • Rotation of players
    • Philosophy
    • Objective vs subjective decision making
    • Results and evidence of success
  • Small sided games
    • ...vs full sided games
    • Benchmarks
    • Linking physical and technical outputs
    • Quality, intensity and volume

Rick can be found on LinkedIn HERE.

Keep up to date with everything that is going on with the podcast by following on Twitter @strengthofsci or visiting strengthofscience.com.

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What is data science (and what isn’t), data informed decision making, and the gamification of coaching with Sudarshan Gopaladesikan (Head of Sports Data Science at S.L. Benfica)

What is data science (and what isn’t), data informed decision making, and the gamification of coaching with Sudarshan Gopaladesikan (Head of Sports Data Science at S.L. Benfica)

April 15, 2021

In this episode of the Pacey Performance Podcast, I am speaking to Head of Sports Data Science at S.L Benfica, Sudarshan Gopaladesikan. Despite me making a hash of saying, Suds' name as we went live, this episode was an incredibly insightful episode with someone who is at the forefront of data science in our industry. Patrick Ward described him at 'one of the best mathematicians' he knows. Coming from Microsoft and consulting with some of the biggest sporting organisations in the world, to working with Benfica, Suds gives a fascinating insight into the inner workings of a data science department in football.

In this episode, we discussed...

  • Who is Sudarshan Gopaladesikan (background, experience and current roles)?
  • Data science (what it is and isn't)
  • Working in sport as a data scientist
    • Linking data science with sports science & coaching
  • Most common questions from sports scientists
    • Combination of technical and tactical analysis
    • Decision making (brief and incorporated into the general discussion)
  • Data visualisation and communication
    • Key concepts
  • The importance of 'speaking coach' when delivering messages
  • Gamification of sports coaching and training

Suds can be found on Twitter @suds_g

This episode of the Pacey Performance Podcast is sponsored by Output Sports – a Swiss Army Knife for optimising off field performance. Output Sports have developed a one-stop portable tool for comprehensive, valid and reliable athlete assessment. You can learn more about Output on outputsports.com or follow them on social media on @OutputSports where you can schedule a demo.

This episode of the Pacey Performance Podcast is sponsored by Hawkin Dynamics, the team behind the world's only wireless force plate system. Hawkin Dynamics can be found at hawkindynamics.com and you can follow them on Twitter @hawkindynamics

This episode is also sponsored by IMeasureU. IMeasureU are a world leading inertial platform to precisely quantify body movement and workload metrics in the field. IMeasureU can be found at imeasureu.com and you can follow them on Twitter @imeasureu.

This episode is also sponsored by Omegawave, the only non-invasive readiness technology to assess both brain and heart. Omegawave can be found at omegawave.com and you can follow them on Twitter @omegawave.

This episode is also sponsored by Fusion Sport, the global leader in human performance solutions for elite sport, military, and workplace health. Fusion Sport’s data management and analytics platform, Smartabase, is designed to provide elite human performance organizations with a one stop shop solution for the holistic performance management of their teams. Visit www.fusionsport.com/smartabase to learn more about how Smartabase can help turn your data into a winning advantage.

Keep up to date with everything that is going on with the podcast by following on Twitter @strengthofsci or visiting strengthofscience.com.

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Winning the Rugby World Cup, alcohol periodisation, and conditioning rugby players with Aled Walters (Head of Physical Preparation at Leicester Tigers)

Winning the Rugby World Cup, alcohol periodisation, and conditioning rugby players with Aled Walters (Head of Physical Preparation at Leicester Tigers)

April 8, 2021

In this episode of the Pacey Performance Podcast, I am speaking to Head of Physical Performance at Leicester Tigers, Aled Walters. I have only had a handful of World Cup winners on the podcast but this episode features one of them. Aled won the Rugby World Cup in 2019 with the Springboks and it is this monumental achievement that frames this episode. South Africa were far from the best resourced team and certainly weren't favourites. So what did they do differently? What made them so successful as a group? Aled answers both those questions in this episode.

In this episode we discussed...

  • Who is Aled Walters? (background, education and current role)
  • Your physical preparation philosophy 
    • Conditioning the players to meet the demands of the sport AND the playing style
    • Wrestling for rugby 
  • Winning the world cup
    • Challenges you overcame during that tournament
    • Getting the players ready for that tournament and what came before it
    • What made you different from other teams
    • Recovery at the world cup
Aled can be found on Twitter @aledwalters
 

This episode of the Pacey Performance Podcast is sponsored by Perch. Engineered at MIT, Perch uses small and mobile cameras to monitor and manage weight room performance without detracting from it. Perch is velocity based training. No strings attached. For exclusive deals and offers, tell them Rob sent you by going to perch.fit.

This episode of the Pacey Performance Podcast is sponsored by Hawkin Dynamics, the team behind the worlds only wireless force plate system. Hawkin Dynamics can be found at hawkindynamics.com and you can follow them on Twitter @hawkindynamics

This episode is also sponsored by IMeasureU. IMeasureU are a world leading inertial platform to precisely quantify body movement and workload metrics in the field. IMeasureU can be found at imeasureu.com and you can follow them on Twitter @imeasureu.

This episode is sponsored by BLK BOX, leaders in performance training equipment & facility design. BLK BOX manufacture and distribute a full range of strength training equipment across Europe from their Headquarters in Belfast, Northern Ireland. BLK BOK can be found at blkboxfitness.com and you can follow them on Twitter @blkboxfitness and Instagram @blkboxfitness.

This episode is also sponsored by Kitman Labs. Kitman partners with leading sports teams to achieve consistent success, on and off the pitch. Over 500 teams across the globe use Kitman Labs' Athlete Optimization System to simplify daily operations and rely on the company's unique analytics to uncover the factors that influence success. You can find Kitman Labs at kitmanlabs.com and on Twitter @kitmanlabs.

Keep up to date with everything that is going on with the podcast by following on Twitter @strengthofsci or visiting strengthofscience.com below.

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The future of fitness qualifications in football, 24/7 support staff and what happened to the ‘fitness coach’ (?) with Paul Balsom (Fitness Coach for the Swedish National Football Team)

The future of fitness qualifications in football, 24/7 support staff and what happened to the ‘fitness coach’ (?) with Paul Balsom (Fitness Coach for the Swedish National Football Team)

April 1, 2021

In this episode of the Pacey Performance Podcast, I am speaking to Fitness Coach at the Swedish national football team, Paul Balsom. Paul has almost 40 years experience working in our industry and is a true pioneer. He is heading up the UEFA fitness advisory board and is also a consultant for King Power (the owners of Leicester City and Leuven). This episode is framed around what UEFA is doing to provide a fitness framework for technical coaches through their qualifications. However, we also get an insight into what is coming down the track from UEFA as they plan to build qualifications for fitness staff which would sit on the same framework. So for anyone working in football, this is definitely something to keep an eye on. I should also give a huge shout-out to Chris Barnes who introduced me to Paul.

In this episode, we discussed...

  • Who is Paul Balsom (background, experience and current roles)?
  • UEFA Coach education (Grassroots to Pro) – Integrated approach
    • What are UEFA doing to support this at all levels and also specifically for the women’s game?
    • What does the modern coach working in professional football need to know about fitness?
  • Integration of technology
    • Process of choosing technology
    • What can't we measure that has the potential to change practice?
  • The 24/7 lifestyle for players and coaches
    • Increased touch points = increased noise?
    • Empowering players (education)
  • Support staff
    • What happened to the old-fashioned fitness coach?
    • How much does a practitioner working in football need to know about football?

Paul can be found on Twitter @balsompaul

This episode of the Pacey Performance Podcast is sponsored by Output Sports – a Swiss Army Knife for optimising off field performance. Output Sports have developed a one-stop portable tool for comprehensive, valid and reliable athlete assessment. You can learn more about Output on outputsports.com or follow them on social media on @OutputSports where you can schedule a demo.

This episode of the Pacey Performance Podcast is sponsored by Hawkin Dynamics, the team behind the world's only wireless force plate system. Hawkin Dynamics can be found at hawkindynamics.com and you can follow them on Twitter @hawkindynamics

This episode is also sponsored by IMeasureU. IMeasureU are a world leading inertial platform to precisely quantify body movement and workload metrics in the field. IMeasureU can be found at imeasureu.com and you can follow them on Twitter @imeasureu.

This episode is also sponsored by Omegawave, the only non-invasive readiness technology to assess both brain and heart. Omegawave can be found at omegawave.com and you can follow them on Twitter @omegawave.

This episode is also sponsored by Fusion Sport, the global leader in human performance solutions for elite sport, military, and workplace health. Fusion Sport’s data management and analytics platform, Smartabase, is designed to provide elite human performance organizations with a one stop shop solution for the holistic performance management of their teams. Visit www.fusionsport.com/smartabase to learn more about how Smartabase can help turn your data into a winning advantage.

Keep up to date with everything that is going on with the podcast by following on Twitter @strengthofsci or visiting strengthofscience.com.

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From NFL > esports: working in esports as a performance coach, what coaches can bring, and how can you pivot into this area with Taylor Johnson (Chief Performance Engineer at Statspace)

From NFL > esports: working in esports as a performance coach, what coaches can bring, and how can you pivot into this area with Taylor Johnson (Chief Performance Engineer at Statspace)

March 25, 2021

In this episode of the Pacey Performance Podcast, I am speaking to Chief Performance Engineer at Statspace, Taylor Johnson. Taylor came on the podcast 18 months ago to talk about esports. Esports has never related to performance and performance coaching, however, part 1 with Taylor completely changed my mind on that. It's an incredibly interesting space and one that is growing exponentially. The opportunity for performance coaches to have an impact on a population that is hungry, passionate, and has great earning potential is huge. If you think that you view performance differently from other coaches, I would urge you to listen to this podcast.

In this episode we discussed...

  • Who is Taylor Johnson? (background, education and current role[s])
  • Esports performance market
    • What is expected of a performance coach in e-sports
    • Is this S&C as people know it?  
  • Performance coach > esports performance coach
    • Pivoting into this area
    • What coaches can bring
    • What skills need to be developed
    • Performance coach > other industries 
  • The future of esports on the performance side
  •  
Taylor can be found on Twitter @CoachT_Johnson 
 

This episode of the Pacey Performance Podcast is sponsored by Perch. Engineered at MIT, Perch uses small and mobile cameras to monitor and manage weight room performance without detracting from it. Perch is velocity based training. No strings attached. For exclusive deals and offers, tell them Rob sent you by going to perch.fit.

This episode of the Pacey Performance Podcast is sponsored by Hawkin Dynamics, the team behind the worlds only wireless force plate system. Hawkin Dynamics can be found at hawkindynamics.com and you can follow them on Twitter @hawkindynamics

This episode is also sponsored by IMeasureU. IMeasureU are a world leading inertial platform to precisely quantify body movement and workload metrics in the field. IMeasureU can be found at imeasureu.com and you can follow them on Twitter @imeasureu.

This episode is sponsored by BLK BOX, leaders in performance training equipment & facility design. BLK BOX manufacture and distribute a full range of strength training equipment across Europe from their Headquarters in Belfast, Northern Ireland. BLK BOK can be found at blkboxfitness.com and you can follow them on Twitter @blkboxfitness and Instagram @blkboxfitness.

This episode is also sponsored by Kitman Labs. Kitman partners with leading sports teams to achieve consistent success, on and off the pitch. Over 500 teams across the globe use Kitman Labs' Athlete Optimization System to simplify daily operations and rely on the company's unique analytics to uncover the factors that influence success. You can find Kitman Labs at kitmanlabs.com and on Twitter @kitmanlabs.

Keep up to date with everything that is going on with the podcast by following on Twitter @strengthofsci or strengthofscience.com.

Enjoy

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Expectations of sports science, the rise of the PhD, and the ‘problem’ with research with Barry Drust (Industrial Professorial Fellow at University of Birmingham)

Expectations of sports science, the rise of the PhD, and the ‘problem’ with research with Barry Drust (Industrial Professorial Fellow at University of Birmingham)

March 18, 2021

In this episode of the Pacey Performance Podcast, I am speaking to Industrial Professorial Fellow at the University of Birmingham, Barry Drust. Barry has been on the hit list for some time but I didn't realise that he would take the title for the best job title ever in one fell swoop. Barry has an incredible amount of experience, both in the applied and academic world. He was one of the first sports scientists in football here in the UK alongside Chris Barnes and a number of others. To chat with Barry again was a pleasure and we dived into some really interesting topics which are outlined below.

In this episode, we discussed...

  • Who is Barry Drust (background, experience and current roles)?
  • Sports science
    • Where is sports science research at?
    • Gaps in education
    • Evidenced based practice
    • What is grossly overhyped in sports science
  • Doctoral training
    • Why pursue a PhD?
    • Is it becoming the new MSc
    • Various ways you can get one?
  • Practice-based research/evidence-based practice – is it important? How do you do it?
    • What might it do for your practice?
    • Barriers to PhD’s?
    • Characteristics needed to complete a PhD?
    • ...and what is overrated?

Barry can be found on Twitter @BARRYD22

This episode of the Pacey Performance Podcast is sponsored by Output Sports – a Swiss Army Knife for optimising off field performance. Output Sports have developed a one-stop portable tool for comprehensive, valid and reliable athlete assessment. You can learn more about Output on outputsports.com or follow them on social media on @OutputSports where you can schedule a demo.

This episode of the Pacey Performance Podcast is sponsored by Hawkin Dynamics, the team behind the world's only wireless force plate system. Hawkin Dynamics can be found at hawkindynamics.com and you can follow them on Twitter @hawkindynamics

This episode is also sponsored by IMeasureU. IMeasureU are a world leading inertial platform to precisely quantify body movement and workload metrics in the field. IMeasureU can be found at imeasureu.com and you can follow them on Twitter @imeasureu.

This episode is also sponsored by Omegawave, the only non-invasive readiness technology to assess both brain and heart. Omegawave can be found at omegawave.com and you can follow them on Twitter @omegawave.

This episode is also sponsored by Fusion Sport, the global leader in human performance solutions for elite sport, military, and workplace health. Fusion Sport’s data management and analytics platform, Smartabase, is designed to provide elite human performance organizations with a one stop shop solution for the holistic performance management of their teams. Visit www.fusionsport.com/smartabase to learn more about how Smartabase can help turn your data into a winning advantage.

Keep up to date with everything that is going on with the podcast by following on Twitter @strengthofsci or visiting strengthofscience.com.

Enjoy

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Performance recovery, working with Olympic sprinters, and growing industry trends with Robin Thorpe (Sports Performance Scientist)

Performance recovery, working with Olympic sprinters, and growing industry trends with Robin Thorpe (Sports Performance Scientist)

March 11, 2021

In this episode of the Pacey Performance Podcast, I am speaking to Sports Performance Scientist, Robin Thorpe. This is part 2 of my chat with Robin so if you haven't checked out part 1, you can do so HERE. In this episode, we move away from his time at Manchester United and focus on his time working with Olympic sprinters and the topic that Robin has become world-renowned for, performance recovery. The discussion around speed training for team sports may ruffle a few feathers but it's all in the aid of creating better discussion.

In this episode we discussed...

  • Who is Robin Thorpe (background, education, and current role)
  • Where the industry is at
    • Specialist generalist
    • Are we losing sight of good science?
  • Speed training in team sports
    • Is it becoming an obsession?
  • Performance recovery
  • Why leave Man United to work in Olympic sport?
Robin can be found on Twitter @DrRobinThorpe and on Instagram @dr.robinthorpe
 

This episode of the Pacey Performance Podcast is sponsored by Perch. Engineered at MIT, Perch uses small and mobile cameras to monitor and manage weight room performance without detracting from it. Perch is velocity based training. No strings attached. For exclusive deals and offers, tell them Rob sent you by going to pacey.perch.fit/.

This episode of the Pacey Performance Podcast is sponsored by Hawkin Dynamics, the team behind the worlds only wireless force plate system. Hawkin Dynamics can be found at hawkindynamics.com and you can follow them on Twitter @hawkindynamics

This episode is also sponsored by IMeasureU. IMeasureU are a world leading inertial platform to precisely quantify body movement and workload metrics in the field. IMeasureU can be found at imeasureu.com and you can follow them on Twitter @imeasureu.

This episode is sponsored by BLK BOX, leaders in performance training equipment & facility design. BLK BOX manufacture and distribute a full range of strength training equipment across Europe from their Headquarters in Belfast, Northern Ireland. BLK BOK can be found at blkboxfitness.com and you can follow them on Twitter @blkboxfitness and Instagram @blkboxfitness.

This episode is also sponsored by Kitman Labs. Kitman partners with leading sports teams to achieve consistent success, on and off the pitch. Over 500 teams across the globe use Kitman Labs' Athlete Optimization System to simplify daily operations and rely on the company's unique analytics to uncover the factors that influence success. You can find Kitman Labs at kitmanlabs.com and on Twitter @kitmanlabs.

Keep up to date with everything that is going on with the podcast by following on Twitter @strengthofsci or visiting strengthofscience.com.

Enjoy

PP

Recovery, load monitoring and a decade working at the biggest football club in the world with Robin Thorpe (Sport Performance Scientist)

Recovery, load monitoring and a decade working at the biggest football club in the world with Robin Thorpe (Sport Performance Scientist)

March 4, 2021

In this episode of the Pacey Performance Podcast, I am speaking to Sports Performance Scientist, Robin Thorpe. Robin spent the best part of a decade at the biggest football club in the world. Whilst there he worked under one of, if not the most decorated managers of all time. He also worked with some of the most recognisable players in the world. How could this not be an incredible episode, and it absolutely was. So good that we had to split it over two episodes, this being the first one. As well as talking about his time at Manchester United, we also talked about what he has become world-renowned for and that's recovery and regeneration. Give yourself an hour and sit back and enjoy!

In this episode, we discussed...

  • Who is Robin Thorpe (background, experience and current roles)?
  • Time at Manchester United
    • Interview with Sir Alex Ferguson
    • His first role
    • Leadership under some of the biggest managers in the world
  • Athlete recovery
    • Enhancing recovery in a congested fixture list
    • Integrating player monitoring
  • Academia vs applied practitioner and the importance of 'science' as a sports scientist

Robin can be found on Twitter @DrRobinThorpe

This episode of the Pacey Performance Podcast is sponsored by Output Sports – a Swiss Army Knife for optimising off field performance. Output Sports have developed a one-stop portable tool for comprehensive, valid and reliable athlete assessment. You can learn more about Output on outputsports.com or follow them on social media on @OutputSports where you can schedule a demo.

This episode of the Pacey Performance Podcast is sponsored by Hawkin Dynamics, the team behind the world's only wireless force plate system. Hawkin Dynamics can be found at hawkindynamics.com and you can follow them on Twitter @hawkindynamics

This episode is also sponsored by IMeasureU. IMeasureU are a world leading inertial platform to precisely quantify body movement and workload metrics in the field. IMeasureU can be found at imeasureu.com and you can follow them on Twitter @imeasureu.

This episode is also sponsored by Omegawave, the only non-invasive readiness technology to assess both brain and heart. Omegawave can be found at omegawave.com and you can follow them on Twitter @omegawave.

This episode is also sponsored by Athlete Monitoring the world’s most comprehensive, versatile and cost-effective Athlete Health & Performance Management platform for elite sports. You can find their website at athletemonitoring.com or on Twitter @athletemonitor

Keep up to date with everything that is going on with the podcast by following on Twitter @strengthofsci or visiting strengthofscience.com.

Enjoy

PP

Blood flow restriction (BFR) training; more than just a rehabilitation tool with Chris Gaviglio (Senior S&C Coach at the Queensland Academy of Sport)

Blood flow restriction (BFR) training; more than just a rehabilitation tool with Chris Gaviglio (Senior S&C Coach at the Queensland Academy of Sport)

February 25, 2021

In this episode of the Pacey Performance Podcast, I am speaking to Senior Strength and Conditioning Coach at the Queensland Academy of Sport, Chris Gaviglio. As well as his regular job, Chris is the creator of the Sports Rehab Tornequay and also the Strength and Conditioning Coach for the Queensland state of origin team. Clearly, Chris is an incredibly busy man so it was a pleasure to sit down with him and talk blood flow restriction (BFR) training. With more BFR devices on the market and its application spanning wider than just an arm pump and rehabilitation, I thought it was time to get an expert on, and Chris is definitely that.

If you enjoyed this episode, you may like this episode on the same topic with Stephen Patterson.

In this episode we discussed...

  • Who is Chris Gaviglio (background, education, and current role)
  • Blood flow restriction training
    • What is BFR?

      • BFR pre-implementation checklist
    • Strength development
      • Pressure recommendations
      • Position & exercises
      • Isometrics & BFR
      • Low load BFR vs high load resistance training
      • Hamstring protocols
    • Conditioning
      • Adaptations
      • Pressure & protocols
      • Aerobic & sprinting
    • Rehabilitation
      • Achilles
      • Bone healing
Chris can be found on Twitter @ChrisGaviglio and on Instagram @chrisgaviglio
 

This episode of the Pacey Performance Podcast is sponsored by Perch. Engineered at MIT, Perch uses small and mobile cameras to monitor and manage weight room performance without detracting from it. Perch is velocity based training. No strings attached. For exclusive deals and offers, tell them Rob sent you by going to pacey.perch.fit/.

This episode of the Pacey Performance Podcast is sponsored by Hawkin Dynamics, the team behind the worlds only wireless force plate system. Hawkin Dynamics can be found at hawkindynamics.com and you can follow them on Twitter @hawkindynamics

This episode is also sponsored by IMeasureU. IMeasureU are a world leading inertial platform to precisely quantify body movement and workload metrics in the field. IMeasureU can be found at imeasureu.com and you can follow them on Twitter @imeasureu.

This episode is sponsored by BLK BOX, leaders in performance training equipment & facility design. BLK BOX manufacture and distribute a full range of strength training equipment across Europe from their Headquarters in Belfast, Northern Ireland. BLK BOK can be found at blkboxfitness.com and you can follow them on Twitter @blkboxfitness and Instagram @blkboxfitness.

This episode is also sponsored by Kitman Labs. Kitman partners with leading sports teams to achieve consistent success, on and off the pitch. Over 500 teams across the globe use Kitman Labs' Athlete Optimization System to simplify daily operations and rely on the company's unique analytics to uncover the factors that influence success. You can find Kitman Labs at kitmanlabs.com and on Twitter @kitmanlabs.

Keep up to date with everything that is going on with the podcast by following on Twitter @strengthofsci or visiting strengthofscience.com.

Enjoy

PP

Isometric training; the why, when and how with Danny Lum (Head of S&C at Singapore Sport Institute)

Isometric training; the why, when and how with Danny Lum (Head of S&C at Singapore Sport Institute)

February 18, 2021

In this episode of the Pacey Performance Podcast, I am speaking to Head of Strength & Conditioning at the Singapore Sport Institute, Danny Lum. There has been a distinct lack of information on isometric training, despite its reemergence in the literature and in practice. That's about to change as this episode with Danny dives deep into his research and practice in this area. Alex Natera has been a big proponent of isometric training and it was Alex that introduced me to Danny and I am so glad he did.

In this episode, we discussed...

  • Who is Danny Lum (background, experience and current roles)?
  • Isometric testing
    • Why use isometric tests?

      • What testing options do we have?
    • Links to dynamic performance
  • Isometric training
    • Why programme isometric exercises?
    • Creating overload in sport-specific positions
      • Your checklist when trying to get 'specific'
    • Programming for different outcomes (strength, hypertrophy etc)
    • Manipulating variables and how this alters outcomes
      • Intensity
      • Duration and rate of contraction
      • Joint angles
    • Comparable to other methods

Danny can be found on Twitter @DannyLum82

This episode of the Pacey Performance Podcast is sponsored by Output Sports – a Swiss Army Knife for optimising off field performance. Output Sports have developed a one-stop portable tool for comprehensive, valid and reliable athlete assessment. You can learn more about Output on outputsports.com or follow them on social media on @OutputSports where you can schedule a demo.

This episode of the Pacey Performance Podcast is sponsored by Hawkin Dynamics, the team behind the world's only wireless force plate system. Hawkin Dynamics can be found at hawkindynamics.com and you can follow them on Twitter @hawkindynamics

This episode is also sponsored by IMeasureU. IMeasureU are a world leading inertial platform to precisely quantify body movement and workload metrics in the field. IMeasureU can be found at imeasureu.com and you can follow them on Twitter @imeasureu.

This episode is also sponsored by Omegawave, the only non-invasive readiness technology to assess both brain and heart. Omegawave can be found at omegawave.com and you can follow them on Twitter @omegawave.

This episode is also sponsored by Athlete Monitoring the world’s most comprehensive, versatile and cost-effective Athlete Health & Performance Management platform for elite sports. You can find their website at athletemonitoring.com or on Twitter @athletemonitor

Keep up to date with everything that is going on with the podcast by following on Twitter @strengthofsci or visiting strengthofscience.com.

Enjoy

PP

Shifting the training ‘ideal’ when working in the NBA with Carl Bergstrom (Head Performance Coach at Golden State Warriors)

Shifting the training ‘ideal’ when working in the NBA with Carl Bergstrom (Head Performance Coach at Golden State Warriors)

February 11, 2021

In this episode of the Pacey Performance Podcast, I am speaking to Head Performance Coach at the Golden State Warriors, Carl Bergstrom. I have been wanting to get Carl on the podcast for some time. I have wanted to chat to him about his transition into the NBA having played and worked in soccer. There is so much to chat about, especially as I know very little about basketball but am fascinated by the sport. I have had a number of practitioners on who in the NBA (Ramsey Nijem Bill Burgos) and each has given a unique perspective on what it's like to work in the environment.

In this episode we discussed...

  • Who is Carl Bergstrom (background, education, and current role)
  • The environment - what it's really like?
    • Pressure on players
    • Players as brands
  • Shift the perception of 'ideal'
    • Shift in mindset
    • How practice changes
    • Adaptability
  • Roadblocks
    • NBA Schedule
    • 'Load management'
  • Maximising potential
    • Programming

      • Eccentrics & isometrics
    • Regular stimulus
    • Peripheral players
Carl can be found on Twitter @CPB12
 

This episode of the Pacey Performance Podcast is sponsored by Perch. Engineered at MIT, Perch uses small and mobile cameras to monitor and manage weight room performance without detracting from it. Perch is velocity based training. No strings attached. For exclusive deals and offers, tell them Rob sent you by going to pacey.perch.fit/.

This episode of the Pacey Performance Podcast is sponsored by Hawkin Dynamics, the team behind the worlds only wireless force plate system. Hawkin Dynamics can be found at hawkindynamics.com and you can follow them on Twitter @hawkindynamics

This episode is also sponsored by IMeasureU. IMeasureU are a world leading inertial platform to precisely quantify body movement and workload metrics in the field. IMeasureU can be found at imeasureu.com and you can follow them on Twitter @imeasureu.

This episode is sponsored by BLK BOX, leaders in performance training equipment & facility design. BLK BOX manufacture and distribute a full range of strength training equipment across Europe from their Headquarters in Belfast, Northern Ireland. BLK BOK can be found at blkboxfitness.com and you can follow them on Twitter @blkboxfitness and Instagram @blkboxfitness.

This episode is also sponsored by Kitman Labs. Kitman partners with leading sports teams to achieve consistent success, on and off the pitch. Over 500 teams across the globe use Kitman Labs' Athlete Optimization System to simplify daily operations and rely on the company's unique analytics to uncover the factors that influence success. You can find Kitman Labs at kitmanlabs.com and on Twitter @kitmanlabs.

Keep up to date with everything that is going on with the podcast by following on Twitter @strengthofsci or visiting strengthofscience.com.

Enjoy

PP

Bridging the gap between competition demands & physical capabilities in footballers with Ben Rosenblatt (Physical Performance Coach at The FA) & Martin Evans (Physical Performance Coach at The FA)

Bridging the gap between competition demands & physical capabilities in footballers with Ben Rosenblatt (Physical Performance Coach at The FA) & Martin Evans (Physical Performance Coach at The FA)

February 4, 2021

In this episode of the Pacey Performance Podcast, I am speaking to Physical Performance Coaches at the Football Association, Ben Rosenblatt and Martin Evans. This is the final part of the unofficial FA three-part series. Two weeks ago we had Bryce Cavanagh and last week we welcomed Pete Tierney and Chris Rosimus to the Pacey Performance Podcast. This episode was absolutely superb and gave us an incredible insight into the inner workings of the Football Association. These guys have worked across various different environments and pull on all of that experience to give nearly 90 minutes of gold!

In this episode, we discussed...

  • Who are Ben Rosenblatt and Martin Evans (background, experience and current roles)?
  • What were your initial observations when walking into international football?
  • Does a gap exist between the demand of competition and the capability of the players?
  • What’s your perception of the need for physical capability within international football?
  • How does this align with the coaching model?
  • How do you approach physical capability development?

Ben can be found on Twitter @ben_rosenblatt and Martin can be found on Twitter @MartinE1981_SC

This episode of the Pacey Performance Podcast is sponsored by Output Sports – a Swiss Army Knife for optimising off field performance. Output Sports have developed a one-stop portable tool for comprehensive, valid and reliable athlete assessment. You can learn more about Output on outputsports.com or follow them on social media on @OutputSports where you can schedule a demo.

This episode of the Pacey Performance Podcast is sponsored by Hawkin Dynamics, the team behind the world's only wireless force plate system. Hawkin Dynamics can be found at hawkindynamics.com and you can follow them on Twitter @hawkindynamics

This episode is also sponsored by IMeasureU. IMeasureU are a world leading inertial platform to precisely quantify body movement and workload metrics in the field. IMeasureU can be found at imeasureu.com and you can follow them on Twitter @imeasureu.

This episode is also sponsored by Omegawave, the only non-invasive readiness technology to assess both brain and heart. Omegawave can be found at omegawave.com and you can follow them on Twitter @omegawave.

This episode is also sponsored by Athlete Monitoring the world’s most comprehensive, versatile and cost-effective Athlete Health & Performance Management platform for elite sports. You can find their website at athletemonitoring.com or on Twitter @athletemonitor

Keep up to date with everything that is going on with the podcast by following on Twitter @strengthofsci or visiting strengthofscience.com.

Enjoy

PP

Recovery, sleep & nutrition; the other 22 hours with Pete Tierney (Physical Performance Coach at The FA) & Chris Rosimus (Lead Performance Nutritionist at The FA)

Recovery, sleep & nutrition; the other 22 hours with Pete Tierney (Physical Performance Coach at The FA) & Chris Rosimus (Lead Performance Nutritionist at The FA)

January 28, 2021

In this episode of the Pacey Performance Podcast, I am speaking to Physical Performance Coach at The FA, Pete Tierney,  Lead Performance Nutritionist at The FA, Chris Rosimus. The theme of this episode was teased last week by Bryce Cavanagh in part 1 of the unofficial Football Association three-part series, and it's 'the other 22 hours'. The other 22 hours framework focuses mainly on sleep, recovery, and nutrition and it is these three topics that we dive into during this episode.

In this episode we discussed...

  • Who are Pete Tierney and Chris Rosimus (background, education, and current role)
  • The other 22 hours
    • The purpose and vision
    • The framework
      • The 4R's
    • Recovery
    • Sleep
  • Nutrition
    • Philosophy
    • Planning around competition
  • Building a curriculum
    • Getting ownership to specialist staff
Pete can be found on Twitter @petertierney93 and Chris can be found on LinkedIn
 

This episode of the Pacey Performance Podcast is sponsored by Perch. Engineered at MIT, Perch uses small and mobile cameras to monitor and manage weight room performance without detracting from it. Perch is velocity based training. No strings attached. For exclusive deals and offers, tell them Rob sent you by going to pacey.perch.fit/.

This episode of the Pacey Performance Podcast is sponsored by Hawkin Dynamics, the team behind the worlds only wireless force plate system. Hawkin Dynamics can be found at hawkindynamics.com and you can follow them on Twitter @hawkindynamics

This episode is also sponsored by IMeasureU. IMeasureU are a world leading inertial platform to precisely quantify body movement and workload metrics in the field. IMeasureU can be found at imeasureu.com and you can follow them on Twitter @imeasureu.

This episode is sponsored by BLK BOX, leaders in performance training equipment & facility design. BLK BOX manufacture and distribute a full range of strength training equipment across Europe from their Headquarters in Belfast, Northern Ireland. BLK BOK can be found at blkboxfitness.com and you can follow them on Twitter @blkboxfitness and Instagram @blkboxfitness.

This episode is also sponsored by Kitman Labs. Kitman partners with leading sports teams to achieve consistent success, on and off the pitch. Over 500 teams across the globe use Kitman Labs' Athlete Optimization System to simplify daily operations and rely on the company's unique analytics to uncover the factors that influence success. You can find Kitman Labs at kitmanlabs.com and on Twitter @kitmanlabs.

Keep up to date with everything that is going on with the podcast by following on Twitter @strengthofsci or visiting strengthofscience.com.

Enjoy

PP

Working with the BEST footballers in the country with Bryce Cavanagh (Head of Physical Performance, Medicine & Nutrition at The FA)

Working with the BEST footballers in the country with Bryce Cavanagh (Head of Physical Performance, Medicine & Nutrition at The FA)

January 21, 2021

In this episode of the Pacey Performance Podcast, I am speaking to Head of Physical Performance, Medicine and Nutrition at the Football Association, Bryce Cavanagh. I am absolutely delighted to get Bryce onto this episode to chat about the inner workings at The FA. This is an in-depth look into how Bryce has structured the performance team to look after numerous age groups and hundreds of the most talented football players in the country. We can a look under the bonnet of what Bryce looks for in a performance coach and how they use generalists with a specialism as a way of providing his players with the best possible care.

In this episode, we discussed...

  • The FA performance team structure
  • Recruiting the right staff
    • Generalists with a specialism
    • Staffing structure within the department
      • Specialisms within the group
    • Who has each specialism?
  • Pick, train, play philosophy

Bryce can be found on LinkedIn at Bryce Cavangh.

This episode of the Pacey Performance Podcast is sponsored by Output Sports – a Swiss Army Knife for optimising off field performance. Output Sports have developed a one-stop portable tool for comprehensive, valid and reliable athlete assessment. You can learn more about Output on outputsports.com or follow them on social media on @OutputSports where you can schedule a demo.

This episode of the Pacey Performance Podcast is sponsored by Hawkin Dynamics, the team behind the world's only wireless force plate system. Hawkin Dynamics can be found at hawkindynamics.com and you can follow them on Twitter @hawkindynamics

This episode is also sponsored by IMeasureU. IMeasureU are a world leading inertial platform to precisely quantify body movement and workload metrics in the field. IMeasureU can be found at imeasureu.com and you can follow them on Twitter @imeasureu.

This episode is also sponsored by Omegawave, the only non-invasive readiness technology to assess both brain and heart. Omegawave can be found at omegawave.com and you can follow them on Twitter @omegawave.

This episode is also sponsored by Athlete Monitoring the world’s most comprehensive, versatile and cost-effective Athlete Health & Performance Management platform for elite sports. You can find their website at athletemonitoring.com or on Twitter @athletemonitor

Keep up to date with everything that is going on with the podcast by following on Twitter @strengthofsci or visiting strengthofscience.com.

Enjoy

PP

Conditioning vs fitness. A paradigm shift in professional football with Shayne Murphy (Performance Coach Consultant)

Conditioning vs fitness. A paradigm shift in professional football with Shayne Murphy (Performance Coach Consultant)

January 14, 2021

In this episode of the Pacey Performance Podcast, I am speaking to Performance Coach Consultant, Shayne Murphy. This episode is absolutely incredible! Case studies, reflections, challenging his own thoughts and beliefs, it had the lot. Shayne has a really interesting story, coming over from Ireland to go onto work at one of the biggest clubs in the world and then leaving just 18 months ago to be a full-time consultant. We cover developing quality movement in footballers, the transition from full-time employee to consultant as well as changing the way he think about rehab, and much more.   

In this episode we discussed...

  • Who is Shayne Murphy (background, education, and current role)
  • Consultancy v full-time
    • Lessons and reflections
    • Advice for others thinking about it
  • Human movement
    • How an S&C coach views 'good movement' vs a coach
    • Being guided by the style of play
  • Injuries
    • Energy leaks

      • Identifying where they are from profiling?
    • Hamstring rehabilitation case study
    • Identifying the problem, not focusing on the symptom
  • Conditioning v fitness
    • What is the difference
    • Designing sessions and drills to meet the demands of the game & style of play
Shayne can be found on Twitter @SDMperformance

This episode of the Pacey Performance Podcast is sponsored by Perch. Engineered at MIT, Perch uses small and mobile cameras to monitor and manage weight room performance without detracting from it. Perch is velocity based training. No strings attached. For exclusive deals and offers, tell them Rob sent you by going to pacey.perch.fit/.

This episode of the Pacey Performance Podcast is sponsored by Hawkin Dynamics, the team behind the worlds only wireless force plate system. Hawkin Dynamics can be found at hawkindynamics.com and you can follow them on Twitter @hawkindynamics

This episode is also sponsored by IMeasureU. IMeasureU are a world leading inertial platform to precisely quantify body movement and workload metrics in the field. IMeasureU can be found at imeasureu.com and you can follow them on Twitter @imeasureu.

This episode is sponsored by BLK BOX, leaders in performance training equipment & facility design. BLK BOX manufacture and distribute a full range of strength training equipment across Europe from their Headquarters in Belfast, Northern Ireland. BLK BOK can be found at blkboxfitness.com and you can follow them on Twitter @blkboxfitness and Instagram @blkboxfitness.

This episode is also sponsored by Kitman Labs. Kitman partners with leading sports teams to achieve consistent success, on and off the pitch. Over 500 teams across the globe use Kitman Labs' Athlete Optimization System to simplify daily operations and rely on the company's unique analytics to uncover the factors that influence success. You can find Kitman Labs at kitmanlabs.com and on Twitter @kitmanlabs.

Keep up to date with everything that is going on with the podcast by following on Twitter @strengthofsci or visiting strengthofscience.com

Enjoy

PP

Managing & leading in elite sport in a foreign country with David Cosgrave (Head of Physical Performance at FC Copenhagen)

Managing & leading in elite sport in a foreign country with David Cosgrave (Head of Physical Performance at FC Copenhagen)

January 7, 2021

In this episode of the Pacey Performance Podcast I am speaking to Head of Physical Performance at FC Copenhagen, David Cosgrave. I am absolutely delighted to get Dave on this episode of the podcast. He has been studying the Master of Sporting Directorship at Manchester Metropolitan University and its because of this we focused a lot of this episode on how Dave manages and leads staff over in Denmark at FC Copenhagen.

In this episode, we discussed...

  • Who is David Cosgrave (background, education and current role)
  • Leadership & management
    • Philosophy on management of people
    • Building a team
      • Cultural fit
    • Molding a team
    • Followership
  • Players as stakeholders
    • Building & changing a culture

      • What does this actually look like day to day
    • Managing up as well as down
  • Performance role transitions
    • Practitioner to leader
    • Working at home to working abroad

David can be found on Twitter @davecosgrave

This episode of the Pacey Performance Podcast is sponsored by Output Sports – a Swiss Army Knife for optimising off field performance. Output Sports have developed a one-stop portable tool for comprehensive, valid and reliable athlete assessment. You can learn more about Output on outputsports.com or follow them on social media on @OutputSports where you can schedule a demo.

This episode of the Pacey Performance Podcast is sponsored by Hawkin Dynamics, the team behind the world's only wireless force plate system. Hawkin Dynamics can be found at hawkindynamics.com and you can follow them on Twitter @hawkindynamics

This episode is also sponsored by IMeasureU. IMeasureU are a world leading inertial platform to precisely quantify body movement and workload metrics in the field. IMeasureU can be found at imeasureu.com and you can follow them on Twitter @imeasureu.

This episode is also sponsored by Omegawave, the only non-invasive readiness technology to assess both brain and heart. Omegawave can be found at omegawave.com and you can follow them on Twitter @omegawave.

This episode is also sponsored by Athlete Monitoring the world’s most comprehensive, versatile and cost-effective Athlete Health & Performance Management platform for elite sports. You can find their website at athletemonitoring.com or on Twitter @athletemonitor

Keep up to date with everything that is going on with the podcast by following on Twitter @strengthofsci or visiting strengthofscience.com.

Enjoy

PP

Triphasic training & the importance of experimentation with Cal Dietz (Associate Director at the University of Minnesota)

Triphasic training & the importance of experimentation with Cal Dietz (Associate Director at the University of Minnesota)

December 31, 2020

In this episode of the Pacey Performance Podcast, I am speaking to Associate Director at the University of Minnesota, Cal Dietz. Cal is someone that has influenced thousands of coaches all over the world through his book Triphasic Training. Not only that but Cal has created an incredible amount of resources in the form of videos, articles and tutorials which continue help coaches. It was an absolute honour to speak to Cal as he's been on my list of people I have wanted to get on the podcast for some time.

In this episode we discussed...

  • Who is Cal Dietz (experience, background and current role)
  • Triphasic training
    • The methodology
    • Importance of eccentric focused training
      • Speeding up periodisation (2 ecc, 2 iso, 2 con)
  • Where does isometric training fit?

    • French contrast training
    • Importance of sequencing at different stages of a cycle
    • Performance pattern cycling
  • Training the foot and ankle
    • Assessing the need
    • Why so important
    • More important for some sports over others?
    • Ways to train 
  • Breathing

    • The science
    • The benefits and your positive experiences
    • Practicalities of including in a programme
  • The goat performance drill

    • Circles
    • Core and stablisation 
    • Neural perplexity 
Cal can be found on Twitter @XLATHLETE

This episode of the Pacey Performance Podcast is sponsored by Perch. Engineered at MIT, Perch uses small and mobile cameras to monitor and manage weight room performance without detracting from it. Perch is velocity based training. No strings attached. For exclusive deals and offers, tell them Rob sent you by going to pacey.perch.fit/.

This episode of the Pacey Performance Podcast is sponsored by Hawkin Dynamics, the team behind the worlds only wireless force plate system. Hawkin Dynamics can be found at hawkindynamics.com and you can follow them on Twitter @hawkindynamics

This episode is also sponsored by IMeasureU. IMeasureU are a world leading inertial platform to precisely quantify body movement and workload metrics in the field. IMeasureU can be found at imeasureu.com and you can follow them on Twitter @imeasureu.

This episode is sponsored by BLK BOX, leaders in performance training equipment & facility design. BLK BOX manufacture and distribute a full range of strength training equipment across Europe from their Headquarters in Belfast, Northern Ireland. BLK BOK can be found at blkboxfitness.com and you can follow them on Twitter @blkboxfitness and Instagram @blkboxfitness.

This episode is also sponsored by Kitman Labs. Kitman partners with leading sports teams to achieve consistent success, on and off the pitch. Over 500 teams across the globe use Kitman Labs' Athlete Optimization System to simplify daily operations and rely on the company's unique analytics to uncover the factors that influence success. You can find Kitman Labs at kitmanlabs.com and on Twitter @kitmanlabs.

Keep up to date with everything that is going on with the podcast by following on Twitter @strengthofsci or visiting strengthofscience.com.

Enjoy

PP

Success leaves clues. Reflections from NRL, NBA & AFL with Lachlan Penfold (Director of Performance at Melbourne Storm)

Success leaves clues. Reflections from NRL, NBA & AFL with Lachlan Penfold (Director of Performance at Melbourne Storm)

December 24, 2020

In this episode of the Pacey Performance Podcast I am speaking to Director of Performance at Melbourne Storm, Lachlan Penfold. Lachlan has tasted a lot of success across an incredible career. That can of course can be put down to many different factors but in my opinion, success leaves clues. It isn't by chance that he has won the NRL final with Sydney Roosters in 2013, lost in the final of the NBA playoffs with Golden State Warriors, and has won two out of the last three NRL finals with Melbourne Storm. This podcast is a reflection of what has been a fantastic career spanning rugby union, water polo, AFL, NBA and rugby league.

In this episode, we discussed...

  • Winning environments

    • Creating a culture of winning
    • Differences across sports
      • How did you change?
    • Influence of a head coach
    • Where you go for inspiration
      • Influence from your time in other sports

        • What did you learn that you still come back to now?
    • How have players changed over your career?
      • How have you had to adapt?

Lachlan can be found on Twitter @lachlanpenfold

This episode of the Pacey Performance Podcast is sponsored by Output Sports – a Swiss Army Knife for optimising off field performance. Output Sports have developed a one-stop portable tool for comprehensive, valid and reliable athlete assessment. You can learn more about Output on outputsports.com or follow them on social media on @OutputSports where you can schedule a demo.

This episode of the Pacey Performance Podcast is sponsored by Hawkin Dynamics, the team behind the world's only wireless force plate system. Hawkin Dynamics can be found at hawkindynamics.com and you can follow them on Twitter @hawkindynamics

This episode is also sponsored by IMeasureU. IMeasureU are a world leading inertial platform to precisely quantify body movement and workload metrics in the field. IMeasureU can be found at imeasureu.com and you can follow them on Twitter @imeasureu.

This episode is also sponsored by Omegawave, the only non-invasive readiness technology to assess both brain and heart. Omegawave can be found at omegawave.com and you can follow them on Twitter @omegawave.

This episode is also sponsored by Athlete Monitoring the world’s most comprehensive, versatile and cost-effective Athlete Health & Performance Management platform for elite sports. You can find their website at athletemonitoring.com or on Twitter @athletemonitor

Keep up to date with everything that is going on with the podcast by following on Twitter @strengthofsci or visiting strengthofscience.com.

Enjoy

PP

Nutrition for the S&C Coach with James Morehen (Performance Nutritionist)

Nutrition for the S&C Coach with James Morehen (Performance Nutritionist)

December 17, 2020

In this episode of the Pacey Performance Podcast, I am speaking to Performance Nutritionist, James Morehen. It's been a while since I had a nutritionist on the podcast and it was an absolute pleasure to get James on the podcast. This episode is titled, 'nutrition for the S&C coach' because there are still so many S&C coaches out there who are acting nutritionists. In smaller organisations, nutrition support often gets put onto the S&C coach or sports scientist so this episode dives into some key concepts that non-nutritionists need to know.

In this episode we discussed...

  • Who is James Morehen (background, education and current role[s])?
  • Working within academia
    • The realities of publishing
  • The link between S&C and nutrition
    • The basics for S&C's covering both roles
    • Focusing on behaviour change
    • Assessing needs and monitoring progress
    • Recovery
    • Injury risk
  • Body composition
    • Pre-season vs in-season

      • Fuelling for such high loads in pre-season
    • Approaching those that need body composition changes
  • Demystifying recent trends
    • Veganism
    • Intermittent fasting
James can be found on Twitter @james_morehen

This episode of the Pacey Performance Podcast is sponsored by Perch. Engineered at MIT, Perch uses small and mobile cameras to monitor and manage weight room performance without detracting from it. Perch is velocity based training. No strings attached. For exclusive deals and offers, tell them Rob sent you by going to pacey.perch.fit/.

This episode of the Pacey Performance Podcast is sponsored by Hawkin Dynamics, the team behind the worlds only wireless force plate system. Hawkin Dynamics can be found at hawkindynamics.com and you can follow them on Twitter @hawkindynamics

This episode is also sponsored by IMeasureU. IMeasureU are a world leading inertial platform to precisely quantify body movement and workload metrics in the field. IMeasureU can be found at imeasureu.com and you can follow them on Twitter @imeasureu.

This episode is sponsored by BLK BOX, leaders in performance training equipment & facility design. BLK BOX manufacture and distribute a full range of strength training equipment across Europe from their Headquarters in Belfast, Northern Ireland. BLK BOK can be found at blkboxfitness.com and you can follow them on Twitter @blkboxfitness and Instagram @blkboxfitness.

This episode is also sponsored by Kitman Labs. Kitman partners with leading sports teams to achieve consistent success, on and off the pitch. Over 500 teams across the globe use Kitman Labs' Athlete Optimization System to simplify daily operations and rely on the company's unique analytics to uncover the factors that influence success. You can find Kitman Labs at kitmanlabs.com and on Twitter @kitmanlabs.

Keep up to date with everything that is going on with the podcast by following on Twitter @strengthofsci or visiting strengthofscience.com.

Enjoy

PP

Getting a job and navigating a career in elite sport with David Slemen (Founding Partner at Elite Performance Partners)

Getting a job and navigating a career in elite sport with David Slemen (Founding Partner at Elite Performance Partners)

December 10, 2020

In this episode of the Pacey Performance Podcast, I am speaking to Founding Partner at Elite Performance Partners, David Slemen. This episode could possibly be the most important episode I have ever done. David gives us some incredible insights into what employers really want from their performance staff. David has worked alongside hundreds of organisations to help them find the best staff. The FA, Leicester Tigers and the LTA are just some of his clients. If you are wanting to break into the industry or are wanting to take the next step on the career ladder, this episode is an absolute must.

In this episode, we discussed...

  • Who is David Sleman (background, education and current roles)

    • Elite Performance Partners

      • Aims and services
  • The rise of specialist-generalists
    • What really matters to employers

      • Same for those organisations that don't come to you?
    • 'Cultural fit'
      • Gauging that when searching for candidates
  • The effects Covid-19 is having/going to have on performance departments
    • Smaller departments?
    • Shift in expertise?
  • Common conclusions to why performance coaches aren't paid better
    • Supply vs demand
    • Lack of understanding of administration
    • New profession & lack of chartered status
      • Are these reasons correct?
  • Leadership/followership
    • Developing these qualities
    • At what level do they become a deciding factor
  • Tips for coaches
    • 'Lower level' to 'mid-level'
    • Mid-level to senior level

David can be found on Twitter @daveslem

This episode of the Pacey Performance Podcast is sponsored by Output Sports – a Swiss Army Knife for optimising off field performance. Output Sports have developed a one-stop portable tool for comprehensive, valid and reliable athlete assessment. You can learn more about Output on outputsports.com or follow them on social media on @OutputSports where you can schedule a demo.

This episode of the Pacey Performance Podcast is sponsored by Hawkin Dynamics, the team behind the world's only wireless force plate system. Hawkin Dynamics can be found at hawkindynamics.com and you can follow them on Twitter @hawkindynamics

This episode is also sponsored by IMeasureU. IMeasureU are a world leading inertial platform to precisely quantify body movement and workload metrics in the field. IMeasureU can be found at imeasureu.com and you can follow them on Twitter @imeasureu.

This episode is also sponsored by Omegawave, the only non-invasive readiness technology to assess both brain and heart. Omegawave can be found at omegawave.com and you can follow them on Twitter @omegawave.

This episode is also sponsored by Athlete Monitoring the world’s most comprehensive, versatile and cost-effective Athlete Health & Performance Management platform for elite sports. You can find their website at athletemonitoring.com or on Twitter @athletemonitor

Keep up to date with everything that is going on with the podcast by following on Twitter @strengthofsci or visiting strengthofscience.com.

Enjoy

PP

Performance intelligence research, industry innovation and leaving pro sport with Martin Buchheit & Stephen Smith (Head of Performance Research CEO/Founder at Kitman Labs)

Performance intelligence research, industry innovation and leaving pro sport with Martin Buchheit & Stephen Smith (Head of Performance Research CEO/Founder at Kitman Labs)

December 3, 2020

In this episode of the Pacey Performance Podcast, I am speaking to Head of Performance Research at Kitman Labs, Martin Buchheit and CEO at Kitman Labs, Stephen Smith. I think I say this every week but this episode is slightly different. Kitman Labs recently embarked on a project to survey practitioners in the industry around what they want from research. Their aim is the partner with the industry to help answer the questions which are going to help coaches in their daily practice. It is fascinating where this project can go and I will look forward to catch up with these guys again through 2021.

In this episode we discussed...

  • Who are Martin Buchheit and Stephen Smith (education, background and current role)
  • Why Martin moved out of pro sport to join Kitman Labs
  • Where is sports science and where is it going?
  • What are Kitman Labs doing differently?
  • What is performance intelligence?
  • How Kitman thinks the industry can change, advance, innovate with research
  • Results from their recent survey
 

Martin can be found on Twitter @mart1buch and Stephen can be found on Twitter @stephensmith_ie

This episode of the Pacey Performance Podcast is sponsored by Perch. Engineered at MIT, Perch uses small and mobile cameras to monitor and manage weight room performance without detracting from it. Perch is velocity based training. No strings attached. For exclusive deals and offers, tell them Rob sent you by going to pacey.perch.fit/.

This episode of the Pacey Performance Podcast is sponsored by Hawkin Dynamics, the team behind the worlds only wireless force plate system. Hawkin Dynamics can be found at hawkindynamics.com and you can follow them on Twitter @hawkindynamics

This episode is also sponsored by IMeasureU. IMeasureU are a world leading inertial platform to precisely quantify body movement and workload metrics in the field. IMeasureU can be found at imeasureu.com and you can follow them on Twitter @imeasureu.

This episode is sponsored by BLK BOX, leaders in performance training equipment & facility design. BLK BOX manufacture and distribute a full range of strength training equipment across Europe from their Headquarters in Belfast, Northern Ireland. BLK BOK can be found at blkboxfitness.com and you can follow them on Twitter @blkboxfitness and Instagram @blkboxfitness.

This episode is also sponsored by Kitman Labs. Kitman partners with leading sports teams to achieve consistent success, on and off the pitch. Over 150 teams across the globe use Kitman Labs' Athlete Optimization System to simplify daily operations and rely on the company's unique analytics to uncover the factors that influence success. You can find Kitman Labs at kitmanlabs.com and on Twitter @kitmanlabs.

Keep up to date with everything that is going on with the podcast by following on Twitter @strengthofsci or visiting strengthofscience.com.

Enjoy

PP

Designing effective conditioning sessions in football and manipulating small sided games with Andrea Riboli (Head of Sports Science at Atalanta B.C)

Designing effective conditioning sessions in football and manipulating small sided games with Andrea Riboli (Head of Sports Science at Atalanta B.C)

November 26, 2020

In this episode of the Pacey Performance Podcast I am speaking to Head of Sports Science at Atalanta B.C, Andrea Riboli. I have made it pretty public that I have been wanting to get more practitioners on from Europe as I think its something that has been lacking recently. Atalanta have come out of nowhere to become a staple of Champions League football over the last few years. They have a productive youth development structure and are also pushing the boundaries in sports science in Italy.

If you enjoyed this episode with Andrea Riboli you will enjoy these episodes with Matthew Varley and Stu Cormack.

In this episode, we discussed...

  • Who is Andrea Riboli (background, education and experience)?
  • Designing conditioning sessions for football players
    • Using area per player to replicate external loads
    • Manipulating SSG variables
      • Physiological affects of these changes
  • Programming conditioning throughout the season
    • Structure
    • Incorporating strength work around on-field physical, technical and tactical work
    • SSG vs conditioning without the ball
    • When, where and how
  • Load
    • Quantifying training load
    • Quantifying the response to the load
  •  

Andrea can be found on Twitter @A_Riboli

This episode of the Pacey Performance Podcast is sponsored by Output Sports – a Swiss Army Knife for optimising off field performance. Output Sports have developed a one-stop portable tool for comprehensive, valid and reliable athlete assessment. You can learn more about Output on outputsports.com or follow them on social media on @OutputSports where you can schedule a demo.

This episode of the Pacey Performance Podcast is sponsored by Hawkin Dynamics, the team behind the world's only wireless force plate system. Hawkin Dynamics can be found at hawkindynamics.com and you can follow them on Twitter @hawkindynamics

This episode is also sponsored by IMeasureU. IMeasureU are a world leading inertial platform to precisely quantify body movement and workload metrics in the field. IMeasureU can be found at imeasureu.com and you can follow them on Twitter @imeasureu.

This episode is also sponsored by Omegawave, the only non-invasive readiness technology to assess both brain and heart. Omegawave can be found at omegawave.com and you can follow them on Twitter @omegawave.

This episode is also sponsored by Athlete Monitoring the world’s most comprehensive, versatile and cost-effective Athlete Health & Performance Management platform for elite sports. You can find their website at athletemonitoring.com or on Twitter @athletemonitor

Keep up to date with everything that is going on with the podcast by following on Twitter @strengthofsci or visiting the strengthofscience.com.

Enjoy

PP

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