Welcome to the January 2016 edition of Coaching Matters, a round up of the articles I have found interesting in the 2 months relating to coaching, sport science, physical preparation and skill acquisition.
My thoughts this month have been centred on filtering the huge amount of information available to us all as coaches these days – you only need to look at this blog to see how many articles, videos and seminars are posted on the internet. It was sparked by a CPD session where the tutor from a sporting National Governing Body talked about the impact that the differences between our Left Brain and Right Brain have on our coaching practice.
This surprised me as the notion that different halves of the human brain govern different skills and personality traits has strongly been shown to be a myth (see here and here) yet this idea is now firmly planted in the minds of the attendees who were mainly volunteer, grass roots coaches. A few I spoke to took it as fact purely because it had come from a NGB tutor.
This reminded me of something my Dad used to say to me when I was lying through my teeth to him that I hadn’t broken something or generally been up to no good. ABC son, ABC.
My Dad was a Policeman and still lives by this rule to great effect – I got away with absolutely nothing as a kid and still don’t as an adult! Don’t believe everything you are told, check the facts, go to the sources, be thorough or be prepared to be taken for a ride.
There has been a huge growth in online communities through social media such as Facebook and Twitter where coaches can share ideas and practices but if the information being passed around is of poor quality with no-one filtering or fact checking they could be doing more harm than good. One good group on Facebook that is worth joining is the Coaching Science group run by Dr Dick Bailey and others.
This brings me to the Thomas Jefferson quote above which I found thought provoking. False ideas can lead coaches on a wild goose chase but on the flip side John Kiely in his excellent podcast with Rob Pacey (see Top 12 below for the link) talks about the importance of a coach or athlete’s belief in a programme and that a poor plan violently executed will beat a brilliant plan weakly implemented. I’d be interested in your thoughts.
One thing I would like to see is more work to bring Academic work from the laboratories and libraries to the practitioners from elite to grass roots coaches. I’d like to see more blogs by the Researchers themselves that allow a more informal (readable!) voice with context and examples of how their research could be implemented in day to day sessions. Yann Le Meur’s infographics and Dr Graham Close’s video animation are excellent examples of this and I hope more Academics and Researchers follow suit.
Anyway the whole point of this blog is sharing and interaction so if you have written or know of similar content that would be good for future posts then please let me know via Twitter @SiNainby.
Don’t forget to check out the Coaching Matters Live Round Up Tool, all the previous Coaching Matters blogs, my Notes From blogs of various lectures/CPD I have attended and various random thoughts on coaching.
I was grateful (and a bit surprised!) to be interviewed by John Leonzo for his excellent blog. If for some strange reason you want to know what I think in more detail about coaching then have a look at the video below – well listen anyway I definitely have a face for radio… John also took some good notes so check his post too. I’d certainly recommend you check out his interviews with Brian McCormick and Mark Upton.
- Pacey Performance Podcast – John Kiely
- Steve Magness: Losing Imagination- Why we all use the same interval sets & the dangers of classification
- New Zealand Connecting Coaches Resources
- Gilbert Enoka rides rough journey to inspire New Zealand rugby revolution
- Here’s the Strategy Elite Athletes Follow to Perform at the Highest Level
- Ed Smith: For a sportsman, studying doesn’t have to eat into the day – it can just replace PlayStation
- Ed Smith: The figure a shot makes
- Ed Smith: Taxi for the coach? Team sports could do with more mentors and fewer touchline tyrants
- philosophy bites – podcasts of top philosophers interviewed on bite-sized topics…
- Sports Coach UK Research Summaries
- Have You Fallen Victim to the Guru Effect?
- Dr Dick Bailey: The Philosophy of Science and Sport and Exercise Science
- Coach Behaviour Analysis: Developing Practice & Coach Effectiveness Dr. Christopher Cushion
- Performance during performance: using Goffman to understand the behaviours of elite youth football coaches during games
- The co-creation and co-ownership of Organisational Change
- Lessons from Altis – Informed Sport
- Nick Levett: Interview with Dario Gradi: A coaching master
- Performance during performance: using Goffman to understand the behaviours of elite youth football coaches during games by M. Partington & C.J. Cushion
- The Problem With Creativity Is…
- Terry Condon: How to have the Hard Conversations
- Using Personal-Disclosure Mutual-Sharing to Enhance Group Functioning in a Professional Soccer Academy
- Group Thinking
- Tom May: It’s been written that coaches can teach creativity. Can you?
- Jonathan Legard on the effect of marginal gains in sport with Sir Dave Brailsford
- Kobe on passing the ball through Kevin Durant’s legs
- James Smith: The After Action Review
- Functional Path Training: Eddie Jones – Building Sustainable Performance Excellence – Part One
- Functional Path Training: Eddie Jones – Building Sustainable Performance Excellence – Part Two
- Eddie Jones Interview – First 25s describe my coaching philosophy to a T
- The force is still with Leicester City but history may not be – Sean Ingle
- As Track Atones, Some Athletes Seek More Than an Apology
- Why the Myers-Briggs test is totally meaningless
- 11 incredible psychological tricks to get people to do what you want
- Interviewing to Become an NFL Head Coach
- Has rugby union become too complicated a game for its own good?
- Rugby union’s rigid academies risk stifling players’ freedom to enthrall – Dean Ryan
- Hunger for instant success feeding rise of the pre-programmed sportsman
- Six Nations 2016: Foreign legion exposes the failings in the English coaching system
- Bryson DeChambeau: Is this student golf’s newest trendsetter?
- Player burnout: How much rugby is too much?
- Investors in People – Sir Dave Brailsford, Outperformance Roadshow
- ‘Jesus, I’ve got slow’: the pain of approaching the end of a rugby career
- Mara Yamauchi: Doping – athletes speaking out
- Brian McCormick: Searching for elite athletic talent
- Footblogball: Talent – A challenging concept that more than ever requires a more humanistic approach to support its emergence
- The Player Development Project:
Skill Acquisition/Dynamic Systems
- Golf Science Lab: How Good Golfers Get Good with Graeme McDowall & Peter Arnott
- Zig Gibson: Control of Movement And Action – Technically Challenging Conceptual Requirements And Exquisite Control Mechanisms Underpin Even Lifting Up Your Coffee Cup
- Perception Action Podcast
- Stuart Armstrong: Decision making in complex environments
- Emergence and self-organization
- How Do Gymnastics Coaches Provide Movement Feedback in Training? By Damian Jeraj, Juliane Veit, Thomas Heinen and Markus Raab
- Sporticus: Is the ‘perfect model’ always perfect?
- How Analogies Reveal Connections, Spark Innovation, and Sell Our Greatest Ideas
- Perception-action intervention for ACL injury risk ~ Michael Riley ~ ICPA18
- Transfer in Motor Sequence Learning: Effects of Practice Schedule and Sequence Context by Diana M. Müssgens and Fredrik Ullén
- Brain McCormick: Should we use professional players as model when teaching players to shoot?
- Des Ryan’s Irish team building young Gunners
- The Battle Of The NFL Combine Trainers
- John Kiely @ European Speed Conference: Strength for Speed Part I | Part II | Part III
- Jonas Tawiah Dodo @ European Speed Conference: Part I | Part II | Part III | Part IV
- Kelvin Giles: Building the 21st Century Athlete: Part I | Part II | Part III
- Prof Zig Gibson @ European Speed Conference: Fatigue Part I | Part II | Part III |Part IV
- Shawn Myszka: NSCA Coaches Conf ’16 Review: Pt1 – Main Points
- Shawn Myszka: NSCA Coaches Conf ’16 Review: Pt2 – Q&A
- Robert Morris University S&C Conference – 8 hour video!! I haven’t watched all this – if you do let me know if its worth it!
- How Dean Benton prepared Australia for World Cup Success
- ALTIS Return to Play: A Case Study with Freelap Technology
- Dan Pfaff: 200 and Up Sprinting: Training to Go Faster, Faster, Longer Competition Phase Micro-cycles for the
Sprint and Hurdle Events
- Dan Pfaff: Barriers to Championship Performances
- Steve Magness: Crossfit endurance, Tabata sprints, and why people just don’t get it
- Steve Magness & Vern Gambetta: On BS- Our rant against crazy ideas, gurus, and other BS in coaching.
- Steve Magness: A Message to Speed/Power/Conditioning Coaches about Endurance Development
- Athlete by Design: Strength Training & Coordination with Frans Bosch Part I | Part II
- An ice bath, two paracetamol, zinc, magnesium and a sleeping tablet… Sam Warburton’s remarkable recovery process revealed
- Carl Valle: Weighted Sleds and Speed
- Ian Bezodis Storify feed: Sprinting
- Musical Chairs and the Perils of Being a Pro Sport Strength Coach by Derek Hansen
- Mladen Jovanovic: Frame of Reference
- Mladen Jovanovic interviewed by Robbie Bourke
- Lower limb mechanics during rugby place kicking; Considerations for physical preparation – Neil Bezodis
- Biomechanical loading of cervical spine structures during rugby contact events – Dario Cazzola
- Defining ‘Performance Therapy’ — Informed Practitioner In Sport
- Cal Dietz – Triphasic Training Presentation
- Victor Conte and Mark Zeigler explore Performance Enhancing Drugs
- Craig Duncan’s ASCA Presentation on Athlete Monitoring
- Does Acupuncture Work for Pain?
- The placebo effect is fascinating, but its “power” isn’t all it’s cracked up to be
- Bengt Kayser about the anti-doping policies
- Inside Tracker: A Tell All: Our Lead Nutrition Scientist Shares Fascinating Questions from Users
- Nutrition Crimewatch
- BioSignature Reviewed: Are Hormones the Key to Weight Loss?
- The incredible tale of irresponsible chocolate milk research at the University of Maryland
- I asked 8 researchers why the science of nutrition is so messy. Here’s what they said.
- Is Return to Play from Hamstring Injuries in Applied Practice Evidence Based?
- Explaining some of Chip Kelly’s secret sports science tactics
- What a 5’6 NFL receiver can teach us about bad analytics
- The effects of self-myofascial release using a foam roller or roller massager on joint range of motion, muscle recovery and performance: A systematic review
- A neuroscientist says there’s a powerful benefit to exercise that is rarely discussed
- The sleep secrets of British Cycling
- Craig Pickering: Testing Times
- EKG Screening for College Athletes
- Adam Meakins: 10 Commandments for Physiotherapists
- Ross Tucker Science of Sport Talent ID Video series:
Scott Kelso on why sport science is falling short of its potential and what needs to be done in the future: pic.twitter.com/64zQURTtsF
— Dr. Paul Glazier (@PaulGlazier) October 5, 2015
- Sweden’s six-hour work day comes to the UK at Agent Marketing in Liverpool
- If You Can’t Easily Explain What Your Product Does, You Have A Problem
- Why I Taught Myself to Procrastinate
- Is the Utopian Workplace – Just a ploy to keep us at work
- Leadership’s a no-brainer
- ‘Brain-Training’ Company Slapped With $2 Million Fine
- I made $1,000 an hour as an SAT tutor. My students did better without me
- Education’s not black and white, it’s vibrant grey by Sarah Nickless, John Stoszkowski and Clive Palmer
- How universities can help students avoid plagiarism: get them to write better
- Sir Ken Robinson: Public education can be fixed — but not quickly
- Insatiably Curious? Read this.
- Thinking Hard…and Why We Avoid It
- A Harvard linguist reveals the most misused words in English
- Allow extremists to speak at universities, says Oxford head
- Sugata Mitra’s Inhuman Belief in Machines
- Preparing kids for a future we can’t even imagine
- Sporticus: The flaw of linearity within PE
- Prisoners get higher marks than Durham University criminology students in academic course
- Teachers as the Learners Dame Reena Keeble
- The road to flexible maths is paved with inflexibility
- On balance bikes and stabilisers: how we should support and scaffold
- Hmmr Media: Learning to Ride a Bike
- English teenagers ‘are most illiterate in the developed world’, report reveals
- Penn & Teller: Teaching: Just Like Performing Magic
- Diet debate: Is breakfast a waste of time?
- My ‘smart drugs’ nightmare
- How Online Vigilantes Take Down Cheating Runners
- Diet debate: Are diet drinks a no-go?
- You Can’t Trust What You Read About Nutrition
- Scientists, Give Up Your Emails
- Why So Many Artists Are Highly Sensitive People
- IndaloGenesis: The Neo-Generalist
- IndaloGenesis: Balance fallacy
- The Lawyer Who Became DuPont’s Worst Nightmare
- A psychological trick to get anyone to like you
- You probably know to ask yourself, “What do I want?” Here’s a way better question
- The Truth Behind Herbalife and Juiceplus Meal Replacement Shakes – Mark Worswick
- And Yet … by Christopher Hitchens review – fearless, self-admiring, effortlessly eloquent
- Why should we give a bleep about profanity?
- The Society of Genes: Time for a subtler picture of evolution
- Nassim Taleb: The Logic of Risk Taking
- A Harvard psychologist says people judge you based on 2 criteria when they first meet you
- Outrage Porn: How the Need For ‘Perpetual Indignation’ Manufactures Phony Offense
- The paradoxes that sit at the very core of Physics
- Pseudoscience and Continental Philosophy
- I Ramped Up My Internet Security, and You Should Too
- Psychology says that outsiders are the most innovative people
- Google and Twitter Speak Up in Support of the First Amendment Rights of Their Users
- Working with a charity made me a better banker
- How to read a scientific paper
- It’s about time comedians asked if science stands up
- Don’t let transparency damage science
- What journalists get wrong about social science, according to 20 scientists
- Why people fall for pseudoscience (and how academics can fight back)
- Wallace’s Woeful Wager: How a Founder of Modern Biology Got Suckered by Flat-Earthers
- Why do people put on differing amounts of weight?
- How to make biomedical research more reproducible
- Facts vs. opinions: Beware of false balance in your reporting
- Found out – Self-doubt is a pernicious affliction that can overwhelm researchers
- The conman who pulled off history’s most audacious scam
- Maths study shows conspiracies ‘prone to unravelling’ Read this then read the link below:
- The maths of the paper disproving conspiracy theories don’t add up
- Casey Neistat: