Welcome to the lastest edition of Coaching Matters, the articles I have been reading through November 2013.
The contentious issue this month seems to be fast tracking. It is common in sport for athletes to retire at the end of a season and be coaching at the elite level the very next season. There have been various articles recently where retired footballers have been bemoaning the fact that although they have played football for 20+ years they are expected to have to complete coaching qualifications in order to work as a professional coach – (for a typical example see this interview with Michael Gray). It is not only football as UK Sport have just announced a one year fast track to take retired world class athletes and transform them into world class coaches – (see here).
While I am sure the athletes have gained a great deal of experience it does not automatically crossover to coaching and I seriously doubt whether you can fast track someone through the vast amount of science and art required to succeed as a coach at the elite level of sport. Elite World level sport is not the place to be making mistakes and learning on the job!
When I first started out coaching I was fortunate to be able to shadow an elite Strength & Conditioning Coach. When I asked about working with him on a permanent basis he gave me the best piece of advice I ever received. He told me that if I wanted to succeed I had to go and work with the lowest level club I could find and work my way up the ladder. While it was not what I wanted to hear at the time looking back it has given me invaluable experience as I went from a level 9 local rugby club to level 3 National League rugby. I have earnt each progression up the ladder and learnt my own lessons rather than copying from another experienced coach.
Coaching isn’t about playing rugby, it isn’t about taking what you did when you were playing rugby and showing other people how to do it, coaching is about support, man-management, it’s about language, it’s about all kinds of things – structuring sessions through to understanding acquisition of skills, mental fatigue, it’s about understanding personalities, everything. I think that is going to take time.
I’ll leave the final word to John Stozkowski:
.@StanCollymore I’ve been on a few flights in my time as well, fast track me to pilot for your next flight if you want. Pure common sense.
— John Stoszkowski (@JohnStoszkowski) November 28, 2013
Special mention this month is for some great content on iTunesU which is where Universities distribute free content. Bond University have a series of Sports Lectures delivered by Elite Coaches in Australian Sport. The lectures are very applied and have some great information in them – click here to see them. Go to Twitter and follow Dr Chris McLellan and Damian Marsh who are two of the lecturers.
Top 10 Articles
- Stuart McMillan – Random Ramblings
- Momentum – Can it be coached?
- The All Blacks guide to being successful
- Dave Sunderland: A Coaching Challenge Part I and Part II
- Acquisition and performance of sport skills
- Interview with Mark Upton on implicit and explicit learning
- No holds barred interview with Dan Baker
- Big data: Predicting and preventing rugby injuries
- Presentations from the Sport Performance Research Institute of New Zealand Conference 2013
- Storify collection of live tweets from the above SPRINZ Conference
- Tennis New Zealand using constraints approach to attract young players
- The secret of highly engaged and successful company cultures
- When you feel powerful you talk too much and subordinates perform poorly
- Coach Learning and Education: A Portuguese Expert Coaches’ perspective
- Injuries explode as youths specialise in a single sport
- How to use simple rules & technology to motivate athletes
- The future of football – how teams will win 10 years from now
- Why do the All Blacks remain on top?
- Questioning dogma: The coach who never punts
- The man who made Barca
- The Art and Science of crap detection
- Joe Schmidt is a big influence on my coaching style – Conor O’Shea
- Managing change – Jurgen Klinsmann interview
- Seedlings and young athletes
- Do you need a coach?
- No, you’re not entitled to your own opinion
- Why are so many of our teachers and schools so successful? – Video
- How do Red Bull embed their high performance culture? – Video
- Performance management and the Pony Express
- New ideas in psychology
- Promoting Motivation, Health and Excellence – Ted talk
- 27 ways to inspire students to innovate
- Size of players is wrecking rugby
- Lectures don’t work but we keep using them
— The Sports Physio (@AdamMeakins) November 23, 2013
- Life, the universe and demonstrations
- Learning to see the unseen – The ecological approach to perception
- Constraints led approach & Emergent learning – using games as learning systems
- Kids play the way scientists work
- Learning on the job – cricketer Steve Smith talks technique
- The Ecological approach to perception – video
- St Mary’s Biomechanics team partners with RFU
- Dynamic Systems Theories
- Cognitive Training – the final frontier for athletes – Note – I’m not sure about the transfer of effect from seated Multiple Object Tracking to the sporting environment
- Resource of online papers about complexity
- ADHD medication is a hit for the Red Sox Hero
- Year round Strength & Conditioning for Rugby Union
- Rugby and Injury Prevention
- Our brains and how they’re not as simple as we think
- Catapult Interview: Mladen Jovanovic Hammarby IF
- Why hire a sports scientist?
- Cancer specialist outlines new method to detect doping
- Monitoring neuromuscular fatigue in high performance athletes
- European Powerlifting Champion Rob Palmer
- Squatting kinematics & kinetics & their application to exercise performance
- Why making the weight is boxing’s lethal secret
- Medics should head decision making on concussion not managers
- Jason Weber’s top 10 hints for getting an S&C role in professional sport
- The problem with the kinetic chain concept
- Why ice and anti inflammatory medication is not the answer
- Sport science expert calls for AFL clubs to change training methods to reduce number of ACL injuries
- Meet the man who is at the forefront of data analysis in rugby
- Biological Planning, Organising and Programming for Physical Preparation
- Technology in rugby: Performance analysis plays a key role
- Weak statistical standards implicated in scientific irreproducibility
- All about occlusion training
- Interview with Professor Dave Collins – The Psychology of Sport
- Interview with Dr Andreo Spina – soft tissue therapy
- Slow eccentrics for growth?
- Alex Gibney and Betsy Andreu talk about the Armstrong Lie
- How Iniesta almost missed the World Cup
- Three questions with Physical Preparation Coach Scott Umberger
- Jamie Taylor’s book review of The Sports Gene by David Epstein
- Dr Stuart McGill answers a critic
- Neuromechanics of speed development
- Hot topics in the science of running
- 10 Analysis tweets you may have missed
- How the British & Irish Lions won with the help of an app
- Critical evaluation of Strength and Conditioning Research – Video
- A therapists viewpoint of treatment integration into a performance enhancement environment
- High altitude, low benefit?
- Day in the life of an AFL team at high altitude
- Behind the scenes of the Scotland Rugby Training Camp – video
- Doping in football: 50 years of evidence
- 20 tips for interpreting scientific claims
- 5 presentations from Professor Rob Newton
- Speed development and Plyometric Training
- Can big data trump doping in sport?
- The real reason athletes dope
- Does aerobic exercise interfere with strength training adaptations?
- Screening or screaming? FMS, MCS & PPS
- Athlete Profiling: Choosing a Periodisation system to maximise individual performance
- Terry Condon on progression of the injured athlete
- Maximal Aerobic Speed Calculator
- Biomechanics 101
- Did Aspartame kill Cory Terry?
- Stacy Sims’s war on sports drinks
- Australian saturated fats and cholesterol documentary – video
- Herbal Supplements are often not what they seem
- Herbal medicines adulterated, contaminated or just plain missing. An international scandal
- Science reveals why calorie counts are all wrong