Coaching Matters: Around the web January 2017 week 3

Coaching Matters, a round-up of the articles I have found interesting in the past week relating to coaching, sport science, physical preparation and skill acquisition. 

The major story on my timeline this week was the hospitalisation of several Oregon University Football Players following a series of S&C sessions. As is usual these days the reaction was polarised with many calling for the sacking of the coach on one hand and some of their teammates blaming the injured players for being weak on the other hand. Steve Magness captured this reaction well in his piece Football is Holding Back the Strength and Conditioning Profession- A reaction to the Oregon fiasco. Whichever viewpoint you gravitate towards, having players end up in hospital is unacceptable. Doing some reading around this I was astonished to find that according to CBS Sports 21 Football players have died in America from overexertion since 2000.  College Football in America is very tightly regulated in contact hours and types of practice so this is amazing to me.  There are now calls for further tightening of regulations and mandatory Certification for Coaches.  I am not convinced by this – it clearly hasn’t worked thus far and has the potential to create further problems as poor practice is covered up and good practice is hindered. My Mum was a Nurse and a badge she had pinned to her uniform read Primum non nocere. A badge many Coaches would do well to wear.

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. If you like this type of round up also be sure to check Sporticus‘ series The PE Playbook – December 2016 Edition

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Simon Nainby is an Accredited Strength & Conditioning Coach and Tutor, Sports Massage Therapist, RFU Level II coach and an Assistant Athletics Coach. He has worked for a number of professional and semi-professional teams and he currently acts as a coaching consultant through Underground Athletics to a wide range of athletes from rugby players to Olympic Lifters. He provides physical preparation training and support in order to maximise sports performance. This consists of strength, speed and power training combined with recovery support to create a periodised programme which is essential for athletes to perform to their potential.

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