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Sports Psychology: Mental Toughness & Mindfulness Expert Brent Hogarth

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Brent Hogarth is a young sports psychologist doing research as well as work on the sidelines in the area of mindfulness for athletes. He also runs the website mindandsport.org

>Sports Coach Radio is a series of weekly in-depth interview with world-class sports coaches, leaders and scientists, hosted by Glenn Whitney, a coaching psychologist. Follow us on Twitter, where we post coaching tips and links to interesting articles just about every day of the week. The handle is @sportscoachtalk. And we’d be grateful if you’d leave a short review of the show on the Apple iTunes page

Topics: Mindfulness, mental toughness, sports psychologist, Brent Hogarth, mindandsport, sports psychology

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USA Swimming & Cal Bears Teri McKeever on Winning in the Water and Life

Missy Franklin, Jessica Hardy, Natalie Coughlin, Dana Vollmer
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Teri McKeever is one of the leading swimming coaches in the world and has been guiding some of the very top women in the sport.

In addition to heading up the USA Women’s Team in London, which took home 15 medals, Coach McKeever also served as assistant coach in Beijing and Athens. She is currently head coach of the perennial powerhouse University of California at Berkeley, known as the Cal Bears, winning NCAA championships in 2009, 2011, and 2012. She was named the Pac-12 Coach of the Year for 2015. This interview was recorded in April 2014.

Teri_McKeever_and_Missy-FranklinSports Coach Radio is a series of weekly in-depth interview with world-class sports coaches, leaders and scientists, hosted by Glenn Whitney, a coaching psychologist. Follow us on Twitter, where we post coaching tips and links to interesting articles just about every day of the week. The handle is @sportscoachtalk. And we’d be grateful if you’d leave a short review of the show on the Apple iTunes page

Topics: USA Swimming & Cal Bears Teri McKeever; Missy Franklin, Jessica Hardy, Natalie Coughlin, Dana Vollmer

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Sports Lighting Expert Toine Schoutens On Performance Enhancements With Sun Substitutes

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Minimizing the effect of jet lag and optimizing performance using light therapy — this week’s guest is an expert.

Toine Schoutens develops lighting technology, lamps and special wearable visors, and applies them to enhance the performance of world-class swimmers, soccer players, rowers, gymnasts and many others. If you think about how much time many indoor athletes spend out of the sun and/or travelling you¹ll realize how hugely important it is to improve on circadian rhythms, Vitamin D synthesis and coping with jet lag.

On the web, you can check out Toine’s site: www.fluxplus.com

Sports Coach Radio dot com is a weekly series of interviews with world-leading coaches, sports scientists and writers. It’s hosted by Glenn Whitney, a mentor to coaches and a leadership advisor. Twitter is a good place to keep up with us – the handle is @sportscoachtalk.

Topics: Sports lighting expert Toine Schoutens on performance enhancements with sun substitutes; minimizing jet lag; optimizing performance using light therapy; athletes & seasonal affective disorder (SAD)

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Creatine: All About The Go-To Sports Nutrition Supplement

Over-training, performance enhancement, protein & recovery

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Creatine: It’s the go-to nutrition supplement for almost every high-performance athlete. But how much do you really know about it? Dr. Rick Kreider is the director of the Exercise & Sport Nutrition Lab at Texas A&M University and one of the world’s leading experts on creatine and other sports nutrition supplements. Rick is also the founding Editor-In-Chief of the Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition. This interview was carried out in February 2013.

exercise_and_sports_nutrition_bookSports Coach Radio is hosted by Glenn Whitney, a coaching adviser and leadership consultant. You can subscribe to us on Apple iTunes and follow us on Twitter with the handle: @sportscoachtalk. And if you have a moment, we’d very much appreciate it if you could leave a short review on the Apple iTunes site. Your review will help other people find out about the show.

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Praise, Criticism & Shifting Mindsets: Carol Dweck is the Expert

Growth Mindset, coaching expectations & outcomes
carol_dweck1 We have one of the world’s most influential social psychologists on the show this week. Carol Dweck is one of the world’s most influential social psychologist. Her research is of vast importance to coaches and how they praise and criticize their athletes.

Carol is the Lewis and Virginia Eaton Professor of Psychology at Stanford University and an expert on how a person’s thought patterns and belief – or mindset – affect their ability to learn and perform. This interview was recorded and first released in July 2013.

She is the author of numerous papers and books, and those most relevant to coaching include the book Mindset: The New Psychology of Success. She also has a great website: mindsetonline.com
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Sports Coach Radio is hosted by Glenn Whitney, a coaching and leadership psychologist. You can follow us on Twitter, where we post useful articles and coaching tips just about every day of the week. The handle is @sportscoachtalk. And we’d be grateful if you’d leave a short review of the show on the Apple iTunes page.

Topics: Carol Dweck, Growth Mindset, Fixed Mindset, praise, criticism, shifting self beliefs, learning styles, learning patters, attitudes to challenge, attitudes to change

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Athletics Master Coach Dan Pfaff On The Art of Individualty

Track & field, explosive sprinting; jumps; master coaching
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It’s a great pleasure to have master coach Dan Pfaff back on the show. He’s one of the very most accomplished coaches in track and field, having worked with over 49 Olympians, including nine medallists, most recently helping Britain’s long jumper Greg Rutherford win a gold medal in London. The Canadian 100-meter champion Donovan Bailey was also one of his athletes.

Among Coach Pfaff’s many others achievements: he has tutored five world record holders. He’s also served on the coaching staff at five Olympic Games for five different countries and nine World Championship staffs for six different countries.

Coach Pfaff also provides consultancy to players and teams in professional football, baseball, hockey, golf, tennis, soccer and to the Canadian Winter Olympic Program.
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He is currently Education Director and Lead Jumps Coach at the World Athletics Center in Phoenix, Arizona. Now here’s something I learned on World Athletics Center website: Coach Pfaff been married to the same woman for 42 years, which is exactly twice as long as I have been married. Hats off to him!

Topics: Athletics, track and field, master coach, long jump, high jump, weight training, periodization, high intensity intervals, over-training, optimizing performance, Dan Pfaff, World Athletics Center

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Marathon Legend Frank Shorter on Self-Coaching and Life’s Long Road

Olympic Gold Medallist; Road Racing Pioneer
frank_shorter2It’s not often we can feature someone credited with starting a revolution. But it’s true of this week’s guest. In this case it’s the fitness revolution of long distance running. Legendary Olympic Gold Medallist in the Marathon, crusader for ridding sports of illegal drugs, tireless road racing ambassador and champion of inspiring programs to help at-risk children: Frank Shorter is all these and more.
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Frank struck gold at the Munich Olympics in 1972, and then silver four years later in Montreal. Of course there’s quite an interesting story about why he was denied the top slot in that very close race. You’ll hear about that later.

This interview was recorded in Frank’s home in Boulder, Colorado in August 2013. He was very generous with his time and his intellect, and accordingly we’ll be releasing the interview in two parts; part 1 now and part 2 in two weeks’ time.

Sports Coach Radio is hosted by Glenn Whitney, a coaching and leadership psychologist. You can follow us on Twitter, where we post useful articles and coaching tips just about every day of the week. The handle is @sportscoachtalk. And we’d be grateful if you’d leave a short review of the show on the Apple iTunes page.

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Mindful Running Expert Michael Sandler On Better Performance Being In the Now

Mindfulness in sports, breathing, recovery

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When it comes to injury and recovery, running expert Michael Sandler has been through the valley of the shadow of death and back again. He’s had several bone-crushing life threatening accidents and fought his way back to health and fitness. Once an elite distance athlete, he’s now a coach and an eloquent proponent of mindfulness in sports.

Michael’s website is mindfulrunning.org where he offers a wide range of educational and performance programs for amateurs up to elite level runners. He’s also an advocate of true barefoot running, something that long-time listeners of this show will know is an big interest of mine. Even if you’re not into running but want to know more about mindfulness in sports, this interview is well worth a listen.

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Sports Coach Radio dot com is a weekly series of interviews with world-leading coaches, sports scientists and writers. It’s hosted by Glenn Whitney, a mentor to coaches and a leadership advisor. Twitter is a good place to keep up with us – the handle is @sportscoachtalk.

Link to a video about Michael’s injury recovery: YouTube: Healing Through Barefoot Running

Topics: Mindfulness in sports, extreme injuries, repair and recovery, mindful running, breathing techniques, barefoot running, mindful running, sports meditation, visualization, mindful running,

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Coaching Researcher Martin Toms on Creating a Kids-First Culture

Positive coaching for young athletes
sports_psychologist_dr_martin_toms_birmingham_youth_sportsOur guest this week is Martin Toms, senior lecturer in Sports Coaching at the University of Birmingham in the UK. He’s one of very few people in the world who can call themselves a “sports ethnographer.” I looked the word up and it means someone who systematically studies people and cultures from within, rather than as a non-participating outsider. Among the many sports Martin is involved in, cricket, golf and soccer are at the top of the list.

He is also an expert in teaching sports to kids, ensuring that sports remain fun and helping coaches see their sports from the point of view of their young athletes. One of Martin’s key area of focus recently has been whether young children should specialize in just one sport or rather sample a wide range of sports until adolescence – a topic we discuss extensively in this interview. His Twitter handle is @drmartintoms

Sports Coach Radio dot com is a weekly series of interviews with world-leading coaches, sports scientists and writers. It’s hosted by Glenn Whitney, a mentor to coaches and a leadership advisor. Twitter is a good place to keep up with us – the handle is @sportscoachtalk.

Topics: Positive coaching, youth sports, young athletes, coach development, mindful coaching, coaching research

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True Cross Country Running With Mega Marathon Man Daren Wendell

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Ultra endurance, extremely fast recovery, mental toughness – we’ve got it all in this interview. Daren Wendell recently ran across America – 29 miles a day, 100 days in a row. A lot easier said than done. Yes, it’s kind of the Forest Gump thing except Daren isn’t a Hollywood invention.

In the process he’s raised nearly 150,000 dollars for the charity Active Water, which  brings safe water to people in Ethiopia. You can still donate on the website rundarenrun.com.

He’s a man with quite a bit of endurance experience including in recent years cycling 4, 400 miles across the country, walking 3,400 miles across the country, hiking the length of the Appalachian Trail and swimming 50.6 miles across Lake Michigan, and not without some negative consequences, as you’ll hear in this interview.

Sports Coach Radio dot com is a weekly series of interviews with world-leading coaches, sports scientists and writers. It’s hosted by Glenn Whitney, a mentor to coaches and a leadership advisor. Twitter is a good place to keep up with us – the handle is @sportscoachtalk.

Topics: Marathons, cross country running, ultra endurance, extremely fast recovery, mental toughness, Ethiopia, Active Water

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Mental Toughness Expert Rob Bell on the Psychology of the Pivotal Moment

Performing under pressure; handling anxiety
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This week sports psychologist and mental toughness expert Rob Bell joins us. He’s got a huge depth of experience in golf, distance running and swimming and works across a wide range of other sports. He’s also served as a caddy in numerous top PGA events which gives him a unique perspective on putting anxiety, known as the “yips.”

Rob has a PhD from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, is widely published in professional journals and is the author of the very engaging book The Hinge – The Importance of Mental Toughness. I also highly recommend you check out his short film NO FEAR on You Tube.
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SportsCoachRadio.com is a weekly series of interviews with world-class coaches, sports scientists and sports writers. It’s hosted by Glenn Whitney, a mentor to coaches and a leadership advisor.

You can follow us Twitter, where we post coaching news and tips just about every day of the week. The handle is @sportscoachtalk.

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Topics: Mental toughness, sports psychology, yips, choking, performing under pressure, mood management, golf psychology, resilience

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Basketball Coaching: English NBA Standout On Enlightened Leadership and Fatherhood

John Amaechi, gay athletes, sports coaching psychology
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We’ve been looking forward to having John Amaechi on the show for a long time. He’s a gentleman, a scholar and a retired world-class basketball player.

He’s best known for having been Britain’s most successful NBA player, with starting roles at the Cleveland Caveliers, the Orlando Magic and the Utah, Jazz. Impressive, but what’s amazing is that John hadn’t even picked up a basketball until his was 17 years old. Before that he was a bookish, chubby kid living with his single mum near Manchester.

What followed was an incredibly ambitious and intense five-year training programs that brought him into the NBA. This is all detailed in his excellent book Man in the Middle. The autobiography also movingly recounts his evolution from being an “in the closet” gay man during his time playing professional basketball to becoming an active and articulate advocate for gay, lesbian, bi-sexual and trans-gender rights, inside and outside the world of sports. Oh, and did I mention he also adopted two at-risk boys and raised them to adulthood. At the ripe old age of 44, he’s now a grandfather.
john-amaechi-bbcHaving studied organizational psychology while playing full time basketball, John is now highly sought-after consultant and performance coach as well as being a commentator on the BBC and active with numerous charities. His website is www.amaechiperformance.com
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SportsCoachRadio.com is a weekly series of interviews with world-class coaches, sports scientists and sports writers. It’s hosted by Glenn Whitney, a mentor to coaches and a leadership advisor.

You can follow us Twitter, where we post coaching news and tips just about every day of the week. The handle is @sportscoachtalk.

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Topics: Basketball coaching, NBA, Orlando Magic, John Amaechi, gay athletes, sports coaching psychology, fatherhood

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Getting Tough for Soccer and Golf With Sports Psychologist Dan Abrahams

Mental toughness, improving focus, emotional self-management and dealing with extreme pressure
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Our guest this week is Dan Abrahams, a young and successful sports psychologist in the U.K. A former professional golfer and PGA golf coach, Dan is the lead psychologist at England Golf. He also works extensively in soccer – or football as it’s often called in Europe.
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Dan coaches a wide range of players, including at the highest professional level – the English Premier League from clubs such as Queen’s Park Rangers, Fulham and West Ham. He is also author of three books so far – Soccer Tough, Soccer Brain and Golf Tough.

SportsCoachRadio.com is a weekly series of interviews with world-class coaches, sports scientists and sports writers. It’s hosted by Glenn Whitney, a mentor to coaches and a leadership advisor.

You can follow us Twitter, where we post coaching news and tips just about every day of the week. The handle is @sportscoachtalk.
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Topics: Sports psychologist, mental focus, visualization, emotional self management, dealing with performance anxiety, choking, yips, performance improvements, self control, sports psychology, mental toughness, soccer, golf, football, resilience

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Sports Genes & Talent Development: Skills Expert Joe Baker

Talent Identification & Skill Development
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We’re happy to have Joe Baker back on the show. Joe is a sport scientist at York University in Toronto, Canada. He has a PhD and specializes in human skill acquisition, and talent identification and development.

We go around the houses several times in this interview, talking about nature versus nurture, whether or not there is such a thing as a sports gene, the famous 10,000 hours hypothesis of skill development, Canadian hockey, American basketball, you name it.
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Among Joe’s most recent publications, he co-edited the book Developing Sport Expertise: Researchers and Coaches Put Theory into Practice, which is available on Amazon. And co-editor of the Routledge Handbook of Sport Expertise coming out in April 2015.

Sports Coach Radio is a series of weekly in-depth interviews with world-class sports leaders, coaches and sports scientists. It’s hosted by Glenn Whitney, a coaching adviser and leadership consultant. Follow us on Twitter, where we post coaching tips and links to interesting articles just about every day of the week. The handle is @sportscoachtalk. And we’d be grateful if you’d leave a short review of the show on the Apple iTunes page.

Topics: The sports gene, talent identification, skill acquisition, skill development, genetics in sports, Joe Baker, Daniel Coyle, Malcolm Gladwell, David Epstein, Pete Carroll, Seattle Seahawks, New England Patriots, Bill Bellicheck, talent ID

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Sleep: The Under-Used, Perfectly Legal Performance Enhancer

Rest & Recovery; Boosting Performance With Better Sleep
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Sleep. It’s one of the final frontiers for improving sports performance.

Substantial gains are available to those who can improve sleep quality and consistency. The amazing thing is that some of the world’s best athletes of all time weren’t great sleepers. Imagine what they could have achieved if they’d worked with the week’s guest and others in the sleep improvement field?

Nick Littlehales is one of the world’s pioneering sports sleep coaches. Based in Nottingham, England,  Nick has consulted to the likes of British Cycling and the two-time Tour de France winning Sky Professional Team, power house soccer clubs Manchester United and Real Madrid as well as in Olympic rowing, sailing, track and field and boxing.

You can find Nick him via the website sportsleepcoach.com

Sports Coach Radio is a series of weekly in-depth interviews with world-class sports leaders, coaches and sports scientists. It’s hosted by Glenn Whitney, a coaching adviser and leadership consultant. Follow us on Twitter, where we post coaching tips and links to interesting articles just about every day of the week. The handle is @sportscoachtalk. And we’d be grateful if you’d leave a short review of the show on the Apple iTunes page.

Topics: Sleep for sports, athlete recovery, rest and recovery, injury prevention, athlete resilience, sleep performance

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Continuous Compassionate Criticism: The Essence of the Art of Coaching

When you make a mistake in typing or in spelling, it’s good that an icon doesn’t flash all over your screen with a green monster sticking it’s tongue out and screaming at you that you’re a total idiot. Those kinds of frequent attacks on your self-esteem are unlikely to motivate you to produce more and increase the quality of your work. It’s an overwhelming, debilitating form of feedback.

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However the opposite of this is also a problem. Most people can merrily type away while their word processing program automatically fixes mistakes that the person never realises he made. This is not blissful ignorance. This is the kind of cluelessness that leads to arrogance and complacency.

To stay on top of our game, and especially to get better at what we want to be excellent at – we need continuous compassionate criticism. It’s hard to find sources for that, but absolutely essential.

A key reason great athletes become great, stay great and get even better is that they have an insatiable appetite for improvement. They are highly receptive to feedback and being challenged. They believe in themselves and their pervasive superiority over their competitors but they are almost always open to improving and recognising what they are doing now might not be optimal.

This is less true in the case of top-level executives. Most I have worked with and know about are hyper-sensitive about criticism. They are thin-skinned and they avoid it. That may be an important reason that the average time at the top for a chief executive in most developed countries is about 3.5 years. Eventually all those blind spots and delusions of superiority (and even infallibility) catch up with these arrogant executives and they are deposed.

The art of the coach is to deliver this continuous compassionate criticism in a highly individualised way; tailoring the feedback and leavening it with humor and warmth so that the athlete – and ideally the top business leader – can receive it willingly, hear it fully, internalise it completely and put the improvement into action consistently.

Topics: The art of coaching, reslience, focus, discipline

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Running Coach: Middle Distance Legend Steve Cram

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Mile, 1500m, Sebastian Coe rivalry

It’s an honor to have on the show this week one of the legends of middle distance running – Steve Cram, a man who set world records, in the 1,000 meter, 1,500 meter and the mile, all in 1985. He was also among the top 800 meter runners of his generation, carrying on a fascinating multi-Running-Coach-Steve-Cram-1year rivalry with his countrymen Steve Ovett and Sebastian Coe.

Several of Steve’s times are still up there among the very fastest ever run.

Steve has a lot going on, including serving as primary coach for British 1,500 meter standout Laura Weightman, providing ad hoc coaching to a wide range of professional and amateur athletes and acting as lead athletics commentator for the BBC.

In this wide-ranging interview you’ll hear all about his transition from athlete to coach, preferred training methods and his view on all sorts of trends, from low-carb diets to barefoot running.

Sports Coach Radio is a series of weekly in-depth interviews with world-class sports leaders, coaches and sports scientists. It’s hosted by Glenn Whitney, a coaching adviser and leadership consultant. Follow us on Twitter, where we post coaching tips and links to interesting articles just about every day of the week. The handle is @sportscoachtalk. And we’d be grateful if you’d leave a short review of the show on the Apple iTunes page.

Topics: Running coach, The Mile, 1500m, middle distance coaching, Steve Cram, Sebastian Coe, Steve Ovett, Laura Weightman, athletics, track and field, periodization, altitude training, low carb diets, running coach, barefoot running