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Mental Coach Derin McMains of Notre Dame, Ex San Francisco Giants Baseball

Growth Mindset, mental toughness, sports psychology
mental coach Derin-McMains Notre DameA deep dive this week into some of our favorite topics: mental toughness, sports psychology and the Growth Mindset. Derin McMains is our guest. He is Director of Mental Conditioning at the University of Notre Dame, working across about 20 different teams at that hallowed institution.

Derin is formerly Peak Performance Coordinator for the San Francisco Giants in Major League Baseball. He spent 2008 to 2012 as a coach with the Giants and was awarded World Series Rings as a member of the player development staff in 2010, 2012 and 2014. He has also worked extensively with aspiring professional football players as they prepared for the NFL Combine.

From 2001 to 2008, Derin played professional baseball with the Giants organization. He has a Masters degree in Sport and Exercise Psychology from the Arizona School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University.

Sports Coach Radio is a series of weekly in-depth interview with world-class sports coaches, scientists and writers, hosted by Glenn Whitney, a coaching and leadership advisor. 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.
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Pioneering Professional Baseball S&C Coach Rachel Balkovec

Rachel-Balkovec_Strength_and_conditioning_coach_S&C_baseballWe have pioneering strength and conditioning coach Rachel Balkovec this week. She’s the first ever female S&C coach to work for a professional baseball team – the Houston Astros organization, currently as Latin American coordinator.

While still in the early stages of her career, Rachel has already paid quite a lot of dues, working previously in S&C roles at the St. Louis Cardinals, the Chicago White Sox and Arizona State University.

Rachel’s other mission is to inspire and female athletes, and students in general, to elevate their standards for life and empower others. More information about this is on her website: www.rachelbalkovec.com CmzWCfWXgAA27qS

Rachel has a master’s degree in sports administration from Louisiana State University, and a B.A. in Kinesiology and Exercise Science from the University of New Mexico.

Sports Coach Radio is a series of weekly in-depth interview with world-class sports coaches, scientists and writers, hosted by Glenn Whitney, a coaching and leadership advisor. 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.
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Super Champion Sports Psychologist Dave Collins On Mental Fitness

Mental toughness; athlete psychological skills
sports psychologist dave collins super champions almostsSports psychologist Professor Dave Collins is this week’s guest. He’s an expert on high-performance and specifically what makes a Super Champion versus an ordinary Champion and an “Almost.” He’s the lead researcher on a recent study into this matter, which we’ve featured on the blog.

Dave’s current affiliations are with the University of Central Lancashire and Grey Matters Performance Consulting. He has worked extensively in British rugby and football, including with the national teams as well as with U.K. Athletics, where he was Performance Director from 2005 to 2008. He is the co-author of Performance Psychology: A Practitioner’s Guide and dozens of academic papers.
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Sports Coach Radio is a series of weekly in-depth interview with world-class sports coaches, scientists and writers, hosted by Glenn Whitney, a coaching and leadership advisor. 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.
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Endurance, Triathlon & Holistic Health Guru Phil Maffetone

Ironman coach, over-training expert

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One of our favorite guests is back for a third time: Endurance training and holistic health supremo Doctor Phil Maffetone.

Well-known for working with six-time Ironman triathlon world champion Mark Allen, renaissance man Dr. Phil has been just about everywhere and done just about everything including helping musicians like James Taylor, Johnny Cash and the Red Hot Chili Peppers stay healthy on tour.

He’s founder of the Maximum Aerobic Function Method, known as MAF – probably the most effective approach I’ve seen to prevent over-training and to fix broken athletes. He’s also a leading pioneer of low-carb, relatively high fat real food diets for athletes.

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Dr. Phil has authored and co-authored 17 books, including The Healthy Golfer, The Big Book of Endurance Training and Racing and The Million Dollar Marathon.

Sports Coach Radio is a series of weekly in-depth interview with world-class sports coaches, scientists and writers, hosted by Glenn Whitney, a coaching and leadership advisor. 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.
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Basketball Coach Adam Filippi; Skill Development & Obsessive Excellence

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NBA scout, shooting coach, free throw expert

Basketball’s in focus this week, and also skill development. We have perhaps the world’s leading expert on the free-throw, also known as the foul shot: Adam Filippi.

Adam is also Director of Global Scouting for the Charlotte Hornets in the NBA and author of the books Shoot like the Pros: The Road to Successful Shooting Technique and the recently published Mastering the Art of Free Throw Shooting.
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Adam previously had roles as talent scout and shooting coach for the Los Angeles Lakers and the New Jersey Nets. As you’ll hear, Adam takes a near-obsessive approach to developing skills, and coaches from any sport will relate to his drive for absolute excellence.

Check out Adam’s website: http://probasketballtraining.com/

Sports Coach Radio is a series of weekly in-depth interview with world-class sports coaches, scientists and writers, hosted by Glenn Whitney, a coaching and leadership advisor. 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: Basketball coach Adam Fillipi; skill development & obsessive excellence, depth interview, NBA scout, shooting coach, free throw expert, Charlotte Hornets, shooting technique, free throw coach, foul shot coach, L.A. Lakers

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Fixing Mission Critical Failures With Tennis Coach Ash Smith

Coaching skills, talent development
Tennis coach Ash SmithWe’re talking about plucking low hanging fruit and preventing mission critical failures this week with tennis coach Ash Smith. Based in southern England, Ash has particular expertise in wheelchair tennis and has coached numerous World Champions and Paralympic medal winners. You can check out his insightful blog at www.superhumanperformance.org.

Excerpts from a recent article by Ash:
“… my goal now is to talk less in sessions than the athlete does; being curious, asking questions, facilitating, guiding and creating problems for the athletes to solve – this way of working leads (both in my own opinion and backed up by coaching research) to more robust, long-term skill acquisition.

tennis ash smith low hanging fruit tennis balls“…only be directive when there is “low hanging fruit” and only when the situation warrants it (usually in a competitive phase of the cycle). It may not lead to robust behaviour change, but a quick reminder of a key word or phrase during competition can make all the difference.”

Sports Coach Radio is a series of weekly in-depth interview with world-class sports coaches, scientists and writers, hosted by Glenn Whitney, a coaching and leadership advisor. 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: Coaching skills, talent development, coach learning, listening skills for coaches, continuous professional development, tennis coaching, wheelchair tennis, Ash Smith, Paralympics, Fixing mission critical failures with tennis coach Ash Smith @SuperHuman247

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Marathon Expert Ed Caesar On Two Hours & World Records

Endurance running, Kenyan marathoners
Marathon Two Hours Ed Caesar bookUK-based journalist Ed Caesar has written an excellent book taking us deep inside the world of professional marathon runners. It’s called Two Hours: The Quest to Run the Impossible Marathon, and thanks to his meticulous, on-the-ground research, it tells you everything you’d ever want to know about running 26.2 miles at the ultra-elite level.

Ed’s expertly-told tale brings us along to the big-money races in the United States and Europe as well as to the remote villages in Kenya where the runners live and train. It’s one of the very few books I’ve come across that shows the human side and the vulnerabilities of these amazing endurance athletes.
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Topics: Marathon, Two Hours, Kenyan runners, Kalenjin runners, marathon runners, marathon world record, Ed Caesar, barefoot running, Kenyan doping, endurance running; Marathon expert Caesar on breaking the 2-hr barrier

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Sprint Coaching Legend Clyde Hart of Baylor, U.S. Olympic Team (re-broadcast)

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A living legend of track and field coaching. And not just living – still working and still helping win Olympic gold medals and World Championships.

Sports Coach Radio is a weekly in-depth insight to the people and passion behind winning performances. It’s hosted by Sports Psychologist Glenn Whitney and you can listen to it on this site or on Apple iTunes.

Coach Hart guided Sanya Richards-Ross to double gold in London, in the individual 400 meters and in the four by 400 relay.

He’s also the man behind about a dozen other Olympic medals including Jeremy Wariner, and none other than Michael Johnson, four-time gold medallist and still holder of the 400 meter World Record.
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The Rocky Road to Greatness: “Super Champions” vs. “Almosts”

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Learning to navigate a “rocky road” – often riddled with setbacks both inside and outside the competitive arena – is the essential element in becoming among the best in the world.

A new study headed by researcher Dave Collins highlights key characteristics that separate the best of the best (“Super Champions”), the good (“Champions”), and those who didn’t quite make it (“Almosts”).

Super Champions have developed the skills to cope with obstacles and disappointments without unraveling. The researchers, from the U.K., carried out extensive interviews with athletes from a variety of sports, including soccer, skiing, rowing and combat disciplines.

Athletes who reached the very highest level are never satisfied with their performance; they are always looking for improvements and setting tougher goals. They also have total commitment and relentless internal drives that their less successful peers lack.

When faced with injuries or failures, the almost great athletes often become despondent and lose enthusiasm. Super Champions, though, are determined to return stronger than ever.

According to the study: “Super Champions are characterized by an almost fanatical reaction to challenge, both proactively and in reaction to mishaps which typically occurred due to injury or sport related setbacks such as non-selection/being dropped.”

The most surprising finding was that the almost-great athletes suffered no more setbacks, on average, than the Super Champions or Champions. In other words: the difference wasn’t down to bad luck, but a unique attitude. “It is more what performers bring to the challenges than what they experienced,” the researchers wrote.

Super Champions:
– They are proactive in rising to face setbacks such as injury and non-selection
– Have received from coaches positive facilitation and gentle encouragement
– Often have siblings who play a significant role in supporting and challenging
– Have meticulous, persistent attention to detail
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Optimal Endurance Training With Sports Thinker Brad Stulberg

brad stulberg 3Mental fitness, over-training; sports nutrition

This week’s guest is Brad Stulberg, one of those eclectic sports thinkers we like to have on the show for wide-ranging conversations.

Brad covers health and human performance for Outside Magazine, Runner’s World and Competitor Magazine, among others.

We cover some of the articles he’s written  recently, including How to Boost Brain Function With Exercise, The Stranger Than Fiction Way to Cheat Fatigue, Inside Your Body During an Ultramarathon, and Hormesis: The Vaccine Effect in Training.

Sports Coach Radio is a series of weekly in-depth interview with world-class sports coaches, scientists and writers, hosted by Glenn Whitney, a coaching and leadership advisor. 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: Optimal endurance training w/ sports thinker Brad Stulberg; mental fitness, over-training; sports nutrition, running coach, Samuel Marcora, Tim Noakes, Central Governor Theory, hormesis, mind-body training

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S&C, Speed, Agility Rugby Coach Dean Benton

s&c_rugby-coach-dean-benton-speed-agility-headshotSpeed and agility in high-contact sports are the focus with our guest the Melbourne-based Dean Benton.

Dean is one of the world’s most experienced strength and conditioning coaches and high-performance experts in the worlds of rugby, Australian Rules Football and track sprinting.

Among the numerous groups Dean has worked for are: the Australian National Rugby Team, the Leicester Tigers, Brumbies Rugby, Japan’s Rugby program and the Fédération Française de Rugby. He is also a consultant to the Australian Institute of Sport.

Check out Dean’s website www.atletico.com.au

Sports Coach Radio is a series of weekly in-depth interview with world-class sports coaches, scientists and writers, hosted by Glenn Whitney, a coaching and leadership advisor. 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: Speed, agility, rugby, football, over-training, S&C, recovery, strength and conditioning; sports nutrition, chronic injuries, Dean Benton, Eddie Jones, Australian rugby, Japan rugby

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Sprint Legend Michael Johnson on Strength and Conditioning and Mental Focus (Rebroadcast)

Speed endurance, high intensity training, NFL Combine preparation (Rebroadcast)

michael_johnson_runningFor track and field aficionados and followers of Olympic sports in general, the legendary sprinter Michael Johnson needs little introduction. But I’ll say a few words anyway as reminders: Michael is still holder of the 400 meter world record and a former holder of the 200 meter record.

He is the only athlete in history to hold world records and win Olympic gold medals in both those events at the same time. Michael’s breakthrough performances were in Atlanta in 1996 but he also struck gold in Barcelona and Sydney in a career at the very top than spanned over a decade.

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Training Without Trauma: Primal Endurance’s Brad Kearns

Holistic Fitness for Athletes
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Number-one Primal Blueprint lieutenant Brad Kearns is this week’s guest. A former world-class triathlete, Brad has over the past 10 years focused on holistic health and helping endurance athletes as well as the average Joe or Jane avoid over-training syndrome, chronic injuries and worse.

Brad is co-author with Mark Sisson of the recently published book Primal Endurance – subtitled Escape Chronic Cardio and Carbohydrate Dependency, and Become a Fat-Burning Beast!

Primal Blueprint founder Mark Sisson has been a guest on the show too, a couple of years ago – check out his interview in the archive. Brad is also host of the highly informative and entertaining Primal Endurance Podcast.
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Sports Coach Radio is a series of weekly in-depth interview with world-class sports coaches, scientists and writers, hosted by Glenn Whitney, a coaching and leadership advisor. 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: Endurance training, holistic fitness, over-training, S&C, recovery, strength and conditioning; sleep for athletes, sports nutrition, chronic injuries

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S&C, Mobility WOD Supremo Kelly Starrett of CrossFit San Francisco

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CrossFit Kelly Starrett Mobility Wod Squat photo 22feb16Physical therapist and Mobility WOD supremo Kelly Starrett is back. If you’ve heard either of the two previous interviews you’ll know that any that with Kelly is going to be wide-ranging and high-energy.

This time around we take quite a deep dive into the topic of whether Strength and Conditioning coaches are underappreciated and underpaid, particulary in professional sports and college, i.e. Division I of the NCAA.

Kelly, who has a Doctorate in Physical Therapy, is the author of the books Becoming a Supple Leopard and Ready to Run, and lead teacher of the wildly popular Crossfit Movement & Mobility Trainer Course.

Sports Coach Radio is a series of weekly in-depth interview with world-class sports coaches, scientists and writers, hosted by Glenn Whitney, a coaching and leadership advisor.
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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: CrossFit, Kelly Starrett, Strength & Conditioning, Mobility WOD, agility, S&C coaching, director of elite performance, coach compensation, NCAA, NFL, NBA, recovery, sports nutrition, CrossFit San Francisco, sports physical therapy

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Why Good Coaches Fail With Mike Davenport

Coaching Philosophy; Continuous Learning
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This week have one of the most discerning yet approachable coaches out there. Dr. Mike Davenport is the author of the newly published Sinister Truths of Coaching. He also writes the inspiring blog Coaching Sports Today.
book_cover_why_good_coaches_failMike is the head coach and director of the rowing program at Washington College in Maryland and has over 30 years of coaching experience under his belt. He was named Division Three College Rowing Coach of the year for 2014 and 2015 among numerous other honors over the past decade.

His doctorate is in education from Wilmington University. Check out his Hack Your Coaching Series on the Coaching Sports Today website and get a free copy of Seven Reasons Why Good Coaches Fail.

Topics: Coaching philosphy, learning from mistakes, continous professional development, truth about coaching, thriving through adversity

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Top 10 Signs You’re a Great Teammate

great_team_soccer_celebration10- You’re willing to play any role that helps the team

9- You would rather score less & win than score a lot & lose

8- When the team scores, the first people you congratulate are teammates

7- You love practice as much as you love games

6- You respect your opponents but don’t fear them

5- You listen, are coachable & respects your coaches & officials

4- You are quick to pick up a teammate who is having a bad day

3- You help younger teammates who have less experience

2- You learn & grow from your mistakes as well as others’

1- You’re confident but not arrogant

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S&C Speed/Agility Master Coach Vern Gambetta

We had Harry Marra on the show a few weeks ago for the third time, so it’s only fair to pair him with Coach Vern Gambetta, Harry’s long-time friend and colleague and also one of Sports Coach  Radio’s favorite guests.
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Coach Gambetta heads up the Gambetta Athletic Improvement Network or GAIN,  which you can find on gambetta.com. This time around we talk about recent experience in Europe in football soccer and rugby, over-training and over-reaching issues, mindless coaching mistakes,doping issues and much more.

Coach Gambetta has focused on speed, strength and agility for a vast variety  of Olympic and professional sports including stints with the New York Mets, the Chicago White Sox and the
Cincinnati Reds baseball teams, in basketball with the Chicago Bulls, in football with the San Francisco 49ers and the Kansas City Chiefs in football, and in soccer the Tampa Bay Mutiny as well as
the U.S. Men’s World Cup Team. He also works extensively in swimming.

Sports Coach Radio is a series of weekly in-depth interview with world-class sports coaches, scientists and writers, hosted by Glenn Whitney, a coaching and leadership advisor. 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.

“It’s easy to make people slow, hard to make them fast. Train speed all the time at all times of the training year in appropriate forms.” – Coach Vern Gambetta

Topics: Strength & conditioning, speed, agility, sprinting, S&C, training mistakes, periodization, weight training, Vern Gambetta