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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

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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)

Michael Johnson, Jeremy Wariner, Sanya Richards-Ross (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

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Coaching (Arguably) The World Greatest Athlete Ever: Ashton Eaton & Harry Marra

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For long-time followers of the podcast and or track and field, Harry Marra needs no introduction. He¹s graced us with his presence twice before. Back again after a triumphant season  guiding decathlete Ashton Eaton to World Championship Gold in Beijing and heptathlete Brianne Theisen Eaton to the silver in the same competition.

Coach Marra gives us some intimidate insights into this critical period leading up to the Olympics in Rio. Asthton, who holds the world record as well as having won Olympic Gold in  London, quite possibly deserves the title the greatest athlete of all time. Certainly his case will be strengthened if his tops the table in Brazil this summer. And if Brianne can break through and win gold, the three quite possibly will become the most successful training trio in history.

As you will hear in this interview, at 68 Coach Marra may or may not be on the verge of retirement but either way, this is yet another generous insight from him into the mind of a master coach.

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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: Decathlon, Ashton Eaton, periodization, Olympics, 400m, guarding against complacency, Rio 2016, focus, mental toughness, brain training, power vs. speed endurance, Harry Marra, Brianne Theisen-Eaton

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Mind Over Muscle: Using Mental Fitness to Become World-Class, With Matt Fitzgerald

Resilience, mental toughness, pain inhibition

mental_toughness_book_fitzgerald_prefontaineHow bad do you want it? That’s the provocative question posed by a new book, with the subtitle: The Psychology of Mind Over Muscle. This week we talk to its author Matt Fitzgerald.

Matt is one of the world’s leading writers on endurance sports. Some of his best known books include Racing Weight, Brain Training for Runners, and Triathlete Magazine’s Essential Week-by-Week Training Guide. He is also a certified sports nutritionist, and a running and triathlon coach.

Matt has worked closely on this latest book with Samuele Marcora, a pioneering exercise physiologist based in the U.K., who we interviewed a few months back.

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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Topics: Talent identification, mental toughness, mental fitness, pain tolerance, fatigue, Samuele Marcora, Tim Noakes, inhibitory control, Central Governor Model, How Bad Do You Want It?, mind over muscle, Matt Fitzgerald, reliance, Mark Allen, Cadel Evans, Central Governor Theory, Steve Prefontaine

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Sports Nutrition: Beet Expert & Exercise Physiologist Andy Jones

Performance enhancing vegetables, caffeine, creatine
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@AndyBeetroot as he is known on Twitter is this week’s guest.

More properly speaking, we are joined by Andrew Jones, PhD, Professor of Applied Physiology at the University of Exeter in the U.K., head of Sport and Health Sciences there and leader of its Bioenergetics and Human Performance Research Group. Andy is also a Special Advisor for Endurance at the English Institute of Sport.

With all those qualifications, Andy knows a lot about a certain red root vegetable that has definite performance enhancing properties and also makes for interesting experiences while on the toilet.

Just to clarify, in the U.K. it’s called a beetroot; in the U.S. it’s just a beet – but we’re talking about the same vegetable. In this interview we also discuss a wide range of legal ergogenic substances, including caffeine, creatine and, of course, spinach.

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: Sports nutrition, performance enhancing drugs, functional foods, ergogenic aids, beets, nitrates, nitric oxide, caffeine, creatine, spinach, Andrew Jones, @AndyBeetroot, human performance, endurance aids.

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Track: World Breakthough Athlete Dafne Schippers’ Coach Bart Bennema

Sprinting, “The Female Usain Bolt”
dafne_schipper_beijin_2015Bart Bennema is coaching one of the biggest breakthrough athletes of the year – in any sport! She’s 23 year-old Dutch woman Dafne Schippers, recently crowned 200 meter sprint champion in the 2015 Beijing Track & Field World Championships, as well as the silver medallist in the 100 meters.

Given her unusual height and power over both 100m and 200m, some experts are starting to call her the female Usain Bolt although her Netherlands training environment is the opposite of a Caribbean island.
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A mere six months ago, Dafne was focused on the seven events of heptathlon, and not doing too badly. In fact she placed 3rd at the 2013 World Championships in Moscow.

Bart, a former national-class decathlete, has been coaching Dafne since she was a teenager. Bart, who is 38, also coaches Nadine Fisser, a Dutch heptathlete who strong in sprint hurdles.

As they pause before getting ready for Rio, this is a candid and wide-ranging interview covering one of the most exciting career phases that any athlete and coach pairing can experience. We talk about handling increasingly intense commercial demands of an athlete with global star appeal, accusations of doping, mood management and curbing the frenetic enthusiasm of athletes who have a tendency to over-train
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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: Sprinting, Athletics, Track & Field, 100m, 200m, Dafne Schippers, Usain Bolt, Shelly Ann Fraser Price, Bart Bennema, Netherlands, Beijing 2015, Michael Johnson, Allyson Felix, Dafne Schippers

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Sports Psychologist & Women’s Soccer Expert Dr. Tiff Jones

Meghan Klingenberg, USA Women’s Soccer, Mental Toughness
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Sports Pyschologist Dr. Tiff Jones works with 2015 World Cup winning soccer player Meghan Klingenberg and numerous other elite, college-level and high school athletes from all sort of sports.

Her primary background is in soccer, both as a national-level player and college coach, but she now regularly consults in golf, tennis and gymnastics.

Dr. Tiff’s main focus points include mental toughness, managing emotions and anxiety, decreasing negative thoughts, coming back from injury, motivation, controlling the controllables, coaching the millennial generation, and developing effective communication between coaches and athletes.

Dr. Tiff earned her M.S. and Doctorate with a specialization in Sport Psychology from Springfield College where she was also the Assistant Varsity Women’s Soccer Coach for five years.

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: Mental toughness, sports psychologist, Meghan Klingenberg, USA Women’s Soccer, managing emotions and anxiety, decreasing negative thoughts, coming back from injury, motivation, controlling the controllables, coaching the millennial generation, sports psychology, athlete-coach communication