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Sports Scientist Ross Tucker on Sex, Drugs & Performance Enhancement

Doping, Sex Confusion and Cheating
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Our favorite controversial, ueber incisive, sports scientist is back. Ross Tucker joins us from Capetown, South Africa, where he produces the wildly popular blog the Science of Sport

Ross loves to take on contentious topics: Illegal performance enhancing drugs, I.e. doping, sex anomalies in Olympic competition, genetic testing, the limits of human performance and more. You can find numerous fascinating articles on Ross’s website: sportsscientists.com.
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Running Coach & Chiropractic Richard Hansen On Healthy High Performance

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A doctor of chiropractic and a passionate running coach – it makes for a really interesting conversation about everything from injury prevention, barefoot running to raw kale smoothies.

Richard Hansen is head of Roots Running, a Boulder, Colorado-based Olympic development group focused on distances from 1,500 meters to the marathon. Richard also leads a busy medical practice called High Altitude Spine & Sport, whose aim is to provide current, evidence-based treatment and education for athletes.

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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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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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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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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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Sports Medicine: Human Potential & Limitations With Michael Joyner, M.D.

Optimal training; cardio-vascular system; oxygen intake, blood-oxygen transportation
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Our favorite renaissance sportsman is back to talk about lots of interesting things – training adaptation, doping and other forms of cheating, cardiovascular health, oxygen intake, optimal nutrition, and lots more.

Dr. Michael Joyner is based at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, researching among many topics blood flow during exercise, glucose regulation and the physiology of elite athletes.

Dr. Joyner is a keen athlete himself, particularly triathlon. As we mentioned last time, he can quite possibly lay claim to being the fastest ever marathoner on a height-adjusted basis. Measuring 6’4″, he posted a personal best of 2:25 hours.

You can check out his highly stimulating blog Human Limits at drmichaeljoyner.com. One of his recent articles is called Speed Bumps: Why It’s So Hard to Catch Cheaters in Track and Field which he co wrote for Pro Publica, with David Epstein, the author of the Sports Gene and lead reporter on a recent series of articles accusing Nike coach Alberto Salazar of anti-doping improprieties.

Sports Coach Radio is a weekly series of in-depth interviews with world-class coaches, sports scientists and sports thinkes, 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 very grateful if you’d leave a short review of the show on the Apple iTunes page.

Topics: Sports medicine, optimal training; cardio-vascular system; oxygen intake, blood-oxygen transportation, anti doping, cheating in sports; performance enhancing drugs, WADA

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Strength & Conditioning Expertise From Tim DiFrancesco of the L.A. Lakers

S&C training; diets for resilience & recovery
s&c_coach_tim_difrancesco_2Good news ­ one of our favorite guests is back ­the head strength and conditioning coach for the Los Angeles Lakers, Tim DiFrancesco. Similar to our first interview, last year, Tim and I cover a wide range of topics, everything from talent identification, over-training, the wonders of an all-natural, healthy fat diet, and the elegant perfection of the goblet squat.

Tim has a doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of Massachusetts and can be followed at his website www.tdathletesedge.com and Twitter @tdathletesedge.

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.

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Topics: Strength & Conditioning, agility, resilience, recovery, Tim DiFrancesco interview, L.A. Lakers, basketball, training, S&C, sports nutrition, healthy diet for athletes, Paleo Diet, bone broth

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Sports Lighting Expert Toine Schoutens On Performance Enhancements With Sun Substitutes

sports-lighting-SAD-expert-Toine-SchoutensJet lag, athletes & seasonal affective disorder (SAD)

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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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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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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Stretching the Limits of Human Performance With Michael Joyner

Exercise Physiology; Blood & Breathing Expert
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This week we have one of world’s leading experts on human performance and exercise physiology. Dr Michael Joyner is with us to talk about endurance training, muscle growth, recovery, you name it. He’s based at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, researching among many topics blood flow during exercise, glucose regulation and the physiology of elite athletes.

Dr. Joyner is a keen sportsman himself, particularly triathlon and can quite possibly lay claim to being the fastest ever marathoner on a height-adjusted basis. Measuring 6’4″, he posted a personal best of 2:25 hours.

You can check out his highly stimulating blog Human Limits at www.drmichaeljoyner.com.

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Sport Science’s Preeminent Iconoclast: Tim Noakes

Central Governor, Hydration, Endurance Athletes

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 Brain-Body Connections and Low-Carb Fuelling

It’s an honour to have Professor Tim Noakes back on the show. He’s one of the world’s leading sports scientists, with special expertise marathons, ultra running and other long endurance events.

Professor Noakes is as active as ever, despite retiring recently from the University of Cape Town’s Exercise Science and Sports Medicine Group, which he founded.
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He’s now a particularly strong proponent of low-carb, high-fat approaches to weight loss and athletic performance. We talk about that, plus hydration and, of course, the Central Governor Model, a highly influential approach to understanding the relationship of the brain and the body in high performance sport.

He’s also co-authored a couple of books since we last spoke: The Real Meal Revolution, and Challenging Belief – Memoirs of a Career.
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