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Talent Code Skill Specialist & Cycling Author Daniel Coyle (Rebroadcast)

Lance Armstrong ex-teammate Tyler Hamilton (Rebroadcast)
daniel_coyle_portraitThis week we welcome one of the world’s leading experts on skill acquisition, perfecting technique and performing under pressure: Daniel Coyle.

Daniel is the author of The Talent Code, an absolutely indispensable book for coaches. He also knows quite a bit about the controversial world professional cycling, having written Lance Armstrong’s War, released in 2006 and The Secret Race, a brilliant expose about doping, co-written with Armstrong’s former teammate Tyler Hamilton, which was released last year. He also published the extremely practical Little Book of Talent, in 2012.
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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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Dweck on Coaching: Praise, Criticism & Shifting Mindsets (Re-broadcast)

Growth Mindset, coaching expectations & outcomes (re-broadcast)
carol_dweck1 Carol Dweck is one of the world’s most influential social psychologists. 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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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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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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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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What Makes for World Class Coaching?

world-class-team-coach-john-woodenA massively important question, but not necessarily a difficult one.

Here’s my wish list. What’s yours?
– Demonstrably successful training methodology
– Personal integrity (ethical standards)
– Reliability (delivers on commitments; can be depended upon)
– Clear, pro-active day-to-day communication
– Ability to explain complex ideas in simple ways; adjusts to various audiences
– Respect for diversity; non-racist, non-sexist
– Personally well-organised; good at planning; on-time, disciplined
– Proactive communication to all key stakeholders (athlete, parents, home club, physios, S&C coaches, etc.)
– Emotional maturity
– Willingness and ability to teach and mentor junior coaches
– Adaptability, mental flexibility and open-mindedness
– Fluency and eloquence communicating with the media and with sponsors; is discreet and discplined
– Growth mindset about him/herself and towards everyone else
– Generosity in helping others
– Low ego; puts athletes’ needs before his/her own
– Able to listen as well as talk
– Capacity for empathising with others

That’s John Wooden, of course, but who else fit’s the bill? Alex Ferguson? Bill Belichick?

“If you don’t have time to do it right, will you have time to do it over?” – John Wooden

Topics: World class coaching, attributes, temperaments and standards

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Youth Sports Expert Mark Hyman on the High Cost of Competition

Over-training, injuries, burn-out
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We’ve got a back-to-school special this week that should resonate with a lot of coaches and parents.
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Mark Hyman is the author of the books Until It Hurts: America’s Obsession with Youth Sports and How It Harms Our Kids and The Most Expensive Game in Town: The Rising Cost of Youth Sports and the Toll on Today’s Families.

Mark has been a journalist for over three decades and since 2013 is an assistant professor at the George Washington University in Washington, D.C.

He’s also a parent of two grown sons, and an endurance runner who has finished marathons in 19 states.
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Sports Coach Radio is hosted by Glenn Whitney, a mentor to coaches and a leadership consultant. Follow us on Twitter – the handle is @sportscoachtalk. If you like the show, we’d be grateful if you would take a couple of minutes to write a short review on the Apple iTunes page.

Topics: Youth sports expert, injuries, over-training, burnout, the rising cost of youth sport and the toll on today’s families, America’s obsession with youth sports and how it harms our kids, Little League baseball, football, basketball, Tommy John Surgery, concussions

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10,000 Hours? Deliberate Practice Expert Challenges Our Assumptions

deep_practice_brooke_macanamara_10,000_hours_rule_1Does practice really make perfect? Skill acquisition

How much of athletic performance is actually down to thousands of hours of so-called deliberate practice? Maybe not as much as you think…

This week we go in depth on the topic with the lead author of a newly published research paper that many in the world of high performance are scratching their heads about.

Brooke Macnamara was recently awarded her PhD by Princeton University and is now on the faculty of Case Western University. She and colleagues David Hambrick and Frederick Oswald are the authors of Deliberate Practice and Performance in Music, Games, Sports, Education and Professions: A Meta Analysis.

Findings: Early specialization does not usually lead to high-level performance.

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 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.

Mentions: 10,000 Hours Rule, Skill acquisition, Deliberate Practice, Anders Ericsson, Outliers, Malcolm Gladwell, The Talent Code, Daniel Coyle, The Sports Gene, David Epstein

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Talent Code & Deep Practice Specialist Daniel Coyle

Daniel_Coyle_Talent_Code_1This week we’ve got one of our very favorites back for a second visit  Daniel Coyle, author of The Talent Code, The Little Book of Talent, co-author of The Secret Race and several other excellent books about the sporting life.

The previous interview with Daniel was released on April 19th, 2013 and it’s still available for download on the website and on Apple iTunes.

This time around we talk deeply about, what else? Deep practice! Plus we explore some soccer and cycling themes and get a bit of a preview of the book Daniel is currently working on, which will be of huge interest to sports coaches and administrators.
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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 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 covered in this interview: Skill acquisition, deep practice, real coaching versus pseudo coaching, mastery, the 10,000 Hours Rule, nature versus nurture, genetic inheritance, team work and optimizing team performance: The Talent Code.

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The Sports Gene: An Innovative Take on Nature vs. Nurture

Genetic advantage, illegal drugs & messing around with mother nature
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Is world-class sports performance just a matter of thousands of hours of deep practice, or do you have to have the right genes? What’s the latest on the nature versus nurture debate?
the_sports_gene_boo_david_epsteinDavid Epstein has studied the issue intensely over several years and has produced the excellent book: The Sports Gene: Inside the Science of Extraordinary Athletic Performance. Join us a most incisive conversation.

Sports Coach Radio is a series of weekly in-depth interview with world-class sports coaches, leaders and scientist, hosted by Glenn Whitney, a coaching psychologist. Follow us on Twitter, where we post coaching tips and links to interesting articles ust 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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Exercise Researcher Deborah Feltz on Motivation and Goal Completion

Training compliance & commitment
deb_feltz1This week we’re taking a close look at the psychology of movement and exercise. Deborah Feltz, distinguished professor in the Department of Kinesiology at Michigan State University joins us for a wide-ranging conversation. We’ll be talking about self efficacy, in other words, a person’s ability to complete tasks and reach goals. Specifically we’ll be looking at the interrelationships of self-efficacy, motivation and performance among young athletes, teams, and coaches.

Professor Feltz also does research on groups of exercisers and on using gaming technology to increase motivation, commitment and compliance to meet training goals.
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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.

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Talent Identification and Development in Sports with York University’s Joe Baker

joe_baker_h&SSelecting young athletes with the greatest potential. It’s a key challenge for many coaches. And it’s the focus of today’s guest Joe Baker, a leading expert in the area of Talent Identification.

Joe is Associate Professor at the School of Kinesiology and Health Science at York University in Toronto, Canada.
He’s co-author of the book Talent Identification and Development in Sport, and the soon-to-be-published Developing Sports expertise: Researchers and Coaches Put Theory into Practice.
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Joe has also written about triathlon as well as older athletes, and he’s a triathlete himself.

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