A Podcast about Coaching, from specialist turn-ons to general piss-offs… & everything in between.
In this podcast Derek gets schooled. It’s a deep dive into the science and practice of Long-Term Athlete Development & Preparation. In particular, we discuss the science & practice around Peak Height Velocity (PHV) and overall implementation of the LTAD principles and progressions. James Baker is a sport performance specialist and one of the world’s top experts in Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD) and Preparation. He is the Head of National Talent Identification, Senior Strength & Conditioning Coach and Performance Support Lead for Aspire Academy in Dona, Qatar. He is also the co-founder (with Mike Young) of the LTAD Network (www.ltadnetwork.com), one of the world’s top resources in physical preparation & sport training development for youth. Tom Crick is the Head of Athletics at Aspire Academy & former Director of Coaching & Athlete Development for Athletics Northern Ireland. Before that he was the Professional Development Manager & Qualifications Manager for British Athletics. Topics: · Check out http://www.needleeyespikes.com/ (www.needleeyespikes.com) · Check out: https://altis.world/product/altis-foundation-course/ (https://altis.world/product/altis-foundation-course/) · James’ Background · What is LTAD? · Pathways athletes take in development · Importance of proper long term athletic preparation · Technical / tactical development vs. physical development · Peak Height Velocity (PHV) · Parent height vs., predicted height and Pre / Circa / Post PHV · Clown shoes and the order that body segments go through PHV · C onsiderations for loading around PHV · PHV & Apophysitis · Volume of work around growth spurts & PHV · Natural Volume Experiments at Aspire · Criticism / efficacy around using PHV · James’ data around pre / circa / post PHV · PHV, Bioband and early / late maturers · Practicality around tracking PHV · Average Post-PHV age and the start of formal training · Keeping Late maturers within the net · Basic strength diagnostics and patterns for beginners · Producing ‘elite athletes’ vs. any other athlete · Organization for coaching developing athletes · Why the pressure to succeed demands more competent coaching practice · Why ‘Specialization’ is not a dirty word
1 hr 46 min
Meet Harvey Maguire. Harvey is a former soccer coach and practicing professional physical therapist in Loughborough, England. He is also a sprint coach working at the university and club level. I thought it might be an interesting conversation to record myself and Harvey discussing some of the things he faces as a development coach who works with athletes new to the sport or training at a relatively young training age. Mainly we discuss the challenges he faces sorting through the world of information in front of him and how to identify “good coaching” in an effort to cultivate his own model of good coaching practice. I think listeners from all walks of sport life will get something from this one. Topics: Harvery’s background. Dale Stevo’s training system. Navigating the world of information as a young or developing coach. Different approaches in training for different coaches and athletes. How to assess proven training systems / programs as a development coach. Factors that influence results in coaching (facilities, weather, drugs, talent pools, support, etc…). Limitations that influence results in coaching (bureaucracy, environment, etc…). Objectivity in coaching. Shackleton in...
1 hr 18 min
Dale "Stevo" Stevenson, National Throws Coach, New Zealand Athletics. To me, this is one of the most intriguing podcasts I’ve posted… You don’t have to be a throws coach to get something out of this. I’ve met few coaches who are able to systematically individualize and create a training system around an athlete’s individual performance structure / force-output profile. This is even more impressive given the fact that Dale walked into a national coaching position shortly after retiring as an athlete. I hope you enjoy this, I certainly did. There will be more to come. Topics: · Dale’s history as a competitive shot putter. · His current role as Head Coach for the Throwing Events, New Zealand Athletics. · Christchurch, Polar Exploration & the Galapagos. · Differences between Aussie & Kiwi Athletics. · Dale’s current group. · Ryan Ballantyne & coaching top juniors. · How Dale came to coaching Tom Walsh. · Tom’s early athlete development. · Super-Coach Ian Baird · Tom Walsh’s unique challenges as an athlete · Dale Stevo’s unique training system & approach to periodization · Throwing the competition implement in competition cycles · Dale’s 4 session rolling average & auto-regulated periodization model · Differences b/t Dale’s system & the Bondarchuk system. · Medium-term planning in Dale’s system. · Tom’s competitive ability vs. training marks · ‘Freedom’ as a training philosophy. · Technical input vs. allowing an athlete to develop their own solutions to technical problems. · Using a ‘system’ vs. being an outlier & individualizing training · Does coaching attract an addictive personality? · Managing your life as a professional coach. · The pros & cons with balls to the wall coaching. · Being isolated in NZ.
1 hr 28 min
In this special 20th episode of EvelChat, Derek speaks with friend, mentor and sponsor Dan Pfaff about the trials and tribulations of being a recovering alcoholic.
1 hr 5 min
Paddy McGrath is an enigma in coaching circles. That’s because it’s not easy to find coaches, at least in the US, who in the same session, you will find teaching a beginner how to hold a hammer for the first time one moment and directing a long time protégé, American record holder & Olympian the next. But that happens where Paddy coaches, and it happens often. Paddy was a 2000 Olympian for Ireland in the hammer throw and six time national champion for Ireland. As a coach, he has mentored 7 high school men to over 70m in the hammer. One of these throwers, Rudy Winkler, went on to break Lance Deal’s long-standing US Men’s record in the hammer throw, earning a spot on the 2021 US Olympic Team in the process. For a full bio on Paddy’s accomplishments click https://gojaspers.com/sports/mens-track-and-field/roster/coaches/patrick-mcgrath/1844 (here). Paddy and I did this interview in person, in an Irish bar in the Bronx, New York (of course… where else?). It is easily one of the most engaging talks I’ve had with a coach friend and colleague and Paddy did not disappoint. Topics: French Onion Soup, Gander (Newfoundland) & what we were doing on 911, dealing with Games Environments, 2012 Games, Paddy’s background as an Irish Hammer Thrower, mentors Roman Feldman (assistant coach to Dr. B) & Harold Connolly, high school weight throw War Stories… Developing high school hammer throwers, Bob Gourley’s HS hammer list, 4 vs. 3 turns… toe vs. heel turn entry, Rudy Winkler’s progression, implement weight progressions in high school, Rudy’s technical development, Starting beginners in the hammer throw, comparing cueing notes, maximal strength in the hammer, avoiding injury, “nothing gets in the way of throwing”, learning from Russians, planning for hammer training, strength training in hammer programming, VBT, Not ‘pressing’ Rudy Winkler, Rudy’s Eugene 2021 performance, the hammer facility in Eugene, preparing for big competitions, light vs. competition vs. heavy weight hammers in training, Kevin McGill’s ‘Hammer Notes’, potential for scholarships in hammer throwing, will coaching the hammer negatively influence SP & DT technique, The Fat Bastard of SC & expectations we put on our athletes, safety in the hammer.
2 hr 17 min
In this this episode of EvelChat I speak with someone who offers a great tale of performance coaching as therapist/S&C professional/coach/career savior... his name is Luis Mesquita. Rather than list the topics we discuss, this time I'm just going to say that this is a story any coach or performance professional will find enlightening. Luis found himself in a position of having to take over the entire programming/coaching/rehabilitation responsibilities for Susana Costa, a world class female triple jumper late in her career, a responsibility he still holds. It's a great story of common sense coaching practice & implementation in a special circumstance, leading to a number of career high performances at an age when most athletes would be long retired. Luis Mesquita (Portugal) is a Physiotherapist & Strength & Conditioning Coach. He is a certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (CSCS - NSCA). He is also co-owner of THE PEAK (Performance Training Facilities) in Portugal & Britain. He has experience working with professional teams & athletes from multiple sports, including being a former S&C Coach at EXOS, Chinese Football Federation, Shijiazhuang Everbright Football Club (China Super League), FC Porto (Portugal) & Sporting Clube de Portugal (Senior Male Volleyball National Champions 2017/2018).
2 hr 59 min
In this episode Derek discusses living in America, his high school season, describes what Game Day "Olympic Style" is like and how that relates to youth talent, talent identification & the path less travelled.
1 hr 34 min
In this episode of EvelChat Derek & one of the top strength & sport performance experts in the world have their 1st chat about all things muscle, strength & periodization related. You can find Matt’s bio here: http://www.jordanstrength.com/meet-matt-jordan/ (http://www.jordanstrength.com/meet-matt-jordan/) Topics: “1st Principles” of sport science knowledge & keeping up with new information Using dual force plates & stumbling upon mentors Per Aagaard & Walter Hertzog Mentor Charles Poliquin Learning & absorbing information Adding sarcomeres & the lengthening of muscle fibers through resistance training Understanding lengthening muscle actions Muscle architectural changes & pennation angle Common sense approaches to nutrition & performance Relative Energy Deficiency in sport Fat coaches Fatigue & adaptation: low vs. high frequency fatigue, proof for the efficacy of periodization, Yuri Verkhoshansky, Complex vs. other training methods Means vs. systems in training applications “if you had one get out of jail free card…”
2 hr 17 min
Welcome to my 2nd EvelChat with US / Georgia throws coach Don Babbitt. This podcast is heavy on the hammer, with some general discussion about Don's former athletes at the beginning. Reese Hoffa, massage, the Rubik’s Cube & my kitchen Coaching Adam Nelson & Reese Hoffa The SuperGroup Changing faulty “go-to” moves and the relevance of timelines Drilling vs. the intent to throw The Hammer & the Pole Vault as cousins Using drills in hammer training The importance of single support competence Balance in turns 3 & 4 Anticipation of double support & force applications in the hammer Heel turn entries vs. toe turn entries Positioning in single support The importance of the entry as a setup for the throw Bondarchuk, Sedych & teaching hammer technique Interpreting foreign cues & instruction Understanding & interpreting foreign translations in technical writings Insights regarding Koji Murofushi’s training & technique
John O’Malley began coaching cross country & track at Carl Sandburg High School in 2003. His cross country teams have qualified for the Illinois State Meet every year since 2003 - including State champs in 2015 and runner-ups in 2014. He is the only U.S. high school coach with two different Foot Locker national cross country champions - Dylan Jacobs in 2017 and Lukas Verzbicas in 2009 & 2010. His 4 x 800 meter relay teams have been All-State every year since 2012 - including first place finishes in 2015, 2016 and 2018 and runner-up finishes in 2014 and 2017. His 2016 team holds the 4 x 800 Illinois State meet record with a time of 7:37.36. In this EvelChat John & Derek discuss many issues around the topic of endurance training for high school athletes, including: Objectives and views of coaching at various levels of coaching in the United States Priorities in high school coaching Proper developmental protocols vs. optimal training for success in high school Metabolic vs mechanical / speed approaches in endurance training Volume as a base metric for high school endurance coaches Demands & stresses on the US high school athlete Beginning a grade 9 endurance athlete Polar approaches to training in endurance training Using extended endurance runs Being “fast” vs. being “fit” Balancing being competitive against providing appropriate programming Long term impact of “The Grindfest” vs. prioritizing rest The realities of preparing US distance runners for collegiate competitive demands Culture vs. instruction in the US educational system The realities of child preparation post-COVID The problems with classic stage loaded / metabolic-only approaches in endurance training John’s approach to 800m training 800m training in US high schools Organizing extended runs in training
1 hr 50 min
In this episode of EvelChat, Derek & Stu discuss some various aspects of Stu's sprint training philosophy. Topics include: Tempo running vs. specific sprint training Dribble progressions as an alternative to tempo training Intensive vs. extensive tempo training Competing for specific resources in training prescription Making technical changes in experienced athletes Paula Radcliffe & the risk of changing technical models in experienced athletes The Intensive Tempo Debate Our single biggest mistakes as coaches…
1 hr 34 min
Legendary US / NCAA (Georgia) Throws Coach Don Babbitt has a resume second to few in the throwing world. Coach of numerous NCAA, World & Olympic Medallists, he is perhaps best known as the guiding force behind Adam Nelson (Olympic & World Champion) & Reese Hoffa (World Champion, Olympic Bronze Medallist). This is an EvelChat for all coaches, regardless of event. Topics include: Captain Azimuth Don’s generalist background Charlie Sheen cheating off him in high school How a Polish Decathlete made a difference in Don’s life Western & Eastern European influences in his coaching Eastern European vs. Western athletes Where weight room strength fits into throwing training Assigning strength loads for athletes at different levels Hanging with Jurgen Schult, Udo Beyer & Ulf Timmerman Athleticism in throwing Differences in coaching Adam Nelson & Reese Hoffa Bondarchuk & strength for the shot put Developing max strength in a throwing program Strength and power vs execution Variable implement weight throwing Periodizing variable weight implements Separation of throwing weights Choosing implements for teaching technique
2 hr 38 min
In this episode of EvelChat Derek gets a few things off his mind & then discusses eccentric training with Dr. Mike Young of https://www.athleticlab.com (AthleticLab) a sport training center in Carey, NC that works with athletes from all along the sport development continuum, from novice youth athletes to elite professionals. Mike's experience in Olympic & professional sport is hard to match, having worked with various pro sport teams as performance director, biomechanist & performance coach. Mike's full bio and his sprint acceleration lecture can be found https://www.eveltraksport.com/courses/2019-icae-lecture-series-with-dr-mike-young-acceleration-mechanics (here.) For more information on eccentric training check out Mike's strength lecture at EveltrakSport.com https://www.eveltraksport.com/courses/2019-icae-lecture-series-with-dr-mike-young-developing-strength-that-transfers-to-sport-performance (here). Topics include: Why coaches should avoid insecurity, the definition of eccentric loading, isometric, eccentric & concentric movements & their relevance to sport movements, force-velocity applications in eccentric training, eccentric vs. concentric stimulus thresholds in training, reaching eccentric stimulus threshold vs. risk, dynamic eccentric loading, eccentrics & the F-V curve, eccentric training & its transfer to concentric strength, prerequisites & preparation for eccentric training, introducing shock loads, concentric-eccentric progressions in training, neural recruitment & adaptations from eccentrics, eccentric training & its effect on speed qualities, recovery & programming considerations in eccentric training, tracking measureables in eccentric training and examples of loading parameters.
1 hr 20 min
Our 10th Episode!! In this episode, my 4th with https://altis.world (ALTIS) CEO Stu McMillan, we discuss what a well-prepared athlete looks like and we begin our discussion on speed. Topics: Stu’s “Embrace the Suck” challenge, Derek’s eye-opening experience, smoothness, fluidity and flow in skill development, the “Adapt or Die” coaching mantra, strength maximization along the developmental continuum, the art of “bring ‘em back from the dead” coaching, the challenge of developmental coaching and the lack of rewards, sport parenting, the effect of COVID-19 and screens on the maturing athletic population, defining speed terms and the problems with sport training terminology, individual needs in speed development, Stu’s principles in loading athletes, how mechanics underpin loading decisions, volume / intensity / density / variability in training prescription and determining individual prescriptions in loading athletes.
2 hr 1 min
In this episode of EvelChat, Derek sits down with Dr. Mike Young of AthleticLab, a sport training center in Carey, NC that works with athletes from all along the sport development continuum, from novice youth athletes to elite professionals. Mike's experience in Olympic & professional sport is hard to match, having worked with various pro sport teams as performance director, biomechanist & performance coach. Mike's full bio and his sprint acceleration lecture can be found https://www.eveltraksport.com/courses/2019-icae-lecture-series-with-dr-mike-young-acceleration-mechanics (here.) Topics include: Mike’s background, coaching pedigree & AthleticLab, hyper-specialization & modern issues around youth development, structured training vs. play & the realities of modern day life, AthleticLab’s youth progression development (‘LabRats’, ‘Scholastic Prep’ & ‘Scholastic’… Mike walks us through each stage), exercise & loading parameters in programming for youth athletes, ‘bad exercises’ & other absolutes, the importance of progressions, why ‘specialization’ is not a dirty word, fitness & movement competency in the general population, when early specialization & breaking the rules might matter, sport specialization vs. hyper-specificity vs. training specialization, the myth of the 10,000 hr. rule is some sports, sport parenting & appropriate environments / training for youth, mistakes in sport parenting, Mike’s advice for sport parents. This is a valuable discussion for anyone involved in youth athletics or sport in general.
1 hr 42 min
This is my third EvelChat with Altis CEO and world class speed coach Stu McMillan and it does not disappoint. In it we discuss different coaching styles approaches to prescribing training for athletes in a number of different contexts. Other topics include: coaching knowledge and effectiveness ‘Old School’ vs. ‘Science Based’ coaching the relationship between a coach’s technical knowledge and coaching practice less is more vs. paralysis by analysis approaches to coaching creative vs. analytical athletes coaching the individual, specialist vs. generalist coaching and systems which turntable Matt should buy the evolution of the S&C profession the coordination of support services in a training program, specific workloads and their introduction in the training process non-specific approaches to training high level athletes Jamaican approaches to sprint training individual beliefs and various approaches to prescribing training the compression of specific abilities and examples of high volume skill work The introduction of our new ‘Derek rambling’ critic…
2 hr 8 min
Les Spellman is a Strength & Conditioning, Performance & Speed Development expert. He is also owner of Spellman Performance, a company that helps athletes from all levels and areas of sport achieve their goals. He works with USA Rugby, USC Lacrosse & various NFL players. He also runs one of the most successful NFL Combine training & preparatory programs in the United States. Topics: Multi-tasking, attention issues & coaching, coaching life vs. ‘normal’ life, online strength vs. speed programming, the traditional views of speed training & technique across sports, gimmick models vs. research models, developing speed with young athletes vs. elite athletes, the importance of postures & mechanics in acceleration, the relationship between mechanics & speed progressions, the unique approach needed to develop acceleration and speed in team & non-track sports, acceleration vs. max velocity in non-track sports, working with multi-sport athletes, loading parameters & program design in speed training, cueing & teaching speed workouts, communicating cues with athletes, strength training with youth athletes & the contrast to speed development, long term strength progressions, LTAD & PHV in youth training and much, much more.
1 hr 48 min
In this episode of EvelChat, Derek discusses the Bondarchuk Training System; principles, advantages, myths and common questions. Topics include: Meeting Dr. B Advantages to using the system Peaking, individualization and long term rate of improvement Wave loading volume & intensity Exercise classification Planning based upon an individual's reaction to a stimulus load Specific reactions to training 'Block periodization' Density Max Strength loads within the system
1 hr 16 min
In this episode of EvelChat, Stu McMillan returns for his 2nd discussion with Derek, getting deep into a number of important issues around coaching & training such as the direction of current coaching methods and the place of sport science in coaching practice. Other topics include: Embracing technology. Understanding and managing component parts and their interactions. Bondarchuk and Polarized training and their benefits in terms of managing variables and component parts. The dangers of too many variables / inputs in a training program & making assumptions based upon individual constituent responses. Our understanding about the body and respecting the complexity of it. Where is coaching practice heading? Outsourced, siloed & recipe thinking vs. independent ideas in coaching practice. The quantification of neural load. Fluctuating vs. stable loading to achieve adaptation. Hormetic vs. Kurtosis types of loading Defining neural load: 6x200m 92% (6), 4x300m 90% (5), 6x200m 85% (4), 150, 200, 250, 200, 150 87% (5)
1 hr 54 min
In this episode of EvelChat, Derek discusses the different levels or classifications of coaching and offers a new definition and criteria set for evaluating development coaches. Topics include: Traditional views on evaluating coaching Physical preparation as a coaching standard independent of results Development vs. High Performance vs. Elite coaching: a continuum Why development coaching is, in some ways, more difficult than elite coaching and vice-versa Success, injury history and retention of trainability as clear definitions and standards for evaluating developmental coaching Developmental coaching as a specialized form of coaching
59 min 7 sec
In this episode, Derek and Stu discuss: Jazz, entrainment & the crossover to rhythm & sport performance Why music isn’t wallpaper Hifi, active listening & the similarities to expert analysis & coaching “Watching” vs. “examining” in coaching The danger of over-analysis Mastery as ‘simplicity on the other side of complexity’ The problem of reductionism vs. amalgamation in study & coaching practice Matt Jordan's First Principles of Periodization ‘Lymbic Friction’ Stu’s plan for self-obliteration Self-reflection and motivations for coaching Communication & context in coaching education The ALTIS Endurance Course “Movement Expression Quality” & a universal term for speed Speed as both an “Energetically Determined Conditioning Ability” and an “Information Oriented Coordinative Skill” Enjoy!
2 hr 2 min
In this 2nd EvelChat episode, Derek discusses: · Derek’s style of presenting · How the name EvelChat came about · Derek’s measuring up to his mentors (it isn’t pretty) · Derek’s experience and transparency · Goals of the podcast · The problem with coach development and education · Developmental vs. High Performance vs. Elite coaching · Terminology · Interpreting coaching and research data and studies. · Confusion by Complexity and Pseudo-Expertism for sale · Derek’s 6 steps to financial freedom · Derek’s three questions every coach must ask themselves to avoid BS · Where to find good material / education (including the Holy Grail of written sport science material).
42 min 3 sec
Welcome to https://www.eveltraksport.com (EveltrakSport.com)'s new coaching podcast, EvelChat! In this first episode of EvelChat, Derek sits down for a one to one talk with Dr. Scott Samlan. Dr. Samlan is an emergency room physician and CEO of North West Indiana ER & Hospital. There he has been one of the front-line workers in the fight against Covid-19 for the past 6 months. Before that however, for 15 years he was an ER physician and Regional Director for a number of inner-city hospitals in Chicago, dealing with some of the hairiest, most professionally challenging experiences a doctor can face. Derek and Scott discuss a number of issues around ER medicine and the crossover to coaching, including: what it's like to be an ER doctor and NW Indiana Hospital's unique approach to patient care, COVID-19, the second time they met, working within a bureaucracy, the personality types that get attracted to ER medicine (and coaching), high-stress management and the impact such "lifestyle" work has on their families. See Dr. Samlan's full bio https://www.nwindianaer.com/scott-samlan-2/ (here) See Dr. Samlan on CNN https://youtu.be/2GzbwlbPHCY (here)
1 hr 37 min