Athletic Evolution

David Dunne (Hexis App) What’s missing in behaviour change?

David Dunne is a Performance Nutritionist with an array of experience working in elite sport with Harlequins, Queens Park Rangers FC, Bradford Bulls, British Fencing, British Canoeing and Professional Golfers. He is also the CEO of Hexis Performance and is currently completing a PhD in Digital Health and Behaviour Change.  In this episode David discusses: The numerous Consultant Nutritionist roles he’s had to date. How the breadth of experiences has taught him to think better. How we are dealing with human beings, not numbers or athletes. The importance of building empathy and trust. The problem of motivation vs capability in...

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Dr Nico Kolokythas (Elmhurst Ballet School, StrengthMotionMind): Lessons learned from valuable mistakes.

Dr Nico Kolokythas has over 15 years experience in the athletic development of the adolescent in elite performance in a variety of sports (Judo, Netball, Basketball, Football, Taekwondo, Tennis). He is also currently the strength and conditioning coach for professional martial artists in Mixed Martial Arts. Based at Elmhurst Ballet School, U.K. he completed a PhD in injuries and the adolescent ballet dancer and also works as a consultant for Birmingham Royal Ballet. As part of his studies, he led randomised controlled trials in injury prevention in dance and has now developed an injury prevention intervention called “11+Dance”. He is...

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Steffan Jones (Wellington School/Pacelab/Rajasthan Royals): Separate Physical Education from Sport.

Steffan Jones is the last dual professional sportsman in the United Kingdom having played 3 years professional rugby and 20 years professional cricket. Currently, he is Director of Sport Performance at a Wellington School in England and a global fast bowling consultant. He is the fast bowling development coach for the Rajasthan Royals in the IPL as well as consulting for individual fast bowlers, javelin throwers and pitchers around the world. Steffan is in a unique position having played the sport, is a qualified sports scientist, a UKSCA qualified strength and conditioning coach and also as a level 3 qualified...

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Jan Willem Teunissen (HAN-University & Ghent University): How movement options create opportunities.

Jan Willem Teunissen has B. in PE and a MSc. in talent development & exercise physiology from VU University Amsterdam. In the past he worked for elite soccer club Ajax Amsterdam and implemented an all-round development program and maturity related individual training program within the youth academy. Furthermore, Jan Willem was head of the performance staff at elite soccer club FC Twente. Currently he is working at two educational institutes; HAN-University and Ghent University. In this episode Jan Willem discusses:  His own experience of burnout in Tennis and injury in the Marines. His experiences at Ajax and FC Twente. The...

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Tom Farrow (Areté Performance): Face chaos and come up with a solution.

Tom Farrow is a Physical Performance Specialist and is the Founder & Co-Director of Areté Performance, He was the Head of Physical Performance for England & Team GB 7s Men’s teams Until August, when the programme was unfortunately cut due to losing funding during Coronavirus. Tom was also a Contact Skills Specialist with the Men’s 7s programme and has worked in this capacity with the 2016 Team GB Women’s 7s team, Tokyo Toshiba Brave, Fulham FC Academy and Richmond Rugby Club. He has previously worked as a strength and conditioning coach with the English Institute of Sport, GB Canoe, &...

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Big Picture Soccor

Castles Made of Sand: Is the Brain the Last Frontier?

In the first part of this, I explained why we’re moving past one-team models like the four-phase model and replacing them with two-team or system models. I’ll build on that here, so if you haven’t read that yet now is the time. My claim in the last piece is, essentially, in explaining sport, we will always be left with a surplus which is outside of sport itself. This is because the sport can not prescribe the engagement we bring to it. It can only constrain that engagement in such a way that leads us to engage with it further. The...

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Andy Bruce (Statera): Solving the youth athlete monitoring problem.

Andy is an Athletic Development and Physical Well-being coach at Merchant Taylors’ school and leads the UKSCA Special interest group for Strength and conditioning in schools. Steven studied maths at oxford and computer science at UCL and has a background coaching and competing in long-distance triathlon. After many races, and many hours of talking (mainly nonsense), eventually they came up with an idea, and that idea was Statera. Through his work as a Strength and Conditioning coach, Andy often remarked on  how difficult it was to accurately track the training of the youth and team athletes he was working with....

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Lana Skeldon (Scotland Women’s Rugby International): Doing what it takes.

Lana Skeldon is a current International Rugby Player recently earning her 40th Cap for Scotland against France in the Women’s Six Nations.    In this episode Lana discusses:  Overcoming limited opportunities locally to play rugby. The psychological challenge of changing position. Being inspired by coaches and fellow players.  Her take on training with “the boys”. Balancing work/study with being a full time rugby players. How getting her first contract allowed for drastic changes in her day to day schedule. Listen to the episode in full here. You can keep up to date with Lana via her Instagram: @skelpers6 as well...

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