Athletic Evolution

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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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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Ben Pullen (Cardiff Met University): Using S&C for holistic youth development

Ben Pullen is a PhD student in the Youth Physical Development Centre at Cardiff Metropolitan University. His research focuses on the impact of strength and conditioning on the athletic motor skill competencies and the psychological attributes of youths. His PhD is a joint project with the Welsh Institute of Performance Science, Sport Wales and Swansea University. In this episode Ben discusses: Taking performance out of the athletic development equation. How S&C can be an activity that benefits children in a way sport doesn’t The misconception that talented youth athletes already possess movement competency. An overview of his PhD research investigating...

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Trevor Ragan (The Learner Lab): Don’t train in the Zoo to compete in the Jungle.

Trevor Ragan is the founder of The Learner Lab – an educational website designed to unpack and share the science of learning and development. He spends his time with thought leaders and researchers from the worlds of psychology and developmental science, consumes their research, connects the dots, and shares it with anyone that will listen. He’s worked with professional, college, and olympic sports teams, Fortune 500 companies, prisons, and in hundreds of schools across the country. These workshops are designed to help people understand and apply important principles of development, in order to become better, more resilient learners. In this...

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Dr John Radnor (Cardiff Met University): Nature or Nurture?

Dr John Radnor is a Lecturer and researcher in Strength and Conditioning at Cardiff Metropolitan University. His research interests surround youth S&C, and he has recently completed his PhD in Paediatric Exercise Science. John has previously worked with Welsh Rowing and the GB Start Programme, as well as previously being an academy S&C coach at Exeter Chiefs and Exeter City. Taking a step back from coaching at the moment, one of John’s main roles at the University is as the work-based learning lead for the SCRAM UG programme, developing links with NGB’s, pro teams, and local clubs for placement students....

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Dr Amanda Johnson (Consultant Physiotherapist): A Masterclass in Growth-related injuries

Amanda Johnson has worked as a physiotherapist in several sports at a high level including Great Britain Aquatic teams particularly swimming, synchro swimming and 10 years with the GB diving team. She has also travelled with the England Athletics Team to international camps and competitions. Mandy served for 5 years as the England Women’s Football team physio and as a senior lecturer for the Football Association. She spent 10 years as the senior physiotherapist at the Academy of Manchester United under Sir Alex Ferguson before becoming the lead physiotherapist at Aspire Academy for 8 years. Amanda’s PhD and research interests...

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