Athletic Evolution

Dr Andrew Pichardo (Tyler Legacy High School): Bringing Strength training into Secondary School.

Dr Andrew Pichardo is the Head Strength & Conditioning Coach at Tyler Legacy High School, located in East Texas. After coaching stops with the University of Florida, IMG Academy, the Milwaukee Brewers, and the Olympic Training Center, Andrew obtained his PhD from Auckland University of Technology, where he worked to implement and research the effects of a resistance training program into secondary school curriculum. In this episode Andrew discusses: How his coaching is driven by a wider desire to help others. His role at Tyler Legacy High School, coaching sessions for up to 80 athletes at a time. How a...

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Gordon MacLelland (Working with Parents in Sport): Navigating the Parent & Coach Relationship.

Gordon MacLelland set up ‘Working with Parents in Sport’ after 20 years as a teacher and as a coach to all age levels from 7 year olds to adults. He has a BA/Hons degree in Sports Science from University College Chester and a PGCE from Lancaster University. He is a qualified teacher and has been Director of Sport at an independent prep school in the UK for the last 13 years. He has worked in schools in both the UK and New Zealand for the last 16 years.  He is the author of three books, ‘Two Hats’ – a book...

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Dr Jeff Cullen (Scottish Rugby): Taking the confusion out of Concussion

Dr Jeff Cullen has been heavily involved in providing medical support in rugby for many years, both at club and international level.  He recently contributed to an article on Concussion management on the British Journal of Sports Medicine Blog. I was privileged to work alongside him in this previous Scotland U16 and U17 Age grade programs. In this episode Jeff discusses: How we should view concussion as a traumatic brain injury. The Symptoms and Signs of concussion to look out for. How concussions can develop over minutes, hours or even days. Why scrum caps and helmets don’t necessarily reduce concussion...

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Ruben Nieves (Positive Coaching Alliance): What is a Positive Coach?

Ruben Nieves is the Director of Training for Positive Coaching Alliance, responsible for overseeing the training and support of PCA trainers around the US. Ruben earned his Masters Degree in Education from Stanford University in 1982. He coached collegiate volleyball for 18 years including stints as the Head Men’s Coach at Stanford and the Head Women’s Coach at Fresno State. Ruben was twice named NCAA Men’s Volleyball Coach of the Year, in 1992 and 1997. He guided Stanford to the Cardinal’s first men’s volleyball NCAA championship in 1997. Ruben also has extensive experience and success in international volleyball. He spent...

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Stephen Sommerville (Movement Park): A unique environment for Physical Literacy development.

For the past 40 years, the sport of Judo has consumed Stephen’s life in one way or another; as a successful competitive player, infamous national development coach and for a number of years a key member of the Education Development Team for the Scottish Governing Body of Judo, JudoScotland. Stephen is very proud of his reputation as one of Scotland’s most innovative program developers which he developed during his time at JudoScotland. Now on a journey of leadership and conscious social understanding, Stephen is determined to make a difference to society with the charity Movement Park. The SCIO formed in...

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VJ Stanley (Balanced Excellence) Winning at all costs cheapens the victory.

VJ Stanley is the founder and President of Balanced Excellence. VJ was a 3 sport varsity athlete. He then went on to play junior hockey for the Rochester Monarchs and pursued his passion at Clarkson University. Unfortunately, he sustained two concussions in one week which ended his career after only one game. After the injury, at age 23, he became a high school coach at Fairport High School in Rochester, NY. He was the youngest high school hockey coach in Monroe County history. At Fairport, he set 13 records. VJ went on to become the head coach at the University...

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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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