Athletic Evolution

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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Jamie Salter (York St John University & Athlete Discovery): Is there a relationship between growth-related injury and training load?

Jamie Salter has worked in professional football and rugby league with both youth and adult athletes in a physical preparation role at Barnsley FC, Middlesbrough FC and York Knights RLFC whilst working with various athletes on an ad-hoc basis for many years. Alongside applied experience, he has spent most of my career in education as a lecturer in further and higher education environments. He is currently a Lecturer at York St John University delivering to under- and post-graduate students in areas of injury prevention, rehabilitation and strength and conditioning. He has presented at several major international conferences and is a current PhD...

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Helen Collins (University of Dundee): The benefits of resistance training for children.

Helen Collins is a Sport & Exercise Scientist at the Institute of Sport and Exercise, University of Dundee.  She is currently undertaking a PhD through the University of Edinburgh, investigating resistance training as a strategy to encourage less active and/or overweight children to become more active and healthier.  During her 17 years at the University of Dundee she has lectured extensively on the University’s Sports Biomedicine degree, and more recently has become module co-ordinator for a student selected module on Exercise Deficit Disorder within the Medical Curriculum. As a BASES Accredited Sport & Exercise Scientist (physiology) and a UKSCA...

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The Athlete Academy Online is LIVE!

Are you coach of parent of an athlete aged 13-18? Are they following a structured youth athletic development program or mindlessly following something from bodybuilding.com or Instagram? Or maybe they used to receive strength & conditioning coaching, but it’s been removed due to the after effects of Corona Virus? Well I have something for you! I’ve launched The Athlete Academy Online to provide athletes aged 13-18 with support in their first steps in their physical development journey. For just 7 days until Friday 18th September, we have Founder Memberships available! This means you can join for 50% off the...

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