Hate your life? Hate your job? Know yourself.

Since I wrote Hi, it's me. The Iceberg. I have challenged myself to see things a bit differently. Writing that article was something of an exercise in self-assessment, and for the first time in a long time I was forced to consider what actually makes me happy. The relationships I described in that article bring meaning, purpose, and … Continue reading Hate your life? Hate your job? Know yourself.

Functional Variability in Motor Control Systems

Let's kick this one off with a video: The sound quality kind of sucks but the content is aces. Here's my fellow Canadian, Dr. Andreo Spina talking about a few of the things I'm looking to discuss in this article. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5b3GcsP8gBs So I ended my last post with a promise that I would follow up … Continue reading Functional Variability in Motor Control Systems

Dynamical Systems Theory; A rational approach to understanding movement systems.

"It is not the strongest of the species who survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most adaptable to change." -Unknown  This is one of my favourite quotes, even though there isn't enough substantive evidence to give credit to anyone in particular (some suspect Darwin, go figure.) It provides pretty sound advice in terms … Continue reading Dynamical Systems Theory; A rational approach to understanding movement systems.

Strength Training: A matter of coordination from the outside in.

Every once in a while, you read something worth talking about. Frans Bosch's 2015 book Strength Training and Coordination: An Integrative Approach is one of those things. I've been making my way through this at a fairly slow pace (not unlike the last time I read one of his books,) but it's been phenomenally rewarding. Those of … Continue reading Strength Training: A matter of coordination from the outside in.

Session/Drill RPE and REST-Q Recovery Stress Questionnaire Plan

IDEA: In today’s high-performance athletic model, more and more is being expected of the athletes, coaches, and support staff. The athletes however, are the only ones forced to rise to the occasion in terms of meeting demands placed upon them. As coaches, we sometimes forget or neglect the true “value” of what we are asking … Continue reading Session/Drill RPE and REST-Q Recovery Stress Questionnaire Plan

Research Round-Up: Eccentric Utilization Ratios and Lower Body Stiffness

I've been digging through some research and starting to look at Eccentric Utilization Ratios (EUR) with some of my student-athletes (Women's Basketball) this summer. We've been collecting data for a few weeks, coaching the procedures, and waiting out the "learning" part of the testing. We do verts all the time using a standard Countermovement Jump … Continue reading Research Round-Up: Eccentric Utilization Ratios and Lower Body Stiffness

Ballin’ on a budget: Heart Rate Monitoring

When presented with "new" ideas on how to implement athlete monitoring, there are a few common answers . We can't afford it We're not ready for it We don't have the time/space/man-power Ok, let's do it In my case, this past year I ran a couple trials with 15 simple heart rate monitors (Polar RS100) that I … Continue reading Ballin’ on a budget: Heart Rate Monitoring