FLASH BACK FRIDAY, 2017-Keenan Robinson, Aquatic Posture- The Development and Selection of Exercise

Today’s #FlashBackFriday is USA Swimming’s Keenan Robinson’s talk from The 2017 Seminar.

Keenan Robinson is the High Performance Director for USA Swimming, who is most known for his work with Michael Phelps and Allison Schmitt, came in and discussed the entire training process when it comes to dealing with swimmers. He breaks down how the training, both daily and weekly, in the water and how that impacts his overall plan both on the micro and macro level. He then touches upon how they built the culture that the team that led to immense success. Next he breaks down some of his KPI’s he had for his swimmers, evaluations they used, special exercises they developed, his aquatic posture exercises, and some progressions, regressions, and lateralizations. The last 3, (special exercises, aquatic posture work, and progressions) allow coaches to see the what’s and why’s as to where one coach has found ways to better develop exercises for their athlete’s to have more carry over to their sporting event. He finishes out talking about what they were looking at in terms of sport science and monitoring, and gives exact examples of training programs he used with his athlete’s leading up to his athlete’s including some alterations that were made.

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FLASH BACK FRIDAY, 2017-MATT THOME: An Effective Training Model For Team Sport Athletes, principles and application

Today’s #FlashBackFriday is Michigan Tech’s Matt Thome’s presentation from The 2017 Seminar.

Matt Thome has been a huge driving force in everything we do with The Seminar, and he provided the presentation that he and I have always wanted from the event. Matt simply gave the theoretical principles behind what his training program is built on, and discussed the pros and cons of the program and then opened it up to the room to discuss. Matt covers everything from the stress reaction and it’s effect on training, where his training program came from, the benefits of said program, breaks down the how’s and why’s to putting it together, and the results they’ve achieved in the UP with it.

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Flash Back Friday, 2017-Doug McKenney, Hockey Measurement and Analysis

Today’s #FlashBackFriday is CoachMePlus’ Doug McKenney’s talk from The 2017 Seminar.

Doug McKenney brought 30 years of experience training athletes in the National Hockey League to The 2017 Seminar. Through those 30 years he witnessed first hand the transition from teams in the NHL not having a full time strength coach, to teams monitoring their athletes on a daily basis. Doug brought stories that tied in with the practical and anecdotal information that he witnessed through out his prominent tenure in the league. Throughout the 60 minute talk Doug breaks down how he evaluated his players, what were driving measurements throughout his tenure, and how he brought and presented information to coaches and players breaking down how he monitored, communicated, and evaluated the athletes nutrition plans, sleep and restoration habits, player tracking with load and heart rate monitoring, and many other things teaching the coaches in attendance the steps that have been taken over the past 30 years, so that they have a greater understanding of where the profession has been evolving from to better dictate where the future will lead.

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THE DREW REVIEW: Riveted: The Science of Why Jokes Make us Laugh, Movies Make us Cry, and Religion Make us Feel One with the Universe; by Jim Davies

drew-review“Understanding compellingness and how it works requires some understanding of our brains and how they were shaped by evolution.” -J. Davies

b85ffe78-8e2c-44e1-9070-ab40bceb7a79What makes something compelling? Riveted seeks an answer to that question. Throughout the entire book there are a ton of psychological research references and examples to help Davies get his point across. These references and examples were the most entertaining parts, mainly because research that is done in the psychological/sociological field is fascinating to me. I thought Riveted had some great flow for the majority of the book and then spots of crawling narrative. Davies likes to repeat himself a lot with the concepts, but maybe that is because we as humans love the idea of patterns (which is something I learned in this book). Also, the last chapter is entirely based on Davies’ atheism and how religion just doesn’t make sense or better put isn’t a rational thing to participate, just a fair warning for anyone looking to read this book that might take offense.

There are only 7 chapters to Riveted, each describing a different aspect of Davies’ very own “compellingness foundations theory” (hence the question proposed to you in the first sentence). There are topics from the old brain and new brain narrative to fear and hope and how those two emotions determine how we as humans react to a host of questions encountered in everyday life. The introduction to this book is probably one of the best I have ever read, some of you might not find introductions important but the one in Riveted kicks ass. When reading this book try to have an open mind, especially those that might be very religious, Davies holds no punches when it comes to all religions. Strength coaches reading this can take away a better understanding for human behavior, which in our line of work can be pretty valuable.

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Episode 86-Marc Megna, Anatomy at 1220- What are the dots connecting the athlete to coach to entrepreneur

Today we are joined by Anatomy at 1220’s Marc Megna discussing the steps taken from being an less than average athlete, to the NFL, to owning the best gym in Miami. We start out talking about what drove him to training and what he fell in love when it came to training. He then shares with us what drove him to sports and how different people that think they only affected him athletically have driven him to be the person he is today. He then discusses how being an athlete has impacted him as a coach, and him being a coach impacted him as an entrepreneur, and discusses how they all work together to build a team. We then discuss building your team, what he looks for, and some huge green lights and red flags he looks for. He then gives some fantastic information including some different methods he has utilized to develop his staff educationally, professional, and personally. We finish off talking about leadership methods he’s utilized successfully and things he’s seen that aren’t as positive in making things move forward.

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3be9ef99-b42e-4d18-95b7-af8aaf54cae5 Today we welcome our final presenter for The 2017 Seminar, CoachMe Plus Sports Performance Specialist and Founding Coach, Doug McKenney. We couldn’t be more excited to have a man with the wealth of knowledge from such an extensive career in the NHL here to bat leadoff this July!

JD: If you could, please give our readers a little background information about you, what your niche in the world of athletics is, accomplishments, how you got there, education, any products you have available and/or notable publications.

DM: Like so many other strength and conditioning coaches, I had some great mentors and friends who have had a huge impact on me from when I was a competitive athlete to the present. Many of these guys became high profile S&C coaches at the professional level and others are the athletes I have had the privilege of working with.

As an athlete at Springfield College, I learned a great deal about training for sport. It was eye opening. I had never been exposed to organized resistance training, nutrition, and speed and power development. I was motivated to become a better athlete through what I was learning. I was intrigued by the personal adaptations to the many training advances introduced to me.
I went on to get a Master’s degree in exercise physiology (MSU) so that I could continue to fully understand the needs of the training/competitive athlete. I was fortunate to be offered a job as the S&C coach for a club in the NHL and remained in the league for 30 years. Over that time I created my own player-tracking methods, utilizing the most advanced devices available for measuring mechanical and physiological data to create highly-individualized programs for each athlete.

My player tracking practices steadily evolved from manual data entry and analysis in the early years, to a sophisticated mobile platform developed with and by CoachMePlus. I now work with CoachMePlus as Founding Coach/Sports Performance specialist and have the opportunity to share my experiences with Coaches interested in advancing their Sports Performance programs.

JD: Discuss with us the mistakes you see made by strength and conditioning coaches in the
United States and around the world, and what you feel should be done differently/how to correct these issues.

DM: There would be two things:
1. Athlete testing, assessment, evaluations performed by sports performance/strength staffs are not utilized to advance the development of the individual athlete. In most cases, I see it used as a method for ranking, team averages so they can say they have improved as a team. There is a lot of information gathered that is not useful for establishing individualized programs that lead to improved athletic development.

Correction: Perform testing specifically designed to evaluate the individual athlete so you can effectively help them improve in areas of weakness. Let’s be honest…this is simple but generally not being done.

2. We all know the critical value of nutrition/hydration to training, performance, and health, yet we still fail to adequately enhance that position with administrators and athletes.

Correction: Establish a culture that educates the athlete on a daily basis. Occasional speakers, handouts, the typical Carb Up bark or make sure you get your fluids at the end of practice or workouts is not working. We need a structured approach that hits the athlete in the face every day. A lot of teams are tasked with feeding and hydrating the athletes daily so we should organize and control the environment in an effort to educate the athlete.

JD: What advice would you give a coach to improve knowledge in the lines of continuing education, meaning could you point our readers in a direction to find the scientific and practical information to improve the methods they use to improve performance?

DM: Personally, for young students and practitioners in the field, I think this is easier than it has ever been. With podcasts, blogs, on-line seminars, conferences, internships endlessly available, along with the traditional review of literature. The bigger issue is choosing the coaches that strive for evidence based principles/practices. The best way to do that is read the most recent studies and reach out and communicate with as many coaches actively in the field.

JD: If you could give a brief description of what our attendees can expect from you at The

DM: The title is Hockey Measurements and Analysis
Sharing the many experiences I have had over the 30 years as a strength & conditioning coach in the National Hockey League. The differences between working with coaches and athletes in the 80’s -90’s -2000-2015. The impact technology has had and how it has helped coaches more effectively train athletes.

JD: Any closing thoughts?

DM: As coaches, I believe we are called to be servant leaders. Servant leadership is a philosophy and set of practices that enriches the lives of individuals, builds better organizations and ultimately creates a more just and caring environment. I work to seek out opinions, learn and share with others. Leaders cultivate a culture of trust. I have challenged myself to live by that while coaching thousands of athletes and coaches over the last 30 years. Educating and pushing athletes while demonstrating encouragement, motivation, kindness and compassion has been my approach. Future leaders will learn to lead by the example of those who act with humility and live a life of moral character.

Who is Doug McKenney:
Longtime National Hockey League strength and conditioning coach, Doug McKenney became the first, full-time head strength and conditioning coach in the NHL when he began a four- season tenure with the Pittsburgh Penguins in 1985. In 1989, he moved to work with the Hartford Whalers, serving in the same capacity for the next six seasons. In July of 1995, McKenney was named the Buffalo Sabres’ first-ever Strength and Conditioning Coach and was instrumental in the development of young and veteran players, steadily improving the performance levels for the team throughout a 20-year tenure. His success can be measured by the impressive consistency of his team finishing near the top in the least amount of man-games-lost category throughout his NHL career.

Over his 30-year tenure with the NHL, McKenney employed player-tracking systems, utilizing the most advanced devices available for measuring mechanical and physiological data to create highly- individualized programs for each athlete. McKenney’s player tracking systems steadily evolved from manual data entry and analysis in the early years, to a sophisticated mobile platform. In 2011, McKenney worked with M2Synergies to develop the software necessary to transform the delivery of his programs from a website format to an early rendition of what eventually was developed into the CoachMePlus* system. Combined with the information technology expertise of the M2Synergies team, McKenney’s vision of a high-tech method for data-management was born. CoachMePlus, first and currently utilized by the Buffalo Sabres, has now been widely adopted by many amateur, college, and professional sports teams across the country.

In October 2015, McKenney joined the CoachMePlus staff as Sports Performance Specialist/Founding Coach. Drawing on the many years of experience training elite hockey athletes, McKenney brings intuitive industry knowledge from a unique experience to the growing company whose athlete data-management operating system is working with teams across the NFL, NHL, MLB, NBA and NCAA. Additionally, McKenney has established LeanFitStrong Consulting, LLC, a sports performance consulting business designed to offer guidance for professional and college sports teams relating to their desire to achieve the cutting-edge advantage over competitors. McKenney’s LeanFitStrong © philosophy places a special emphasis on teaching athletes about: the crucial relationship between healthy nutritional practice and body composition; strength and power attainment; and sport-specific conditioning. His focus on the relationship between proper hydration/energy-repletion practices and maximizing performance capability / reduction of injury risk, has become signature to his approach for elite sport performance. McKenney’s extensive applied-physiology knowledge informs the solid foundation for his philosophy by combining research-relevant justifications with various data from player-tracking. McKenney’s practical application of sport science can help an organization understand the tremendous value of effective collaboration and appropriate coordination amongst existing professionals serving the team’s medical/physiological/coaching needs.

* CoachMePlus was founded to meet the growing demands of the sports science and sports performance industry. It has been transforming the world of applied sport-science data-integration ever since. The centralized system brings a level of sophistication to tracking athlete information like no other. A company grounded on expertise, innovation, and client services,
CoachMePlus is the go-to system for over 50 professional and collegiate athletic teams and 35,000 athletes, tracking over 7 million data points. CoachMePlus is headquartered in Buffalo, NY with offices in New York City. For more information visit www.coachmeplus.com.


58e41ead-bc0b-403e-a88a-bdeab9083910Today I am elated to introduce our fourth presenter for The 2017 Seminar, East Tennessee State University’s Assistant Professor and High Performance Coach, Dr. Brad DeWeese.  Dr. DeWeese has contributed to a vast array of athlete’s success that have concluded with 20 different Olympic Medals and 7 World Championships.  His desire to share information and collaborate with coaches to find better ways to assist in his athlete’s development, along with the advancing the profession is only trumped by his open and honest personality.  Him being one of the best guys in the profession may mask all the accolades and success he’s had, but don’t be fooled, he is one of the best minds in the world in developing high performance athletes.  I could not be more excited to have Dr. DeWeese on this summer docket.    

JD: If you could, please give our readers a little background information about you, what your niche in the world of athletics is, accomplishments, how you got there, education, any products you have available and/or notable publications.

BD: I am currently entering my 20th year in the profession while I serve as the High Performance Coach at the ETSU Olympic Training Site, leading the training of athletes competing for Team USA in bobsled, skeleton, canoe/kayak, luge, and track & field. Prior to this position, I served as the Head of Sport Physiology for the USOC’s Winter Division based out of the Lake Placid Olympic Training Center. This supervisory position came on the heels of working as the Head Strength & Conditioning Coach for the USA Canoe/ Kayak National Slalom Team.

JD: Discuss with us the mistakes you see made by strength and conditioning coaches in the United States and around the world, and what you feel should be done differently/how to correct these issues.

BW: While it would be easy to elaborate on the many programming nuances that are often over-looked or over-studied, my current thought is that coaches in general need to better at practicing patience. Often times we want to change our own training modules or adopt the “next big thing” without truly understanding the long-term lag of training effect that will result from that sudden modification. In a world of instant-gratification, we as coaches need to heed our own advice that training is an investment, not a purchase.

JD: What advice would you give a coach to improve knowledge in the lines of continuing education, meaning could you point our readers in a direction to find the scientific and practical information to improve the methods they use to improve performance?

BW: Coaching, by definition, is an extension of teaching. As teachers our role is founded on education. Therefore, we must practice what we preach. While full-time coaching leaves little time for formal study, the information-age has given rise to many outlets that support self-directed learning.

Self-directed learning describes the study of career-relevant information during personal time, and can easily begin with the consumption of free content that comes from the many podcasts and online resources that support our growing profession.   From here, it seems only natural that a deeper understanding of that material is necessary. Because a majority of coaches lack access to scholarly databases (PubMed, Google Scholar), I refer fellow practitioners to (a) follow established researchers on “Research Gate” (where articles are uploaded for the taking), and/or (b) contact the authors directly to request full manuscripts of their work. Not only does this allow for further understanding on how scientific discovery shapes the training process, more importantly, it builds a rapport and line of communication between professions.

JD: If you could give a brief description of what our attendees can expect from you at The Seminar?

BD: Based on conversations with Jay, I will be leading two talks at the 2017 Seminar. The first will emphasize Seamless Sequential Integration, a training model that has been used with success over the past 3 quadrennials. This discussion will have a great deal of monitoring/ competitive data to highlight how decisions were made during the planning process.

The second talk will also describe the coaching tactics I have used throughout my career, but will be on a much more personal level.   The focus of this presentation will be on building a team culture that supports athlete success.

JD: Any closing thoughts Dr. DeWeese?

BD: I am very humbled to be a part of the 2017 CVASP Seminar. Coach DeMayo continues to do an outstanding job of building a platform that promotes knowledge sharing within our profession and this on-site event looks to continue on previous years’ success. Coaching is about relationships and I personally look forward to having an opportunity to fellowship with Jay and attendees as we all continue to look for the best practices in both sport and human development.

dr-brad-1Who is Brad DeWeese?

Dr. Brad H. DeWeese is recognized as one of the most decorated coaches in the United States and within international elite sport. Coach DeWeese has directed athletes to 7 World Championship titles in 3 different sports, while also collecting a combined 20 Olympic and World Championship medals, alongside 93 medals resulting from World Cup and Pan-American competitions.

Brad is one of the few coach-scientists in any sport to produce both medals and objective data/ scientific findings of the training process. As such, he has authored several articles and chapters on speed development, periodization, and optimal training methods leading to elite performance.

Dr. DeWeese obtained his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Western Carolina University, and his doctorate from North Carolina State University. He is a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist with Distinction through the NSCA, certified USATF Level 2 coach in sprints, hurdles, & relays; USATF Certified Instructor; USAW Sport Performance coach; and an ISAK Level 1 Anthropometrist.

Episode 63: Lance Walker, Michael Johnson Performance-PT and Speed Training Stay In Your Lane

mjpIn today’s edition of The Podcast Michael Johnson Performance’s Lance Walker joins us. Lance starts off sharing with what is the latest happening at MJP and how they’ve developed. He then touches upon the role of strength training, and physical therapy in their program where he touches up where corrective exercises may be correcting the “issues” that make them good at their sporting exercise. We then discuss the role data collection plays in everything they are doing with their athletes, and finish talking about staying in your lane, but being educated enough to work together with other practitioners to do what’s best for your athletes.

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My Thoughts Monday #1: I’m Not “A Guy”

mtm-logoThis whole idea came to me after reading Gary Vaynerchuk’s “CRUSH IT!” Gary is an interesting individual, people either love him or hate him. Me, I love him. He talks about content, he talks about how he has done things, but most importantly, he talks about putting in the work, which is very similar to how many of us think. In the book he goes through how to build a brand and use social media as a tool, and he talks about building your identity, and that’s where it hit me. In this field, probably more than any other, coaches are pigeon holed into categories more than anywhere else. When I give you the names Dr. Bryan Mann, Cal Dietz, and Joel Jamieson, you immediately reply with VBT, Tri-Phasic, and ESD.   Many people hear my name and the first words that come to their minds are 1×20 and Omegawave.

img_1226Now, how you can be a “piece of technology guy” is beyond me, but I’ve been told this by multiple people. Yes, I have been very fortunate to have an amazing relationship with the company. Yes I have been even more fortunate to be able to implement and utilize the technology for the past 7 years. I have learned a ton and feel that this specific piece of technology is extremely important. With all that said, do I train athlete’s who don’t use it? Yes. Do I train athletes who use other devices? Yes. So, even though I’ve been told that this is one of the pigeon holes I fit into, I’m somewhat confused as to how a button that connects to a phone or iPad dictates that.

1x20rm_coverThose that don’t connect me to Omegawave typically connect me directly to the 1×20 method that Dr. Yessis developed. This has been a huge part of my repertoire for some time now, but to say that is all that any of us who have learned from him and Yosef Johnson do would be quite ignorant.  As a matter of fact there are many things that those of us who use 1×20 as our GPP and/or starting point don’t agree on, including where to start, what’s next, ESD, and many other things, but because the field feels as though we all need to be classified, that’s where we are.

I had that rant to get to the purpose of this new addition to CVASPS.com. I’m going to go through everything I do with my teams. I’m doing this for three reasons: 1) Vaynerchuk talks about being yourself and putting yourself out there, so what the hell, maybe people will like it and learn from it, 2) because I’m tired of being pigeon holed and I think that I have some content and ideas that can drive discussion and help better the profession, and 3) One major way to improve is to get feedback not just from those who agree with you but those who do not as well. As great as it is to get your ego inflated because the people around you agree with you and pump you up, the real self analysis comes from discussing with people who see things from a different point of view. That is, in fact, the primary goal of everything we are doing here at Central Virginia Sport Performance, we are trying to drive conversation to help better the profession.

With everything we do here I encourage you to share, comment, and ask questions. I’m not going to hide anything so I hope people aren’t holding back either. Maybe this will help me become a better coach because one or all of you see some glaring flaw in what I’m trying to do with my athletes, or maybe one thing someone reads here helps them with something they’ve been struggling to move on to or from for a while. I just hope you enjoy it and it helps us all get better.

The first part of the “program” will be how we develop our program, and what we actually look at and look to do. Part one is meeting with the players and the coaching staff, and how that determines what we are actually attempting to accomplish and how we are going to measure our progress.

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