Making his first appearance on The Seminar docket is University of Wisconsin’s Strength and Conditioning Coach Jim Snider.  “Snides”, as he is known, is one of the top practitioners in the country.  He is involved in the development of athlete’s in both the private and collegiate sector.  His facility Neuro Explosion is one of the top facilities in the country working with athlete’s ranging from youth to professional.  His vast experience and extensive knowledge  of various mediums of performance enhancement make Jim an absolute home run addition for The 2015 Seminar.  Neuro Snides

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.

Jimmy SnidesJS: I have been involved in Colligate Strength and Conditioning (Physical Preparation, I say that because it’s much more than just lifting weights and conditioning the shit out of people, stolen from Buddy Morris) for 14 years.  I started here at University of Wisconsin working with football and a multitude of Olympic Sports. I was fortunate enough to work with 2015 Presenter Cal Dietz at University of Minnesota for a couple years. Now have been back ever since at Wisconsin working primarily with Men’s & Women’s Ice hockey.  I am also a primary liaison to our Sports Performance Lab, in which we are conducting research, evaluating sport performance qualities, and monitoring.  My current educational background is undergrad in Exercise Science, Master’s in Kinesiology, and a LMT in Asian Bodywork & Therapeutic Massage from East West Healing Arts Institute, as well as a Level II BioSignature Practioner.  I am actively involved in coaching and competing in Olympic Weightlifting.  I also have a private facility here in Madison, Neuro Explosion with my wife where we try to promote holistic health to the community and provide a proper LTAD model to the youth of the area.

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.

JS: It’s funny I have probably made a million of them but I think it’s the ability to objectively look at your program and be willing to step outside of “your” box in order provide the best possible service to your athletes.  Also I typically see people “over cooking” or over stressing athletes to fast and too soon.  I am a meat-eater so I like to look at it like cooking a fine steak.  You don’t just through the steak on the grill right into the flame and char the shit out of it, probably marinade it a bit and take your time cooking it.  The athletic development process is no different, you want to slow cook it.  Everyone is on a movement kick, which is good don’t get me wrong, but what does your steak taste or move like if you cook the hell out of it?  Chewy and stiff…..and if you take your time……tender and pliable (tastes damn good too).  Human muscle/tissue is VERY similar to animal.  Take your time, understand the power and effects of stress, and strive for continued improvements.

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?

JS: Obliviously people need to get to your conference.  It is hands down one of the best conferences in terms of practical sports enhancement.  Not only is there unbelievable speakers but those in attendance are also some of the top professional in the field as well, so you really can learn from a multitude of people if you attend.  I would also reiterate what 2015 Presenter Dr. Bryan Mann said in response to this question he couldn’t have said it any better as far as pointing people in the right direction of topics and relevant authors.

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

JS:  A thought provoking and real life talk about various areas of sports enhancement.  I will try and bridge the gap between a holistic / practical model and also evidence based practice. Give people an insight into what I do and the thought process behind it.  Answer and welcome any questions as that is the best way to get better as a professional.  In the end I hope to provide some take home nuggets and also an enhanced way of looking at the training process.

JD: Any closing thoughts?

JS: Just really feel privileged to be included with the lineup you have coming.  It’s really off the charts.

More about 2015 Presenter Jim Snider:

Jim Snider is in his second stint at Wisconsin, this time working with the UW hockey programs, women’s soccer, men’s tennis and assisting with Badger football. Previously, Snider spent three seasons at Wisconsin as assistant strength and conditioning coach after serving a year long internship with the department. His primary responsibilities were men’s and women’s soccer, tennis, and crew, while also assisting with football.

Snider spent his year before rejoining the Badgers as assistant director of Strength and Conditioning at the University of Minnesota. At Minnesota, Snider was responsible for the administration and development of athletic enhancement programs for men’s basketball, men’s hockey, baseball and track and field, while managing full-time and intern personnel.

Snider originally came to Wisconsin for his internship from the University of Wisconsin La Crosse were he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise and Sport Science with an emphasis in Strength and Conditioning and also a degree in Sports Management in 2001. While at the University of Wisconsin La Crosse, Snider worked for 3 years with Football, Basketball, Baseball, Women’s Soccer, Men’s Tennis, and Gymnastics.

Snider is a member of several organizations including the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association (CSCC), and USA Weightlifting. He is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the NSCA, Level II Senior Coach through USA Weightlifting, and also a certified and active referee through USA Weightlifting.

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