These are the most common arguments for why the MD/ID approach to sports science will not work: However, the single counter argument to refute all these is this: Performance is multidisciplinary and multi-factorial by nature. Performance is the balanced integration of physical, mental, technical, tactical, cultural, genetic and other factors. Nothing exists in isolation. And therefore
Gone are the days of the “Guru” sports coaches: the “Super Coach” of the past has lost his powers to the kryptonite of modern sport – i.e. the increased complexity and sophistication of high performance sports environments.
Sure, the great names of coaching have all been “one man bands” – strong, decisive, authoritarian, personal leadership focused head coaches who controlled every aspect of the team’s performance.
However, high performance sport has developed at an incredible rate over the past twenty years and the knowledge and skills required to win a high performance sporting competition are greater than any one person can bring to the table.
Think of the advances in performance science, sports science, sports medicine, analysis, IT, nutrition, psychology and technology since the 1980s.
How can we expect that any one person can be the expert in all performance areas plus coach the team, deal with the media, work with Club Board and Executive, recruit new players, talk to sponsors, meet the fans etc etc etc?
So – the Coaching Team and High Performance Team concepts are born.
Mentoring is a great way to learn, grow and develop as a coach. Coaching is above all a people game and mentoring is about bringing people together to learn, share, grow, develop and ultimately perform more effectively: it is Performance Partnership – a performance partnership with particular purpose. What makes mentoring different from having a
Thanks for the emails and comments and calls about Part one of this article – More with Less.
The basic premise of More with Less is:
“That is, in all probability, changes in society will demand that you will have to find ways of improving the performance of your athletes, players and teams in LESS time”.
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Sports Science: Observations of Philosophies in Sports Science and Sports Medicine in High Performance Sport
Sports Science has to Change
Over the past 20 years I have had the fortunate experience of working with some of the leading sporting nations in their quest for elite sporting excellence.
I write this article as a plea to all sports scientists, regardless of discipline, to evaluate what they are doing and think about being more innovative and creative in their methods and practices.
The High Performance Sport Checklist – Part Two of the List of 50 Things you Must be doing to Succeed in High Performance Sport.
Score Key: 0-10: High performance sport is not for you. Maybe try your hand at pavement painting or hole digging or grass mowing or something else which does not require the consistent application of excellence. 11-20: You might dream about being high performance and talk about being high performance, but as for actually understanding it,
If you read one post today – read this one….the Top Ten Solid Gold Tips for Success in High Performance Sport…or everything you ever wanted to know about creating and sustaining success in high performance sport in 500 words or less.
[powerpress] Leadership in sport is a little bit like the weather. Everyone talks about it, everybody’s got a view about it, but very few people really understand it. We’ve made a big transition in sport over the last 20 years. A long time ago, sport and leadership is very much about captaincy. At the beginning
[powerpress] Every coach in every sport will tell you that their sport is about skill. Football coaches, it’s about skill. Swimming coaches, it’s about skill. Rugby coaches, it’s about skill. Every sport believes that their sport is based on the fundamentals of the core skills of their sport. And to the most part they’re right.
First let me say I have total, 100% complete admiration and respect for Bompa himself – a true pioneer of the sports coaching and the sports performance industry. This article is in no way a criticism of him personally but rather a proclamation that Periodization as a concept is now officially dead and buried.
Periodization – that is, the traditional sports training planning model involving long blocks (cycles or phases) of training which emphasise specific aspects of training is 20 years past the use by date and it’s time we all moved on to something more relevant and more effective for the training and preparation of athletes in this century.
The popular version of periodisation was developed in the Eastern block, 40 years ago, for senior athletes: another time, another system, another world – and totally inappropriate for today’s athletes.