Random Thoughts: Coaching, Training, Education, Personal and Miscellaneous

Posted: May 29, 2015 in Uncategorized

Coaching – Was chatting with a friend of mine today who is also an S&C Coach, Dave Scott-McDowel (http://dsmstrength.com/). We were discussing a bunch of things and came to the topic of S&C Coaches mixing up their role between S&C and Sport Science. While these things certainly have a lot of overlap, Dave summed it up when he said this:

“Some people let Sport Science and monitoring get in the way of actual training and coaching.”

I wholeheartedly agree and this is why I believe that first and foremost, we need to focus on being present and coaching athletes. When making the decision to integrate other methods, we must be able to answer this question honestly and accurately: How is this going to help my athlete improve? Period.

Training – Returned back to a higher frequency training schedule (5x week) with a lifting focus and I am enjoying it, for now at least. I like that it makes my sessions shorter and it makes it less daunting for me to find the time each day to train.

Education – Took another NCCP coaching course last week, Psychology of Performance. At one point I shared a point that was made to me last summer by John Phelan. John was a former captain of team Canada in Rugby, coaches numerous rugby teams, Sport Psychologist for a few differ NHL teams and teaches leadership classes to business students and MBAs. I was at my friend’s wedding (A Sport Psyc and CIS Coach of the Year) and said to John that I was interested in the mental side of things because I knew when I needed my athletes to do, it was getting/making them do it. Immediately, John shot me down with one of the most profound lines I have ever heard, “No Jordan, it’s about making them WANT to do it.” It’s not that I hadn’t heard this before, but in that moment it was more clear than it ever was for me and shapes how I try to do things on a daily basis now. But man, John probably thinks I am a dumbass.

Personal – Hitting up two weddings in as many weekends. Will be good to see some friends and have a few sodas.

Miscellaneous – Watson is pretty much back to 100% now. He was still a bit injured earlier in the week until (at Sarah’s disapproval), I reintroduced some light tugging with his toy (which is probably what hurt him…) and wouldn’t you know it, the next few days he was way better. Now it wasn’t a perfectly controlled experiment, but I’m just saying…

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