My Conference Review…
So we had the first ever International Education ONLINE conference for S&C coaches and athletic development professionals.
It’s taken me a week or so to reflect on the talks and the event as a whole.
I loved doing it and for next year I’ve got loads of ideas and feedback on how to improve it for everyone and make it the worlds premier learning experience for coaches.
Here’s a brief review of each of the presentations from my perspective.
Dan Baker- Current Trends in Endurance Training: Dan opened the conference and he delivered big time in this presentation. Lots of information in Dans usual animated style. A superb framework for development of endurance and work capacity and massively beneficial to those of you who work in team sports or multi directional sports.
Jared Deacon- The BIG Speed Picture: Jared is one of my colleagues I turn to in all things speed. in this presentation he really got into the key components to look at as coaches, talked about technique and cut to the chase when it comes to building speed programmes in S&C programmes. A really strong talk.
Andy Franklin Miller- Biomechanics of Running Reeducation- A super smart guy no doubt, Andy really focussed on the intricacies of coaching running and showed some really good videos and stats on how to re integrate running after injuries. A top talk from someone at the very top of their game.
Dean Benton- Testing=Training=Testing: Dean is someone I’ve followed for a few years and it was great to have him involved in this first conference. A hugely detailed talk on how to get the best from your athletes using real life examples from the highest level of sport. Very insightful.
Neil Parsley- What it takes to win GOLD! Neil is a great coach and a passionate guy and it showed in this talk. A very through case study based presentation on his work with Taekwondo athlete Jade Jones in the build up to London 2012. Some really cool drills and thoughts in this and a must for anyone looking for a best practice example of a case study.
Robert Dos Remedios- Building Better Athletes: Coach Dos delivered a very thorough talk on his programmes and what he tries to install through the performance environment he has created. I really enjoyed listening to this talk.
Calvin Morriss- Building the performance Model: Another talk I really enjoyed listening to as Calvin really got into what matters most when setting up your programme. I think a lot of people will look at programme design differently from watching this presentation.
Dan John- Epistemology, how do we know what we know? Having seen Dan speak about this subject last year I knew what was in store and really enjoyed hearing it again. Dan talks with passion, tells great stories and really gets his message across. Some excellent nuggets of information for any coach here.
Duncan French- 21st Century Movement Training: Duncan is the man when it comes to current trends and research into training modalities and methods. This was more of a conceptual talk about how to train movement but the level of detail and science was at a high level. Duncan really impressed me in this talk and lots to think about.
Graeme McDowall- Motor Learning and Skill Acquisition: Graeme is full of knowledge on learning dynamics and this talk really will change the way you think about teaching and learning for the better I believe. Lots of underpinning theory and practical examples too. We need to challenge ourselves to get the most out of our clients and what we really are in this for. Grame does that in this presentation.
Vern Gambetta- 45 Years of Coaching: As one of my mentors and a big influence on my career and development I always enjoy listening to Vern speak. This presentation DID NOT disappoint at all. A superb talk about the realities, the important areas and what really matters. A highlight of the conference for me personally.
Kelvin Giles- Conditioning the Overhead Athlete: Another of my personal mentors Kelvin has so much knowledge and experience to share with people. I love listening to his speak and am always impressed with how he tackles the issues in todays world of exercise deficit disorder, obesity and lack of movement! I personally feel that this might just be the highlight of the conference. A real must watch talk with some excellent thoughts on overhead training.
So there you have it, 12 talks from 12 of the worlds best.
Thanks as always and I will be back next year with the 2nd conference!