Day 2, the final day of the coaches college is now over. We had some great practical sessions for weightlifting and sprinting, and a whole lot of great information about using new technologies in sport.
We used a slightly different format for our practical sessions this year. We split the attendees into two groups- one group starting with a weightlifting practical session with Dr. Satoshi Mizuguchi, the other group met with Dr. Brad DeWeese to learn about speed development. After about 90 minutes, the groups switched.
This format worked out great because it allowed for a bit more one-on-one attention, and smaller group discussion on the topics at hand.
After the practical sessions, we had lunch, then buckled down to listen to Dr. Kimi Sato and Matt Sams about the long term development of GPS, from the initial launching of military satellites to the sport science application of today. Matt gave us some information about how GPS is and can be integrated into comprehensive monitoring of athletes today.
Up next we had Jake Grazer, standing in for Dr. Adam Sayers. Jake taught us about how GPS technology can be used as part of a comprehensive training plan for soccer players.
Clive Brewer gave us, as usual, an incredibly interesting, funny, and media filled talk about working with rugby. He had a lot of great things to say about how all of our data can augment our ability to give great training feedback to S&C coaches, sport coaches, and players. He helped us through some of the pitfalls of all of this data as well, drawing from his experiences.
Finally, because we had a bit of extra time left, we were able to have one last roundtable discussion, where we brought in every speaker we have had over the whole weekend. While there were some interesting discussion on training specifics, probably the most interesting discussion was on the topic of becoming successful. Despite their differences in training backgrounds, sports, and origins around the world- all of the speakers showed us that one will not be successful without a few things: working hard, maintaining immense focus, and developing relationships with colleagues and potential mentors. We also were reminded of the incredible importance of watching for new opportunities in every step of the way, every single day.
It was a great event. We enjoyed the heck out of putting it together, and we hope you enjoyed attending.
See you next year at the 10th Annual Coaches and Sport Science College.