Building Stronger Athletes by Breaking the Rules

Building Stronger Athletes by Breaking the Rules

Building Stronger Athletes by Breaking the Rules

If you've ever had to repeat yourself over and over, then your current strategy to coach isn't going to work. We need to recognise that the best athletes fail, the best athletes don't listen, and best athletes break all the rules. Athletes only become the best by exceeding boundaries, so as a coach we need to embrace chaos and foster environments that support this.

The presenters will discuss the differences identified between male and female sporting environments, challenges faced in each environment, and follow this up by providing strategies to foster environments that support chaos (rather than control) to improve athlete performance. Similar strategies can also be used in rehabilitation environments.

This online activity provides development opportunities for ESSA professionals to build on current evidence-based practice around programming for the athlete, to programming a supportive environment that allows athletes to provide input and control their own training. This webinar expands on the quote "the best program is the one the athlete completes." The presentation supports the ESSA Code of Professional Conduct and Ethical Practice by presenting leadership tactics that support semi-professional coaches and athletes that have jobs, families, play more than one sport, and might travel 2 hours to training with late nights. 

This is a recording of an ESSA webinar presented on 10 February, 2022. 

Presented by Mr Kurt Vogel, AES, ASpS2

Kurt is a Physical Performance Coach for athletes and teams across a variety of sports, in addition to working at USQ in the Sport and Exercise Science department. He has worked purposefully in over 20 different sports from amateur to elite and professional across multiple nations and is currently undertaking a research degree, investigating the influence of the menstrual cycle on maximal strength and speed in female athletes. His current focus in sport involves developing systems to enhance the presence of physical performance coaches and physical development systems in female sports. He has been recognised for his coaching achievements in sport, being awarded 2016 ESSA Sport Scientist of the Year, and 2020 ASCA Performance Development Coach of the Year. 

Presented by Assoc. Prof. Stephen P. Bird, PhD, AES, AEP

Stephen Bird is an Associate Professor in Sport and Exercise Science at the University of Southern Queensland. A world leading performance scientist, Stephen has led the integration of performance science for sport’s elite around the world. He has worked with professional sports teams and international sporting organisations attending major sporting events, including Olympic Games (2008 Beijing and 2016 Rio), Commonwealth Games, FIBA Asa Cup, Rugby League World Cup, and UCI Mountain Bike World Cup and World Championships. Stephen has worked in the NRL, NBL, WNBL, and is currently the Athlete Health and Performance Lead for Basketball New Zealand Women’s Senior National team (Sky Sports Tall Ferns) in preparation for the 2021 Asia Cup and 3X3 teams for the 2022 Commonwealth Games. His current research activities focus on the application of sleep physiology and psychological recovery strategies on health, wellness, and performance optimisation. Stephen was the inaugural recipient of the ESSA Medal, and 2016 ASCA Mentor Coach of the Year.

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Any Accredited Exercise Scientist, Accredited Exercise Physiologists, Accredited Sports Scientist Level 1, Accredited Sports Scientist Level 2 and/or Accredited High Performance Manager. 


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