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The Coach’s Eye

Coach Pfaff has mentored 1000s of coaches and therapists over the course of his career. He is respected as an elite teacher of biomechanics and training theory, all while consulting with numerous professional sports teams and organizations. In addition to all of this, he is probably most known for his ability to assess movement and identify not only aberrations, but...

Old Books

I have a rule: if someone I trust recommends a book, I buy it.  Immediately.  I may not read it right away (heck, I may not EVER read it), but at least I know it's there - ready to be read when the time is right.  The trouble with this method is that most people recommend a book they just...

Perfection

I have made a lot of mistakes in my career; as a person, a coach, and a business owner. I'm not proud of those mistakes - but without them, I am not the person, coach, or business-owner that I am today. There is an honesty in making mistakes - a necessary confrontation with reality.  People seem proud of their perfectionism,...

Elevator Philosophy

As coaches, we are faced with multiple questions every day, and having a framework to guide us in answering these questions is essential.   It is an obvious statement - but one that is surprisingly often overlooked.   Rather than writing programs based upon educated personal beliefs (or a 'training philosophy'), many of us mindlessly prescribe what was given to us when...

Sport Science – what is the point?

This is a guest-post by Canadian Strength Coach and Sport Scientist, Dr. Matt Jordan. Back in 2014, while we were coaching our respective athletes at the Sochi Winter Olympic Games, we sat down and discussed quite a few topics in depth. This post was the result of one of these discussions - and was based on a question I had...

What is weakness, anyway?

When I was working in the UK with Stu, Dan, Andy Burke, and the rest of the crew, we often had debates about the need for specific strengthening in areas, or directly to tissues that were injured or that appeared to be not functioning well when observing an athletes movement.   The ‘need to strengthen’ debate was one which at times...

Just a Dumb Coach

Jodie Williams is smarter than me.   As hard as it is for me to admit that, it is true.   Anaso Jobodwana is also smarter than me.  So is Lolo Jones.  And Kaillie Humphries.  And Ameer Webb.  Andre De Grasse.  Steve Mesler.  Christian Malcolm.  Glenn Smith.  And a few hundred other folk who have had the (dis?)pleasure of my...

THE DRUNK, THE POLICEMAN, AND THE PRIEST

None of us learn something new, and hold it entirely independent of what we already know. We incorporate it into the history of personal knowledge we have been creating our entire lives. This is how knowledge works, and it often throws up challenges in how we appreciate the things that are not happening outside of our brains, our worlds, our existences.  It is so easy to...

Unique Abilities

An athlete’s unique abilities are those factors that co-exist and interact to form the athlete’s ‘authentic movement solution’.  There are both internal and external factors that make coaching each athlete unique.  Their structure, their force-producing abilities, their coordination, and their current technical understanding of the task at hand means that movement solutions are individual.  Their relative levels of neuromuscular and cardiovascular...

#EmbraceTheSuck

Over the last week, I have been sharing my thoughts on ‘leaning into discomfort’ as a way to reduce ‘limbic friction’, and how we can seek out such opportunities.   Starting February 1st, myself - as well as a few friends and colleagues from around the world (won’t you join us?) will be ‘embracing the suck’, by doing something sucky...
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