Integrating the different teaching methods of olympic weightlifting

The aim of this article is to present an integrated method of teaching the olympic lifts. Ho, Lorenzen, Wilson, Saunders, and Williams (2014) proposed a deterministic model of success/failure in the snatch (figure 1). Figure 1: Deterministic model of the snatch (Ho et al., 2014) Within this model the authors distinguish between weightlifter and bar-related … More Integrating the different teaching methods of olympic weightlifting

Reflection vs representation

“For expertise in the craft of coaching to be realised, individuals need to be open to new ideas, try them, reflect on them by examining the benefits. An expert coach is not all-knowing, but an open and enquiring experiential researcher”   Reflection, which I believe is a mental process involved in the deep consideration of … More Reflection vs representation

A reflection of ‘Training Strategies to Improve Muscle Power: Is Olympic-style Weightlifting Relevant?’ – a need for bayesian statistical analyses in sport science research.

Helland et al. (2017) compared 8 weeks of Olympic lifting, strength training and motorized strength and power training (isokinetic and isotonic) in 39 athletes (20±3years old) randomized into respective groups. All groups participated in 2-3 training sessions per week for an 8-week study duration. Training volume was equivalent between groups. Measures of countermovement jump (CMJ), … More A reflection of ‘Training Strategies to Improve Muscle Power: Is Olympic-style Weightlifting Relevant?’ – a need for bayesian statistical analyses in sport science research.

A short insight into movement dysfunction and the need for collaborative professional intervention.

The ankle and foot provide a base of support the body, providing a foundation for whole-body movement to occur. Dysfunctions of the ankle such as excessive pronation (see figure 1) has been reported to be related to overuse injuries such as: stress fractures, medial tibial stress syndrome, knee pain, anterior cruciate ligament injury and low … More A short insight into movement dysfunction and the need for collaborative professional intervention.

Scaffolding olympic lifting: aligning performance with learning

Olympic weightlifting is an extremely useful training method to improve rate of force development, particularly when considering the effect of the clean, jerk and snatch on explosive force production. The snatch, clean and jerk have been recorded to produce extremely large power outputs. Power output is a product of force x velocity and we can … More Scaffolding olympic lifting: aligning performance with learning

Aligning teaching to the students’ level of understanding

A teachers job is not simply to give information at an appropriate level of complexity, but to ignite engagement with learning. How do we achieve engagement? For me right now I believe this comes down to setting the right conditions/constraints, building effective relationships and aligning teaching activities to the group’s level of understanding. Regarding the … More Aligning teaching to the students’ level of understanding

Perceived shortcomings as a coach: an opportunity or threat?

As a strength and conditioning coach, it is important to have met threshold industry standards as a basic requirement to become accredited with the UK strength and conditioning association. The accreditation should be viewed as the minimum standard of competency to enter the profession as a fully licensed and insured coach. Following accreditation, it is … More Perceived shortcomings as a coach: an opportunity or threat?

Autonomy supportive coaching behaviour – a summary and look through the mirror

Autonomy-supportive coaching behaviours are those that fulfil any of these characteristics: provide choice within specific rules and limits, provide a rationale for tasks and limits, acknowledge others’ feelings and perspectives, provide athletes with opportunities for initiative taking and independent work, provide non-controlling competence feedback. Aims of autonomy-supportive behaviour The aim of autonomy-supportive coaching behaviours is … More Autonomy supportive coaching behaviour – a summary and look through the mirror

Reflecting on ‘an alternative view of reflective practice: accepting the problem or problematising the norms?’

I wrote the original summary and reflection to consolidate my own learning and subsequently to develop a deeper understanding of possible negative effects of reflective practice (RP).   Cushion (2016) suggests that RP may reinforce current behaviours, perspectives and beliefs rather than encouraging practitioners to challenge them. The author describes RP as individual surveillance that … More Reflecting on ‘an alternative view of reflective practice: accepting the problem or problematising the norms?’