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Steve Magness - Science of Running

What Power Athletes Can Learn from Distance Runners

“When we start out, the fundamentals and basics are necessary to give us a base of support, not unlike a base in running. It’s why learning about the X’s and O’s of coaching, the science behind it, and the history of great coaches cannot be skipped. But as we grow as coaches, the innovations in training shifts to seeing patterns in ideas that may not come directly from our specific discipline.”

Steve Magness, author of the Science of Running

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The Ball and Chain is Here

ball_chain_hereI think I may have set the record for the longest pre-order period in the history of the world. My upcoming book on hammer throwing, The Ball and Chain, has quietly been in our online store for more than a year. The core of the book itself has been done for that long too but that is only part of the work; I still had the copy editing, layout, cover design, and more to finish. This took a back seat to other projects and, since my wife is a perfectionist in this area, we had to get it just right before finalizing. Read more

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Practice Based Evidence & Coaching Significance

In the move to evidence based practice are we shooting ourselves in the foot once again? So much “evidence based practice” is questionable, inaccurate, fraudulent or flat out wrong. I put my stock in practice-based evidence that I can support with good science where I can. In 45 years of coaching I have found that where it is necessary to produce results coaching (clinical) significance trumps statistical significance. I have yet to see a doctor or a scientist innovate a training method or a technical modification. Read more

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Some Books for Educated Coaches

Here are books that I recommend if you want to consider yourself an educated coach. All these books are books I find myself referring to on an ongoing basis. Some are classics and some are contemporary. No doubt they represent my bias and my background in Track & Field, which has served me well in my career.  There are a few more I will add later. Read more

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Sport Under Communism

Anytime you mention communism it is a sensitive political topic. Throw sports into the discussion and doping then dominates the conversation. It was far from a perfect system and, as Vern Gambetta pointed out over last week, communist countries could have learned much from the US and others. But it is also undeniable that there were some things they did right and there is much to be learned by studying sport under communism.
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The Inflection Point

In my last post I talked about the book Only the Paranoid Survive. The central theme is about finding “inflection points.” When you figure out that the situation you are involved with has reached an “inflection point” it is time to change. When do we know its time to change? Author Andrew Grove explains that we need to “figure out who our major competitor is and see if they’re about to change. If there is more then one competitor then there is something significant going on.” When this is realized there are a number of things that Grove suggests you do:
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