Andy Ryland has years of experience helping to develop programs that prepare young athletes for the sport of football. This week’s Friday Five talks to him about specialization, weightlifting, tackling, and more, as well as the importance of age-specific training of youth athletes for any sport.
Author: Keir Wenham-Flatt
Keir Wenham-Flatt is Coordinator of Football Performance, a role in which he oversees all aspects of the physical performance training of William & Mary’s football student-athletes. His duties include weight-room-based strength and power development, speed, agility, conditioning, and close integration with the football staff to monitor training load, offer sport science insights, and assist in the management of the training process.
Wenham-Flatt came to W&M after working within professional rugby for nearly a decade in five different countries: the U.K., Australia, China, Japan, and Argentina. Among his career highlights are a fourth-place finish at the 2015 Rugby World Cup with Los Pumas Argentina and a 2014 World Club Challenge win with Sydney Roosters Rugby League. He also provides leading performance education with his work at the Freelap Friday Five with strengthcoachnetwork.com for those interested in expanding their knowledge base.
Many coaches think of pacing in vague terms and have trouble defining it, placing it into that category of “I’ll know it when I see it.” All sports incorporate some level of pacing, so figuring out how to train it can give your athletes a distinct advantage. Coach Carl Valle gives an extensive overview of pacing and details five ways to develop it.
Are you relegating nutrition talks to soundbites because of lack of time? When it comes teaching nutrition, full-time consistency beats part-time intensity. Coach Missy Mitchell-McBeth shares her athlete nutrition education program to help time-crunched coaches. It’s detailed, simple, and on-point.