Child To Champion 2019 #SpeakerFocus – Kevin Mannion

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Bio

Kev is currently the Academy Performance Manager at Gloucester Rugby and has been lucky enough to work at some of the UK’s top sporting organisations with some great players over close to 20 years as both a professional athlete and S&C coach. Kev has previously worked at Wigan Warriors, British Tennis and Leicester Tigers.

The landscape for developing athletes has definitely changed in 20 years, but the outcomes each system wants are the same: talented, adaptable, robust (physically / emotionally), athletes that have the ability to continue and enhance the cultural legacy of their Academy Programs, and subsequently transition into senior environments and have long careers in Professional Sport.

Content Overview

During the past 4 years Kev has been working in the Academy programme at Gloucester Rugby and with his team they have implemented a unique programme to develop the person as much as the athlete/player, along the ‘Rocky Road’ to progressing to the professional level.

During the talk he will be discussing:

  • What does the ‘Performance Dining Table’ look like? 
  • How do we influence those sat at it?
  • Working in partnership with parents
  • Psychological Characteristics of Developing Excellence
  • Implementing the ‘Rocky Road’ through Periodised Challenge
  • Creating A Gloucester Rugby Player – Warrior, Thinker, Doer
  • The Off Field Development Programme

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Child To Champion 2019 #Speaker Focus – Dr. Joe Eisenmann

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Child To Champion 2019 #Speaker Focus – Dr. Joe Eisenmann

Bio

Joe Eisenmann, PhD is a diverse scholar-practitioner with 25 years of experience as a professor, researcher, sport scientist, coach educator, strength & conditioning coach, and youth sports coach. He has published 180 peer-reviewed scientific papers, lectured nationally and internationally, served on several national-level committees and projects involving pediatric sports medicine, youth fitness, youth sports, and strength & conditioning, and has coached and developed thousands of youth and high school athletes and coaches.

In 2012, he founded and directed Spartan Performance at Michigan State University, a youth sports performance training and research center. In 2017, he served as the Director of High Performance and Education at USA Football where he oversaw efforts in long-term athlete development, health & safety, and coach education.

Currently, he is consulting in the areas of long-term athlete development and sports science with Volt Athletics and Sports Performance Tracking. He is also a visiting professor at Leeds Beckett University and leading efforts in long-term athlete development for the the National Strength & Conditioning Association.

Talk Overviews:

Hurricanes, The Stock Market & The Prediction of Future Athletic Ability

Can we predict future athletic ability in youth? Who’s the next target athlete? This presentation will examine concepts and current research in talent identification including genetics, testing and tracking or the stability of athletic traits from child to adolescence and into young adulthood. Lastly, we will consider if we are we doing it right or should we be taking different approaches?

Historical Perspectives on LTAD

The concept of long-term athlete development (LTAD) is not new. Understanding the history of a topic gives us access to the laboratory of human experience so that we can learn from past experiences – good and bad. This presentation will provide deeper insight and critique into LTAD concepts born out of former Soviet bloc with application of the underpinnings to contemporary sport academies and national and local grassroot efforts at improving the youth sport experience.

The Adolescent Speed Bump: History, Assessment & Impact on Performance

The process of growth and maturation occupy the first two decades of life. A major event during this time is the adolescent growth spurt. If you are working with adolescent athletes it is critical to understand this process and it’s impact.

In this presentation the following questions will be addressed: What does growth at adolescence look like? What factors affect maturation? How can we assess maturation? How does growth at adolescence impact performance? How do we control for maturation when testing/monitoring? What is the role of ‘bio-banding’?

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If you want to be there to learn, share and connect with our speakers like Joe you can book on to Child To Champion 2019 here and take advantage of the Early Bird Discount for limited time only (ENDS 16/6/19)

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Child To Champion 2019 #SpeakerFocus: Neil Parsley

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Bio

Neil has played/worked in professional sport for over 20 years. As well as his work in athletics, taekwondo, rugby and football he is the co-founder of Underground Training Station (UTS). For 10 years UTS has provided elite level performance services and facilities to  recreational users as well as semi-pro and pro athletes. For the last 8 years Neil has developed a unique youth training system that is leading the UK in both its innovation and methods of delivery.

The UTS Youth Academy: Fun, Energy & Learning From A Load of Mistakes

During this presentation Neil will highlight his 3 tier system that sees over 100 children coached weekly at the Underground Training Station (UTS) Youth Academy. He will also highlight key factors in the development of the academy, the different types of sessions and activities available including S&C, calisthenics and boxing, as well as mistakes made along the way as they sought to engage a wide range of young people not just talented young athletes looking to progress into elite sport.

Book tickets for Child to Champion 2019 and hear more from Neil Parsley and many more…

If you want to be there to learn, share and connect with our speakers like Neil you can book on to Child To Champion 2019 here and take advantage of the Early Bird Discount for limited time only.

Proformance Online Hub members also get a further 10% discount off the price as well as access to over 40+ hours of videos from our previous conferences.

Child To Champion 2019 #SpeakerFocus – Marcus Hannon

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Child To Champion #SpeakerFocus – Marcus Hannon

Bio

Marcus is an SENr registered performance nutritionist currently working with Everton Academy and Northampton Saints. Marcus has worked with a range of youth and adult athletes across a variety of sports including football, rugby and boxing. Alongside his current roles, Marcus is also completing a PhD at Liverpool John Moores University, investigating the energetic requirements of Premier League Academy footballers.T

Eating you out of house and home: the unique energy requirements of elite youth athletes

Recent research has shown that youth athletes, across a number of sports, have extremely high energy expenditures. It is imperative that youth athletes at least match their energy intake to their expenditure, given the detrimental effects of low energy availability on growth, health and performance. This presentation will cover the most up to date scientific research and will provide some practical advice and strategies that Marcus has used in his practice with youth athletes.

Book tickets for Child to Champion 2019 and hear more from Marcus Hannon and many more…

If you want to be there to learn, share and connect with our speakers like Marcus you can book on to Child To Champion 2019 here and take advantage of the Early Bird Discount for limited time only.

Proformance Online Hub members also get a further 10% discount off the price as well as access to over 40+ hours of videos from our previous conferences.

Child To Champion 2019 #SpeakerFocus – Ruth Waghorn

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Bio

Ruth currently works as a Physical Performance Coach at the Football Association where she oversees the physical development of the Women’s lower pathway (WU15-17).

Her past roles have seen her assist in the physical development in a range of sports including track and field at Speedworks Training track in  preparation for the Rio Olympics 2016, and London World Championships 2017. Before this she worked as a Strength and Conditioning Coach at British Sailing. Her academic background includes an MSc in Strength and Conditioning, and a BSc in Sports Conditioning Rehabilitation both completed from Cardiff Metropolitan University

Content Overview

Understanding The Place of Speedwork In Team Sport Athlete Development.

This will be a part-theory, part-practical session whereby Ruth will explore the importance of speed work development in youth athletes. She will cover its place within the team sport program, a toolbox for coaches, what to look for when we are coaching, and how to problem solve common technical issues seen in youth athletes.

Book tickets for Child to Champion 2019 and hear more from Ruth Waghorn and many more…

If you want to be there to learn, share and connect with our speakers like Ruth you can book on to Child To Champion 2019 here and take advantage of the Early Bird Discount for limited time only.

Proformance Online Hub members also get a further 10% discount off the price as well as access to over 40+ hours of videos from our previous conferences.

Child To Champion LTAD Conference 2019

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We are very pleased to be able to bring the Child To Champion LTAD Conference for it’s third edition in the UK, providing an unmissable opportunity to learn, share and connect with leaders in the field.

We have been working very hard for the last 6 months or so to pull together a group of speakers that are working at the coalface of LTAD / Youth Strength & Conditioning to share with you their methods and experiences to help you in your own practise.

This year’s event is being held at Hartpury University just outside Gloucester. As one of the leading sports universities in the country this provides us with a fantastic base and facilities to host the event, building on what we have offered before.

Outlined below are the talks and overviews. As it stands we are still finalising some of the speakers and talks so there are still some to be added.

In addition to this we have out Future Leaders programme that has had some outstanding applications this year, it is going to be a really tough job for the Proformance S&C Faculty to decide who to choose!

A big thank you also to our sponsors for their support of this years conference: Nutrition XStrength of SciencePUSH

Speakers – Saturday 27th July

Dr. Joe Eisenmann

Historical Perspectives on LTAD

The concept of long-term athlete development (LTAD) is not new. Understanding the history of a topic gives us access to the laboratory of human experience so that we can learn from past experiences – good and bad. This presentation will provide deeper insight and critique into LTAD concepts born out of former Soviet bloc with application of the underpinnings to contemporary sport academies and national and local grassroot efforts at improving the youth sport experience.

The Adolescent Speed Bump: History, Assessment & Impact on Performance

The process of growth and maturation occupy the first two decades of life. A major event during this time is the adolescent growth spurt. If you are working with adolescent athletes it is critical to understand this process and it’s impact.

In this presentation the following questions will be addressed: What does growth at adolescence look like? What factors affect maturation? How can we assess maturation? How does growth at adolescence impact performance? How do we control for maturation when testing/monitoring? What is the role of ‘bio-banding’?

Ruth Waghorn – Understanding The Place Of Speed Work in Team Sport Athlete Development

During this part-theory, part-practical session Ruth will explore the importance of speed work in the development in youth athletes. She will cover its place within the team sport program, a toolbox for coaches, what to look for when we are coaching, and how to problem solve common technical issues seen in youth athletes.

Learn more about Ruth Waghorn in her #SpeakerProfile

Neil Parsley – The UTS Youth Academy: Fun, Energy and Learning From Loads of Mistakes

During this presentation Neil will highlight his 3 tier system that sees over 100 children coached weekly at the Underground Training Station (UTS) Youth Academy. He will also highlight key factors in the development of the academy, the different types of sessions and activities available including S&C, calisthenics and boxing, as well as mistakes made along the way as they sought to engage a wide range of young people not just talented young athletes looking to progress into elite sport.

Kevin Mannion – Developing Players for Gloucester Rugby: Bringing Parents & Players To The Table

During the past 4 years Kev has been working in the Academy programme at Gloucester Rugby and with his team they have implemented a unique programme to develop the person as much as the athlete/player, along the ‘Rocky Road’ to progressing to the professional level.

During this talk he will be discussing:

  • The concept of ‘The Performance Dining Table’
  • How do we influence those sat at it?
  • Working in partnership with parents
  • Periodised challenge through the ‘Rocky Road’
  • Creating a Gloucester Rugby Player – Warrior, Thinker, Doer
  • The Off Field Development Programme

Learn more about Kev Mannion in his #SpeakerProfile

Nico Kolokythas – Promoting Evidence Based Practise In The Traditional Environment

Ballet is an early specialization discipline based on tradition. Young dancers who enter the vocational dance education at 11+ year of age, participate in 19 hours of structured activities/training, that increases to 27-37 hours at the ages 16-19. Movement proficiency, with a limited movement vocabulary, is the priority of the training, whereas the physical preparedness is neglected. Injury prevalence in pre-professional dancers can reach 75%. Most of the injuries are overuse and in the lower limb.

The focus of Nico’s talk will be on the 3-year PhD journey in a vocational ballet school and how applied research can inform practice for the development of the adolescent dancer. Case studies, cross-sectional and randomised controlled studies that have formulated this PhD will be discussed. Finally, the presentation will also discuss management of change in a rigid environment.

Howard Green – Starting The Athletic Journey: Bringing Structure To The Unstructured

In this practical session Howard will be taking you through his approach to starting the athletic development journey with U10s. Many coaches talk about the need for a more unstructured learning/training environment but this can be misinterpreted or leave coaches unsure of what to deliver.

Through his SuperMovers – SMASH programme Howard has created a framework and objectives for developing:

  • Stamina
  • Mobility
  • Agility, Balance, Coordination and Speed
  • Strength & Power – via SuperHeroes
  • Honing Sports Skills

In the practical the focus will be on Howard develops the co-ordination element of the SMASH programme. The session will include activities/exercises to challenge Reactions, Balance, Rhythm, Adaptability, Differentiation, Interoperability, Orientation.

Speakers – Sunday 28th July

Paudie Roche – Olympic Weightlifting For The Youth Athlete

Paudie will be taking attendees through his top down approach to coaching the Olympic Lifts and how to modify the lifts and their derivatives to suit Youth athletes with various dysfunctions. Through the session he will look at teaching the Snatch, Clean and Jerk from the Top Down outlining the various benefits of using this approach and the various phases / derivatives associated with each lift that may be suitable for the athlete you coach.

James Baker – Enhancing LTAD Pathways with Gymnastics & Parkour

Gymnastics and Parkour are two sports that can be incorporated as part of a Long Term Athletic Development pathway that can contribute to developing the all-round athleticism of our athletes in a more creative and free-flowing environment.

In this theory-practical session, James will discuss background research and his rationale for the inclusion of these activities as part of an athletic development pathway and take attendees through a range of practical examples including:

  • Ground Based Movements
  • Bracing
  • Precision Jumping & Landing
  • Rolling
  • Vaulting
  • Climbing
  • Building Athletic Skills Tracks (AST)
  • Utilising AST’s for Assessment

Rich Clarke – Change of Direction Throughout Maturation: A Deeper Look

As part of his PhD Rich is investigating a COD testing battery where through the use of both a 505 test and a linear sprint test we can independently quantify COD ability (via the COD deficit), linear speed and also deceleration ability (via a new deceleration deficit) which allows a much more in depth look at the complex interaction between qualities that contribute to COD performance.

His research is examining how these abilities change throughout maturation. Where large, non-linear increases seen in body mass, stature, eccentric and concentric force production and motor control are occuring throughout the maturation process. What is the impact of the significant changes in this critical stage of development? How does deceleration technique change due to the adjustments required for a heavier and higher centre of mass?

Marcus Hannon – Eating You Out of House & Home: The Unique Energy Requirements of Elite Youth Athletes

Recent research has shown that youth athletes, across a number of sports, have extremely high energy expenditures. It is imperative that youth athletes at least match their energy intake to their expenditure, given the detrimental effects of low energy availability on growth, health and performance. This presentation will cover the most up to date scientific research and will provide some practical advice and strategies that Marcus has used in his practice with youth athletes.

Dr. Joe Eisenmann

Hurricanes, The Stock Market & The Prediction of Future Athletic Ability

Can we predict future athletic ability in youth? Who’s the next target athlete? This presentation will examine concepts and current research in talent identification including genetics, testing and tracking or the stability of athletic traits from child to adolescence and into young adulthood. Lastly, we will consider if we are we doing it right or should we be taking different approaches?

Join a community of like minded professionals at Child to Champion 2019 and learn, share and connect with our speakers during a weekend of immersive learning.

Book your ticket to Child To Champion 2019 here and take advantage of the Early Bird Discount for limited time only

PLUS for the next 5 sign ups get FREE access to our Online Hub up until the conference begins with access to 50 hours of great video content

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Don’t miss out…

Child To Champion 2017 – Full Schedule

Child To Champion 2017 – Full Weekend Schedule

We are pleased to finally be able to confirm the full schedule of talks and practicals for next weekend’s conference. We are very excited to be bringing together 12 top presenters currently working in the UK, Europe, the US and the Middle East delivering 16 sessions (including theory and practical) across the weekend.

This is sure to be a great opportunity to learn and share ideas around the topic of LTAD. We are very excited to meet everyone next weekend.

Big thanks to our partners for the event Exxentric, Train With PUSH, Nutrition X and St. Peter’s R.C. High School that have all helped make this event possible.

If you are yet to book on to the conference, but are planning on attending there are a very limited number of tickets are remaining. Book your tickets here.

 

Des Ryan - Arsenal FC

Child To Champion – Speaker Focus: Des Ryan

An Insight to The Arsenal Physical Development Framework

Des will be providing an insight to the Physical Development Framework he has developed and implemented with his team over the last four years at the Arsenal Academy

The talk will provide attendees a detailed insight to the programme and processes in place at the Academy including:

  • The development of the facilities at the Academy
  • Building and developing a sport science team
  • Physical Development Framework Levels
  • The player-coach relationship
  • Application of the FMS system as a screening tool
  • Tackling flexibility and mobility issues around PHV.
  • Strength training progressions – A 4 level system.
  • Speed and power development
  • Integrated Conditioning
  • Sports Medicine and Injury Reports & Monitoring

Des Ryan – MSc, ASCC, BASES (HPSA), CSci   

Des joined Arsenal in February 2013 after a successful strength and conditioning career in the rugby world. Des is the Head of Sport Medicine and Athletic Development at the Academy. Over the last four years the Academy sport science and medicine department  has grown under the guidance of Des to rival any club in the premier league. The Academy has continued its long tradition of developing players for the first team. Des and his team endeavour to prepare the players physically for the challenge of the Premier League.

In the past Des worked for the IRFU as fitness education manager and his responsibilities involved managing the Continued Professional Development (CPD) programme for IRFU strength and conditioning coaches and managing the fitness development structures for rugby players in under-19 sides and below. Before that, Des worked as head fitness advisor at Connacht Rugby from 1998 to 2008. During this time he had worked with the Ireland A rugby team for three years and assisted with the Ireland senior team.

Des has completed a Masters in Strength and Conditioning and is also a tutor with the IRFU and a tutor trainer with World Rugby. In 2016 Des completed the BASES high performance sport accreditation. He has a keen interest in the area of long-term player development and has presented at many conferences around the world over the last few years.


Book tickets for Child to Champion 2017 and hear more from John Radnor

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Child To Champion – Future Leader Focus: Shane Fitzgibbon

Core Training from Elementary to Elite

There will be brief Powerpoint introduction on the subject of Trunk training, which will explain the importance of this topic, and how it pertains to ALL other areas of training. In particular, the subject of correct breathing will be covered, as well as a logical progression of core exercises that the delegates can use as a template in your future sessions.

The hands-on session will include a number of exercises designed to develop core stability, and will also engage the athletes, young and old, through gameplay and partner-interaction. You will learn how a simple ping-pong ball can replace untold reps of push-ups and planks, how wheel-barrow races can both challenge simple anti-rotation stability for the novice child right up to neural challenges for the elite athlete. Crawling patterns will be covered to show how they can develop both core stability, and also compliment  locomotion training (speed & agility). You will laugh, learn, sweat and burn in this hands-on.

Biography

Shane is a Strength and Conditioning coach, based in Galway, Ireland. He is also a 7th degree Black Belt (Master) Taekwon-Do instructor and a 6-time World Champion in Taekwon-Do & Kickboxing.

Holder of a B.Sc. from National University of Ireland, Galway, Shane has always had a passion for exercise, and qualified as a gym instructor with ITEC in 2001. In the years that followed, Shane has been busy coaching his martial arts students as well teams and individuals from other sports. Besides obtaining National Certificate in Strength & Conditioning, Shane is Functional Movement Screening (FMS) certified and a member of the prestigious Register of Exercise Professionals Ireland (REPS Ireland). Shane is, also, a member, in good standing, of the National Strength & Conditioning Association (NSCA)

Shane coaches numerous adults, and has a particular vocation for coaching young athletes. He was voted International Youth Coach of the Year 2015, by the International Youth Conditioning Association (IYCA), making history as the first winner outside of North America.

In 2012, Shane authored the highly acclaimed book, “Training and Optimal Health for Sports”, which is available from Amazon, and the dedicated site www.trainingandoptimalhealth.com In it, he has shared more than twenty years of experience, training and competing at the highest levels of his sport, as well as the secrets of his longevity, not having retired from competition until 38, a double World Champion that year.

Having a passion for working with other S&C coaches and P.E. teachers, Shane has conducted workshops for the NSCA in Colorado Springs, Limerick Institute of Technology S&C Degree Course, and the Physical Education Association of Ireland (PEAI), amongst others.

In 2015/2016, Shane, frustrated with the deterioration of Physical Literacy across all age groups of children, ran a year-long voluntary pilot programme with a local Primary School. The project received much acclaim and was televised. It can be seen here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QlP1UiWknfw

Website: www.shanefitzgibbon.ie


Book tickets for Child to Champion 2017 and hear more from Shane Fitzgibbon

If you want to be there to learn, share and connect with our speakers like Shane you can book on to Child To Champion 2017 here and take advantage of the PUSH Early Bird Special offer which currently includes FREE access to last years videos (worth £150) courtesy of our sponsors PUSH for a limited time only.

 

#ChildToChampion – Future Leader Focus: John Radnor

The Influence of Growth and Maturation on Muscle Architecture and Physical Performance.

Overview – Throughout childhood and adolescence, children are able to jump higher and sprint faster, but do we know the specific mechanisms behind these improvements in power output?

The aim of this talk is to discuss how the alterations in muscle architecture that occur during maturation can influence children’s ability to produce explosive force. The presentation will include an overview of the role muscle architecture plays in influencing performance, and will revolve around early findings from my PhD studies, investigating the influence of muscle architecture on sprinting and jumping performance in young athletes.

 

Biography

John is an associate lecturer in strength and conditioning on the BSc Sports Conditioning, Rehabili​tation and Massage (SCRAM) degree at Cardiff Metropolitan University. He is an accredited coach through the UK Strength and Conditioning Association (UKSCA), and currently works with Welsh Rowing as S&C for their high performance and academy squads. He has also delivered a number of workshops to various National Governing Bodies on youth strength and conditioning related topics. John is also undertaking a PhD in Paediatric Exercise Science, investigating the effects of muscle architecture on performance.


Book tickets for Child to Champion 2017 and hear more from John Radnor

If you want to be there to learn, share and connect with our speakers like John you can book on to Child To Champion 2017 here and take advantage of the PUSH Early Bird Special offer which currently includes FREE access to last years videos (worth £150) courtesy of our sponsors PUSH for a limited time only.