Child To Champion 2020 Announcement

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It is with a heavy heart that we have to announce the cancellation of both of the upcoming Child To Champion events in the UK and Sydney, in their planned format, due to the circumstances created by the Coronavirus pandemic.

We have been closely monitoring the situation along with our hosts and the advice from the relevant Governments and health authorities. With the unpredictability of the situation including facility availability, travel restrictions and ever-changing recommendations it is not advisable, nor possible to proceed.

The health and well-being of our speakers, staff and attendees is of the utmost importance to us and with this in mind, along with the aforementioned logistical barriers. We have had to make the difficult decision to cancel the events.

We’d like to thank everyone for supporting the events and purchasing tickets.

However, all is not lost. All 3 Child to Champion events that were planned for the US, UK and Australia will now move to an Online Conference format, with exact dates to be confirmed.

If you have already booked tickets, please check your email for confirmation of the process to either take a full refund or transfer your booking to access all 3 Online Conferences at no additional cost with 12 months access to our Online Hub.

Full details and booking information for the Child To Champion Online Conference will be available soon.

Thanks for your on-going support,

James & Mike

Child To Champion USA – New Speakers Confirmed!

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Child To Champion USA – New Speakers Confirmed!

Johnny Parkes – US Tennis Association
A truly integrated approach to Athlete Development: A case study from USTA Player Development, Team USA Best Practices

The purpose of this presentation is to provide an overview of what a potential journey looks like for an athlete following the USTA Player Development Teaching and Coaching Philosophy.
Tennis is the sport I work in; however, this journey considers outcomes in various studies that have been conducted over the past 40+ years across many disciplines. It pinpoints key information in how we set up our environments and how children learn to become champions with modern best practices.

We will reflect what a truly integrated, wholistic approach to athlete development means and looks like, discussing barriers and constraints and how to overcome them to get to a truly integrated program that is person-first, athlete-centered. Lastly but certainly not least, it is important to discuss how we shape a child’s mind through developmentally appropriate teaching and training that lead to healthy outcomes in a performance world.

1. What does the Journey look like?
FOUNDATION -> DEVELOPMENT -> PERFORMANCE

a. WHAT KIDS WANT – Child
b. WHAT KIDS NEED – Coach / Parent
c. WHERE KIDS GET IN – Environment
d. HOW KIDS LEARN – Positive Pedagogy, Teaching and Coaching.

2. Diving more into the Development. Planning an athlete’s program.
SUPPORT – TEACH – TRAIN – PERFORM

a. Screening and Testing
b. Identify individual exercises that address physical deficiencies
c. Decide on integration of exercises that develop the athlete in the whole program
d. Deliver a brain-based approach through positive pedagogy, challenging decision-making, problem-solving and sparking creativity.

Practical Component:

A demonstration of incorporating Athletic Development and foundational strength principles during the warm-up following the philosophy of:
1. Eyes and Mind
2. Feet
3. Hands


Micheál Cahill – Athlete Training and Health – A targeted approach to speed development in young athletes.

Bio:

Micheál serves as the Vice President of Performance and Sports Science at Athlete Training and Health (ATH), located in Texas, USA. Micheál has previously worked as the Director of Sports Science at Jesuit College in Dallas, catering for the needs of 750 athletes from 21 sports from 2013 – 2018. Micheál completed his undergraduate and Master’s degrees in Ireland before obtaining his PhD at Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand focusing on acceleration and resisted sprinting in young athletes, where he is currently a Research Associate supervising postgraduate research across an array of area’s in performance, fitness and health.

Talk Overview  A targeted approach to speed development in young athletes

Resisted sled training (RST) is a commonly used method of sprint specific training, however there is a lack of uniformity on training guidelines and best practice. RST can be used as a mode of horizontal strength training to compliment a well-rounded training program to improve speed. This presentation is aimed at providing valuable practical insight from evidence-based research on young athletes to better equip coaches to assess, prescribe and coach RST to enhance speed. Of particular interest to practitioners dealing with young athletes will be the interaction of maturation and training competence on the phase of targeted sprint adaptation.


Michael Jennings – Athlos – Director of Healthy Body

Bio:

Michael Jennings has nearly 10 years of experience teaching and coaching at every level. He has a master’s degree in both Secondary Education & Exercise Physiology. Michael is a proponent of physical literacy, long term athletic development & the holistic development/education of all students. Currently he works with the educational service provider, Athlos, as the Director of Healthy Body. Here, he is dedicated to redefining physical education & youth sport through developing innovative curriculum & providing professional development/support for physical educators & coaches in all thing’s movement, fitness, physical activity, social & emotional learning, and youth development.

Talk Overview: Integrating LTAD into a Traditional Physical Education Setting

In this session participants will learn about the importance of a VERTICALLY ALIGNED, DEVELOPMENTALLY APPROPRIATE curriculum framework for K-12 physical education.  We will discuss the crucial role physical education plays in the growth and development of all athletes.  Participants will learn about current concerns and shortcomings plaguing traditional PE and how long term athletic development can help to improve that landscape.  Participants will leave with an adequate knowledge and understanding the integration of long term athletic development into physical education, and how it can develop physically literate students while promoting a lifelong pursuit AND enjoyment of movement. We will discuss how every individual is an athlete and athleticism is a skill that can be learned and developed!


Dr. Laura McDonald & Krista Stoker – S2 Breakthrough

Speaker Bios:

Dr. Laura McDonald is a Biomechanist, Athletic Trainer, and Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist with 15 years of research experience in the area of softball pitching biomechanics. As a former Division I pitcher at Canisius College, Laura’s own struggles with shoulder injury fueled her passion for pursuing biomechanics and injury risk reduction in softball pitchers. Prior to joining S2Breakthrough, Laura worked in higher education as a professor in undergraduate Athletic Training and Exercise Science programs. At S2 Breakthrough, she oversees the implementation of advanced technology for athlete assessment, provides injury and return to play consultation, and leads research efforts for the facility.

Krista Stoker attended Washington University in St. Louis, where she served as team captain and outfielder on the softball team which included a second-place finish in the 2007 Division III World Series. Krista received her JD from the University of Chicago Law School and worked as a corporate associate at Sidley Austin LLP for three years specializing in Insurance and Financial Transactions. Krista’s coaching experience spans the youth, high school, and college levels and she currently serves as the General Manager for the Orland Park A’s and Head Coach of the 16U Premier team. She also is responsible for hitting instruction and development at S2 Breakthrough.

Talk Overview: Giving the Game Back – Building a Better Model of Youth Development in Softball

  • The reality for a youth softball player today
  • Growing the game through player development:
    • Prioritizing development of athleticism and fundamental movement
    • Understanding of the complexity of softball skills
    • Establishing developmentally appropriate expectations for players, parents, and coaches
    • Focusing on career longevity over short-sided success
  • Successes and struggles in aligning holistic player development within a travel softball organization

 

Child To Champion 2020 – Sydney Talk Overviews

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Child To Champion 2020 – Sydney
Speaker Overviews

Alex Natera

Bio

Alex has been a Strength & Conditioning coach in elite sport for the past 20 years. Over this time Alex has held a number of positions internationally in both professional team sports and across a number of Olympic sports within National Sports Institutes in Europe, the Middle East and Australia. Alex has predominantly worked with Track & Field sprinters over the past decade but has recently moved back to team sports and is currently starting his third season as Head of Strength and Power with the GWS GIANTS. 

Talk Overviews

Run Specific Isometrics

In this blended theory and practical session Alex will take you through a brief history of isometrics, what the research says about adaptations and interventions, as well as the why behind his ‘Run Specific Isometrics’. Join Alex to learn about:

  • Quantifying isometric load – Iso-Push ankle, knee and hip
    • Grinding protocols
    • Explosive protocols
  • The Iso-Holds
    • Standard Holds
    • Advanced Holds
  • The Iso-Switches
    • Standard Switches
    • Dynamic Switches
  • The Iso-Catches
  • Programming options for Run Specific Isometrics

AFL Draftee to Debutant: The Accelerated Paidískoi

In this presentation, Alex will be discussing the unique challenge of transitioning an AFL Draftee to their debut. When a highly talented 18 year old’s get drafted into the AFL system, they can leave home within 3 days and may only be 5 months away from playing their first AFL game. How do you prepare them for this?

There are similarities with the critical third stage in the ancient Spartan warrior training from 17-19 years of age – in the reserve army and on the verge of becoming a hēbōntes (fully-fledged member of the Spartan army). 

  • “The Wishlist” exiting the paídes the second stage of Spartan warrior training – what performance coaches desire in the entry level player and what the key targets of the high school and academy performance coaches should be.
  • “Entry is never a flat line” Sport vs Sparta – Everyone enters with different abilities, training history and experiences. What’s the first step?
  • “The slow burn and the raging fire” – running and training loads will slowly and gradually increase in the first-year player providing an opportunity to accelerate gains in neuromuscular performance from the outset.
  • “Developing to perform” – Although biologically mature they are still developing athletes, but they need to be ready to play at senior level and they need to play well to get re-singed. How to balance LTAD and accelerated performance to thrive and not just survive.
  • “Strategically playing your cards” – understanding when to introduce novel and higher intensity stimuli to optimise the potency of the stimulus and to maximise and continue development.

Lachlan Wilmot: The LTAD Approach to Plyometrics

Bio

Lachlan Wilmot has been working in the fitness industry going on 15 years, working with both the general population and elite level athletes. After completing a Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science, Lachlan continued his education, completing his Honours thesis in Sports Science. Lachlan spent 8 years as the Senior Athletic Performance Coach specialising in strength and power at the GWS Giants AFL Club based in Sydney, after previous involvement with the AIS-AFL Academy and NSW/ACT AFL Academy. Lachlan then moved across to the Parramatta Eels NRL Club to take on the role of Head of Athletic Performance at the Parramatta Eels NRL Club, after 2 seasons at the club he made the decision to transition into his private company Athletes Authority. Lachlan is currently the Director of Coaching and Performance at Athletes Authority in Sydney, a company that specialises in athlete development and coach education.

Talk Overview

When looking at the long-term development of a youth athlete, a fine balance of systems and play allow their progression in all aspects of jumping, landing and change of direction. Coordination comes and goes with the stage of their height velocity, so being able to progress and regress them up and down the plyometric continuum becomes paramount. In this practical we will look at:

  • The plyometric continuum and how it applies to the LTAD model.
  • How to regress plyometric options while still building an athletes jump/land capabilities.
  • Practical cues and demonstrations of key movements.


Ranell Hobson: Developing Speed In Youth Athletes

Bio

Ranell has been a Strength and Speed Coach & Coach Educator for over 20 years. Described as “at the forefront of youth development in Australia” and “A true expert in Speed”. In 2019 Ranell was awarded the ‘ASCA Performance Development Coach of the Year’ for her work at the Academy of Sport Speed Australia. Having produced more sub 7-sec, 60-yard dash performances in NSW Baseball’s history (U16 & U18 players) and in her work as S&C Coach of the Premiership winning GWS Fury Premier League U23’s Netball team. Ranell is the creator of the ASSA Speed system which develops both physical and technical competencies for speed, minimising injuries & maximising performance.

Talk Overview

In this presentation Ranell will take you through her systematic approach to developing efficient mechanics for linear speed including the use of warm up as a Physical Readiness assessment for Speed.

Ranell will explain how getting the best out of youth athletes is not just about coaching running mechanics but requires development of Mobility, Stability, Co-ordination, Strength and Power competencies.

This practical session will include:

  • Qualitative Physical Readiness Warm up
  • Technical drills for postural integrity, foot strike, foot recovery and stride cycle
  • Integrating strength and power into youth speed sessions
  • Using attentional focus and external cueing

Dr. Craig Harrison: Formalising Informality – Using Play to Enhance Movement Skill

Bio

An expert in youth athlete development, Craig specialises in the physical and mental sides of sport. He is a coach and researcher with a unique ability to communicate complex ideas in a simple way that inspires action. Craig teaches youth athletes how to unlock personal performance & fulfil their sporting potential.

Talk Overview

Champions start out in the backyard, on the streets, and in the parks of their local neighbourhood. Or at least, they did a generation ago.

But life has changed.

Structure is now king. Afterschool activities have a start and finish time, a strict programme to follow, and an adult in charge.

Kids don’t play like they used to, and it’s is affecting the way they move.    

In this presentation and practical workshop, Dr Craig Harrison will discuss the acquisition of movement skill in the context of strength and conditioning for kids. In particular, using the latest research, he will present a case for exploring movement in our sessions with deliberate play and ‘formalising the informality’. In the practical will build on this idea by providing a variety of practical examples.   


James Baker: Creating A LTAD Pathway to High Performance

Bio

James is a Strength and Conditioning coach and Sport Science Lead for the Track & Field Development and Senior Sprints & Hurdles programmes at Aspire Academy in Doha, Qatar. In 2017, James was awarded the UKSCA’s S&C Coach of the Year for Youth Sport for his work developing a school-based LTAD Pathway in the UK.

Talk Overview

In this talk James will present his LTAD pathway looking across three key phases Foundation (11-12 years old), Development (13-15 years old) and Performance (16+). Providing insight to critical considerations and a progressive training curriculum for developing strength, power, speed & agility across the phases. In addition to this he will discuss the assessing and monitoring the development of key physical components to performance in Track & Field as well as how they utilize growth and maturation data in the Aspire Academy Development programme.


Dr. Simon Harries – Rehabilitation: Considerations for Developing Athletes

Bio

Simon Harries is a Senior Athletic Performance Specialist at the Greater Western Sydney Giants AFL club, where he is responsible for coordinating the rehabilitation of injured players.

He is an accredited Strength and Conditioning coach that has spent the last decade working with elite and developing level athletes across AFL, Rugby League, Rugby Union and Rugby Sevens. He received his undergraduate degree in Physical Development, Health and Physical Education Teaching in 2010 and his PhD in Human Physiology in 2017, both from The University of Newcastle.

Talk Overview

Simon will provide an overview of the rehabilitation framework he has utilised across multiple sports. With a particular focus on highlighting the critical period between the restoration of general athletic capacities and readiness to return to play.

  • Identifying key differences between youth and adult athletes. Discussion of strategies to cater for these differences and determine if successful criteria for rehabilitation programs should be adjusted to meet the needs of developing athletes.
  • Identifying any other considerations relevant for rehabilitating youth athletes from injury
  • Athletic Development scaffold – providing an overview with worked examples utilising a graded athletic development framework to guide the rehabilitation process to ensure restoration of global athletic competency and capacities. Identifying where differences of approach may be required for working with Youth athletes

More talk overviews coming soon!

Don’t miss out on an incredible limited time offer!

We are offering the our best ever conference package with the Child To Champion Sydney “Special Offer Ticket”.

This special offer includes:

  • Full Weekend Conference Pass
  • Fully catered lunch and refreshments
  • Access to the CTC 2019 Conference Online Videos (12+ hours of content)
  • 3 months Access to the Proformance Online Hub (75+ hours of content)

Child To Champion 2019 #SpeakerFocus – Howard Green

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Child To Champion 2019 #SpeakerFocus – Howard Green

Bio

Howard has been the Head of Strength and Conditioning (S&C) at USN
Bolton Arena High Performance Tennis Academy for ten years. He’s
experienced at preparing professional and junior players at WTA, ATP, ITF
and Tennis Europe levels – most notably working with two world number
one athletes, Ana Ivanovic and Laura Massaro (squash).

He is a UKSCA Accredited S&C Coach, an iTPA Certified Tennis Performance
Specialist and has a First-Class Honours degree in Sports Coaching – as well as several coaching qualifications.

He is the director of HGreen TennisFit and co-director of RacketEdge – an
education, consultancy and coaching company for tennis coaches and
players. Prior to coaching, Howard spent six years in the Royal Marines Commandos. Serving in Iraq and Afghanistan.

He has presented on coordination training and his tennis-specific training
methodology nationally and internationally including the Australian Open
Grand Slam Coaches Conference and WTCA French Open Conference.

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.

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 now and take advantage of the Strength of Science Special Offer and get your ticket to the 2019 event PLUS online video access to the 2016 and 2017 events (worth £550) for only £299.99.

Use the discount code “sos50” to get an additional £50 off at the checkout **ONLY 1 REMAINING!!**

Already an Online Hub member? Get a further 10% discount on your ticket automatically at the checkout!

Don’t miss out…

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’?

Book tickets for Child to Champion 2019 and hear more from Dr. Joe Eisenmann and many more…

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)

Take advantage of the ‘Strength of Science Special Offer and get your ticket to the 2019 event

PLUS online video access to the 2016 and 2017 events (worth £550) for only £299.99.

Use the discount code “sos50” to get an additional £50 off at the checkout **ONLY 2 REMAINING!!**

Already an Online Hub member? Get a further 10% discount on your ticket automatically at the checkout!

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 – 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

Book tickets for Child to Champion 2019 and hear more from Kev Mannion and many more…

If you want to be there to learn, share and connect with our speakers like Kev you can book on 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 access to our Online Hub up until the conference begins with access to 50 hours of great video content

Already an Online Hub member? Get a further 10% discount on your ticket automatically at the checkout!

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?

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