Child To Champion – Speaker Focus: Dr. Mike Young

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Means and Methods for Eccentric Training 

The eccentric capacities of an athlete are increasingly being recognized for their importance in injury reduction and sports performance. Coach Mike Young will present a variety of options for developing eccentric strength and power that he has used over the years. He will provide progressions that can be employed depending on the capacity and development of the athlete and discuss how eccentric training fits in to the annual and long term development plan.

Employing a Newtonian Model for Plyometric Progressions

In this talk, Coach Mike Young will discuss the importance of understanding the basic physics of plyometrics. Coaches will be provided an easy-to-digest mechanical model that can be applied to the development of plyometric progressions. Using this model, coaches can take the guess work out of jumps training and provide a safe and pedagogically sound training stimulus for athletes across the developmental continuum.


Mike brings the unique qualities of being a nationally recognized researcher, coach, and educator. His depth of knowledge and experience in the field of athletic development is evidenced by his stays at all three U.S. Olympic Training Centers as an athlete (Lake Placid), sport scientist (Colorado Springs & Chula Vista), and coach (Colorado Springs).

Mike has an undergraduate degree in Exercise Physiology, an MS in Athletic Administration and a PhD in Biomechanics. Mike has earned NSCA’s Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, is recognized by USA Weightlifting as a Club and Advanced Sport Performance Coach, a Crossfit Level 1 Certified Trainer, is one of less than 20 USA Track & Field (USATF) Level 3 coaches in the country and has a USATF Level 2 certification in 3 event areas.

Mike has served as the primary coach for national or international team qualifiers for several disciplines in Athletics, as well as Bobsleigh, Skeleton and Weightlifting. In the sport of Track & Field, he has coached or assisted multiple Olympians, National Champions, Masters National and World Champions and Collegiate National Champions. Additionally, he has served as the Strength & Conditioning coach for professionals in a wide range of sports including the NFL, MLB and MLS. He served as the Fitness Coach for the Vancouver Whitecaps of the MLS for the 2012 & 2013 seasons. Prior to that, Mike was the sport performance coach for the 2x NASL Champion Carolina Railhawks. Previously, Mike coached Athletics at the NCAA level at 4 Universities, most notably coaching 4 years at LSU where the team won 6 National Championships.

As an educator, Mike has been an instructor or professor at 3 universities and regularly guest lectures for academic institutions around the world. He is one of the most sought after speakers in the world on athletic development having spoken in Korea, the UK, Ireland, China, Japan, Jamaica, Canada in addition to the US. He has developed and taught curriculums for US Police Forces, USA Track & Field, and USA Weightlifting. Additionally, Mike is a prolific author, having written 2 book chapters, 2 books, and over 20 articles published in nationally distributed publications ranging from Maxim to Runner’s World.  He is regularly featured on websites as far ranging as ESPN, BBC, WebMD and Greatist. Mike is equally qualified as a sport scientist and coach educator. His research on sprinting, stretching, balance and throwing activities have been published and presented in Regional, National and International journals and conferences and he is an invited editor for the Journal of Sports Sciences and Sports Biomechanics.

Book tickets for Child to Champion 2017 and meet Dr. Mike Young

If you want to be there to learn, share and connect with our speakers like Mike you can book on to Child To Champion 2017 here and take advantage of the early bird pricing which includes FREE access to the pre-conference workshop on Friday 7th for the first 20 people that book.

Child To Champion – Conference Overview

Conference Overview

After many months of planning and discussions with speakers we are now very close to a complete line up for the Child To Champion LTAD Conference 2017 running April 7th-9th in Gloucester at St. Peter’s R.C. High School.

Our concept for the conference remains the same as last year, in that we wanted to bring practitioners together  with experience working at different stages of the LTAD continuum in a range of different environments and sports. We have again brought in coaches with experience right through from primary school aged kids right through to elite international athletes.

From my experience working with young athletes and implementing a LTAD programme in a secondary school environment, I’ve always felt I needed to understand what the athlete had been exposed to from a physical development perspective and then what they were going to need to be able to do to be able to make the transition to the next stage up from us.

We want attendees who join us to leave with a complete picture of what has been successfully applied and delivered in the wide variety of environments in which we find athletes during their developmental journey including schools, professional clubs and international teams.

The weekend is planned with a mixture of theory and hands-on practical sessions across a range of topics as you can see outlined by the talk titles below. More details will be available soon about all the talks, keep an eye out for the ‘Speaker Focus’ series that will be released through social media in the coming weeks.

Please note that these are working talk titles and the schedule may be subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances between now and the event in April.

Friday 7th April – Eccentric Training Pre-Conference Workshop (6pm-8.30pm)

Dr. Mike Young – Means & Methods of Eccentric Training

Alex Natera – The Development of Discrete Muscle Action In The Running Based Athlete: Eccentric & Isometric Training Options (Practical)

James Baker – Eccentric Training and the Younger Athlete

Saturday 8th April 2017 (9am -5.00pm)

Ed Archer (Athlete Academy) – Evolving Foundation Movement Skills – The Theory of The Pouncing Cat (Practical)

Paul Caldbeck (West Bromwich Albion FC)– Carpe Diem – Are Academy Players Fit For Purpose?

Alex Natera (Aspire Academy) – Strength & Power Development in the Elite Student Athlete

James Baker (St. Peter’s High School) – Integrating Multi-Directional Movement Skills to Physical Education (Theory & Practical)

Dr. Mike Young (Athletic Lab) – Employing a Newtonian Model for Plyometric Progressions

Sunday 9th April 2017 (9am-4.30pm)

Alex Natera (Aspire Academy) – From the MSSD Programme to Rio – Filling the Physical Literacy Gap – Training To Training and Training To Compete the Aspire Academy Way

Des Ryan (Arsenal) – An Insight to The Arsenal FC Physical Development Framework

Pete Atkinson (England Cricket) –An Insight to the ECB Pace Programme – Preparing the next generation of International Fast Bowlers

Kevin Paxton (Leicester City FC) –  Controlled Change of Direction Progressions underpinning Reaction Games (Practical)

Dr. James McCarron (Sunderland AFC) – Implicit and Explicit Aspects of Athletic Development

Future Leaders (To Be Scheduled)

Matt Depledge (Southampton FC) – The Application of Growth & Maturation in Academy Football

John Radnor (Cardiff Met) – The Influence of Growth & Maturation on Muscle Architecture and Physical Performance

Shane Fitzgibbon – Training the Trunk from Elementary to Elite

Book tickets for Child to Champion 2017 and hear from all of these great speakers

If you want to be there you can book on to Child To Champion 2017 here and take advantage of the early bird pricing which includes FREE access to last years video content (worth £150) with the PUSH Early Bird Special Offer.

#HPAD16 Highlights Video


High Performance Athletic Development Clinic @ Athletic Lab from Proformance Network on Vimeo.

Check out the highlights reel from ‪#‎HPAD16‬ at Athletic Lab back in May – you can hear what some of our speakers thought of the clinic and the concept behind it from Dr. Mike Young. The full video series from the clinic is coming soon which you’ll be able to find along with more great video content here on our website.

The clinic featured a phenomenal group of speakers including: Boo Schexnayder, Bob Alejo, Ryan Horn, Greg Gatz, Mike Young, Alex Carnell, Chad Workman, Keith Scruggs, John Grace and Nate Brookreson that covered a range of topics relating to High Performance Athletic Development.

Child To Champion 2016 Online Videos

Back in April we ran the incredibly successful Child To Champion 2016 LTAD Conference which brought together some real leaders in the field of S&C to discuss all things related to the topic of Long Term Athlete Development. Speakers across the weekend presented their work from various stages of the developmental continuum right from primary & secondary schools through to professional academies and elite international sport.

Now you can catch up on a fantastic set of lectures from the conference from Mike Young (Athletic Lab/Proformance), Simon Brundish (UK Strength Lab), Tom Rusga (EIS), Kevin Paxton (Leicester City FC), Shayne Murphy (Manchester City FC), James Baker (St. Peter’s High School/Proformance) and Neill Potts (Scottish Rugby Union).

The video series is now available to purchase online here:

Below you can check out the trailer and what a few attendees had to say about the conference:

“Huge thanks to the Proformance team for collaborating leaders within long term athlete development. Child To Champion 2016 was exceptional CPD” – Tulshi Varsani

“Child To Champion 2016 conference did not disappoint! One of the best CPD events yet!” – Mark Read, Academy Conditioning Coach. Malmo FF, Sweden.

“Amazing weekend at the Child To Champion 2o16 Conference, lots of exciting stuff to put into play. Time to start the revolution” Ben Weaver.

Child To Champion 2016: LTAD Conference from Proformance Network on Vimeo.

We are busy working on pulling together the conference for 2017 be sure to keep an eye out for details of the conference in the coming months.

PUSH Band - Velocity Based Training Device

Train with PUSH in the UK

Train with PUSH in the UK


We are excited to be able to confirm our partnership working with PUSH to supply their velocity based training device, the Push Band, in the UK as part of a new consultation service launching in the coming weeks providing tailor-made solutions for individuals, teams, universities and private facilities looking to maximise their athletes’ strength, power and speed potential using some of the latest technology including the Push Band.

The service will ensure that you get the most out of products such as the Push Band as soon as you receive them by helping you to understand how the products work best and ensuring you achieve a seamless integration of the products to your training environment to maximise adherence and return on your investment.

Full details of the services and products will be available on the Proformance S&C website soon. 

If you are based in North America and want to learn more about Velocity Based Training, PUSH are running The High Powered Performance Tour with Dr. Dan Baker across four locations, click the links below or the image for more information:

10th July: Athletic Lab, Cary, NC home of Proformance’s Dr. Mike Young

15th July: North Eastern University, Boston, MA

17th July: North Western University, Chicago, IL

23rd July: Texas A&M, College Station, TX

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Podcast with #HPAD16 Presenter – Ryan Horn

Podcast with #HPAD16 Presenter – Ryan Horn


We are really excited to have Ryan Horn joining us to present at the High Performance Athletic Development Clinic at Athletic Lab on the 28-29th May 2016.

Ryan is presenting on “Implementing Technology in Sport” sharing his experiences using technology over at Wake Forest University providing a detailed insight for attendees to be able to take away and improve their use of technology in their own coaching environment.

This great episode of the CVASP Podcast is a superb insight to what you can expect from his presentation at #HPAD16 where he will also be joined by a whole lineup of top coaches including Boo Schexnayder.

If you want to see Ryan and the other top coaches presenting live out at Athletic Lab you can check out the full schedule here or take advantage of one of the remaining Early Bird Tickets by booking up below.

High Performance Athletic Development Clinic – Updated Schedule


US High Performance Athletic Development Clinic @ Athletic Lab


Here at Proformance S&C we are committed to providing world class education giving you opportunities to learn, share and connect with leaders in the field of strength and conditioning to help you further your career.

After the phenomenal learning experience last weekend at ‪#‎ChildToChampion‬ in the UK. We are stepping up preparations for the next Proformance S&C Network event the High Performance Athletic Development Clinic out at Athletic Lab in Cary, NC, USA on the 28th & 29th May 2016.

We are extremely excited to be able to confirm the full list of presentations from the main presenters, with our “Future Leaders” programme presenters to be added shortly.

You can grab an early bird ticket here:…/

Day 1

8:00 Registration & Continental Breakfast sponsored by Hammer Strength
8:30-9:45 Boo Schexnayder: Critical Factors in Speed Training Design
9:45-10:45 Greg Gatz: Off Season Training is Really In-Season Part 2
10:45-11:15 Nick Newman (Athletic Lab): Assisted Jump Training
11:15-12:30 Mike Young: Neuromechanics of Speed Development
12:30-1:00 Chad Workman (UNC) Simple strategies for delivering a holistic program in the collegiate setting
1:00-1:45 Catered Lunch sponsored by EXCEL Training Designs
1:45-3:00 Boo Schexnayder: Advanced Uses of Circuit Training
3:00-4:00 Ryan Horn: Implementing Technology in Sport
4:00-5:00 Nate Brookreson: Monitoring Training for Team Sports
5:00-6:15 Boo Schexnayder: Compatible & Complimentary Training Design

Day 2

8:00 Continental Breakfast sponsored by Hammer Strength
8:30-9:45 Boo Schexnayder (SAC Speed): Plyometric Classification and Periodization
9:45-10:45 Bob Alejo (NCSU): Basics of Strength Training
10:45-11:45 Boo Schexnayder (SAC Speed): Teaching Schemes for Acceleration and Maximal Velocity Mechanics
11:45-12:15 John Grace (Athletic Lab): Monitoring on a Budget
12:15-1:15 Catered Lunch sponsored by Connor Sports
1:15-2:30 Boo Schexnayder (SAC Speed): Strength Training Periodization for Speed and Power Sports
2:30-3:00 Future Leaders- Steve Scruggs (USC) Eyes on the Stove | Managing the “Flame” of Speed and Strength Development
3:00-4:00 Mike Young (Athletic Lab): Developing Physical Capacities for Speed & Power

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Don’t miss this incredible CPD opportunity sign up now and grab a ticket whilst they last at the early bird rate…

Here’s what some of our attendees at the last Proformance S&C event had to say about their experiences:



Child To Champion – What were we thinking?


Child To Champion – What were we thinking?

Now the title probably sounds like we think we’ve made some mistake launching this LTAD conference, far from it! But what we want to do is give you more of an insight into our thought processes as we assembled the line up to hopefully help you understand what you will get out from being part of it!

Our aim as an organization is to help coaches become better coaches to help them further their career by providing opportunities to learn, share and connect with leaders in the field of strength and conditioning. So we are always going to aim to bring in some heavy hitters from the industry!

When we started to plan the event it was initially going to be a youth strength and conditioning conference. So the initial discussions with Ian and Rhodri about getting them involved began back in June 2015 so it has been a long process to get to where we are now with a full line up scheduled.

The concept for the conference evolved as Mike and I spent more time considering the best way to approach the subject of LTAD. I think sometimes we can fall in to the trap of just focusing on where we are in the developmental journey, with few opportunities to maybe communicate with coaches who’ve been involved before us or who we will pass athletes on to afterwards.

From my experience working with young athletes and implementing a LTAD programme in a secondary school environment, I’ve always felt I needed to understand what the athlete had been exposed to from a physical development perspective and then what they were going to need to be able to do to be able to make the transition to the next stage up from us.

It was this thought process that drove us to the final concept for the conference where we decided we wanted to pull together presenters with experience working at different stages of the LTAD continuum from primary school aged kids right through to elite international athletes.

We want attendees who join us to leave with a complete picture of what has been successfully applied and delivered in the wide variety of environments in which we find athletes across their developmental journey including schools, professional clubs and international teams.

At a primary school age range we have Simon Brundish from UK Strength Lab providing an insight to his Physical Literacy programme with a superhero theme and a progressive movement system based around the work of Kelvin Giles and Rhodri Lloyd.

To cover the next age bracket up we have a number of presenters providing perspectives from different environments. I’ll be providing a presentation and practical based around Integrating S&C into Secondary Schools, with an insight to the LTAD system we have running from Year 7 to Year 13 at St. Peter’s High School.

Through our Future Leaders Programme: Kev Paxton and Shayne Murphy will be providing insight from the Premier League football academies from Leicester City FC and Manchester City respectively around age related performance benchmarking and injury occurrence around Peak Height Velocity. Along with Tom Rusga who works at the EIS with GB Hockey will be providing an insight to his work with there.

At the elite end of the spectrum we have Neill Potts and Mike Young bringing their experience working with the highest level athletes. Neill will be walking us through the challenges he was faced developing and implementing a system to produce International Rugby players for Scottish Rugby.

Whilst Mike is bringing his expertise in speed development to discuss best practices across the developmental continuum and also how to put the icing on the cake in the latter stages of the developmental continuum with advanced strategies for developing elite strength and power.

In addition to that we have another two world reknowned coaches, researchers and educators in Ian Jeffreys and Rhodri Lloyd. We are looking forward to Rhodri presenting some of his latest research on plyometric training for young athletes.

Ian will be presenting a theory and practical session on Effective Movement – what it is and how to coach it which will know doubt be superb with his passion and enthusiasm!

We hope you’ll agree with us that this is an exciting opportunity to take a journey across the developmental continuum with practitioners from a wide range of settings. We are really looking forward to the weekend and if you would like to be part of it you can book a ticket here.

At present there are a VERY limited number of Early Bird Tickets available – just 2 tickets remain at the time of writing this.



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Child To Champion: Dr. Mike Young’s Presentation Overviews

With the Child To Champion LTAD Conference fast approaching Dr. Mike Young has confirmed the details for his three presentations across the weekend. Having spent a lot of time with Mike last year during his workshop, talking about training and listening to his presentations and practicals I am really excited about this next set of presentations he is delivering. You can check out the overviews below:



Velocity Based Training Theory & Practical (Friday)

Recent developments in technology have permitted easier use of velocity based training methods. This has allowed us to add new metrics such as peak and average velocity and power outputs to our training and testing measurements. In this hands-on lecture, Dr. Young will present on the 4 primary benefits of using velocity based training and give practical applications to incorporate velocity based metrics in to your training and testing. He will discuss best practices for data management, training and testing logistics, and how to incorporate velocity based training in to training on a daily basis to monitor physical readiness and auto-regulate training.


Best Practices for Developing Speed Across  the Developmental Continuum (Saturday)

Speed is a critical component to practically every sport and you can never be too fast. In this lecture, Dr. Young will present on how to best develop speed across the developmental continuum from youth all the way up through elite and professional. The lecture will delve in to the neuromechanics of speed and how different physical capacities should have varying roles of importance over the course of an athlete’s long term speed development training. Dr. Young will pull from his experience of working with both developmental and elite athletes in individual (athletics, bobsleigh) and team (soccer, rugby, American football) settings.


Advanced Techniques for Developing Elite Strength & Power (Sunday)

This presentation will focus on advanced means and methods to help your athletes reach their full potential. The lecture will cater to athletes on the more advanced and mature side of the LTAD continuum who are looking for the final pieces of the training puzzle to reach the next step in performance. Dr. Young will provide examples and techniques he has used with his elite athletes to maximize strength and power.

If you haven’t booked your ticket to the conference yet, don’t miss out on the early bird ticket price of just £185 per person, as those tickets are quickly running out. You can check out the full line up of speakers and grab a ticket here. or book using the ticketing system below

For a taster of the level of expertise you can expect from Dr. Mike Young at the conference you can also check out this trailer from his weekend workshop with us last year…

Future Leader Confirmed: Kevin Paxton – Leicester City FC

kevinpaxtonLCFCWhen we set out on a mission to build the LTAD conference we also totally committed to offering up and coming coaches in the field of Athletic Development the chance to showcase their work.

We are very pleased to be able to confirm Kevin Paxton from Leicester City FC as our first successful Future Leader applicant.

Mike & I have both checked out the slide deck and I spoke to Kevin last week about his presentation ‘Age-Related Performance Benchmarking’ and it promises to be an excellent presentation showcasing the great work being done at Leicester City FC in their Academy set up. 

Kevin will be providing a detailed insight to what the top young footballers in the country are capable of from a physical stand point across the age groups and how they use the testing data to better inform their programmes and assess the success of the department as a whole.

We are currently working through all the other applications and whilst we initially only had one space lined up we’ve decided to expand it due to the quality of the applicants. The final deadline for applications is this Friday, 19th February.

If you are interested in attending to see Kevin’s presentation along with the other great presenters we still have a limited number of Early Bird Tickets available for the conference which you can book here.