Nick Ward, Speed In Amateur Team Sports, Communication, Information, Learning || Episode #62 [EN]


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Nick Ward was the England Golf National Lead Physical Preparation Consultant. He is the Performance Director of Barton Performance by ALTIS and brings over 25 years of experience in performance and physical preparation for sports. He is part of a team at Barton Health bringing together expertise in Orthopedics, sports medicine and rehabilitation. He gained his bachelors degree in sport science at the University of Northumbria and holds a masters degree in exercise physiology and functional fitness from the University of Calgary, Canada. His is a former board member of and is accredited by the UKSCA..

Offering a breadth and depth of experience in professional, Olympic, development and university sports programmes, Nicks approach is focused on solutions that are evidenced through experience and supported by science. Moreover he believes in developing athletes who are active participants, not passive recipients, of a physical preparation system that engenders self-awareness, -management, and -motivation in building skills, behaviours and abilities that are trademark characteristics of successful performers. In physical preparation these are to "train well, eat well, and recover well" and take them to a world class level through programmes that athletes find exciting, engaging and enabling.

Nick has built his approach over a number of years through both experiencing failure and success. From a gym instructor at Bodyzone Health Club, Newcastle upon Tyne, to Performance Director for University of Durham and later Bobsleigh Canada Skeleton, he continually learns from and shares with the participants who attend the workshops, lectures or courses he delivers for the UKSCA, NASM through, and with Brendan Chaplin's Strength and Conditioning Education.

National team selection, world cup medals, winning championships and achieving personal bests are the outcomes achieved from athletes in track and field, bobsleigh, skeleton, ski and snowboard, rugby, soccer, swimming, table tennis, archery, cycling, rowing, netball, cricket and golf. Immersed in golf for over 4 years, Nick has been able to learn from the best in England Golf and integrate this with all his performance and athletic development experience to offer golfers a programme that builds mobility, strength and power. Building the essential platform for an efficient and effective swing and coupled with the nutrition and recovery necessities for physical change and injury risk reduction, Barton Performance by ALTIS offers the most complete and comprehensive golf physical performance programme available.

Links:Twitter: https://altis.worldTopics:0:00 - Intro0:22 - Start0:37 - Who are you, what do you do and how did you get there?5:22 - Background: how things were done VS how things are done now 12:47 - Exchanges between coaches and researchers17:39 - Where we get out information from and how we retain it28:52 - Components of speed training for amateur team sport athletes 43:32 - Sports coaches who are resistant to the idea of speed training 54:14 - Balancing shapes and outputs in measuring speed progress1:12:42 - Sprinting technique: how good is good enough?1:22:37 - @spellmanperformance // Different sports, different approaches? Rugby, soccer, American football1:25:22 - @davehembrough // Dave asks: best bang for your buck exercise/session to increase speed and acceleration?1:27:02 - @sivardyperformance // Si Vardi asks: how to choose and use running drills with large groups who have different individual needs in the same session?1:28:30 - Where can we find out more about you online?Full Video Interview:

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