Athletic Performance

Behind the Scenes: A Casual Look at Coach Munford Analyzing an Olympic Caliber Athlete

In the process of doing our on-going series on renowned elite athlete maximized High Performance Training Coach, Chris Munford, we have gained an insight into the science driven methodology he applies to all things sports performance related. While Coach Munford’s signs strict confidentiality agreements with the pro and international-class athletes he works with, we were allowed to film a working assessment session that Coach recently did on an Olympic hopeful triple jumper. Kenan Shadd is a Canadian international-caliber triple jumper who along with a member of his Jumps coaching team,...

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Sport Specialization and an early Age: Is it a good idea?

This article was published in Chill Magazines Dec '11 issue. Recently an acquaintance of mine emailed me a request regarding his two children aged 10 and 12: Could I assess his kids to determine which one sport they should participate in and train for? I gnashed my teeth and sighed to myself; you see, as a sports performance coach for elite, or soon to be elite athletes, I get about 10 such requests per week by parents who seem to want to stream their kids into one and only one sport at an early age. My teeth have become ground to the roots because those requests, while mostly well meaning,...

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Which training type is “best”; perhaps a better question is “why?”

Of late (and really not so ‘of late’), there has been much spirited discussion in regards to which form of training produces the best results. In terms of resistance training, questions abound as to whether Strength and Conditioning coaches should be choosing Olympic lifts as opposed to old-fashion style power lifts, as opposed yet again to exercises which involve lighter, balance-challenging loads that have been grouped in under ‘functional’ training. In the realm of ambulatory training, debate stems from whether to use extended linear training as opposed to multi-directional agility...

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