I was once told that if you find something you love doing, and you do that as your job you’ll never ‘work’ a day in your life again.
Action sports athletes are unique characters, and I’ve had the privilege of working with world class action sports athletes since 2002. These athletes are innovators and rule breakers, pushing the boundaries of what’s possible, challenging beliefs and inspiring others. The system of support in place has to be as innovative and unique as the athletes themselves, the nature and demands of the different sports pushing the boundaries of sports and exercise medicine.
The landscape in sport has changed dramatically over the last few years. The days of traditional governing bodies and institute based performance practitioners being the only people resourced to deliver performance services to athletes has changed. This is also true in the fitness industry, the rise of the independent ‘Strength & Conditioning’ facility has caused a re-think in the traditional fitness chains as they too move with the times. It would have been hard to imagine 5 years ago a ‘rig’ and lifting platforms in a traditional chain gym, but that’s what is happening now.
The lines between practitioners in professional sport and practitioners in a private gym or private clinic have never been more blurred than they are now.
As funding structures change within professional sport, more and more athletes are seeking independent advice as they want to take more control of their preparation. This presents an opportunity for practitioners to attract athletes, gain valuable experience and increase earning potential.
Its not just the professional athlete who can benefit from this. As a practitioner in an extremely competitive market, ensuring you have an excellent scope of practice is key for private clients whether they’re professional athletes, weekend warriors, obstacle course racers or someone who simply wants to be treated like an elite athlete.
Athletes, patients and even prospective employers are looking for that ability in a practitioner to connect appliance with science, to deliver outcomes in what can be an ever changing environment
I believe we’ve put together a fantastic education package for coaches and practitioners who want to learn more about working with this amazing group of athletes. I also firmly believe that the systems, processes and paradigms for action sports are completely transferable to any coaches or practitioners every day practice.
Being able to understand and deliver those services as part of a multidisciplinary team is vital.
Is this education programme for me?
If you are a practitioner who wishes to further their practical knowledge of action sports within the dynamic environment they need, with the complex performance and injury issues they face. You may have a number of years experience already as an S&C, personal trainer, physio or sports therapist. This is very much a practical experience, learning the scopes of practice, processes, language of extreme sports athletes , the sports medicine process and how it all ties together.
You will be exposed to all the elements of the sports medicine athlete journey, creating a unique practical learning experience. Everything you learn can be applied in your own practice, building on what you already deliver whilst challenging your current paradigms.
The Programme Has 4 Key Components
In the Assess element, you will be taken through what we look at and why when assessing injuries and providing a working diagnosis.
With a working diagnosis and plan, the Treatment element expands on how that plan is delivered to the action sports athlete.
As the treatment plan progresses – athletes transition into a management phase. Whether its acute or chronic, there are various management methods needed for the ongoing performance of the athlete/client.
At the end stage of rehabilitation – athletes transition into the Perform element. This is dynamic return to sport strength & reconditioning for action sports athletes, preparing them to get back to doing what they love.
How long is the programme?
This is a one day workshop delivered by Chris Tombs on VBT. To optimise the strength training process through the use of integrated technology which assists your decision-making as a coach. You’ll be shown how to profile athletes across the full force velocity curve. Give quality athlete feedback, manage acute levels of fatigue and train specific strength qualities.
This is a full weekend workshop delivered by Gary James, Darren and a guest mentor. This two day workshop is aimed at the coach looking to expand their coaching ability to the next level. It’s an opportunity for you to come together within a peer group, working with world class coaches to help you deliver and expand practical coaching ability. The feedback, practical learning and application will help you hone your abilities as a skilled coach.
Key tasks are filmed, as video is a key feedback tool. Everyone’s presentations and elements of tasks will be filmed and played back for group feedback on the course.
What else do I need to know?
Why do this programme?
This programme will expand your ability to deliver as a professional coach practitioner and integrate with not only all aspects of performance, but sports medicine as well.
By being able to facilitate and integrate these different services, you will be delivering a premium service to your athletes and clients.
Further to this, your presentation skills will be honed, giving you the ability to deliver your message and services to workshops, seminars and conferences.
Who are the mentors?
Darren was in the RAF Regiment as a Gunner & Military Parachutist from 1989 to 1998, before leaving to pursue a career in strength & conditioning. After a period of time as a private trainer, he began work part time with premiership rugby union and rugby league teams.
In 2002 Darren began to work with Red Bull UK on various high performance projects with its athletes, where he went on to deliver the Red Bull UK High Performance Programme from 2008 until 2013. In January 2014 he joined ‘Harris & Ross’, a large physiotherapy company based in the north of England. He continues to deliver the high performance & sports medicine services to Red Bull UK and their action sport athletes, as well as many other action sports athletes from around the world – based in Harris & Ross’s large facility near Manchester.
Alongside his work with athletes Darren regularly presents at performance and medical summits. He has presented on performance and rehabilitation to NASA, Nike, British Association of Sports & Exercise Medicine, European College of Sports & Exercise Medicine, Australian Strength & Conditioning Association , UK Strength & Conditioning Association and many others. He also writes for various action sports magazines and websites on his work with extreme sports.
Chris’ expertise lies in both rugby and cricket where he has worked in professional sport, winning trophies across a 17 yr career spanning 3 continents. He is best known for the physical development of some of Welsh rugby’s highest profile current players, Sam Warburton, Leigh Halfpenny and Jamie Roberts whilst working at the Cardiff Blues.
He has a robust philosophy for physical preparation that has evolved and been refined over the years to be applicable to athletes of any sport.
Currently working in the academic sector as a Strength and Conditioning Lecturer and workshop presenter. Areas of particular interest are coach health and wellbeing as well as velocity based training for performance enhancement.
Gary Jones spent 25 years in the military, initially joining the RAF Regiment as a gunner & military parachutist before going on to pass selection for 22 Special Air Service Regiment.
SAS Selection is one of the most demanding military courses in the world, with a pass rate of around 10 percent. Gary served with the SAS for 17 years, completing various operational tours. He also has an extensive training portfolio, preparing soldiers for arduous operations. It was during this time that he became interested in human performance and began to study psychology in order to improve his own ability as a coach, knowing this would impact positively on his students performance. This new ‘cutting edge’ approach allowed him to increase performance standards and pass rates, simultaneously.
Since leaving the SAS, Gary has applied his skills, knowledge and experience to professional athletes, sports coaches and CEOs. His no nonsense ‘basics done well’ approach is proven, and achieves long lasting, life changing results.
Cristal graduated from the University of Leeds with a BSc in Sport & Exercise Sciences, where she specialised in Biomechanics. During her time at university Cristal worked with the Junior GB diving team.
She established her own private coaching business in 2012 with a large client base, including a female only Strength Camp that educates women about Strength & Conditioning.
Since establishing her own business she has coached private clients for boxing, rugby union, marathon running and weightlifting. She has also worked with professional Rugby League Team Sheffield Eagles.
One of the key aspects of this programme is the shared learning experience with each other.
We all have something we can pass on to others, experiences, thoughts and ideas. This viral learning process is vital to growing as a coach/practitioner as you each are able to learn from each others journey.
Peer to peer learning and feedback helps broaden the scope of this programme and continue to challenge established paradigms.
What to do next
If you think this education programme may be for you, you will need to attend the induction day which is on Wednesday 9th January 2019 starting 9am at Wilmslow. This is where you will do your 20 minute presentation to the ‘outgoing’ group who have finished the programme, and will receive feedback from them on your presentation. There is no cost to attend this day.
The coach programme then starts Wednesday 6th February 2019, and will be the first Wednesday of every month with the last day being Wednesday 1st May 2019 – at a cost of £250 per month.
If you would like to attend the induction day please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Mentor Scheme Testimonial- Craig Maclean
Team GB cyclist, World Team Sprint Champion & Olympic/ Paralympic medallist Craig Maclean is one of several impressive individuals who have joined our mentorship and found great value in attendance:
‘Having worked in sport as an athlete for so many years, both as a team GB cyclist and then as a guide rider in the GB Paralympic team- I have done my fair share of coaching and mentoring the athletes around me- aswell as being coached and mentored myself. What I have enjoyed about the Mentorship with Darren Roberts is the access it has given me to interesting athletes in different fields to cycling and sharing insights with such a varied bunch of like minded individuals. As I transition into a full time coach working with high level athletes, the mentorship has been a really useful addition to my portfolio of experience and has offered me more perspective with which to hone my coaching technique’