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Si Nainby’s Deep Dive with Mark Williams

Si Nainby delivers a two-part podcast with Mark Williams. He is interim Lead Strength & Conditioning Coach for Basketball England, a Lecturer in Sports Science and former Head of S&C for GB Basketball & Southend United FC.

1. The commute: Some quickfire takeaways

  • Mark’s story from semi-pro rugby player to a professional S&C coach
  • Lessons from the Covid lockdown
  • The value in focussing on the basics of movement

2. The Deep Dive

  • The story behind Mark’s PhD and why player autonomy became central to his thinking
  • The Paradox of S&C – How can the controlled environment of the gym carry over to the chaos of sport?
  • Completing the circle – Marks’ evolution of thinking, from questioning the importance of S&C to the role he now sees it playing in developing players

A note from Si:
At the end, we talk about degeneracy and I had redundancy on my brain, as I’d been reading about it that day, and gave the wrong definition. This is what I should have said: Degeneracy is the ability of elements that are structurally different to perform the same function or yield the same output.

LINKS FROM THE PODCAST
Basketball England 8 week Athletic Development Program
Basketball England Parkour Videos
Tom Farrow YouTube
Robin Eager RFU VIDEOS
Dan Cleather book

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