Sports Performance

EP.103 - Recovery, why you need it and how to maximise it

EP.103 - Recovery, why you need it and how to maximise it

Podcast (42 Minutes) - Rest and recovery is a huge part of being a high performing athlete. The right strategies and tactics that you execute on a consistent basis form the backbone of any recovery plan.

In EP.103 Durham and Jacob discuss the reasons why you need recovery and the best methods to be following for accelerating your recovery and maximising your performance.

NOTE: The Random Thoughts Podcast is now available on Spotify! You can listen directly from the app, just search “Core Advantage Random Thoughts”

EP.98 - Combine Testing Results - What separates great athletes from the rest

EP.98 - Combine Testing Results - What separates great athletes from the rest

Podcast (38 Minutes) - With the first combine in the rearview mirror, we spent today's episode taking a look into the stats and results of over 200 athletes to share with you the key factors that separate our best performers (top 10), the next best performers (11-20) and the rest of the population. With some obvious and not so obvious findings. 

In this wide-ranging conversation we cover:

- The difference between correlation and causation (and the Nicholas Cage effect)
- How to improve your hand span to help you control the ball
- The impact of strength on both vertical leap and agility
- The difference between relative and absolute strength and which is more important
- The key physical quality to focus on for team sport athletes
- The complementary nature of strength and technique improvements in speed in junior athletes.

EP.97 - Strength Training for Throwers - Shot, Discus, Javelin, Hammer

EP.97 - Strength Training for Throwers - Shot, Discus, Javelin, Hammer

Podcast (24 Minutes) - While we definitely are not throws coaches (and aren’t trying to play them on the internet) we have had some incredible success working with throwers and their skill specific coaches in the last 18 months developing elite junior throwers and improving their whole body power.

We go into depth on why our program has been working so well for throwers, some of the most common mistakes when trying to develop strength as a thrower and the importance of core strength and stability for improving your throwing ability.

The Athletic Combine Part 3: Results, The Most Important Thing in Athletic Performance Testing

The Athletic Combine Part 3: Results, The Most Important Thing in Athletic Performance Testing

The stats are in!

With data from over 200* athletes, 12 sports, 12 tests, and an age range of nearly 30 years there have been a lot of numbers to crunch.

So what did we find and what does it all mean for you?

The Athletic Combine Part 2: Interpreting your Athletic Testing Results

The Athletic Combine Part 2: Interpreting your Athletic Testing Results

This is part two of our three-part series on our athletic testing combine. You should check out part 1 to learn more about what each test means before reading on.

Testing can quickly become a waste of time if you don’t do something with the data. Every testing combine, workshop, or team session we run ends with us explaining what the data and results mean for the team and each individual.  

Each athlete receives a testing handout taking them test-by-test through their results, what they mean, where they stand compared to their peers and what they need to do to improve athletically.

This is the most crucial and important part of the entire testing process.

The Athletic Combine Part 1: The Tests and Why They Matter

To help our athletes get the most they possibly can out of their training, regular performance testing is key to help us calibrate and customise every individual's training.

Testing alone, however, is not enough, it's what you do after you collect the data that is vital; analysing, goal setting and intervention are the real heroes of an athletic combine because it's these crucial stages where athletes get better.

EP.94 - Fundamentals. Why the simple stuff matters and how to avoid the social media trap

EP.94 - Fundamentals. Why the simple stuff matters and how to avoid the social media trap

Podcast (27 Minutes) - Social media has opened incredible doors for companies and individuals to share ideas, thoughts and learn (for free) almost anything in the world.

Unfortunately, as the fight for attention heats up this leads to unrealistic representations of training and we see more and more exciting flashy “sand” type training and less of the foundational big rocks. In this episode, we try to balance the equation by giving a voice to the hidden vital parts of great training.

 

EP.93 - Insights into the AFL, AFLW, and VFL Women’s from Collingwood FC Osteopath and former Core Advantage coach Michelle Andrews

EP.93 - Insights into the AFL, AFLW, and VFL Women’s from Collingwood FC Osteopath and former Core Advantage coach Michelle Andrews

Podcast (27 Minutes) - Michelle took some time out of her crazy schedule to visit, say hi and give us some thoughts and experiences from her time working in elite football on both the men’s and women’s sides.

Michelle talks in depth about a whole range of topics:

  • Her career progression from Core Advantage intern to working in the AFL
  • The many hats she wears in both private practice and elite sport
  • The methods she is implementing to prevent ACL injuries in the AFLW and VFL women's (hint: they look a lot like warm up 2.0)
  • Her own ACL injury, how she broke her own training rules and the lessons learnt along the rehab
  • How her Strength and conditioning experience influences and helps her osteopathic treatment and vice versa
  • Insights into how an elite club like Collingwood runs as a football department and the differences and similarities to working at the semi-pro level in the VFL

 

EP.91 - Athletic Performance Testing

EP.91 - Athletic Performance Testing

Podcast (27 Minutes) - For so long we have resisted doing testing with our athletes. Turns out we were wrong and we are now finally going to be running our first ever in-house athletic combine.

For our athletes, you will all be doing testing in the gym during your normal classes,

For non-Core Advantage athletes, you can get your full athletic testing profile of strengths, weaknesses and comparisons to elite and age-matched standards at our High-Performance Testing Camp in the Term 1 Holidays.

To learn more about the camp or to register

And for more about our testing in general or to book a team session check out our website