Sports Performance

EP.106 - How Important is Work Rate for Football?

EP.106 - How Important is Work Rate for Football?

Podcast (21 Minutes) - With the AFL and NRL finals in full swing, there are more stats than ever floating around, and stats surrounding work rate and effort are particularly interesting. But how important is work rate for a football team, or does it just mean you are wasting a lot of energy chasing your opponent on defence?

Today Durham and Jacob discuss the pros and cons of a high work rate and how to best train in order to make sure your fitness is ready when pre-season starts.

EP.105 - A Sneak Peak into the First Ever Power Summit

EP.105 - A Sneak Peak into the First Ever Power Summit

Podcast (27 Minutes) - On September 9th, together with Gymaware and Great North Coaching we will be hosting our first ever Power Summit.

A full day of theory and practical designed specifically for Strength and Conditioning Coaches, Personal Trainers, and Sports Science Students to learn from four of Melbourne’s finest present on how they develop power in their athletes.

Tickets can be bought from www.coreadvantage.com.au/power, but get in quick as they will sell out.

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.