This video blog just might change the way you study and prepare for your athletes.

This post contains an in-depth interview with Jay Dawes on How to Apply Academics to Coaching in the Trenches. Jay is  a researcher, strength and conditioning coach, author, and assistant strength and conditioning Professor at the University of Colorado at Colorado-Springs.

How to Apply Academics to Coaching in the Trenches, Jay Dawes, Academics to athletics, exercise physiology

At some point, most coaches either dive headfirst into exercise academia or coaching, without much overlap. Luckily, Jay has.

Through his experience as a Strength and Conditioning coach, author, researcher, and former Director of Education at the NSCA Jay has the hands on experience to truly demystify the gap between science and in the trenches practice.

Whether you’re a Coach or academic researcher, it’s vital you understand the differences between science and practice, possible and impossible, practical and impractical.

If you want to merge your education and self-study with real coaching for better athletic performance, then this is the medicine you need.

This is a must-listen for all coaches and practicioners. Have a question or comment on applying research to your coaching? Leave us your thoughts on your ESS profile or Facebook page.


0:15-3:45 Where Jay Is Now

  • There doesn’t need to be exact research for every single decision you make, but you do need science to back up what and “why” you’re implementing your coaching.
  • Strength and Conditioning Coach for Woman’s Soccer team while working as an assistant professor.
  • The importance of applying Science, Periodization
  • The Difference between Theory and Practice and the Importance for Strength Coaches to be well versed in both and staying in the trenches. Some research and texts are alot like communism, great in theory, very difficult to implement in practice.

1:15 Developing Agility and Quickness for NSCA

  •  Theoretical underpinnings of agility and quickness for athletes
  • The importance of intent for movement training, agility

4:45 Merging Science and Practical Coaching

  • Theory and Practice and two different things, sports, performance, and health are too multifaceted to be blindly applied. Research is extremely controlled and variable, but application is chaotic.

8:00 Role as director Education for the NSCA

  • Coordinate educational products, certifications for personal trainers, coaches, and other practicioners
  • Develop ideas and trends for the fitness industry

9:30 Trends in the Fitness Industry

  • Where do things fit in the bigger picture based on the athlete and their demands
  • Blending steady state training with high intensity interval training with athletes
  • The Steady State versus High Intensity debate

10:45 Tactical Performance Training

  • “What do you have to do to be fit for duty?”
  • Defining the needs analysis and get hard numbers to predict the ability for tactical personal to do their job
  • The hidden difficulties of programming fitness assessments that can make or break a career or a job.

15:45 Back in Strength and Conditioning Coaching

  • Challenges of Re-engaging into the College Strength and Conditioning Field
  • Managing the hidden randomness of practice and training schedules
  • Make sure all athletes have the appropriate base for training before jumping into higher levels of training. Do your athletes all have the foundational base they need for training?

17:15 Fundamentals and Why Strength is Vital

18:00 The Biggest Key for Success for Young Coaches to be successful in the field

Links to Resources Mentioned:

NSCA Speed and Agility

Maximum Interval Training 

Jay Dawes is an Assistant Professor of Strength and Conditioning at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. He has worked as a strength/performance coach, personal trainer, educator, and post-rehabilitation specialist for over 15 years, and continues to act as a performance consultant for a wide variety of athletes, law enforcement officers, and those in physically demanding occupations. He is certified by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist® with Distinction (CSCS,*D®) and a NSCA-Certified Personal Trainer® with Distinction (NSCA-CPT,*D®), the American College of Sports Medicine as a Health Fitness Specialist (ACSM-HFS), United States of America Weightlifting (USAW) as a Club Coach, and the Australian Strength and Conditioning Association (ASCA) as a Level 2 Strength and Conditioning Coach. Additionally, Dawes was recognized as a Fellow of the NSCA in 2009.

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