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Duncan French – English Institute of Sport – Recruiting S&C, personality, creativity #9

Duncan French – English Institute of Sport – Recruiting S&C, personality, creativity #9

Duncan French is a world leader in performance coaching and sports science. He’s someone worth listening to for anyone interested in working at the elite end of sport.


Some highlights:

  • ” Gymnastics are critical to athletes”
  • Strength training for Taekwondo
  • Working in the English Premier League – Newcastle United
  • Working in the US College basketball system
  • CrossFit for pro-sport?
  • Don’t just add load – get performance
  • Too many programs don’t challenge the body enough to cause adaptation
  • Having a mentor was a key to success
  • Make your cover letter and resume stand out because the person reading it is probably bored / tired
  • England Institute of Sport tend to recruit personality and problem solving ability ahead of academic qualifications and even experience
  • Understanding the culture of a sport is critical before you knowledge base can be used
  • Do the basics well as a coach, know how to coach as well as the science

What message would you like to give to yourself at 20? – BE INQUISITIVE, STAY HUMBLE

 

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