Child to Champion – Speaker Focus: Alex Natera

Alex Natera

When we began planning Child To Champion 2017 one of the first people I spoke to was Alex Natera, we are really excited to have him join us to present on 3 topics across the weekend which will now also include a pre-conference workshop on Friday 7th April 2017, full details will be confirmed this week.

I’ve been fortunate to spend quite a lot of time over the last year talking to Alex and his colleagues out at the Aspire Academy in Qatar as we’ve been sharing ideas around LTAD and Talent Identification.

If you’ve not heard Alex talk yet, I’d highly recommend checking out the two podcasts he has done with Rob Pacey on the Pacey Performance Podcast – Episode 44 (Part 1) & Episode 45 (Part 2). There is some fantastic content in the discussions and the episodes will give you a great insight of what to expect from Alex at the conference this year alongside the overviews of his upcoming talks below.

The development of discrete muscle actions in the running based athlete- eccentric and isometric training options (Practical Session)

Traditional resistance training, where the successful execution of the concentric portion of the lift is the primary focus, can often under train and therefore under develop the isometric and eccentric muscle actions associated with many sporting demands. In this practical we’ll look at how to emphasise these discrete muscle actions in the development and physical preparation for running based tasks. The technical considerations, progressions and why, how and when to implement each exercise will be discussed throughout this workshop.  The content within this practical will include video, live demonstrations and an opportunity to perform the exercises.

From the MSSD Program through to Rio- Filling in the Physical Literacy “gap” – Training to Train and Training to Compete the Aspire Academy way (Presentation)

In this presentation the Aspire Academy youth development model will be explained from pre-Academy entry to Olympic Games qualification. The world over is facing similar issues in the growing “gap” in youth physical literacy. The presentation starts by looking at the ways we try to bridge this gap in primary schools through our Multi Sport Skill Development Program. An overview of the successful Aspire Academy development model will then be explained from inception to graduating into the scholarship system, and our unprecedented representation at Rio. Specific reference to our philosophy on strength & conditioning and the model that we follow will be discussed along with the many lessons learnt and the continual reflection that has changed our “model”- to be less of a “model”.

Strength and power development in the elite student athlete- the practical application of strength programmes in an elite youth academy (Presentation)

This presentation examines the real life application of programming strength and power development in elite student athlete, with a particular focus on the speed, strength, power athletes. A thorough look at the decision-making processes around programming through the later adolescent stages and how to balance holistic development with performance training. An in depth looks at the KPI’s and strength and power targets are discussed and a look at what happens when targets are met or surpassed. Case studies and the results of various programmes are presented and discussed throughout.

I’m sure you’ll agree the proposed talks sound fantastic and both myself and Mike are really excited to hear Alex presenting.

If you want to be there too you can book on to Child To Champion 2017 here and take advantage of the early bird pricing which includes FREE access to the pre-conference workshop for the first 20 people that book.

 

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