Entries in Coaching Conferences (8)

Tuesday
Jan142014

2013 World Rowing Coaches Conference: Tallinn, Estonia

World Rowing Coaches Conferences are hailed as the leading source of high quality coaches information and resources for the top coaches from around the world. 

This years 2013 World Rowing Coaches Conference was held in Tallinn, Estonia. 

 

The 2013 World Rowing Coaches Conference Talks:

Johan Foldin: 'My Experiences'. 

Annelen Collatz: 'Coach the Coach - practical psychological work'.  

Teet Seene: 'Age-Related Changes in Skeletal Muscle'.

Dr Malcolm Brown: 'Phasing in preparation of triathletes'.

 

Tuesday
Jan142014

Phasing in preparation of triathletes

Dr Malcolm Brown was the Olympic Team Leader in 2012. His talk on phasing in Triathlon looked at certain factors that lead to Great Britain's success over the last few years, lessons that are applicable to rowing. In multi-sport, there are key factors to consider. Training volumes and specific periodization across three disciplines. 

Key points were covered: 

- Leadership and coaching. 

- The Training environment.

- The Culture within that training environment. 

- Building at team for international competition. 

- Progression.

- Training structure and periodization. 

For more on Malcolm Brown's talk: Phasing in preparation of triathletes

Tuesday
Nov262013

My experiences - Johan Flodin

Johan Flodin, has been awarded the 2013 World Rowing Coach of the year. For good reason: He is the man behind Norway's incredible World Championship results where the men's double scull and the men's lightweight double scull won gold.

Flodin is a former Olympian himself, having raced in Atlanta in 1996. Following which, he worked with 2010s World Champion women's single sculler: Frida Svensson. Only after London 2012, did Flodin take the position as the Head Rowing Coach in Norway. 

Johan Flodin's talk

Flodin's talk covered the following topics:

- Norway structure: Two main centers with 4 regions. One paid coach with 11 athletes in the elite group. 

- Long term development: A review of the structure. 

- Training: Focussed based all year strength and power program. Personalized training program vital for success in athletes. Important to have variety in the training program. Athlete care is vital due to limited numbers.  

- Planning: A periodized model for physiological development. 

- Technique: Keep it simple. Basis off the Italian rowing of the 80s. Economy of rowing.  

- The environment: “Performance is the sum of all behavior. It is what we do every day; it is our environment,” Flodin says.

For more: Johan Flodin's presentation

 

Wednesday
Nov062013

Visual and auditory / acoustic feedback to optimise rowing technique and boat acceleration

Schaffert's presentation followed on from Matte. Here she saught to bring to the attention of coaches the science behind listening to the boat run. In particular, the causal relationship between movement and sould. He presentation, the Visual and auditory/acoustic feedback to optimise rowing technique and boat acceleration’ looked at this relationship and how a crews perception of it can be enhanced. 

 Key points in Schaffer's presentation: 

- Sonification: The synthetic transformation of data from the boat's movement into sound. 

- The Accrow system used by the German team boats. This creates a specific sound which reacts to each phase and rhytm of the stroke there by creating an intuitive understanding of how the boat is moving. 

The results of which, Shaffer stated that there was a significant increase in mean boat velocity and qyalitative changes in boat acceleration. 

Further reading: 

New Measuring and on Water Coaching Device for Rowing: Klaus Mattes, Nina Schaffert (2010). Provided by the Journal of Human Sport and Exercise online. 

More talks for the Youth Coaching Conference:

Arne Gullich's presentation on Considering long term sustainability in talent promotion – Implications for talent development in rowing.'

Marc Swienty's presentation on the Olympic training centre and rowing boarding school Ratzeburg: Structures and objectives.’ 

Mario Woldt on Actual aspects and considerations of ethics in sport.

Klaus Mattes on: ‘Diagnostic of rowing performance and technique to optimise technique training

Nina Schaffert on: 'Visual and auditory / acoustic feedback to optimise rowing technique and boat acceleration'

 

 

Wednesday
Nov062013

Diagnostic of rowing performance and technique to optimise technique training

We were fortunate enough to have Klaus Mattes present on the topic: Diagnostic of rowing performance and technique to optimise technique training

Mahe Drysdale and Ondrej Synek was used as examples as to how rowers can apply technique under different conditions and importantly, during different segments of the 2000m race, whether it be at the start or in the last 250m. Using the 2013 World Champion, Synek, and the 2012 Olympic Champion, he went onto note how individual characteristics of internationally successful rowing teams can be misinterpreted as "a development of rowing technique".

Mattes explained the following:

- How rowing technique can be tested with the help of biomechanics.

- How results from these biomenchanical measurements can be interpreted.

- Using biomechanical feedback from racing.

Key areas that were identified were:

- Biomechanical measurement such as force angles in the gate, foot stretches and the boat.

- The rowing angle, stroke phases as well as boat velocity.

Using these, Mattes explained that the graphs used from elite German crews highlighted that these different measurements before and after feedback could positively impact on the cure and therefore boat speed.

For more on this topic: 

More talks for the Youth Coaching Conference:

Arne Gullich's presentation on Considering long term sustainability in talent promotion – Implications for talent development in rowing.'

Marc Swienty's presentation on the Olympic training centre and rowing boarding school Ratzeburg: Structures and objectives.’ 

Mario Woldt on Actual aspects and considerations of ethics in sport.

Klaus Mattes on: ‘Diagnostic of rowing performance and technique to optimise technique training

Nina Schaffert on: 'Visual and auditory / acoustic feedback to optimise rowing technique and boat acceleration'

 

Wednesday
Nov062013

Olympic training centre and rowing boarding school Ratzeburg: Structures and objectives.

Marc Swienty's talk on the Olympic training centre and rowing boarding school Ratzeburg: Structures and objectives.’ 

At first glance, this looked like something right out of the cold war. However, the 'school' aims to provide a high performance atmosphere that combines education and sport. In Europe, "Schools that Row" are rare, unlike in Great Britain. Hence the novelty of a school offering a rowing and education focus. The school offers full-time boarding while the academy provides everything young rowers need to succeed. 

The Olympic Training Centre and rowing boarding school:

- Training at a high performance centre. 

- Studying at nearby schools. 

Marc Swienty's talk highlighted that London 2012's Olympic champions: Lauritz Schoof (men's quad) and Florian Mennigen (men's eight) were part of the academy.  

More talks for the Youth Coaching Conference:

Arne Gullich's presentation on Considering long term sustainability in talent promotion – Implications for talent development in rowing.'

Marc Swienty's presentation on the Olympic training centre and rowing boarding school Ratzeburg: Structures and objectives.’ 

Mario Woldt on Actual aspects and considerations of ethics in sport.

Klaus Mattes on: ‘Diagnostic of rowing performance and technique to optimise technique training

Nina Schaffert on: 'Visual and auditory / acoustic feedback to optimise rowing technique and boat acceleration'

 

 

Tuesday
Nov052013

Learnings in knowledge and speed at Youth Coaches Conference

This year’s World Rowing Youth Coaches Conference took place in Hamburg, Germany from 24 – 27 October 2013.

The theme was “building up the next generation – applied aspects of coaching in young talented rowers.”

At the recent Learnings in knowledge and speed at Youth Coaches Conference held in Hamburge, Germany, the World Rowing Youth Coaches Conference shed some interesting light on on physiological research, biomechanics and performance related lessons. Most notable of which was the German junior rowing system. Which, this year, reclaimed its former position as the lead junior rowing nation. 

The following talks were presented: 

Arne Gullich's presentation on Considering long term sustainability in talent promotion – Implications for talent development in rowing.'

Marc Swienty's presentation on the Olympic training centre and rowing boarding school Ratzeburg: Structures and objectives.’ 

Mario Woldt on Actual aspects and considerations of ethics in sport.

Klaus Mattes on: ‘Diagnostic of rowing performance and technique to optimise technique training

Nina Schaffert on: 'Visual and auditory / acoustic feedback to optimise rowing technique and boat acceleration'

 

Saturday
Aug272011

Marry Mahon 1994 ARA Conference: Video


Harry Mahon

Harry Mahon was one of the true enlightened coaches of the modern age of rowing. His career spanned over 20 years of international coaching. True greats of the rowing world such as Xeno Muller, Rob Waddell, the Great Britain Men's Eight (Olympic Gold in 2000), and Greg Searle were amongst some of the Olympic rowers who were lucky enough to be guided by Harry Mahon.  

For more information, read Harry Mahon: The Age of Enlightenment. Please support The Harry Mahon Cancer Research Trust.

Harry Mahon ARA Conference

 

For the rest of the videos, see:

Harry Mahon's Rowing Technique Volume 1

Harry Mahon's Rowing Technique Volume 2