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Sport – Coach Foulds (BSc.)| Consultant| Educator| Eternal Student| Hilarious


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[NEWS] Athlete KILLED Bench Pressing – And how to stop it happening to you!

I would like to know the specifics of how this happened! Bench, grip, program, spotting position etc. There was originally a lot of talk of suicide / false grip after initial reports suggested it fell on his chest. This article states his “neck” and he also had at least one spotter. It should also be noted Thomson was a decorated athlete, not a beginner and that just over a year ago, a similar incident almost killed USC running back Stafon Johnson. I assume he (Thomson) has just gone to complete muscle failure and the bar wasn’t caught in time. I’m trying to find another article, from memory an NFL player died in a very similar incident a couple of years ago (Perhaps an American friend can shed some light)

Take away for me is try to get THREE spotters when maxing out your lifts. (2 side, 1 above/behind) My students will know how much emphasis I put on the importance of proper spotting, even failed a prac’s for incorrect and unsafe spotting. NOTE for spotters: Communicate! Have a head spotter and work off their calls! And lifters who claim the bar was taken too early: better one second too early then one second too late. You are not competing for world titles in your local Globo Gym.

Also, try ensure you bench in a rack that has horizontal pins / safety bars and set them just below your arch (so when you’re relaxed / no longer arching the pins are above your body). This way if you do fail, the bar will never land on any part of you (your throat will also be lower than your chest, which will be lower than the pins) BUT you can still touch your chest above the pins! (It wasn’t a rep if the bar didn’t touch your chest!)

Train hard, train heavy, but do it safely!

Thoughts and condolences with Thomson’s family and friends. RIP.

Original News article: Des Moines Man Killed in Weight Lifting Accident

Coaching Reflections: Dale Tapping (VFL Coach, Collingwood FC)

tappingRecently I was lucky enough to hear Collingwood Magpies VFL coach Dale Tapping speak. This article will reflect on how his teachings compare to my own philosophies. It was very reassuring to know that a coach as successful as him holds the same characteristics as high as I do and that I am on the right path with my own coaching.

Dale stated taking an interest in your players is one of the most important characteristics a coach can have. The “Building Relationships” chapter of my own procedure manual opens with the famous Theodore Roosevolt quote “Noone cares how much you know, until you show how much you care” and I don’t think I, nor Dale, could say it better.

Other key characteristics Tapping spoke of, in no particular order, of a great coach that reflect on my own philosophy and my interpretations are:

Integrity – Coaches have to live by one of the strictest moral codes in any profession

Loyalty – You cannot create “buy in” with your players if they expect you to up and leave

Reliability – Your players must be able to depend on you, as you expect of them

Communication – Noone cares how good your message is if you cant deliver it

Enthusiasm – A contagious emotion, no one wants to spend time with someone who doesn’t want to be there

Friends – To many, having players as friends is a fine line and I can see how this could be so; however, I believe the opposite, being unapproachable is more detrimental

Empathy – As per the previously mentioned Theodore Roosevolt quote: “Noone cares how much you know, until you show how much you care”

Attitude – A positive attitude is contagious and a must as a coach. A negative attitude is a cancer and must be dealt with ASAP

Tapping also mentioned the keys to become a better coach and again it’s reassuring to know I’m already doing some of these, but also made clearer some areas I can further develop:

Learn from others but develop your own ideas – This is something I learned from old Bruce Lee tapes and used to develop my martial arts skill set over the past decade (be a sponge, use what works and throw out what doesn’t)

Engage mentor, discuss progress – Tappings speech motivated me to get in touch with a former mentor and organise permanent hours with him

Plan and prepare – Being a perfectionist this is easy for me but Winston Churchill said it best: “Fail to plan, plan to fail”

Share knowledge – Tapping mentioned a Phil Gould talk that hit home for him, but as a martial arts instructor, the more knowledge your students have, the faster they learn, the better training partners they become

Handle challenges – Challenges are inevitable in life and coaching and whilst we may not always make the right decision overcoming these, shying away will mean we learn nothing at all. This is also characteristic of leadership; people will look to you in times of challenge

Invest time in your own players – I think Tappings definition of a coach/player relationship as an “investment” says it all

Tapping also went on to describe his Point Of Difference in the definition of Team Responsibility, commonly written as: Know your role – Play your role, as “Accept your role”. This creates ownership; just because a player knows and plays their role does not mean they accept the responsibilities that come with it.

Seek mentors, read biographies of the greats and attend as many events as you can. As the saying goes “Success leaves clues” and we can use the crumbs they’ve left to accelerate our own learning curve and careers.

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For my international friends, in a few words, I cannot convey what this means. Luke Beveridge (coach) just took a team of young men to their first championship in 64 years, in only his 2nd year at the highest level of Australian Rules Football. Not long ago they survived a merger by a few dollars. This team, these men, represent the heart and soul of blue collar Australia. They weren’t pretty, their skills weren’t the cleanest, they’re raw but they BELIEVED and just did not know how to lose. The man he’s giving the medal to is captain Robert Murphy, who has bled blue, red and white for this club for 16 years, only to suffer a season-ending knee injury in round 3 and be forced watch his men win the flag from the sidelines. The coach brought him onto the stage, gave him HIS medal and stood in the background while Murphy and replacement captain Easton Wood presented the cup to the 100,000 strong crowd (and tens of millions around the world!). Their rise, besides their opponents, captured the rest of the nation’s 24 million residents hearts, who forgot their own team for a week. As a coach, it is never about you, it is only ever to bring out the best in the people you represent and Beveridge is the epitome of this.


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