May 31, 2020
This week on the Way of Champions Podcast, we welcome Nick
Winkelman, head of athletic performance & science for the
Irish Rugby Football Union. He is also the author of The Language of Coaching
, a book that
focuses on the impact that communication has on an individual’s
ability to learn and perform a movement. We discuss how Nick got
into movement skill development, how we can assess if out athletes
are learning, and we div deep into the idea of “queuing” athletes
Nick's primary role with the Irish Rugby Football
Union is to oversee the delivery and development of strength &
conditioning and sports science across all national (Men and Women)
and provincial teams (Leinster, Munster, Connacht, and Ulster).
Before working for Irish Rugby, Nick was the director of education
and training systems for EXOS (formerly Athletes' Performance),
located in Phoenix, AZ. As the director of education, Nick oversaw
the development and execution of all internal and external
educational initiatives. As a performance coach, Nick oversaw the
speed and assessment component of the EXOS NFL Combine Development
Program and supported many athletes across the NFL, MLB, NBA,
National Sports Organizations, and Military. Nick completed his PhD
through Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions with a
dissertation focus on motor skill learning and sprinting. Nick is a
recognized speaker and consultant on human performance and coaching
science and has numerous book chapters and peer reviewed papers
focusing on the intersection between coaching language and athlete
Highlights from the Podcast:
Nick shares how he got into movement skill
Where did the book “The Language of Coaching” come from?
How do we know if our athletes are actually learning?
“Attention is the currency of Learning."
Nick breaks down the idea of “queuing"
Internal vs External queues
Crafting better queues for athlete development
Nick shares examples for queuing like “Rise like a Jet taking
off”, “from head to heel, strong as steel” and "beat the
The three Ds: Distance, Direction, and Description
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