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Wednesday 10 October 2012

Learning About Athletics Through the Study of Other Sports

Famous track coach Bud Winter coached 37 World Record Holders and 21 Olympians.  Check out his website here: http://www.budwinter.com/

On the right side of this website, you can sign up for its newsletter and receive a free snippet from a 1974 interview with John Wooden.  All you have to do is plug in your email address!

Additionally, this website offers a link to purchase a 1.5 hour + lecture by old school distance running coach Arthur Lydiard.  I bought it -- and have it on two disks.  It's a great listen for anyone interested in distance training and understanding what Coach Lydiard calls: the "tireless state".

1 comment:

  1. Great stuff Paul! A good book to grab a hold of is 'Swim to the Top' - Lydiard on Swimming. Basically it's a translation of Lydiard's 'Running to the Top'. It's simple to follow and worth checking out. I have both books.

    On the subject of learning about athletics through the study of other sports, one thing I like to do is watch sports documentaries or sports series. I am a big boxing fan and love to watch how trainers interact with their boxers. It's an interesting concept to consider, because the interpersonal relationships and trust factors involved are worth noting. One of my favorite boxing trainers is Freddy Roach. HBO had a great show 'On Freddy Roach'. I will study things like this, and one can learn a good amount this way too. HBO also has a series 'Real Sports' and they did a segment on former NFL Coach Jon Grudin, and last year did one on Butler Basketball Coach Brad Stevens. Seeing how these guys study film, or how they interact with their players can aid coaches of all sports.