EIS video series
Jane Fylan speaks with the English Institute of Sport's Head of Strength and Conditioning Alex Wolf. The interview is split into 4 videos covering different topics within Strength and Conditioning:
Strength & Conditioning & Performance
- How would you define strength & conditioning, and other terminology such as physical preparation or athletic development, for Athletics?
- Could you explain the terms fundamental movements and physical competency and why they are relevant to all Event Groups
- What contribution can strength and conditioning make to improved performance?
Event Group Differences
- We’ve heard people talk about developing the appropriate physical qualities for the events. Can you explain what this means?
- How do the Event Groups differ in their physical quality emphasis – for example comparing endurance athletes to heavy throwers?
- How can a well-structured and progressive S&C programme help develop a more robust athlete and therefore avoid injury?
- How can endurance athletes benefit from strength & conditioning training?
Strength & Conditioning or Weightlifting?
- Is strength and conditioning training just about lifting heavy weights?
- Can you outline why it is important to develop trunk strength for athletic performance?
- How important is Olympic style lifting for athletes and are there alternative approaches?
- If strength & conditioning contributes to improved performance isn’t just doing more the answer to getting better?
- If a sprinter does not have access to a good strength training facility, can you outline what other methods they might use?
Recovery and Performance
- What are the differences in recovery times for athletes between forms of training such as weightlifting, plyometrics, long interval running sessions?
- We see a lot of club and elite athletes using foam rollers and tennis balls before and after training. Can you explain the benefits of this?
- What are your recommendations on stretching after a sprinting, lifting or plyometrics or session?