Transfer of Training – “Assessing, Not Guessing”
Steffan is a former International Rugby Player and International Cricket Player who is now a high performance coach specialising in fast bowling, javelin and baseball.
I was born in the deepest south, South Wales! I represented my country at both cricket and rugby all the way up to U21s. I was the last dual professional sportsman, playing both rugby and cricket. I retired from professional rugby in 1997 and continued with my cricket career untilI finally retired at the age of 39 years in 2011. In the later part of my career I combined S+C Coach and Fast bowling coach with playing.
I graduated from Loughborough University in 1996 with a Sports Science degree before moving to Cambridge University to undertake my PGCE in Physcial Education where I also gained my blues.
I follow the mantra of James Smith’s ‘governing dynamics of coaching’ whereby I believe every coach should have the understanding and underlying knowledge on all aspects of performance. Whether physical, tactical, psychological and technical. I’m one of a very few, if the only one in the cricket world who has the qualifications to do all. I’m also UKSCA accredited and Level 3 ECB cricket coach.
My philosophy to performance training is simple, ‘does it transfer?’ I follow the ‘Bondarchuk’ training system which forms the basis , along with ‘Inno-sport’ concepts of my ‘Pacelab Training System’. The PST is based on layering intervention methods tailored to the individual needs of each fast bowler. What is their limiting factors. Based on the ‘PST profiling system’ , using various equipment such as 1080 Sprint an individualised plan is designed. Currently I coach in the IPL for the Rajasthan Royals, along with advising individual bowlers globally including India’s highest capped fast bowler Ishant Sharma and also have begun to impact all throwing events such as Javelin and Baseball. The PST unique technical intervention model, called the ‘skill stability paradigm’ which respects the principles of motor learning, changing or stabilising technique has had a marked impact on the throwing world. Many MLB teams and javelin coaches utilise this unique isometric focused method for grooving new motor patterns.
I firmly believe in ‘assessing not guessing’ and deal in facts and data. Every trainer can have an opinion, but when you deal in exact ball velocities as I do I need measurable and if isn’t worth testing its not worth doing.
Both Steffan and Jonas will be discussing the transfer of training covering the theories of Bondarchuk and Pacelab Training System.
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