Summer Speed Series

PART 4 - Damian Harper

Enhancing the acceleration capabilities of Team Sport Athletes

Topic

Enhancing the deceleration and change of direction for Team Sports Athletes.

  • External and internal load demands of decelerating.
  • Identification of important deceleration specific physical/motor capacities.
  • Assessment of deceleration qualities including: obtaining a horizontal deceleration profile and obtaining information on deceleration related neuromuscular performance characteristics from countermovement and drop jump assessments.
  • Using the force-velocity spectrum to develop a deceleration-training framework.
  • Discussion on different strategies to develop deceleration proficiency. 

About Damian Harper

Damian Harper MSc, CSci, ASCC, FHEA

Damian Harper is an academic, practitioner and consultant in human sports performance. He is internationally recognised for the impact his research has had on contemporary sports performance practices. Damian’s current research is focused on the importance of deceleration for health and performance. He has published numerous articles in this area, and developed some of the first evidence-based approaches that can be used to assess, monitor and train an athlete’s deceleration capabilities. 

Damian has consulted with major international sports organisations around the assessment and implementation of training systems for deceleration – this has included the development of the ‘braking strength’ framework for the English Football Association. Damian is also well known for his research in reactive strength and the development of the 10 to 5 repeated jump test – a test protocol that is used world-wide by practitioners, and also built into well-known performance assessment software such as ForceDecks and trainwithPUSH.

Damian is a professional accredited member of the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES) and UK Strength and Conditioning Association (UKSCA). He has extensive experience of working in the provision of sport science and strength and conditioning support across a variety of sports. Currently, Damian occupies external roles leading the development of physical performance for elite girls football as part of the England Talent pathway. 

His Philosophy

Damian’s training philosophy is centred on ensuring athletes have the relevant resources to meet the demands of activities that pose the greatest threat to an athletes health during sports competition. This philosophy to training is developed on the belief the most detrimental impact on motor control and skill is tissue damage or a threat to tissue damage. Therefore, increasing athletes resilience to meet these high-risk challenges can help to ensure co-ordination, efficiency and technical skill is fully exploited during sports competition.

Information

Ticket Price: £120 per workshop
Time: 12:00-17:00

Discounts: We are offering a £40.00 discount to female coaches and £80 discount to students upon proof of study. Contact [email protected] to receive a discount code.
We are also offering discounts on multiple bookings.

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Venue

Lee Valley Athletics Centre, Enfield, London, N9 0AR

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Schedule

12:00
12:15
12:30
12:45
13:00
13:15
13:30
13:45
14:00
14:15
14:30
14:45
15:00
15:15
15:30
15:45
16:00
16:15
16:30
16:45
17:00
Summary of research and implications for training theory. Presenter: Damian
Comfort break and discussion Presenter: Jonas
Practical 1 - Assessment of Deceleration qualities Presenter: Damian
Comfort break and discussion Presenter: Jonas
Practical 2 - Training deceleration qualities Presenter: Damian
Discussion on planning implications and periodisation/ Q+A Presenter: Damian