Joe McCullum on Exercising Creativity, Tumbling for Injury Prevention and Advice for Coaches in an Inflated Market (#1)

ABOUT JOE

Joe McCullum is the head Strength and Conditioning coach at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada.

What a way to kick things off with UBC’s head S&C coach, Joe McCullum! We cover the importance of exercising creativity for varsity athletes, why Joe believes tumbling holds secrets for injury prevention, and some advice for new S&C coaches on their journey through an inflated market.

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SHOW NOTES

✔️00.00-00.21
CBD Mountain

✔️00.21-06.36
The Covid challenge of programming 650 athletes across 25 different teams, to be able to train at home with no equipment

✔️06.40-8.25
The importance of consistency over equipment availability, and adaptations for the rowing and swimming teams.

✔️8.46-11.12
Joe’s beliefs on increasing performance over maintaining performance markers, even in-season. How this challenging time has influenced adaptability, creativity and motivation.

✔️11.19-13.30
The 80s training approach towards off-season modalities vs current methods, hypothetical return dates and returning to the gym space in a clean manner when by default, gyms are dirty

✔️13.35-16.22
Gym space management parameters if groups are not allowed to form, and adaptability being forced mentally and physically.

✔️16.28-23.30
Advice to the varsity athletes who are feeling frustrated, framing this time as an opportunity, and changing how we behave post-Covid to avoid cognitive dissonance.

✔️23.35-25.55
Reorganising our time to avoid the superfluous, appreciating the art of preparation and gaining a competitive edge
Nassim Taleb – Antifragile

✔️25.58- 30.00
The concept of “low hanging fruit”, how it applies to training through the Covid period and why it is different to “bottom feeding”.

✔️30.01-36.06
Getting off Netflix, start reading books and be grateful.
The Book of Five Rings – Miyamoto Musashi
The Art of War – Sun Tzu
The Tao of Jeet Kune Do – Bruce Lee
The Red Wheelbarrow – William Carlos Williams

✔️36.06-37.07
How UBC athletes are getting creative with their training, learning new skills and maintaining routine

✔️37.14-39.48
Wrestling, what drew Joe to training one of the hardest sports, how his coaches employed the multi-sport model, and the importance of staying inoculated for contact year-round.

✔️39.50-44.50
What wrestling did for Joe’s rugby and American football skills, and attributes of sport; falling, yielding and learning how to hold tension.

✔️44.54-49.07
Why kids need to be coached on the skills of perspective, and why Joe believes tumbling and falling to be paramount for injury prevention.

✔️49.10-51.45
Why falling is taught first in the (bullshit-free) martial arts world, why learning to dissipate force is vital, and how kazushi is a principle that translates to any sporting situation

✔️51.50-53.20
Fear of failing, being comfortable with the uncomfortable and how it translates to work in the gym

✔️53.25-58.00
Joe’s footballing career, realising how wrestling gave him an advantage and the average football career lengths.

✔️58.01-1.04.42
Joe’s journey to becoming an S&C coach, why he decided to leave the private sector to work in the varsity realm, and thriving in chaos.

✔️1.04.50-1.12.20
Academic inflation, how it affects the S&C industry and if experience is any better than education.

✔️1.12.25-01.15.17
Is there an ideal route that new strength coaches should take?

✔️1.15.20-1.17.20
Why professionalism matters

✔️1.17.28-1.20.57
Social Media, how it relates to a crisis and whether it’s needed.
Joe McCullum and Carmen Bott on landing S&C jobs

✔️1.21.04-1.24.19
What the future holds for Joe’s coaching career

✔️1.24.20-Finish

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