Historic Performance Podcast #100 - Dr. Tony Strudwick


In the 100th episode of the Historic Performance Podcast, I interview Dr. Tony Strudwick. Dr. Strudwick is the Head of Performance at Manchester United F.C.

Dr. Tony Strudwick began his football career as a player with Colchester United, but did not make a first team appearance for the club. He gave up playing and moved into coaching. He previously worked with Coventry City, West Ham United and The Football Association before becoming one of Mark Hughes' first appointments when he took over as manager of Blackburn Rovers in 2004. Dr. Strudwick was at Blackburn for three seasons, before Manchester United approached him as a replacement for their outgoing fitness coach, Valter Di Salvo, in the summer of 2007.

In this episode, Dr. Strudwick discusses building a high performance culture, the Manchester United philosophy on athletic development, learning and development, and the future of sports science.

Overview of Podcast Episode

Here is a brief outline of what we covered in the show - 

  • The evolution of the high performance 1st team structure (2007 - 2013) under Sir Alex Ferguson 
  • 4 Pillars of the Manchester United philosophy on athletic development
  • Street football culture & how Manchester United keeps it as a cornerstone of their curriculum
  • Learning environments for Generation Y & Z
  • Cognitive research & its future impact on football
  • Future challenges that sport scientists will face in the next 5 years

Connect with Dr. Strudwick

Twitter: @StrudwickTony

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