Historic Performance Podcast #3 - Luke Jenkinson

 
 

In the third episode of the Historic Performance Podcast, I interview Luke Jenkinson, Lead Academy Strength & Conditioning Coach for Sheffield United Football Club.  Luke specializes in youth soccer development from U-9 up to U-21.  Recently, Luke was invited to present his movement skills foundation program at the FA Foundation Phase Annual Conference.  

Luke is a strong proponent of using multi-sport invasion games and open loop environments with youth soccer players ranging in age from 9 to 14 to prevent early burn-out and the increased injury rates that are generally seen in early specialization athletes.  In this episode, he discusses how he takes a player at 8 years old and uses S&C to help them physically develop into a player that can withstand the physical demands of the sport when that player hopefully makes their first-team debut for Sheffield.  

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

  • Luke Jenkinson's Background
  • How academies are categorized in England
  • The structure of the Sheffield United Academy
  • The Coaching Philosophy at the club
  • How that coaching philosophy influences gym-based S&C programming and periodization
  • Fitness Testing at different age groups from U-12 to U-21
  • How the fitness testing is used to individualize programs 
  • How Sheffield United monitors fatigue, player load and recovery at the Academy level using wellness questionnaires and the PlayerTek GPS system
  • The dangers of early single sport specialization and how to avoid them
  • Recommendations and tips for young coaches

To contact Luke Jenkinson:

LinkedIn: Luke Jenkinson

Twitter: @LukeGatus

E-mail: Luke Jenkinson

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