What is Historic Performance?
Based in New York City, Historic Performance was created by James Darley to provide quality strength and conditioning information to soccer players. On the site, you will have access to blog posts, published articles, and the Historic Performance Podcast, which features some of the brightest strength & conditioning coaches, sports scientists, and physiotherapists in the world.
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.
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.
In the 99th episode of the Historic Performance Podcast, I interview Devan McConnell. Devan is the Head Hockey Sports Performance Coach at University of Massachusetts Lowell.
In this episode, Devan discusses using the concept of tactical periodization for ice hockey, physiological monitoring, and recovery and regeneration.
In the 98th episode of the Historic Performance Podcast, I interview John Kiely. John is a Senior Lecturer in Elite Performance at the University of Central Lancashire.
In this episode, John discusses neuroplasticity, the legacy of injury, and restoring movement variability during rehabilitation and return to play.
In the 97th episode of the Historic Performance Podcast, I interview Dave Hamilton. Dave is the Assistant Athletic Director for Applied Health and Performance Science at Penn State University.
In this episode, Dave discusses his "performance equals potential minus interference" philosophy, narrative communication, Penn State University's high-performance initiative, and the pillars of the high performance structure at Penn State University.
In the 96th episode of the Historic Performance Podcast, I interview Anthony White. Anthony is the 1st Team Assistant Goalkeeping Coach & Goalkeeper Specific Sport Scientist at AFC Bournemouth.
In this episode, Anthony discusses integrating sports science with coaching from a goalkeeping perspective, the physiological demands placed on a goalkeeper both during training and games, and specific case studies as to how data can aid with coaching delivery to improve technical deficiencies.
In the 95th episode of the Historic Performance Podcast, I interview Alex Natera. Alex is a Senior Strength & Conditioning Coach at Aspire Academy Athletics in Doha, Qatar.
In this episode, Alex discusses the Aspire Academy youth development model, the deficiencies of just using traditional strength & power training with more advanced athletes, programming eccentric & high intensity isometric training, and the minimal effective dose needed to maintain eccentric adaptations.
In the 94th episode of the Historic Performance Podcast, I interview Mike Cantrell. Mike is a performance consultant for Applied Integration Consulting & a faculty member for the Postural Restoration Institute (PRI).
In this episode, Mike Cantrell discusses the science behind PRI, why asymmetries exist in the human body, compensation patterns, and how to integrate PRI into performance.
In the 93rd episode of the Historic Performance Podcast, I interview Brett Uttley. Brett is the 1st Assistant Coach for Rio Grande Valley Toros Football Club of the United Soccer League. Rio Grande are the 2nd team of the Houston Dynamo in Major League Soccer.
In this episode, Brett Uttley discusses tactical periodization, player monitoring, and developing a weekly soccer microcycle.
In the 92nd episode of the Historic Performance Podcast, I interview Dr. Mark Russell. Dr. Russell is a Reader in Performance Nutrition & Applied Exercise Physiology at Leeds Trinity University.
In this episode, Dr. Russell discusses nutritional ergogenic aids, physiological responses to carbohydrate ingestion in soccer players, and half-time strategies to enhance second-half performance in team sports.
In the 91st episode of the Historic Performance Podcast, I interview Sam Blanchard. Sam is the Academy Clinical Lead Physiotherapist for the Scottish Rugby Union.
In this episode, Sam discusses his multi-faceted theoretical rehabilitation model, non-linear pedagogy, and sensorimotor function progressions in rehabilitation.
In the 90th episode of the Historic Performance Podcast, I interview Dr. Scott Robinson. Dr. Robinson is an Exercise Physiologist and Performance Nutritionist at Guru Performance.
In this episode, Dr. Robinson discusses fat metabolism, high performance nutrition, sport supplements, and thoughts regarding training with a reduced carbohydrate availability for intermittent sport athletes.
In the 89th episode of the Historic Performance Podcast, I interview Chris Korfist. Chris is the Director of Education at Reflexive Performance Reset and an Illinois based track & field coach.
In this episode, Chris discusses reflexive performance reset, overspeed training, and skill acquisition.
In the 88th episode of the Historic Performance Podcast, I interview Adam Mattiussi. Adam is the Strength & Conditioning Coach for the Royal Ballet Company & Royal Ballet School.
In this episode, Adam discusses a day in the life of a ballet soloist at the Royal Ballet Company, utilizing blood flow restriction during early stage rehabilitation, and physical preparation for performance dance.
In the 87th episode of the Historic Performance Podcast, I interview Cody Roberts. Cody is an Assistant Strength & Conditioning Coach at the University of Iowa.
In this episode, Cody discusses isoinertial training, middle distance running energetics, and utilizing the Exxentric Kbox as a return to performance tool.
In the 86th episode of the Historic Performance Podcast, I interview Scott Salwasser. Scott is the Director of Speed & Power Development at Texas Tech University, where he works exclusively with the football team.
In this episode, Scott discusses force-velocity profiling, individualizing sprint & jump programming, and preparing athletes for the Texas Tech 2017 Pro Day.
In the 85th episode of the Historic Performance Podcast, I interview Matt Siniscalchi. Matt is the Head Strength & Conditioning Coach at the Philadelphia Union.
In this episode, Matt talks about the importance of athletic development for youth soccer players, the 4 athletic development pillars at the Philadelphia Union Academy, and why he is a proponent of gymnastics.
In the 84rd episode of the Historic Performance Podcast, I interview Pat Byrne. Pat is a global consultant in the area of fatigue management and sleep science.
In this episode, Pat talks about the validity of consumer grade sleep wearables, the three primary areas that impact an athlete's sleep, and the legalities of collecting sleep data with professional athletes.
In the 83rd episode of the Historic Performance Podcast, I interview Joseph Aratari. Joseph is the Head Strength & Conditioning Coach at Penfield High School & New York State Director for the National High School Strength Coaches Association.
In this episode, Joseph talks about building a high school strength & conditioning culture, his role as the NHSSCA New York State Director, and how he sees high school strength & conditioning growing in the Northeast.
In the 82nd episode of the Historic Performance Podcast, I interview Rhys Carr. Rhys is the Head of Fitness & Conditioning at Bristol City Football Club.
In this episode, Rhys talks about tactical periodization models, post-match recovery, and player monitoring.
In the 81st episode of the Historic Performance Podcast, I interview Jared Siegmund. Joshua is a Strength & Conditioning Coach at Inspired Athletx.
In this episode, Jared talks about planning an Olympic quad, the development of women's rugby in the United States, annual planning, and recovery methods.
In the 80th episode of the Historic Performance Podcast, I interview Joshua Bonhotal. Joshua is the Director of Performance for Men's Basketball and Diving at Purdue University.
In this episode, Joshua talks about his played-led coaching approach, the importance of language and mantras, conditioning for basketball, and how to search for internship opportunities.
In the 79th episode of the Historic Performance Podcast, I interview Michael Macri. Michael is the former sport scientist & head trainer at the South Sydney Rabbitohs.
In this episode, Michael talks about the high performance ecosystem, how to network as a strength & conditioning professional, how to contact organizations to visit them during continuing professional development visits, and marketing yourself as a strength & conditioning coach.
In the 78th episode of the Historic Performance Podcast, I interview Darren Ritchie. Darren is the Head of Coaching Development at Scottish Athletics.
In this episode, Darren talks about the creation of the Athletic Development & Physical Preparation Curriculum (ADPP), the influence of Kelvin Giles on the ADPP, the different stages within the ADPP, and future goals and aims at Scottish Athletics when it comes to youth athletic development.
In the 77th episode of the Historic Performance Podcast, I interview Dr. Carlos Balsalobre. Dr. Balsalobre is a sport scientist at the European University of Madrid.
In this episode, Dr. Balsalobre talks about the development of his iOS applications, the potential uses of the applications within high performance sport, and the validity and reliability studies conducted on all three iOS apps.
In the 76th episode of the Historic Performance Podcast, I interview Graeme Morris. Graeme is a Strength & Conditioning Coach with the Newtown Jets RFLC in Australia.
In this episode, Graeme talks about energy system development, utilizing Bondarchuk's exercise classification system, triphasic training, and periodization for rugby league.
In the 75th episode of the Historic Performance Podcast, I interview Lori Lindsey. Lori is a Sports Performance Coach at Beyond Strength Performance NOVA.
In this episode, Lori talks about youth athletic development, grassroots soccer, the evolution of sports science & strength training throughout her career, and what it takes to be a professional soccer player.
In the 74th episode of the Historic Performance Podcast, I interview Nathan Parnham. Nathan is the Director of Strength & Conditioning at Newington College in Sydney, Australia.
In this episode, Nathan talks about the long-term athletic development model used at Newington College, why he emphasizes core stability with his younger athletes, plyometric progressions for the high school athlete, and educating male adolescents about sleep & nutrition.
In the 73rd episode of the Historic Performance Podcast, I interview Heidi Thornton. Heidi is a Sport Scientist at the Newcastle Knights Rugby League Club based in Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia.
In this episode, Heidi talks about the relationship of sleep & immunoendorcrine responses in competitive rugby athletes, how to individualize sleep prescriptions, talking to professional players about their sleeping habits, & the sport science gender gap.
In the 72nd episode of the Historic Performance Podcast, I interview Ernest Rimer. Ernest is the Director of Sport Science at the University of Utah.
In this episode, Ernest talks about his sport science philosophy & approach, acute dietary nitrate supplementation, critical power/speed as a marker for repeated-sprint ability, and single leg cycling as a training modality to improve repeat sprint ability.
In the 71st episode of the Historic Performance Podcast, I interview Tom Allen. Tom is the Lead 1st Team Sports Scientist at Aston Villa Football Club.
In this episode, Tom talks about why injury risk is important to different stakeholders, how GPS can measure stress, and how to create and apply your own stress score system.
Latest Blog Posts
Since the time of Galen and Roman gladiators, stretching has been linked with injury prevention and a sense of benevolence in the realm of sports. It is undeniable that sometimes stretching makes us feel pleasant and helps us relieve some tension that we might feel in various parts of our bodies.
But at the end of the day, what does stretching actually achieve in the grand scheme of things? Should you stretch, if your hamstrings feel tight?
This week we have a post from Cody Plofker. Cody is a Sports Performance Coach at Parabolic Performance & Rehab in Montclair, NJ,
In this post, Cody shares how he uses the strength aerobic method first mentioned in Verkhoshansky's Special Strength Training: Manuel For Coaches and popularized by Joel Jamieson in Ultimate MMA Conditioning, to enhance the aerobic capacity of his athletes.
This week we have a post from Sean Muldoon. Sean is a Sports Performance Coach with Men's Soccer at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte.
In this post, Sean shares his thought process on off-season strength training for collegiate soccer players and some of the principles and cornerstones of the training programs that he used at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte.
After significant years of controversy, single-leg work is finally widely accepted as being a valuable tool when it comes to enhancing athletic development and performance.
In this post, Sean details a common compensatory pattern that he sees in athletes and how he goes about "fixing" the pattern while also optimizing single-leg training for his athletes.
This week we have a post from Paul Morgan. Paul is the Lead Academy Strength & Conditioning Coach at Exeter City Football Club and a PhD Candidate at the University of Exeter researching neuromuscular fatigue.
In this post, Paul shares the recovery methods used by Exeter City, who have a limited budget, to ensure help their players recover for the next game and to hopefully minimize injury rates.
Exercise science is a growing major in both the United Kingdom and the United States. Over the last 7 years, it has grown by 34% in the United Kingdom and 50% in the United States. While many graduates aspire to work with athletes, many find themselves unemployed and unable to break into professional athletics or elite sports performance.
Despite this many discount personal training as an avenue to gain the skills and experience necessary to become a better coach and possibly a better candidate for a position in the future.
This week we have a guest blog post from Luke Mitchell. Luke is the founder of The Love of Lifting and is currently getting his Master's in Neuroscience.
When it comes to lifting or athletic endeavors many of us do not consider the importance of mental preparation and manipulating arousal levels. After all, is it really that important?
This post seeks to answer that question by looking how psychological arousal potentially affects technical skill, strength, and cognition.
This week we have a guest blog post from Adam Sullivan. Adam is the Assistant Strength & Conditioning Coach for Cricket Ireland & recently completed his MSc in Exercise Science & Nutrition from University of Chester.
What are the critical components of a warm up? Tissue preparation? Dynamic stretching? Activation? Elevating body temperature? Neural preparation?
While all of these components may be critical in any warm up, in my opinion another critical, yet overlooked component of the warm up, is atmosphere.
This week we have a guest blog post from Marco Altini. Marco is a Data Scientist and the creator of HRV4Training, a mobile platform using advanced signal processing and data analytics to optimize training.
While HRV is a powerful tool and can be very helpful in better understanding physiological responses to both acute and chronic stressors, interpreting HRV data at the individual level is still challenging. This post covers the latest findings in sports science on the relation between HRV and training.
This week we have a guest blog post from Trevor Rappa. Trevor is a New York City performance-based physical therapist with Resilient Physical Therapy based out of Brooklyn Athletic Club.
The ability to accelerate, decelerate, and reaccelerate is a skill that is required of all athletes in field/court sports. This article discusses one of the most under appreciated aspects of this skill; the biomechanics of the pelvis and the influence this has on acceleration and deceleration.
This week we have a guest blog post from Matthew Said. Matthew is a High Performance Manager at FC11 in Sydney, Australia.
Throughout the strength & conditioning world, there is a common perception that soccer players are weak and hate the weight room. While there is some truth to this in certain organizations, this bias leads to an us vs. them mentality. In this post, Matthew touches upon practical steps to bridge the gap and create a high performance environment at your club.
This week we have the 2nd guest blog post from Taylor Evernden. Taylor is the Head of Sports Science & Conditioning at Calgary Foothills Football Club in Calgary, Canada. He is the also the co-owner of ES S&C/Rehab Services.
Within Part 2 of the two-part blog series, Taylor discusses his suggestions to improve return to play protocols in youth soccer clubs throughout Canada. Unfortunately, it is a very important subject that does not get enough attention.
This week we have a guest blog post from Taylor Evernden. Taylor is the Head of Sports Science & Conditioning at Calgary Foothills Football Club in Calgary, Canada. He is the also the co-owner of ES S&C/Rehab Services.
In Part 1 of this two-part blog series, Taylor discusses his observations & criticisms of return to play protocols in youth soccer throughout Canada. Unfortunately, it is a very important subject that does not get enough attention.
In many ways, my first trip to the Caribbean proved to be eye opening and full of adventure. Barbados proved to be the perfect island.
From getting the chance to train the Barbados National Soccer team to enjoying a training session on the beach using odd objects. The trip taught me that enthusiasm and outdoor fun goes a long way in leading a happy and fruitful life. Unfortunately, many of us lose sight of that during our constant grind.
This week we have a guest blog post from Edward Miller. Ed is a fantastic strength coach based in Westchester County, NY. He is the founder of The Zone: Strength & Fitness and the Head of Strength & Conditioning at Rye Neck High School in Mamaroneck, New York.
Within this blog post, Ed talks about his experiences being a high school strength & conditioning coach. The road is particularly challenging for those that work with this population. Ed hopes this post helps other HS S&C coaches and leads to a larger discussion of the inherent physical education issues at the high school level in the United States.
One of the areas that needs additional focus is youth development and coaching. Many times youth development ends up focusing on the proper programming for specific ages rather than looking at how strength coaches can communicate and help youth athletes using both internal and external cues.
In my latest article at Stack.com, 4 Soccer Agility Drills to Improve Quickness and Dribbling, I highlight the ineffectiveness of agility ladder drills to improve agility and speed. Instead, agility drills should be unpredictable in nature to mimic a live soccer game.
This week, I am excited to welcome Jessica Pethrus. She is a lifestyle YouTuber, who loves to life heavy things. In this article, Jessica talks about her lifting journey and how it ended up empowering her outside of the gym. She is trying to spread the message that all women should lift.
In my latest article at Stack.com, Build Strong Shoulder With These Deltoid Workouts, I highlight some of the inherent dangers with typical shoulder workout routines and some work arounds to effectively bulletproof your shoulder while developing strong, jacked shoulders.
We have all heard of the Juicing Diet. Advocates and companies that promote this diet state that it will help heal your digestive system, "detox" your body of harmful toxins, increase energy, and help you lose weight. Yet, is this type of diet useful for athletes? I address this topic in my latest Stack.com article - Should Athletes Use a Juicing Diet?
In my latest article at Stack.com - Kettlebell Workout to Lose Fat, Improve Work Capacity, and Build Muscle, I outline a great kettlebell program for a variety of skill levels, which can be performed at the gym, park, house, or anywhere your heart desires. Give it a try!
In my latest article on Stack.com - 9 Tips to Help Young Athletes Gain Muscle Mass, I dispel many of the myths when it comes to training, performance development and nutrition for young high school athletes.
The altitude training mask may look bad ass and "totally" make you look like Bane, but is it optimizing your workout or actually DECREASING your performance? To read more about this hotly debated topic, check out my latest article co-authored with Dan Hechler on Tony Gentilcore's website.
Diaphragmatic Breathing is a simple exercise that you may implement into any part of your daily routine to decrease stress levels, get in better touch with your body, and even recover faster from a workout session. If you want to find out how to do it, then check out my latest guest post at Change Collective.
Photo Credit: flickr/Chintermeyer
This week, we have a great guest post from KC Ushijima. KC is a man of many talents including being a magician, musician and improv actor. Outside of being a true Renaissance Man, KC is a personal trainer in Utah, who specializes in getting people out of pain and working with rehabilitation clients coming back from an injury. In this guest post, he talks about the importance of perspective.
Photo Credit: flickr/Angie Torres
This week, I am extremely excited to welcome Susan Ogilvie! I am super happy that she decided to contribute a guest post for the Historic Performance community. Susan lives in Michigan where she works as a habit-based nutritional coach + personal trainer. In this guest post, she shares ways to figure out the perfect "diet" for you!
Photo Credit/flickr: Jeremy Keith
Welcome to the 4th segment of the Hierarchy for Dietary Success series! This week we will talk about nutrient timing and meal frequency. Does what and when you eat really matter for fat loss and muscle growth? Does eating smaller meals throughout the day help you burn more calories? Learn all about it here!
Photo Credit/flickr: Abhigeet Rane
Are you currently stuck in a strength training rut? No matter what you do, you can't seem to get stronger and get a new PR. If so, check out my guest article over at Rebel Performance.
Warm-ups can be boring, tedious, and time-consuming. Most people absolutely hate it! Are you looking for ways to make it more fun? Then, you have come to the right place!