Notes from Fergus Connolly: Performance optimisation in elite team sport – The art of science
Posted by Dean Holden at April 15th, 2013
by Simon Nainby, 2 April 2013
Dr Fergus Connolly is a Sports Performance Consultant who has worked in elite team sports from Premiership football and International Rugby, to the NFL and NBA. He has a PhD in Computer Optimisation and specialises in the development of unique effective monitoring, training and regeneration approaches to improving results in team sport.
He gave this lecture at the UK Sport and Exercise Medicine Conference (now the British Association of Sport and Exercise Medicine) in 2011. This was one of the best conferences I have attended with a huge amount of high quality speakers on a wide range of topics. My notes from Fergus’ lecture are below in bullet point format.
- I’m only interested in winning. I work in applied sport science – using sport science to win.
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Simon Nainby is an Accredited Strength & Conditioning Coach, Sports Massage Therapist and RFU Level II coach. He has worked for a number of professional and semi-professional teams and he currently acts as a coaching consultant through Underground Athletics to a wide range of athletes from rugby players to Olympic Lifters. He provides physical preparation training and support in order to maximise sports performance. This consists of strength, speed and power training combined with recovery support to create a periodised programme which is essential for athletes to perform to their potential.