The Art of Sports Science
In Game Changer, Fergus Connolly shows how to improve performance with evidence-based analysis and athlete-focused training. Game Changer also shows you how to expand training focus from players' physical qualities to also advance athletes technically, tactically, and psychologically.
Team sports like football, basketball, soccer, and rugby are hugely popular the world over, on both college and professional levels, and such popularity means that they are big business. Very big. Broadcasting rights alone bring in billions and As the rewards for winning have increased, it's no surprise that sports team budgets have followed suit, with annual expenses costing millions.
The trouble is that all this spending often fails to yield better results. Teams in all sports have tried just about every gimmick to "hack" their way to better performance. But as they've gotten stuck in stats, mired in backroom politics, and diverted by the facilities arms race, many have lost sight of what should've been their primary focus all along: the game itself.
In Game Changer, Fergus Connolly shows how to improve performance with evidence-based analysis and athlete-focused training. Through his unprecedented experiences with teams in professional football, basketball, rugby, soccer, Aussie Rules, and Gaelic football, as well as with elite military units, Connolly has discovered how to break down the common elements in all sports to their basic components so that each moment of any game can be better analyzed, whether you're a player or a coach. The lessons of game day then can be used to create valuable learning experiences in training, evaluate the quality of your team's performance, and home in on what's working and what isn't.
Game Changer also shows you how to expand training focus from players' physical qualities to also advance athletes technically, tactically, and psychologically. His TTPP Model not only helps players continually progress but also stops treating them like a disposable commodity and instead prioritizes athlete health.
Bringing together the latest evidence-based practices and lessons from business, psychology, biology, and many other fields,Game Changeris the first book of its kind thathelps coaches, athletes, and casual fans.
Dr. Fergus Connollyis the Performance Director for University of Michigan Football. Prior to joining UM, Connolly spent two seasons with the San Francisco 49ers as Director of Elite Performance. Connolly has also worked as a performance consultant for the Jacksonville Jaguars, Cleveland Browns, New York Knicks, and multiple English Premier League, Australian Rules, and professional rugby teams. He also served as sports science director with the Welsh Rugby Union and was strength and conditioning coach for the Bolton Wanderers FC.
Phil White is an Emmy-nominated writer and the co-author ofUnpluggedwith Brian Mackenzie and Dr. Andy Galpin andWaterman 2.0and Flight Plan with Dr. Kelly Starrett. He also contributes toThe InertiaandSUP the Mag.
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