In this episode of the Pacey Performance Podcast, I have the pleasure in speaking to Performance Gymnastics Coaching Consultant, Nick Ruddock. With so much talk over recent weeks about the use of gymnastics in team sports settings, especially with youth development athletes, I thought it was perfect timing to get Nick on who not only has huge experience across gymnastics but has also consulted and presented to a number of professional football academies. Whether you are working in youth development or with adult athletes, there will definitely be something to take away from this podcast.

In this episode, you will learn –

  • Who is Nick Ruddock (background, education and current role)
  • Gymnastics skill acquisition model
  • Physical preparation model – potential learnings for team sports (Octagon FREE download)
  • Early specialisation
  • Benefits of calisthenics – examples of good practice
  • Injury prevention (links to physical prep model)
  • Tracking and monitoring intensity

Nick can be found on Twitter @NickRuddock

This episode of the Pacey Performance Podcast is sponsored by Vald Performance, the team behind the NordBord and the new Groinbar, a hip and groin strength measuring solution. They can be found at and you can get more information on the groin bar at and on Twitter @groinbar.

This episode is sponsored by Fatigue Science. Fatigue Science combine wearable technology with biomathematical science developed by the US Army to offer fantastic insights into sleep and cognitive fatigue.

This episode is also sponsored by Forcedecks. If you want to know more about ForceDecks, listen to episode #139 of the Pacey Performance Podcast with co-founder, Dr. Daniel Cohen.

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