On this week’s Pacey Performance Podcast, we speak to Ed Gannon, Head of Strength and Conditioning at the Buffalo Sabres in the NHL. Despite having been at the Sabres for 6 years, Ed’s background is in Rugby Union with both Wasps and Leicester Tigers. It was in this role he honed his knowledge of strength and conditioning whilst studying for his PhD before taking up a new challenge and moving to North America. We discuss what led to him making that massive move, the challenges he faced, and the differences and similarities between the two very different worlds of coaching Rugby Union and ice hockey.

Ed also discusses a subject close to his heart – monitoring neuromuscular status in hockey and how it affects muscular fatigue. What’s more, Ed describes the training protocol he undertakes to mitigate for the natural effects of fatigue despite players undergoing a busy playing calendar – including the ideal schedule and data to look out for. Ed also talks training modalities, including plyometrics and isometrics and how that applies to ice hockey, rugby, basketball, Aussie Rules and football.

If you want to hear from an expert with the inside information to help you and your athletes increase their fitness, reduce – and work around – injuries (especially hip and groin injuries), analyse data to gain a practical solution and ultimately maximise performance, then this week’s talk with Ed Gannon is not to be missed.

Topics discussed this week:

  • What leads to a rugby coach moving to the USA
  • The difficulties a coach can face when moving to a new continent
  • How studying for a PhD in sports science was once a rarity in the industry
  • Neuromuscular status in ice hockey
  • How to mitigate for fatigue in training, despite a busy schedule
  • Why it pays to ‘follow the data’ when it comes to scheduling training sessions
  • Isometric training for injury prevention and performance enhancement
  • The tell-tale ‘red flags’ that tell you when a change in technique is needed
  • How to prevent hip and groin injuries
  • Why an academic approach can benefit coaches at the highest level

Ed can be found on Twitter @edgannon10

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