In a previous post i have talked about how we should bridge the gap between coaching and academia. There should not really be one pure coaching side and 1 pure science side. We need input and information from both to enhance an athletes preparation.
Currently myself and collegue Keane Wheeler are research supervisors to 4 S&C coaches at the Australian Institute of Sport and 1 at ACT Academy of Sport, on this premise of these guys will have the most contemporray and best ideas on how athletes can be better trained / prepared, and we can help formulate this into a research process that will help them dissemninate what they are doing. At present there are some great projects going on and we are excited to see where they will go.
A recent article that came out in Strength and Conditioning Journal talked about evidence based coaching supports this process.
Appreciation that both sides can contribute to athlete preparation and then benefits of both points of view, will be a step forward int he field of S&C.