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DAY 1: Keynote 1 Synopsis | 9:15am – 10:45am
Unlocking potential: The Art and Science of Coaching and The Relentless Pursuit of "Better"
Dr. Peter Vint
At the heart of great coaching lies the awesome responsibility to facilitate other's learning for the purpose of improving performance. It some sense, the ultimate job of the coach is to make ourselves obsolete. We can do so by creating environments and experiences that invite our performers to understand, explore, and independently modify the unique technical, tactical, physical, and mental/emotional attributes of their chosen activity.
There is a deep and substantial body of scientific knowledge to help guide our way and inform our practices. However, knowledge alone is not enough. We must constantly seek ways to artfully blend the foundations of scientifically informed best practices with the very real challenges associated with influencing the behaviors of thinking and feeling people.
This talk explores the scientific basis of coaching and the art of effectively applying it to unlock the true potential that lies deep within us all.
Dr. Peter Vint (Ph.D. Biomechanics, Arizona State University) currently serves as the Chief of Sport for USA Volleyball and is an internationally recognized expert in high performance sport. His expertise includes the evaluation, development, and improvement of high performance athlete development systems and the implementation of effective sport science, technology, and analytics programs. Dr. Vint has served as a trusted advisor, consultant, and educator with leading sporting organizations including the US Olympic Committee, UK Sport, NOC*NSF, Titleist Golf, Nike, Leaders, and professional sports teams in the NBA, MLS, MLB, and The Premier League. In 2019, Dr. Vint served as Performance Director for the INEOS 1:59 Challenge in which Eliud Kipchoge shattered the 2-hr marathon barrier in Vienna, Austria in a time of 1:59:40. In 2016, Dr. Vint was Everton Football Club’s first American-born Academy Director. He successfully led the Academy through the Premier League's 2016 Elite Player Performance Plan Audit to retain Category 1 status and introduced a number of programmatic enhancements. Between 2012-2015 he served as the Senior Director of Competitive Analysis, Research & Innovation with the United States Olympic Committee. As USOC High Performance Director between 2009-2012, Dr. Vint led a team of sport science and medical professionals in support of five National Governing Bodies, including USA Track and Field and USA Swimming, which won 64 medals during the London Olympic Games.
DAY 1 | 11:15am – 12:45pm
Charting the Future: Coaches As Key Players
Against the backdrop of a global pandemic and coupled with the multifaceted and increasing demands of the sporting landscape, coaches are instrumental to influence positive change at different levels within the sport ecosystem. National Sport Associations (NSA) leaders, such as Technical Directors, will address coaches in their sport at this session and share their future plans thus enabling coaches to have better clarity on the significant roles they play in contributing to the longer term aspirations.
DAY 1: Breakout Session Synopsis | 2.30pm – 4.00pm
1A. Coaching/Teaching Adapted Physical Education to Special Needs Population
Mr. Muhammad Ridhwan , Metta School Ms. Tan Chor Hoon, Metta School
The objectives of the session are to provide the audience and participants with insights and strategies in supporting special needs students in order for them to enjoy physical activities and participate in lifelong sports. As students with special needs are often under exposed to health and fitness due to their traits and character, this presentation provides a plan of action for students to be exposed to community, its facilities and promote inclusivity. This presentation will also share Metta School APE pedagogies that may help coaches plan out strategies or adaptive method when coaching student or person with special needs.
Mr. Muhammad Ridhwan graduated from University of Canberra with a Bachelor of Psychology and Bachelor of Coaching Science. Upon Graduation, he joined the Outdoor Education industry as a trainer and coach students from diverse backgrounds for 4 years. He joined Metta school and currently works closely with students with special needs mentoring them with leadership skills as well as teaching them Adapted Physical Education. Mr Ridhwan has conducted workshops with regards to APE and special needs. A couple of these sessions are shown below.
- Special Education Conference 2018 (by MOE and NCSS)
- Introduction to Adapted PE workshop 2019 (by Metta School)
- Project Leader for Innovation Award Winner 2020, Project "Star Fish" (by MOE and NCSS)
Ms. Tan Chor Hoon graduated with a bachelor's degree in Sports and Physical Education with Psychology from Singapore University of Social Sciences. From her experience working in Special Olympics Singapore, her interest in working with persons with special needs grew. As an Adapted PE teacher in Metta School, Ms Tan enjoys working with students with special needs to develop their fundamental movement skills through games and activities.
1B. Coaching Youth Sports: Beyond Victory & Defeat
Dr. Fede Carreres, Faculty of Education of the University of Alicante (Spain)
The purpose of this session is to analyse the key competencies that a youth sport coach needs to master to promote positive youth development through sport and how to guide young people to transfer positive attitudes and values into their daily lives.
Coaching youth sports is one of the most important ways to infuse positive values and team skills, cultivate resilience, promote self-awareness, decision-making and be personally and socially responsible.
In this session we will approach the Teaching Personal and Social Responsibility (TPSR) model as a values-based sport and physical activity pedagogical model that has been used by practitioners around the world in a variety of settings such as physical education and community sport program.
At the end of the session, participants will:
- Be able to recognize what competencies as a youth sports coach you need to develop to be a role model.
- Be able to identify a set of methodological strategies that are essential to create a climate of trust, security and meaningful learning in youth sports participation.
- Be able to know how to structure a training session to make sporting experiences rewarding and beneficial for positive youth development.
Dr Fede Carreres is currently the Associate Professor of Physical and Sports Education of the Faculty of Education of the University of Alicante (Spain). He is also a physical education teacher in secondary school and president of MVP Sport, a non-profit association for the design and promotion of intervention projects for positive youth development through sports.
1C. Creating a Learning Environment to Better Engage and Empower Our Learners - Mosston’s Spectrum of Teaching Styles (SOTS) - Task designs for Individual-Practice Style, Convergent/Discovery Styles
Mr. Tan Su-Jim Benjamin, PE and Sports Teacher Academy (MOE)
Coaching and teaching is a process that results in development that triggers cognition, engages content and emphasises on the holistic development of the learners. It also promotes and liberates decision making opportunities between the teachers/coaches and learners.
We have been often constantly 'challenged' to design and create learning environment to better engage our students and athletes. Research evidence shows that the predominant teaching/coaching style of physical educators and sports coaches across the world is the Practice (individual) style or Apprenticeship. While there is nothing adverse about this style, we may have missed out on opportunities in our lessons/training sessions on allowing our athletes/students to develop 21st Century Competencies (21CC) like Critical and Inventive Thinking, and Social and Emotional Competencies (SEC) like Self-awareness, Self-management, and Responsible Decision Making.
Mosston's Spectrum of Teaching Styles Framework (SOTS) will be used to discuss potential 21CC and SEC development opportunities in Individual-Practice Style (B), Inclusion Style (E), Convergent and Divergent Discovery Styles (G & H). In this session, participants will take away practical task design considerations to develop 21CC and SEC, as well as promote inclusivity and creativity in training sessions and lessons.
Benjamin is currently a Master Teacher (Physical Education) at the Physical Education and Sports Teacher Academy (PESTA), MOE. His teaching experiences include teaching PE at primary and secondary schools and coaching basketball (boys- B & C divisions) at secondary levels. As a master teacher, Benjamin roles and responsibilities include pedagogical leadership for PE Teachers (all levels), conduct Teaching LABs and conduct professional development workshops. The workshops he conducts include Teaching of Games & Sports, Teaching of Outdoor Education, Formative Assessment in PE and Teaching of Basketball and Volleyball. Benjamin's current interests are in the area of Mosston’s Spectrum of Teaching Styles, Pedagogical Content Knowledge, and Nonlinear Pedagogy.
1D. Build a Child's Fundamental Movement Skills with 5 Es
Dr. Miriam Lee, Sport Singapore
Fundamental Movement Skills (FMS) form the building blocks for daily living activities and participation in sports for a life time. The 5Es (Learning Environment, Movement Experiences, Explore, Encouragement and Enjoyment), are used as guiding principles to introduce FMS to young children in ActiveSG's Nurture Kids programme. This session aims to provide coaches with strategies, ideas and practical tips on how to build FMS using the 5Es. It will also provide insight and practical examples of how FMS is taught at Nurture Kids.
At the end of the session, participants should be able to:
- Understand and explain the 5Es
- Apply the 5Es to teach FMS in their own sport setting
Dr. Miriam graduated from the University of Western Australia with a Bachelor of Science (Exercise and Health Science) with Honours, and went on the pursue her PhD at the National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. Her area of specialisation is in motor control and learning for children.
She is currently a Senior Manager at Sport Singapore where her work involves developing programmes for young children to build their movement skills. One of the highlights of her career at Sport Singapore so far has been to develop the Nurture Kids Programme for pre-schoolers started since 2017.
1E. Transformational Coaching for Singapore National Beach Volleyball Female Athletes: Is it Good Enough?
Dr. Chung Ho Jin, National Institute of EducationProfessor Michael Chia, National Institute of EducationMs. Lau Ee Shan, National Institute of Education
Our research is focused on listening to the voices of female athletes in the Singapore national beach volleyball team and how they voice about an ideal coach based on their own individual and unique experiences in the team. Through our research, we found that the three main themes that surfaced from the interview with the Singapore national beach volleyball female athletes are - understanding the female athletes, being a role model with responsibility, and possessing rich experience as a coach and athlete. Our findings are supported by the literature of transformational coaching. However, is transformational coaching enough?
At the end of the session, coaches should be able to better understand how female athletes define an 'ideal coach' and build better communication style and training environment while working with them. We hope that our findings can help coaches to become effective communicators while working with female athletes.
Dr. Chung Ho Jin is a lecturer in Physical Education and Sports Science at the National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University. He is specialised in the socio-cultural and pedagogical analysis of PE and sports. He was a coach of the women's volleyball team at Seoul National University of Education, Korea.
Professor Michael Chia is Professor of Paediatric Exercise Science & a teacher educator for Physical Education at the Physical Education and Sports Science at the National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University. Early in his career, he taught PE teachers-to-be how to teach volleyball in schools.
Ms Lau Ee Shan is a National Beach Volleyball athlete from 2017 to May 2020. She is a graduate of Sport Science and Management in Nanyang Technological University.
1F. Applying Sport Science Practices and Principles to Enhance Performance
a. The Use of Stimulated Hypoxia to Improve Aerobic/Anaerobic Fitness in Intermittent Sport Athletes
b. Describing and Explaining Sport Performance Using Biomechanics: Examples in Swimming
c. $20 to Measure Your Athlete's Power & Fatigue
Dr. Choo Hui Cheng, Kester, Singapore Sport InstituteDr. Marcel Rossi, Singapore Sport InstituteMr. Desmond Boey, Singapore Sport InstituteMr. Ranald Joseph, Singapore Sport Institute
Classic altitude training involves 2-3 weeks exposure at >2000 m above sea level. Athletes either live and train at altitude ('live-high-train-high', LHTH) or travel to a lower altitude for training ('live-high-train-low', LHTL). However, such training regimes impose logistical and financial challenges.
With advanced technology, modalities such as hypoxic tents/chambers and hypoxic inhalers have been developed. These modalities stimulate a hypoxic environment at a lower altitude by adjusting the barometric pressure and/or inspired fractional O2 content.
While traditional concepts of LHTH and LHTL continue to gain interest from practitioners and endurance athletes, there is a growing interest in 'live-low-train-high' (LLTH). Intermittent hypoxic training (IHT) is a method whereby athletes train in a stimulated hypoxic environment while living at or near sea level. The rationale for IHT is to induce physiological adaptations which may not occur or occur to a lesser degree after training in normoxic conditions. The specific muscular and systemic adaptations depend on the exercise intensity and work-to-rest ratio during IHT. For example, repeated sprint (<30 sec) training in hypoxia (RSH) for intermittent sport athletes.
This presentation discusses current evidence for the use of IHT to improve aerobic/anaerobic fitness at sea level.
Dr. Choo is senior sport physiologist in Singapore Sport Institute. Her primary research interest centres on environmental physiology and exercise performance, with a focus on thermoregulation, training modalities and recovery. She has just completed her PhD at Edith Cowan University (Australia) in 2019, and has published over 10 scientistic journal articles since 2014.
The tasks of a swimming biomechanist fall into two main categories. First, to describe the swimming performance and thus provide a blueprint of what coaches, swimmers and scientists see in training and competition. Second, to use the laws of mechanics to explain how the forces applied to and by the swimmer result in the observed motion.
Desmond and Marcel will present their work as swimming biomechanists and share two examples that well represent the categories mentioned above. Desmond will talk about the race analysis, a powerful descriptive tool that sheds light onto the strengths and weaknesses of each race component (start, turns, splits, finish and relay changeovers), and how this information help coaches adjust the training sessions to improve performance. Marcel will then discuss the challenges of quantifying the fluid forces that affect the swimming performance, and how the Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) could potentially enhance our understanding and ultimately help us tailor a swimmer-specific technique as means to maximise the propulsive while minimising the resistive forces in race.
Marcel and Desmond have worked closely with the National swimmers across the past 3 years, progressing both on-ground service provision during training and competition, as well as short and long-term research projects. Marcel has a PhD in Biomechanics, Motor Control and Learning from The University of Western Australia, and has also a fair amount of hours logged in the pool as a former swimmer and swimming coach. As an avid sportsman, having competed in tennis, hurdles and pole vault, Desmond has a keen interest in understanding and improving performance. Desmond currently works with a multitude of racing sports - swimming, kayaking and athletics - and finds satisfaction in quantifying and interpreting performances through race analyses.
The era of smartphones has allowed the sport science world to bring the lab into our pockets. Thanks to innovative, forward looking scientists and practitioners, "gold standard" equipment used in labs that would cost thousands of dollars have been brought to the layman’s pocket for a fraction of the price over the last few years. Technology has made information available at our fingertips. If measuring power and monitoring fatigue has been an issue for yourself as a coach, look no further than the MyJump 2 App. This presentation will touch on the validity of the app, how to use it and show some practical cases where it has been utilized to monitor power and/ or fatigue.
Coming from a background as a national athlete who was a skeptic about sport science, to being converted to seeing the value in it, Ranald took his first steps of interest into sport science during his playing days as an athlete. This eventually led to a career in strength & conditioning that formally began in 2010 and then found it&apo;s way into working with elite and national youth and adult athletes from 2012. Whilst he works towards establishing himself as a scientist, he has always identified as being a athlete/coach first and enjoys the challenge of bridging the scientific world to the coaching world.
1G. Necessity of Long-term Thinking in Sport
Prof. Dr. Gabor Géczi, University of Phsyical Education, Budapest, Hungary
The intent of this session is to get a holistic picture of the whole process of athlete development and highlight the common problems that exist and their possible solutions.
Prof. Dr. Gabor Géczi will present the problems of athletes' recruitment and highlight the problems of talent identification and talent management in sports. He will describe the step by step individual development of athletes and the influencing factors within the process which would be also the focus of the presentation.
This session aims to enable coaches and managers in the audience to be able to refine their training program for better development of their athletes.
Gabor Géczi started his sport career as an ice hockey goalie in the Újpesti Dózsa Budapest, in 1978. He was 44 times the member of the Hungarian ice hockey team till his age of 23 and he won three times the Hungarian I. league championship. During his sport career, he graduated as a PE teacher, and a bit later on in 2004 as a BSc coach in ice hockey and as a public administrator. He started to do the sport business with facility management (tennis courts, ice rinks) and he was GM for the biggest Hungarian sport FM Company (National Olympic Centers) from 2005 to 2007. Since 2009 he is the lecturer of the University of Physical Education (former name Semmelweis University, Faculty of Physical Education and Sport Science). In 2003 he reformed the whole structure of the ice hockey coach education program, and he started to run the Heracles youth program. Nowadays he is the Strategic Program Leader of the Hungarian Ice Hockey Federation and he is the leader of the Sport management Department as a full professor at the University of Physical Education in Budapest.