Sports Podcast - Episode 14published 8 Jun 2020

Supporting Players During COVID-19 – With Stephen Volek, Head S&C Coach, Binghamton Devils – Ep. 14

Welcome to the Firstbeat Sports Podcast where we talk with coaches and sports scientists to explore the latest in performance monitoring and how it is making a difference in NCAA and pro sports alike. We’re going to connect you with practical advice from the best in the business to help you take your athletes to the next level.

On the line today is Stephen Volek. Stephen is the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach for the Binghamton Devils, the top minor league affiliate of the NHL’s New Jersey Devils.

Topics discussed in this episode:

  • How the team is adapting during the Coronavirus pandemic
  • Training programs during grueling AHL schedule
  • Strategies for low game minute players
  • Collaborating with the New Jersey Devils
  • Position-specific data – what it shows

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  • Stephen’s background (0:54)  
  • How has Coronavirus affected Binghamton Devils (2:43) 
  • What Athlete Management System do Devils use (4:02)
  • Main differences between college and pro sports S/C programming (5:40)
  • Cal Dietz’ triphasic programming (7:48)
  • Building training program during busy in-season schedule (8:38)
  • Balancing high-minute and low-minute players (10:04)
  • Collaborating with New Jersey Devils (11:35)
  • Quickfire round (13:12)
  • Differences with Firstbeat implementation at Yale and Binghamton Devils (14:45)
  • How the Devils use Firstbeat (16:21)
  • How to present Firstbeat data to head coach (17:53)
  • TRIMP differences per position and game data (19:07)
  • Firstbeat buy-in from players (22:08)
  • Stephen’s best advice for new S/C coaches (23:43) 

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