Carl is a former competitor with over 8 years international competition and 6 years international coaching experience. Carl now works as a UKSCA accredited Strength and Conditioning coach at Liverpool John Moores University (one of Europe's leading Sport Science institutions) and also has qualifications in performance nutrition and sports therapy. He has just completed his Masters degree studying the field of making weight and physiology of Olympic Taekwondo competition and is now studying for his PhD within the same fields.
Talent Transfer in sport is a programme which has been utilized by many sporting organizations and bodies for a number of years, especially Taekwondo. Put simply talent transfer is where an athlete in one sport changes their focus to another sport. This can be due to a number of variables including higher probability of sporting success or even sporting inclusion in certain events i.e. Olympic Games. Continue reading →
Nutrition for Taekwondo performance is massively important and I CANNOT stress this message enough! I didn’t really understand how much of a vital role nutrition had to play in the overall training plan until I started to study it myself but I suppose it is a no brainer really in a weight mediated sport like ours.
The purpose of this article is going to be an introduction into why good nutrition is so important for Taekwondo performance and the benefits of a balanced diet. Continue reading →
To recap Proprioceptors are special sensory receptors located within muscles, joints and tendons which are sensitive to pressure and tension and relay information to the central nervous system (CNS) via sensory and motor neurons.
Recall intrafusal muscle fibres or muscle spindles are proprioceptors which provide information about muscle length. Golgi tendon organs (GTO) are proprioceptors which are located within the tendon and are activated when muscle tension increases. Continue reading →
In this article we will address how to perform the movement correctly and safely. To perform the movement using a barbell (either fixed i.e. Smith machine or free) we need to focus on five distinct phases as follows: Continue reading →
In the previous article [Taekwondo Strength Training Basics – The Back Squat] we discussed the benefits and uses of the back squat within a strength training program. In this article we will address how to perform the movement correctly and safely. To perform the movement using a barbell (either fixed i.e. Smith machine or free) we need to focus on five distinct phases as follows: Continue reading →
One of the best exercises a Taekwondo athlete can use in the gym as a part of their Strength and Conditioning program (and even pretty much all year round!) is the back squat.
There are many variations of the squat movement and the back squat is what is regarded as the “classical” all round movement for lifting with legs. Here I will discuss how the squat movement works and what benefits you gain from performing it. Continue reading →
In Taekwondo training, a good Strength and Conditioning program is a vital component to your success, both short and long term. To gain a better understanding of a proper Strength and Conditioning program we need to understand some of the key elements that is in one.
One of the main things I see as a Strength & Conditioning (S&C) and Taekwondo coach is different levels of flexibility. Some kids, as soon as they enter the gym, can stretch right down into box splits. Others have to train for years to barely touch their toes. Continue reading →