The Physical Performance Show: Dr Tim Gabbett: Training Progression, Considerations for Adults and Youth Athletes

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Dr Tim Gabbett

In episode 295 of The Physical Performance Show Brad Beer shares a conversation with Dr Tim Gabbett around ‘Training Progression, Considerations for Adults and Youth Athletes’ on this expert edition episode.

Dr Tim Gabbett has over 25 years experience working as an Applied Sport Scientist with athletes and coaches from around the world. Dr Tim Gabbett’s experience is multidisciplinary, but it has one central theme, and that is high performance. Tim has consulted to world leading sporting organisations and associations including the NBA, Australian Rugby League, AFL and the English Premier League. Dr Tim Gabbett holds a PhD in Human Physiology and completed a second PhD in Applied Sport Science.

Tim has published over 250 peer reviewed articles and presented over 400 national and international conferences. In a recent study of 8 million scientists published in PLOS Biology, Tim was named in the top 25 most impactful sports scientists of all time.

Dr Gabbett shares around the concepts of tissue specific loads and sports specific capacity and training, why it is that their interplay is so key for athletes looking to perform at their physical best or reduce the risk of injury. Dr Gabbett also shares around training the specialised youth athlete and considerations and a model to keep them playing. There’s a growing appreciation that specialising early with adolescent athletes in sport may produce some detriments to health and performance yet, what do we do with the youth athlete who will specialise early, Dr. Tim Gabbett has the answers.

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Listen in as we delve into the following:

  • What he managed to do in Park Run with his Son
  • Concept of recent publication “When progressing Training loads what are the considerations for healthy and injured athletes”
  • Definitions: Local Tissue Capacity and Sports Specific Capacity
  • Challenges on Strength and Conditioning Capacity
  • How to Monitor Progress
  • Meaning of Psychological Resilience
  • Session RP Program Considerations
  • Polarized approach to Training
  • Specialised Youth Athlete
  • Movement Experiences
  • Tips on How to Support Specialized Youth Athletes

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“Good to know that you can still improve even as you get a bit older.”
“You cant kick goals when you’re sitting in the grandstand.”
“Find ways to maintain sports specific capacity while doing your local tissue loading.”
“You can still maintain local tissue loading while you’re doing sports specific training.”
“I don’t see any real value of loading for the sake of loading.”
“Resilience is the ability to bounce back after an insult.”
“Specialized athlete is someone who trains and completes year round competing in the same sport.”

Tips on How to Support Specialized Youth Athletes
– Quantify what they do
– Try not to increase load during periods of growth
– Keep an eye on the response to load

“Don’t train any more than your years.”
“A long effort, short rest set.” (1x 4min, 2x 3min, 3x2min and 4x1min – 2 to 1 work/rest ratio) – Physical Challenge for the Week
“Don’t be fearful, don’t be worried about the things that will never happen, think about the good things that will happen when you get it right.”

To follow Dr Tim Gabbett

Instagram: @Gabbetttim
Twitter:  @TimGabbett
LinkedIn: Tim Gabbett
Podcast: Dr Tim Gabbett – High Performance Consultant, Episode 151 of The Physical Performance Show


Training Smarter AND Harder with Dr Tim Gabbett



00:00 Start
04:12 Welcome Dr Gabbett
05:50 What he managed to do in Park Run with his Son
10:30 Concept of recent publication “When progressing Training loads what are the considerations for healthy and injured athletes”
16:30 Definitions: Local Tissue Capacity and Sports Specific Capacity
17:44 Challenges on Strength and Conditioning Capacity
27:29 How to Monitor Progress
31:25 Meaning of Psychological Resilience
34:30 Session RP Program Considerations
38:39 Polarized approach to Training
43:26 Specialised Youth Athlete
45:50 Movement Experiences
50:15 Tips on How to Support Specialized Youth Athletes
54:02 Physical Challenge
57:09 The Unbreakable Athlete – Is it possible?
1:03:06 Finish

People Mentioned

Jason Tuori (PT) –  Sports Physical Therapist & Running Coach, Episode 287 of The Physical Performance Show
Alistair Brownlee (MBE) –  Dual Olympic Triathlon Champion (2012 & 2016); Author Relentless: Secrets of the Sporting Elite, Episode 292 of The Physical Performance Show

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