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CRI Coach Talk 7 - Dr. Dan Bechard - 7/18/19

Hey Coaches and Coxswains! Hope you're Summer is going well. If you're looking to catchup with coaching friends from the area definitely check out the details below for CRI Coach Talk 7 and come share some brats and brews with us!

Topic: Boats, Biomechanics, and Technology

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CRI Coach Talk 7
Thursday, July 18th
5:00pm - 6:00pm
@CRI's Harry Parker Boathouse

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CRI Coach Talk 6 - Healthy Voice - 4/23/19

CT Hwang IRL Coach VoiceCalling all Coaches and Coxswains!  Hopefully you're out on the water making fast boats.  As the weather changes and the season gets busier are you taking care of your voice?  Your coaching/coxing voice is one of the most important tools we have in our tool bag.  Does your voice ever get hoarse or cause pain? Have you ever felt a lump in your throat or do you lose your voice periodically? In April we invited coaches and coxswains to join us at CRI Coach Talk 6 to learn all about what a healthy voice is and how you can take care of it during the busiest times of the year. Check out the 1-page handout below and email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you'd like to see the recording from the evening.

CRI Coach Talk 6

Tuesday, April 23rd
7:00pm - 8:30pm
@CRI's Harry Parker Boathouse

Topic: Healthy Voice
Presenter: Jennifer Winston, Speech Language Pathologist at Brigham and Women's Hospital

Description: Come share in a discussion with clinical voice specialist Jennifer Winston on a bit of anatomy and physiology, how the voice works, what things/behaviors are healthy or unhealthy, how to prevent injury, and generally how to care for your voice.

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Nutritional Strategies to Promote Optimal Performance

Laura Moretti Nutritional Strategies to Promote Optimal PerformanceAt the Institute for Rowing Leadership we're lucky to have Laura Moretti, MS, RD, CSSD, LDN as an instructor for our Sports Nutrition class in the Fall.  She brings a wealth of knowledge, experience, and examples to the fellows as they learn how to optimally fuel their current and future athletes.  Since the topic of this years What Works Summit was Training and Recovery we were excited to have Laura share her thoughts and leadership on the subject with everyone.

Nutrition can often feel like a daunting topic for many athletes. Laura's session at the conference focused on evidence-based nutrition practices and strategies to promote optimal performance in rowers. She discussed the unique fueling needs of rowers in terms of macronutrients, hydration, and supplementation. The session also focused on common dietary pitfalls in the sport of rowing and how to best address these with your team and athletes.

Laura is a Board Certified Sports Dietitian (CSSD) specializing in sports performance based nutrition as well as treating low energy availability, disordered eating, and eating disorders in athletes. After spending six years as the Primary Registered Dietitian and Nutrition Therapist at Appleman Nutrition and Columbus Park Collaborative in New York City,  Laura moved to Boston to take on her current role as Dietitian in the Division of Sports Medicine and the Female Athlete Program at Boston Children’s Hospital.

If you missed Laura Moretti's presentation hopefully the following post will help fill you in and spur some questions on how we can better support and fuel our athletes.

If you're interested in delving deeper, consider applying to the Institute for Rowing Leadership. It's a great way to test your thoughts on the sport and pack years of learning into one intense year!
 
You can see our course catalogue, download the application and find more information on our website or via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
 
What Coaches said were key takeaways from the presentation:
  • Lots of practical information that was new to me

  • Importance of a few good carbs before hard workouts, but you don’t need to eat much of anything before a morning easy workout.  

  • Importance of fat to absorb Vitamin D and prevent stress fractures

  • Importance of carbs, otherwise your body will use protein

  • We don’t need too much protein at one sitting - body can only absorb about 30g at once, the rest is wasted (“expensive pee”)

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Happy Rowers are Fast Rowers: Performance, Recovery and Self-Worth

Caryn Davies Olympic Gold Medalist IRL at CRILast Summer the IRL Fellows were lucky enough to have Olympic Gold Medalist Caryn Davies share some of her thoughts on leadership and trust with them as a guest speaker in our leadership class. Caryn said, "Trust is a belief that someone will act with my best interest in mind." It was a very inspirational class with many stories and from then on we knew she had to come speak at the What Works Summit and share more of her knowledge with us. Caryn's breakout session this year was aimed at delivering actionable strategies that coaches can use to help athletes increase their enjoyment, develop their self-worth, and ultimately get faster.

Caryn represented Team USA in three Summer Games, earning a silver medal in Athens 2004, a gold medal in Beijing 2008, and another gold in London 2012, all in the women's eight. Caryn served on USRowing's Board of Directors for six years, and she currently serves as a Vice President of the United States Olympians and Paralympians Association. As an undergraduate at Harvard University, Caryn studied psychology and Germanic languages. She went on to earn a JD from Columbia Law School and an MBA from Oxford University's Saïd Business School. For her day job, Caryn works as a corporate lawyer at Goodwin, a large Boston law firm. Caryn also works as a consultant and performance coach at Valor Performance, Inc., a company devoted to helping executives and salespeople ignite and sustain peak performance.

If you missed Caryn's presentations hopefully the following post will help fill you in and spur some questions on how we can develop happier and faster athletes.

If you're interested in delving deeper, consider applying to the Institute for Rowing Leadership. It's a great way to test your thoughts on the sport and pack years of learning into one intense year! The IRL is accepting applications on a rolling basis until April 1st, 2019.
 
You can see our course catalogue, download the application and find more information on our website or via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
 

What Coaches said were key takeaways from Caryn's presentation:

  • “Burn out” means there was a fire, look back at the fire to learn from it

  • I learned more depth about intrinsic and extrinsic motivation

  • It’s important to know more about your athletes to help you all get the most from a program

  • Make sure the team knows that performance is not an indication of your self-worth

  • How to reframe “bad” practices or races, to make them productive experiences

Interested in how you can create Happy and Fast athletes? “Read More” below!

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Lactate Testing: Is it a good choice for your program?

Tom Siddall Lactate Testing WWS 2019CRI and the Institute for Rowing Leadership have been lucky to have Tom Siddall as a fellow since last July.  He's a member of the IRL Class of 2019 and was chosen to represent the current class as a speaker at the 2019 What Works Summit.  He's been working as a volunteer assistant with the Harvard Heavyweight Men's Rowing team and he's brought his expertise in lactate testing and training to many programs in the Boston area. If you missed his presentations hopefully the following post will help fill you in and spur some questions on whether or not Lactate Testing is a good choice for your program.

If you're interested in delving deeper, Tom is always happy to chat and share about his experience in the Institute for Rowing Leadership. It's a great way to test your thoughts on the sport and pack years of learning into one intense year! The IRL is accepting applications on a rolling basis until April 1st, 2019.
 
You can see our course catalogue, download the application and find more information on our website or via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
 

What is Lactate Testing?

  • Lactate testing indirectly measures the energy produced in muscles.
  • Lactate is formed when there is energy created from the anaerobic system.
  • The end product of anaerobic metabolism is pyruvate and it will either be used for aerobic metabolism or turned into lactate.
  • Some of this lactate will enter the bloodstream and can be easily measured.
  • Lactate is measured in the bloodstream as a concentration and represents the difference between lactate production and lactate elimination (or clearance).
  • It is measured as mmol/l.

What can Lactate Testing tell us?

  • Lactate testing provides a measure of both aerobic and anaerobic capacity.
  • As intensity increases, lactate will rise slowly at first, then quickly.
  • The higher the lactate during an all-out effort the more developed the anaerobic system is.
  • The higher the intensity before lactate starts to build up, the more developed the aerobic system.

Interested in how you can prescribe training based on lactate testing? “Read More” below!

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Polarized Training for Rowing, stepping back from the volume training doctrine

2019 What Works Summit Community onlineOver the past Winter Justin Moore spoke at conferences like the Joy of Sculling and the What Works Summit here at CRI.  He's been developing new ideas for training with the help of the best coaches and athletes from other sports while drawing from his own vast experience. Justin has 27 years of coaching experience at Yale, Williams College, and Syracuse University, and he recently accepted the position of Chief Coach at CREW by True Rowing with the goal of sharing the many benefits of rowing and teamwork through the experience of “Live Outdoor Reality”. If you missed his presentations hopefully the following post will help fill you in and spur some questions about how we train.

If you're interested in delving deeper after reading, you should checkout the Institute for Rowing Leadership. It's a great way to test your thoughts on the sport and pack years of learning into one intense year! The IRL is accepting applications on a rolling basis until April 1st, 2019.
 
You can see our course catalogue, download the application and find more information on our website or via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
 
What Coaches said were key takeaways from Justin Moore's presentation:
  • Positive and negative effects of steady state

  • How to train like you race, and race like you train

  • Know what you are training for, don’t train below what you need to win

  • Use of extensive structured warm-ups and agility work with coordination exercises

Don't miss the audio recording or sample videos in Justin's presentation. Be sure to "Read More" below and find his answers to followup questions from coaches at the conference!

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Performance Breathing: Train to Manage Stress

RobWilsonEarlier this year Rob Wilson came up to CRI as the Sunday keynote speaker at the 2019 What Works Summit.  We were connected with him through Olympic Rower and Gold Medalist Erin Cafaro Mackenzie who has worked with him in the past.  While he's not a rower himself it was great hearing his talk and stories of what he's observed having a daughter as a varsity rower in high school.

Rob Wilson works with a variety of athletes from amateur to nationally ranked across several sports, as well as the US Armed Forces as a human performance consultant.  Be sure to look for more about Rob and his work at powerspeedendurance.com/artofbreath.

If you love talking about rowing and want more than a weekend, also checkout the Institute for Rowing Leadership and pack years of learning into one intense year! The IRL is accepting applications on a rolling basis until April 1st, 2019.
 
You can see our course catalogue, download the application and find more information on our website or via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
 
Here are some key takeaways that coaches reported from Rob's presentation on performance breathing:
 
  • Ways we can change our body’s reactions and performance through internal forces such as breathing

  • Learning to switch from high arousal to calm is a skill and athletes can learn it to help make transitions better

  • Breathing exercises for everyday use

  • Trying to breath with entire lung, the back, the sides, etc vs just breathing with the front and the chest going up and down

  • Thought-provoking ideas that were new and different

Want to listen to the audio recording of Rob's presentation or checkout his breathing tools? Be sure to "Read More" below and find his answers to followup questions from coaches at the conference!

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5 Ways Sleep Affects Athletic Performance (and what you can do about it)

Dr Tracy Davenport Sleep and Athletic PerformanceAt the 2019 “What Works Summit”, held the first weekend in February, the focus was “Training and Recovery” with expert presenters from inside and outside rowing. If you were unable to make the conference or want to learn more about what was covered, be sure to checkout our blog where we're posting content and questions from the weekend. Here is a post on how sleep affects performace based on the presentation by Dr. Tracy Davenport. Keep an eye out for more coach education content on the IRL blog and social media.

Love talking about rowing? Want more than a weekend? Come to the Institute for Rowing Leadership and pack years of learning into one intense year! The IRL is accepting applications on a rolling basis until April 1st, 2019.
 
Check out our course catalogue, download the application and find more information on our website or via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
What Coaches said were some key takeaways from Tracy's presentation:
  • How critical sleep is, and ways coaches can implement healthier sleep schedules

  • How to think about your sleep schedule and maximize your sleep during that time

  • How sleep can help clear your brain, declutter it from the day

  • Relationship between alzheimer's and sleep

Interested in Tracy's answers to follow up questions from coaches at the conference? Want to listen to the audio recording of Tracy's presentation or checkout her 1-page takeaway? Be sure to "Read More" below!

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CRI Coach Talk 5 - 3/27/19

2017 07 20 SummerRow1 0676Interested in how to load your athletes properly and prevent injury heading into the Spring Season? Checkout the live stream and presentation from CRI Coach Talk 5 with Dr. Erin McConnell below.  Erin graduated from the Institute for Rowing Leadership in 2013, has her Doctorate of Physical Therapy, and now works with rowers at Spaulding Rehab on a regular basis.  She gave a great talk and many good examples to learn from. Be sure to check everything out below!

CRI Coach Talk 5
Wednesday, March 27th
7:00pm - 8:30pm
@CRI's Harry Parker Boathouse

Topic: Injury Prevention Protocols Heading Into Spring Racing
Presenter: Dr. Erin McConnell, Physical Therapist at Spaulding Rehab, IRL Class of 2013
Facilitator: Tom Siddall - IRL Fellow 2019

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CRI Coach Talk 4 - 2/20/19

CRI Coach Talk 4 Craft BeerMMMmmm... Craft Beer and Pulled Pork!  Thanks to everyone who came out to CRI Coach Talk 4 with Coach Jesse Foglia from Harvard in February. We had some cold brews thanks to our friends at Craft Beer Cellar and some delicious pulled pork with corn bread. 

Coach Jesse gave a great talk that included everything from how we setup our practices, communicate with our athletes, and how to prioritize what we coach and care about.  An important question we looked at was the difference between Technique and Style.  The best part was the video review and discussion we had looking at the USA U19 8+ and the Harvard 4V.

Last but not least, be on the lookout for a secret drill ... "The Screaming Eagle!"

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