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The Language of Coaching


Nick Winkelman ©2020
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Based on his newly released book, The Language of Coaching, Nick Winkelman takes you on a practical journey through the world of coaching science and the intersection between a coach's words and their client's movement. If you agree that how you coach is as important as what you coach, then you're not going to want to miss this. Attendees will learn:

  • the intersection between attention and learning,
  • the impact of coaching language and cueing on motor skills learning, and
  • an evidence-based model for crafting cues that support movement performance and coordination.

Nick Winkelman, PhD, is the head of athletic performance and science for the Irish Rugby Football Union. His primary role is to oversee the delivery and development of strength and conditioning and sports science across all national and provincial teams. Prior to working for Irish Rugby, Winkelman was the director of education and training systems for EXOS, where he directed the development and execution of all educational initiatives. As a performance coach, he oversaw the speed component of the EXOS NFL Combine Development Program, and he has supported a variety of athletes across professional and elite level sport.

Winkelman completed his doctorate through Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions with a dissertation focus on motor skill learning and sprinting. He is a recognized speaker and consultant on human performance and coaching science. He has written numerous book chapters and peer-reviewed papers focusing on the intersection between coaching language and athlete learning.