Just Kickin' It Pod



Just Kickin' It Podcast is a weekly soccer podcast that interviews players, coaches, strength coaches, fitness coaches, and anyone and everyone that has an impact on the modern game. This podcast is hosted by the Duquesne Men's and Women's Soccer assistant coaches, Josh Faga and Brian Shrum. Check out our website at JustKickinItPod.com and follow us on twitter at JustKickinItPod.


  • Are we losing the Art in Science

    23/09/2020 Duração: 56min

    I spoke with Alan Hazlett, Strength & Conditioning, and a member of the Team GB Intensive Rehabilitation Unit. Alan wrote a provoking article about the application of subjective and objective knowledge, specifically in the world of human performance. As practitioners, evidence and experience must guide our decisions, not the blind application of empirical research. We discuss his article and many other aspects of human performance. You can locate the article here: https://sportperfsci.com/sports-science-medicine-are-we-losing-the-art-in-the-science/

  • Physical Preparation following a pandemic

    11/08/2020 Duração: 53min

    I had a conversation with Dr. Mike Young the founder and owner of the premier sport science research & training facility Athletic Lab, located in North Carolina. Dr. Young is a world-renowned physical preparation coach working with various sports. He currently works with the North Carolina Courage, in the women's professional soccer league. In this episode, Dr. Young and I spoke about principles revolving around returning to soccer after a pandemic. Dr. Young was getting ready to leave for the women's Challenge Cup which was the first live sporting event returning to full play in the United States.  Topics of discussion in this episode circle around: Things coaches and players should consider that need maintained during a moratorium.  Handling the communication with athletes, virtually. Periodized workouts when returning. Lower extremity considerations that may be sensitive to injury if not addressed when returning. Also, Dr. Young speaks about how the Courage weekly microcycle that sparks so thought.  

  • Objective Football Coaching

    12/07/2020 Duração: 01h28min

    In this conversation with Raymond Verheijen, we discuss how to consciously improve your coaching.  Raymond discusses why an objective framework to coaching is necessary.  How this objective framework can improve coaches' knowledge through theorizing and critically analyzing ones coaching application.  Raymond gives a practical example of the theorizing process with his interviews with Louis van Gaal.  Finally, his recommendations to coaches on how not fall victim to the virtual tsunami which is plaguing the internet.

  • Dr. John Cone

    18/06/2020 Duração: 52min

    In today's conversation with Dr. John Cone, we discuss the science behind the methods. Topics such as: Signal vs Noise Objective and Subjective criteria Return to Play considerations using science to guide decision making. Physical Preparation Isolation and Game Experience the differences, and prescribing when you have to use them.   

  • #153 - "In-Possession Coaching and being a Specialist Coach" with Aaron Danks (England U20's)

    17/03/2020 Duração: 01h10min

    Aaron Danks is the Head of Specialist Coaching for the English FA. Previously, Aaron was the Lead Specialist coach for "In-Possession" characteristics of the England Youth National Team's. He now overseas the Lead Specialist Coaches for in-possession, out-of-possession, transition, and set pieces.  

  • #152 - Drowning in Data, Starving for Wisdom w/ Franco Impellizzeri

    14/02/2020 Duração: 01h48min

    Franco Impellizzerri is an Italian Sports Science researcher that works at UTS in Australia. Franco has challenged the work done by Tim Gabbett and the so-called "Acute:Chronic Workload Ratio". He is also THE researcher that validated the use of RPE (Ratings of Perceived Exertion) for use in soccer players. We discuss the current trend of sports coaches and teams adopting data metrics for the sake of keeping up with the jones's in lieu of critical thinking. Does the Emperor have no clothes?

  • #151 - Nate Lie "Pragmatic Football: How he took Xavier University from a losing record to Champions"

    24/01/2020 Duração: 01h08min

    Nate Lie has been the head Women's Soccer Coach at Xavier University since 2017. He inherited a team that had failed to make a post-season appearance for the previous 3 seasons. In just 3 short years, Nate turned them into Champions of the uber-competitive BIG EAST Conference and led them to the NCAA Tournament for the 1st time ever. He tells us the story.

  • #150 - Alex Hutchinson "Endure: Why some athletes quit and others keep going"

    30/12/2019 Duração: 01h10min

    Alex Hutchinson is the author of Endure: Mind, Body, and the Curiously Elastic Limits of Human Performance. In this episode, we discuss Alex's book and the Philosophy, Science, and Art of endurance. What makes someone gas out in a UFC Fight? Why do teams look tired when trailing 2-0? Is it simply physiology, like VO2 Max? Is it psychology - mind over matter? We discuss these ideas in the context of soccer and possible implications for training design and match performance.

  • S04 E10 - Robbie Church, Head Coach, Duke University Women's Soccer

    08/08/2019 Duração: 01h06min

    Robbie Church has been the head coach at Duke University for the Women's Soccer team since 2001. He has led Duke to 3 NCAA College Cup Appearances and was named ACC Coach of the Year in 2017. All together, he has over 32 years of coaching experience.

  • S04 E09 - Matt Price "In-Season Strength Training"

    12/06/2019 Duração: 53min

    Matt Price is the Head Strength and Conditioning coach for the LA Kings of the NHL.

  • S04 E08 - Dr. Steven Lockley "Sleep: The most overlooked area of performance enhancement"

    04/06/2019 Duração: 01h13min

    Dr. Steven Lockley, PhD is a professor at Harvard Medical School working in the Division of Sleep and Circadian Disorders. He has worked with NASA, Formula 1, and various branches of the armed forces. His research interest include applied aspects of circadian biology to performance.

  • S04 E07 - Dr. Andy Galpin - "High Level Problem Solving"

    28/05/2019 Duração: 56min

    Dr. Andy Galpin is a Professor at Cal State Fullerton working at the Center for Sports Performance Lab/ Andy has worked with athletes and teams in a variety of sports and has a PhD in bioenergetics He has world class knowledge in muscle physiology, nutrition, and all aspects of the human body and sport performance.

  • S04 E06 - Damian Roden - "The Roots of Performance"

    15/05/2019 Duração: 42min

    Damian Roden is the High Performance Manager for the Seattle Sounders of Major League Soccer (MLS). Damian will be hosting and presenting the 2019 Seattle Sounders Sports Science Weekend June 20th - June 22nd, 2019 at The NINETY in Seattle, Washington. The event brings together some of the best minds in every area of sports science including sleep, nutrition, monitoring, strength training, conditioning, injury prevention, psychology, physiology, tactics, and more. If you are interested in registering and attending this years iteration of the conference, you can sign up at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2019-seattle-sounders-fc-sports-science-seminar-roots-of-performance-registration-54182146258

  • S04 E05 - Ben Bartlett - "How to Build a Session from Scratch"

    09/05/2019 Duração: 01h01min

    Ben works for the English FA as a Coach Development Manager. He has served in a variety of coaching roles and positions throughout his career and is considered one of the top coach educators in football. You can follow him on Twitter @benbarts

  • S04 E04 - John Kiely - "Buy-in, Belief, and the Building Blocks of Great Coaching"

    30/04/2019 Duração: 01h30min

    John Kiely is a Senior Lecturer in Elite Performance at the University of Central Lancashire. He has served in various roles throughout his life in sport including Strength & Conditioning coach to Olympic medalists & World champions as well as High Performance stats working in Rugby & Soccer World Cups. He most recently served in a performance role for Egypt in the 2018 World Cup. You can follow him on Twitter @simplysportssci

  • S04 E03 - Mark O' Sullivan "Decision Making, Dualism, and Descartes

    12/02/2019 Duração: 01h07min

    Mark O' Sullivan works in Coach Education and Player Development at AIK in Stockholm, Sweden. He is currently getting his PhD working at the crossroads of theory and practice vis a vis skill acquisition, constraints led approach, non-linear pedagogy, and culture. You can find Mark's very popular blog at -https://footblogball.wordpress.com/ You can also follow Mark on Twitter @markstkhlm

  • S04 E02 - Ben Franks "What is Non-Linear Pedagogy & the Constraints Led Approach?"

    30/01/2019 Duração: 01h13min

    Ben Franks is a Lecturer and Sport Scientist at UCFB in London, United Kingdom. He is also the 1st team Head Coach at Sheppey United in the SCEFL Premier Division, a lower league semi-professional level in England. For links to the shownotes, visit justkickinitpod.com and click on Shownotes.

  • S04 E01 - Adin Osmanbasic "Playing Principles: What they are and how to coach them"

    17/01/2019 Duração: 01h10min

    Today we are joined by repeat guest Adin Osmanbasic. Currently a Msc Student at Ohio University studying Soccer Coaching and a youth coach working at Georgia United, Adin talks with us about playing principles, player freedom and restriction.

  • S03 E10 - Dr. Jim Denison "Pt. 3 of Coaching with Foucault"

    04/01/2019 Duração: 01h13min

    Today, we finish our 3 part series on Michel Foucault and Sociology as applied to sport coaching. Joining us is Professor of Kinesiology and Sociology at the University of Alberta, Dr. Jim Denison.

  • S03 09 - Dr. Joseph Mills "Pt. 2 of Coaching with Foucault"

    18/12/2018 Duração: 01h18min

    Today we go deeper into the work of Michel Foucault and his work "Discipline and Punish." We are aided by the expertise of Professor of Sociology Dr. Joseph Mills, a contemporary of Dr. Brian Gearity (Season 03 Episode 08).

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