Melbourne Demons High Performance Manager Dr Darren Burgess believes a combination of education and real-world practice is imperative for coaches and hopes the 2020 NSWRL Coaching and Performance Conference will offer the perfect opportunity to implement exactly that.
Ahead of his keynote speech to coaching and performance staff at the NSWRL Centre of Excellence on Sunday 1 March, Dr. Burgess hopes a collective effort amongst practitioners in respective fields will help deliver best practice for athletes at all levels.
"The NSWRL Coaching Conference acts as the perfect opportunity for coaches and performance staff alike to work together to help build best practice in their respective fields,’ Dr Burgess said.
"In my experience, it is about working together collectively to help deliver best performance for elite athletes and believe the use of art and science is the best way to help individuals implement their education into real-world situations.
"I look forward to the conference and sharing my experiences alongside other leading practitioners from across the country."
Dr Burgess has earned a mountain of respect through his experience across a number of professional sporting clubs, including a two-year tenure as Director of High Performance at Arsenal F.C, and a role as Head of Fitness and Conditioning at Liverpool Football Club between 2010-12.
His involvement extends far beyond the field of soccer having worked for Port Adelaide as their head of High Performance as-well as the Socceroos during their run towards the 2010 World Cup in South Africa as Head of Fitness.
He will join Kristie Tredrea, Head of Elite Pathways at Adelaide Thunderbirds, Dr Job Fransen, Senior Lecture in Motor Control at UTS, and Professor Shone Halson, Associate Professor at ACU School of Behavioural and Health Sciences, in addressing practical and theory-based elements throughout the event.
Following a successful 2019 NSWRL Coaching and Peformance Conference, attendees for this year's event, who are members of the ASCA (Australian Strength and Conditioning Association) receiving four reaccreditation points.
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