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Recently Published Articles

  • Components of Success in the 100m Sprint
  • Training for Speed in Soccer – Article
  • The Hip Flexors – Management for Running Performance and Reduction of Injuries in Football

RANELLS PODCASTS:

*** Ranell was just interviewed by Historic Performance in New York City for a podcast about running mechanics, acceleration, cueing for coaches and a host of other information that she happily shares. It has been getting excellent feedback worldwide. For access to the audio please click the button below : ”

*** Ranell was recently interviewed on “Behind the Game” podcast where she talks about Sprinting in Australian Football. Click below to be taken to the interview :

Ranell was recently interviewed by the PaceyPerformance Podcast UK, a service for knowledge sharing by elite coaches from all over the world. Click below to be taken to the website and listen to her sharing coaching hints, tips and tricks for speed and COD excellence.

SOCIAL MEDIA FEEDS:

Ranell Hobson, Training Director

Ranell Hobson Coaching Director, ASSA
M.Sp.Coach, B.SpSc & Coach, CSCS, ASCA L2, ATFCA L3

“Ranell is an expert in Speed” – Des Ryan, Head of Sports Science and Athletic Development, Arsenal FC Academy UK

Watch Ranell explain how to perform the Open/Shut the Gate warmup drill correctly

Video of Ranell training a Rugby League player in the pre-season:

Ranell discussing how elite athletes make running look effortless:

4-4-2 Australia Interviews Ranell Hobson regarding the lack of athleticism in our youth soccer players. Click here for the full article !

Click here to listen to Ranell being interviewed by Rob Pacey from PaceyPerformance Podcast UK – a service for knowledge sharing by elite coaches all over the world – as she discusses her hints, tips and tricks for excellence in Speed and COD mechanics coaching.

Ranell Hobson has over 20 years experience coaching athletes, building overall athleticism and explosive sport speed. She is also currently training and competing at the highest international level for sprints. As such, she is in the unique position of not only knowing what she is talking about, but also actively pursuing excellence in speed on the worldwide stage for herself.

THERE IS A REAL DIFFERENCE BETWEEN SPEED TRAINING FOR TRACK ATHLETES AND SPORTS TEAMS PLAYERS, Ranell has researched this thoroughly to ensure her programs are specifically suited to the athlete’s needs for their chosen sport. The ASSA Sport Speed System of programs that she has created, focus on movement competency and force transfer for explosive speed, they create strength and on-field explosive power. Every athlete gets faster following Ranell's programs.

Ranell completed her Masters in Sports Coaching at UQ (University of Queensland) with a GPA of 6.5. Alongside this is her degree is Sport Science and Coaching and a myriad of other qualifications including:  CSCS (Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist), ASCA L2 (Australian Strength & Conditioning Association) & ATFCA L3 (Australian Track and Field Coaches Association) qualifications.  Ranell is also an award winning teacher and presenter.

Ranell has presented workshops and courses all over the world, most notably at youth academies of EPL clubs Arsenal, Crystal Palace, Leicester, Southampton, Brighton & Hove Albion and Wigan Athletic. She has also consulted to Australian teams in the NRL, AFL and A-League competitions as well as preparing numerous individual players for overseas contracts or trials. She also works with Little Athletics clubs and regional sports as well as non-professional athletes. In short she is a greatly respected and in huge demand at all levels of field and court based sports all over the world. It is not the level of the player she is working with that matters, but rather the level she can get them to.

Ranell brings to her workshops and courses an environment that facilitates discussion and coach interaction, where evidence-based coaching is paramount and participation is encouraged.

Ranell coaches select individuals ($150/hr) and teams ($250/hr) these sessions are held at Blacktown International Sports Park and Homebush. Team coaching can be held on-site at the Clubs facility if required. These can be organised via kip@academyofsportspeed.com or by calling Kip on 0414 706 482 with your enquiry.

Ranell is also able to assess your current speed and changeof direction mechanics in a group setting (4 people maximum at $75 each attendee) or a solo session ($150). These sessions are usually held at Blacktown International Sportspark and can be arranged via kip@academyofsportspeed.com depending on her availability.

Videos of Ranell Hobson Coaching

Speed Assessments in Adelaide 2016

Coaching Premier League netball GWS Fury 2017

Teaching warm-ups to NPL1 Soccer Players

ASSA Coaches

Click on the Coaches Pictures below to view their Coaching Locations and CVs.

New South Wales (Sydney and Newcastle/Forster)

  • Robyn Suttor

    Training Areas : Sydney Olympic Park Athletics Centre, Homebush.

    Click WMAC Robyns Lyon 2015 Newsletter for access to a newsletter featuring Robyn’s staggering success at the 2015 World Masters Indoor Championships in winning a Bronze medal for Australia !
    * Diploma of Fitness
    * CIV Pilates Instructor
    * ATFCA L2 Running Coach
    * ASSA Sport Speed for Coaches Course
    * Masters Athlete in Sprints and Hurdles with multiple NSW State & Australian Titles and Records

  • Daniel Brown

    Training Areas : The Hills areas and Blacktown International Sportspark (Athletics Track).

    * Bachelor of Sports and Exercise Science
    * CIV in Fitness (Personal Trainer)
    * CIII in Fitness (Gym Instructor)
    * 1st/2nd grade cricketer Hawkesbury Cricket Club – Sydney Grade Cricket Competition
    * First Class Cricket (Cambridge, England)
    * Selected to be a Practice Net Bowler in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015
    * ASSA Sport Speed for Coaches Course

  • Nathan Kenny

    Training Areas : Camden (Mondays), Penrith (Wednesdays and Saturdays), West Hoxton (Fridays).

    * Bachelor of Physical education (UOW)
    * CIV in Fitness (Personal Trainer)
    * Sydney Swans NEAFL – 3 seasons, Southport, QLD – 1 season.
    * currently playing for St George in the Sydney AFL
    * Sydney AFL representative side in 2015 against the Canberra AFL rep side.
    * Previously as Sydney Swans Academy coaching staff 2012-’14 before joining ASSA.
    * ASSA Sport Speed for Coaches Course

  • Mick Byers

    Training Area : Blacktown International Sportspark.

    * Masters in Exercise Science (Strength and Conditioning).

    * ASCA L2 Strength and Conditioning Coach

    * B. App. Sci (Sport and Exercise Science)

    * Strength and Conditioning Coach - Western Sydney Wanderers WSW A League Football Club

    * Athletic Performance Specialist, Strength and Rehab, GWS Giants AFL Club

    * Conditioning Coach - Penrith Panthers U20, Cronulla Sharks, ARU Western Force Academy.

  • Jackson Tisdell

    Training Area : Glendale Athletics Centre, Newcastle, Boronia Park, Forster.

    * Podiatrist graduated from University of Newcastle 2017. High Distinctions in Advanced Anatomy and Biomechanics
    * Level 2 Sports Trainer with Sports Medicine Australia
    * AFL player for Newcastle City Blues in AFL Hunter Coast competition.
    * former Under 18s and Junior representative player
    * ASSA Sports Speed for Coaches Course
    * Australian Track and Field Coaches Association Level 1 Accredited Coach.

  • Hussain Jamali

    Training Area : Blacktown International Sportspark, Rooty Hill and Sydney Olympic Park, Homebush.

    * Bachelor Degree in Applied Science – Exercise and Sports Science University of Sydney
    * ASCA L1 Strength and Conditioning Coach
    * Cert 3 and 4 Fitness and Personal trainer
    * ASSA Sport Speed for Coaches Course completed successfully

    Hussain has already been assisting Ranell with the GWS Fury Pathways team and has been doing outstanding work with them. He is one of our busiest coaches and continues to be in high demand due to his excellent work ethic and results he is getting with his athletes.

  • Isabela Aurellado

    Training Area : Blacktown International Sportspark, Jamison Park Penrith

    * Masters of Science in Kinesiology (Motor Behaviour and Exercise and Sport Psychology - Texas Tech University USA
    * Bachelor of Sports Science (University of the Phillipines)
    * Speed, Agility and Quickness (SAQ) Specialist (National Exercise & Sports Trainers Association)
    * National Collegiate Basketball player  
    * Head Coach - Speed, Agility and Quickness (SAQ) TipTop Training and Rehab, Illinois USA
    * Instructor - Weight Training (College Travel) - Department of Kinesiology Texas Tech University

  • Marshall McGee

    Training Area : North Sydney and Northern Suburbs.

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South Australia (Adelaide)

  • Deborah (Deb) Green

    Training Area : Adelaide, South Australia.

    * Bachelor Degree in Sport Studies
    * ASCA L1 Strength and Conditioning Coach
    * ATFCA L1 Athletics Coach
    * Accredited Personal Trainer
    * Diploma in Sport and Exercise Nutrition
    * Representative Basketball Player (12 years)
    * Fitness Trainer for the Australian Kookaburras LaCrosse team’s USA tour.
    * ASSA Sport Speed for Coaches Workshop

  • Patrick Jonczyk

    Training Area : Adelaide, SA

    * Strength and Conditioning Coach Basketball SA
    * Research Assistant - University of South Australia
    * Bachelor of Human Movement - University of South Australia
    * Accredited Exercise Physiologist (ESSA)
    * Premier League and State Basketball playing experience.

Leeming, Perth (WA)

  • Joe Swan

    Training Area : Southern Cricket Facility, Leeming, Perth, Western Australia.

    •  Studying Post Graduate degree in Sport and Exercise Science
    •  ASCA Level 1
    •  Head S&C at Southern Cricket
    •  Senior Coach at Claremont-Nedlands Cricket Club (WA Premier Cricket)
    • Assisted East Perth Football Club S&C/rehab team (WAFL)

     

Recommendations

ASSA Recommendations :

Books for Reference or Reading.

“High Performance Training for Sports”
David Joyce, Daniel Lewindon

High-Performance Training for Sports features contributions from global leaders in athletic performance training, coaching and rehabilitation. Experts share the cutting-edge knowledge and techniques they’ve used with Olympians as well as top athletes and teams from the NBA, NFL, MLB, English Premier League, Tour de France and International Rugby.

Combining the latest science and research with proven training protocols, High-Performance Training for Sports will guide you in these areas:

Whether you are working with high-performance athletes of all ages or with those recovering from injury, High-Performance Training for Sports is the definitive guide for developing all aspects of athletic performance. It is a must-own guide for any serious strength and conditioning coach, trainer, rehabilitator or athlete.

Click here for the link to Amazon to purchase.

“Running”
Frans Bosch, Ronald Klomp

This richly illustrated work presents innovative training concepts based on recent scientific research and extensive knowledge of the real-world training. It provides running trainers, physiotherapists and physical exercise teachers with the latest insights into the training runners.

The methods presented here are based on biomechanical principles. Scientific material is translated into practical techniques in the discussion of topics such as running technique, energy supply processes and adaptation through training.

•Unique approach to the material makes this book an excellent resource for a beginner’s introduction or an advanced trainer’s review.
•Coverage features the most up-to-date information available.
•Logical organization of information makes the text easy to use.

Click here for the link to Amazon to purchase.

“The Sports Gene”
David Epstein

The New York Times bestseller – with a new afterword about early specialization in youth sports.

The debate is as old as physical competition. Are stars like Usain Bolt, Michael Phelps, and Serena Williams genetic freaks put on Earth to dominate their respective sports? Or are they simply normal people who overcame their biological limits through sheer force of will and obsessive training?

In this controversial and engaging exploration of athletic success and the so-called 10,000-hour rule, David Epstein tackles the great nature vs. nurture debate and traces how far science has come in solving it. Through on-the-ground reporting from below the equator and above the Arctic Circle, revealing conversations with leading scientists and Olympic champions, and interviews with athletes who have rare genetic mutations or physical traits, Epstein forces us to rethink the very nature of athleticism.

Click here for the link to Amazon to purchase

“Strength Training for Speed: Scientific Principles and Practical Application”
James Wild

Speed is integral to the successful performance of individuals and teams in most sports. Knowledge of the ways in which high-performance athletes train to develop this quality is highly sought after. Strength Training for Speed is a one-stop resource for coaches and athletes looking to enhance sprinting speed through effective strength training methods.

The latest scientific research is used to underpin training solutions presented within this book, which includes strength programmes followed by full international-level athletes. The scope of applicable content will be of particular interest to coaches, athletes and students. Boasting a library of over 100 exercises and a series of example periodised plans, readers will learn how to devise effective strength training programmes for any athlete – from the recreational to elite performer.

Strength Training for Speed covers: Fundamental anatomy and physiology of sprinting; how to elicit the key physiological adaptations necessary for improving strength, power, and ultimately speed; biomechanics of sprinting during the acceleration and maximum velocity phases; how to design individual strength training sessions; the periodisation of strength training for speed development.

Click here for the link to Amazon to purchase.

ASSA Recommendations :

People and Institutions of Note.

Yann Le Meur Info Graphics

Yann is a sport scientist at the research department of the National Institute of Sport, Expertise and Performance in Paris (France). He earned a Ph.D in Physiology of Exercise in 2010 by working on exercise physiology and performance analysis (University of Nice-Sophia Antipolis).

His main research interests focus on training monitoring, overreaching/overtraining understanding and recovery. He is actually working with several French teams for Rio 2016 Olympic Games including triathlon, cross-country mountain bike, swimming and rugby 7’s.

He’s also involved in non Olympic sports / teams as consultant (i.e. Rugby & Soccer).

His info-graphics have become legendary worldwide for the way he manages to display months and years of research and complex information in an easy to understand and follow format. His twitter posts are always an excellent read – @YLMSportScience .

You can also access all of his info-graphics by clicking here .

Dr Andy Franklin Miller

Dr Franklyn-Miller has worked as Team doctor to British Olympic Rowing, England Rugby, Melbourne Storm Rugby League and the New Zealand Black Ferns alongside work for UK Athletics, and whilst on Fellowship in Australia observed Sports Physicians working at the Australian Open Tennis and World Swimming Championships alongside a variety of AFL teams. He has appeared on the BBC Breakfast sofa and Radio 5 live on numerous occasions discussing athlete prepartion, injury prevention and injuries to leading athletes and a regular contributor to the BJSM podcast programme.

Current reseach interests include: the biomechanics of groin pain, the expedited return to sport following groin injury, exertional lower limb pain and running re-education. Professional interests include sport injury, unexplained underperformance in athletes, chronic groin pain, lower limb overuse injury, and the management of high performance load and recovery alongside the biomechanics of running for performance.

One of his published papers is entitled – “Throw away the Needles and Orthotics – Teach them to Run” and can be accessed here : Orthotics Letter from Dr Andy Franklin-Miller

You can access his website and signup for his weekly emailed Sports Medicine Updates by clicking here .

Joe Jacobi

Joe Jacobi is an Olympic gold medal winning athlete, previous CEO of USA Canoe/Kayak, NBC Commentator, a motivational speaker and a good friend of Ranell and Kip. He is a truly genuine and inspirational man with a world-wide following. His Sunday Morning Joe (a free weekly newsletter) is always an excellent read and well worth you subscription (its free so just sign up via his webpage below).

He is someone who has attained the absolute pinnacle of his chosen sport and then had to deal with the highs of lows of post competition and recovery. He now spends his time sharing his path to help athletes cope with the unique stress of high level competition.

His website is https://joejacobi.com/ where you can sign up for SMJ.

His story is below :

“I figured out by age 10 that the sport of kayaking was my path forward. A challenging activity I enjoyed with my friends that transported me to off-the-grid destinations that counter-balanced my suburban Washington, D.C. upbringing.
By 16, I was competing internationally.
By 18, I stood on a World Cup podium.
At 22, with my canoe partner, Scott Strausbaugh, I won America’s first ever Olympic Gold Medal in Whitewater Canoe Slalom.

My trajectory within the sport carried me to more Olympic Games – first, as an athlete, and next, as NBC televisions’s color commentator for competitive canoeing.

Then I landed my dream job – CEO of USA Canoe/Kayak, the sport’s Olympic and Paralympic governing body that supports America’s best competitive paddlers.

In the process of supporting athletes, coaches, sponsors, committees, events, and volunteers, I forgot how to support myself.
My health unraveled.

I gained weight, clung to stress, formed poor habits, and disconnected with the very elements that I believed were my “super powers” going into the job.

After frustrating bouts with goal-setting and “thinking big,” I went the opposite direction. I started with Small Steps Forward Every Day, focusing on small incremental self-investments that I repeated daily.

Slowly, I experienced positive change that continues to progress in ways I could not have imagined.

This became the foundation of 5 With Joe, my performance coaching and executive training company that utilizes the essence of my Olympic Gold Medal skills and mindsets to transform the performance of leaders in business and in life.”

ASSA Recommendations :

Podcasts to Subscribe to.

Pacey Performance Podcast

Pacey Performance aims to provide world class information on the physical and mental preparation of athletes.

It was created to provide world class information on all aspects of sports performance. Through the podcast and blog you will hear the views of Rob as well as world leading strength & conditioning coaches, technical coaches, physiotherapists, nutritionists and psychologists.

Some of his guests have included Darren Burgess (ex Liverpool FC now Port Adelaide AFL), Brett Bartholomew (EXOS), Alex Natera (Aspire Academy Qatar) and Dave Tenney (Seattle Sounders FC) amongst many others of extraordinary experience.

You can access his website by clicking here.

Behind The Game Podcast

Behind the Game is for the supporters of the beautiful game. Behind the Game believes football doesn’t end when the whistle blows at 90 minutes: it transcends beyond game day, into every aspect of supporters lives, and Behind the Game offers supporters a chance to explore and celebrate the parts of football culture you don’t read about on the back pages.

As modern football continues move ahead, it is important for the game to not forget the stories that came before. Behind the Game aims to share the stories that make up the beautiful game from past to present.

Current podcasts available to be downloaded include former Chairman of Soccer Australia Remo Nogarotto, Sydney FC CEO Tony Pignata, Branko Culina, and Matildas player Emily Van Egmond.

You can access the webpage by clicking here.

Robertson Training Systems Physical Preparation Podcast

Mike Robertson is one of the most highly sought-after coaches, consultants, speakers and writers in the fitness industry today.

Known for his “no-nonsense” approach to training and brutal efficiency, Mike has made a name for himself as a go-to resource for professional athletes from every major sport.

Mike is the President of Robertson Training Systems and the co-owner of Indianapolis Fitness and Sports Training (IFAST) in Indianapolis, Indiana. IFAST has been named one of the Top 10 Gyms in America by Men’s Health magazine three times in the past six years.

Mike currently coaches a handful of professional athletes during their off-season, and is the physical preparation coach for the Indy Eleven professional soccer team.

His podcasts focus on Physical Preparation and have included coaches such as Charlie Weingroff, Nick Winkleman and Derek Hansen.

You can access his website by clicking here.

Historic Performance Podcast

Based in New York City, Historic Performance was created by James Darley to provide quality strength and conditioning information to soccer players, powerlifters, and strength history buffs. On the site, you will have access to blog posts, published articles, and the Historic Performance Podcast, which features some of the brightest strength & conditioning coaches, sports scientists, physiotherapists, nutritionists, and technical coaches in the world.

Some of his guests have included Lachlan Wilmot (GWS Giants AFL), Dr Mike Young (Owner and Director of Performance at The Athletic Lab) , Chris Brandner (Aspire Academy Qatar) and Matt Reeves (Leicester City FC) amongst many others of exceptional learning.

You can access his website by clicking here.

ASSA Recommendations :

Products We Use By Choice.

“TR3 – Total Recovery”
Gen-Tec Nutrition

Use the code assa at checkout to get the best price in Australia.

The Gen-Tec Australia website with information about their products and sample training programs can be accessed by clicking here.

TR3 TOTAL RECOVERY PHASE 3 :

This is the post workout recovery supplement that Ranell uses and has found it to be the best she has ever had. You will always find this mixture in her workout bag. After much discussion with the founder of Gen-Tec Nick Jones regarding suitability for sports teams usage, she can now wholeheartedly recommend it as worthy of your attention.

 

GEN-TEC NUTRITION’S “TR3” (Total Recovery Phase 3) is an advanced Post Workout Recovery Formula designed for bodybuilders, fitness competitors and strength training athlete’s with a goal of improved recovery, increased strength and lean muscle mass.

PROTEINS: TR3 contains the worlds fastest digesting proteins of Free Form Amino Acids, Di and Tri Peptide’s (hydrolised WPI) and WPI for a fast and direct replenishment of the body’s amino acid pool to create a Positive Nitrogen Balance.

CARBOHYDRATES: Gen-Tec’s sustained release carbohydrate blend of 85% maltodextrin, 10% fructose and 5% dextrose monohydrate is a tried and tested formula to support maximum Glycogen Replenishment and create the Crucial Anabolic Drive post exercise. Chromium Picolinate has been added to support insulin sensitivity thereby enhancing the anabolic (muscle building) effect.

Check here for the pdf of the research behind the product TR3 product information

Ranell also uses the Myo-Insure as a morning activation drink – Information sheet is here :MYO_Insure .

“Trainer Roller and Recoil 360 Bungee ”
SKLZ Australia

Visit www.SKLZ.com.au for all of your speed and agility equipment needs.

Use the code SKLZSPEED at checkout for 10% off your entire order.

We use SKLZ equipment for all of our practical sessions in courses or when training in the Academy. We have found this equipment to be without flaw and more than equal to the demands that Ranell’s programs place upon them.

Whether foam-rolling before or after a session, creating resistance through use of their Recoil 360 bungee, or challenging the athletes with drills involving the mini-hurdles, SKLZ equipment has always performed at the highest level.

The company statement is below:

“SKLZ offers a wide selection of training equipment and programs to hone and fine-tune your athletic training for any sport. We offer performance training equipment specially designed to increase your speed, vertical jump, strength, agility, flexibility and increase your responsiveness. As well many products will support your muscle maintenance program and help to work on your soft tissue.

You can warm-up with our Mini-Bands and the variety of our Barrel Rollers, train with our innovative Speed Hurdles, Quick Ladders and for example Super Sandbag and afterwards you recover with the Massage Bar and various Accu products like the AccuBall or the AccuStrap that will help you recover quicker.”

To compete effectively in the world’s most popular sports, you need well-trained skills, plenty of practice and in-depth knowledge of the game. That is where SKLZ comes in. We offer the most advanced training equipment because we are passionate about innovation. Our training products can help you refine your talents, develop an effective training routine, and sharpen your unique skills to a fine edge. ”