Episode 79: Lean Curling on evidence based practice standards & crazy sweep tests 1548 720 Stephanie Thompson
Today’s episode features English researcher and curler Jotham Sugden. We talk about his mission with his website www.leancurling.com centring around curling research.   We answer a couple questions such as:
  • How can an athlete and a coach determine what information is good?
  • How to combine experience and research with the human athlete in front you?
  • What matters more, experience, education or research?
  We also touch a bit on sweeping science   Listen on your favourite ap, at TheCurlingNews.com, or below Key resources mentioned:
  1. Using to best possible research evidence
  2. Utilizing curling experience and expertise
  3. Taking individual preferences into account
  • Contact form on website: leancurling@gmail.com
  • IG: leancurling
  • TPI for golf
  • Meta-analysis on curling research by Emily Zacharias
  • Joe’s challenge: 90 sec max sweeping test → looking for a drop off in power. Measure sweeping frequency and power (with smart broom or force plate -more validated).
    • Power = Force (vertical) x Velocity.
    • From video measure distance of brush stroke, and # of strokes to calculate velocity
    • Contact Joe for assistance/share results
  • Reminder: no 2 smart brooms are the same (can be helpful as a tool for individual session adjustments)

Below is a photo of Joe’s dryland sweeping device using a wood insert on an old broom, and 2 ball bearings. The purpose being it accentuates the push stroke and encourages a fast and strong recovery stroke

Some other great episodes to check out:  Listen & watch below, on your favourite streaming ap or on TheCurlingsNews.com   To stay as up-to-date as possible, make sure to join the Empowered Performance newsletter and to follow me on Instagram at @empoweredperformance   Take care,   Coach Steph

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Episode 79: Lean Curling on evidence based practice standards & crazy sweep tests

Stephanie Thompson

Stephanie Thompson


R.Kin, B.Ed, CSEP-CPT, Competition Development Coach in training, 200 RYT in training
On & Off Ice rehab & performance training. Providing tools and education to move better & play better.

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