PhD, CSCS, NSCA Coach Emeritus
Jeremy Sheppard is the Health & Athletic Performance Director for Canada Snowboard, and coaching staff member of Canada’s Slopestyle Snowboard program. Prior to this role he worked as Sport Science Manager and Head of S&C for Surfing Australia, and Coach/Sport Scientist roles with Australian Institute of Sport, Queensland Academy of Sport, and Australian Volleyball Federation. His consultancies have included teams in the National Football League, National Rugby League, and Australian Football League, as well as organizations Nike, Hurley, and bespoke sport-tech and sport-apparel start-ups. As a curious coach, Jeremy has pursued a part-time effort into research partnerships, and as a result he is an adjunct Professor at University of Victoria (Canada), Associate Professor at Edith Cowan University (Australia), and has contributed to the publication of >100 research manuscripts, 18 text-book chapters, and a breadth of research grants and awards. He lives in the village of Pemberton, British Columbia with his wife Tracey and son Jake, pursuing their passions of snowboarding, surfing, bowhunting, and conservation of wild places.
“Finding the Signal amongst the Noise”: achieving purposeful S&C training in action sports:
Compared with any tactical field sport (e.g. football, baseball) or first past the line sport (e.g. Track and Field), action sports can appear as chaos, and how to physically prepare these athletes in a meaningful way can be a mystery. Yet, the performers in these sports are athletes, and as an S&C coach you most certainly can objectively help them with performance, injury avoidance, as well as longevity and quality of life. This presentation will showcase several principles behind a training approach for action sports athletes, using Coach Sheppard’s experience with elite surfing and snowboarding as the context.
Key Presentation Highlights:
- Understanding the importance of a performance model, and how to align your preparation to make a performance difference.
- How to marry your curiosity & creativity, with objectivity, to create performance models in action sports.
- Integrating specialty and specialist input to broaden the impact of your performance team.