Knoxville Swim Clinic - Apr 6-7 2018

Time and Place 2018

Jan Olbrecht will be back in Knoxvile for a fourth time on Apr 6 and 7, 2018. The University of Tennessee and Mark Kredich host the fourth School of Thought Swim Clinic. This clinic features Jan Olbrecht along with Ernie Maglischo, Fiona Mather and Rachel Vickery.


Jan Olbrecht

Jan is recognized as one of the world’s foremost experts in the application of lactate testing to training design. His book “The Science of Winning” has become one of the most influential books written on training theory for swimming and is used by coaches of several different sports. Since the publication of the book 20 years ago, Olbrecht’s theories have been further validated on thousands of high level athletes who he has monitored over the years. Many of these athletes have been extremely successful and have won hundreds of World Championship and Olympic medals. It total Jan has advised athletes who have won over 600 Olympic, World Championship, European Championship and Commonwealth Championship medals. Jan will explain the training and physiological paradigm that is currently being used by the National Teams of Ireland, Scotland, Australia, the Netherlands, and Belgium, as well as coaches of Olympians in the US, France, and Great Britain. He will share case studies, expand on the ideas presented in his book, and help coaches plan their upcoming seasons.

Jan speaks to the coaches during a session
on the training effects of various swim exercises
at previous clinic.

They were planning training exercises based on this chart from the Science of Winning.

Ernie Maglischo - 13 time National Championship Coach

Ernie has written what many coaches believe to be the most comprehensive textbooks on competitive swimming. The author of “Swimming Faster”, “Swimming Even Faster”, “Swimming Fastest”, and “A Primer for Swimming Coaches, Volumes I and II” will talk with us about several subjects that he’s been exploring, including “Biomolecular Adaptations to Training” and “The physiology of reverse periodization”. Ernie will also team up with Matt Barany and Erik Vendt to talk about “Heartrate Variablity as a Measurement for Prescribing Training Programs.”

Fiona Mather

Fiona is one of the most respected physiotherapists in the world. Through her position with HPSNZ, she currently works in support of numerous Olympic athletes across many sports. Fiona gained extensive experience with elite swimmers in the UK working with the National Team, including with Coach Chris Martin. Fiona has a highly developed outlook on the interplay of posture, movement, and the mechanisms for developing powerful and efficient movements in the water. I have asked her to talk with us about a little-discussed and relatively new concept in swimming anatomy, the function of the myofascial slings in storing and releasing energy. Throughout the weekend, Fiona will help coaches understand the structure of the myofascial slings and the relavance to teaching and correcting stroke mechanics. She’ll help us learn to “see” movement on land in the water from a unique and exciting perspective

Rachel Vickery

Rachel has worked with some of the most successful athletes in the world today, including NBA All stars, professional Rugby and football players, cyclists, gymnasts, and swimmers. A key part of her work involves understanding the relationship of breathing to neuro-physiology and how this affects an athlete’s mental, emotional, physical and physiological performance. Too often an athlete operates in high states of arousal or “Fright and Flight”, leading to suboptimal performance. Despite advances in sports science this is still the part of performance that is not addressed in coach education.

Rachel will talk with us about strategies for helping the athletes we coach control their state through breathing in all environments, from their environment out of the water to the environment under the pressure of competition.


Friday, April 6 – Saturday, April 7 (each day will be the same format)

  1. 7:30 AM - Breakfast and introduction by Matt Kredich
  2. 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM - Lectures by Jan Olbrecht, Fiona Mather, Rachel Vickery and Ernie Maglischo
  3. 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM – Lunch Break
  4. 1:00-5:30 PM – Active Workshops – We will have 2 breakout groups of a maximum of 30 coaches, each group will have a small group interactive experience with our speakers.
  5. 7:00-9:00 PM (Friday only) – Speedo Coaches Social. This has proven to be one of the highlights of the School of Thought Clinic. Light food and drinks will be provided, courtesy of Speedo. Great conversation provided courtesy of all attending coaches and clinicians!

Daily Workshops

Jan Olbrecht: Foundations of Performance – Planning Cycles, Seasons, and Practices.

Fiona Mather: Foundations of Performance – The Myofascial Slings and Aquatic Movement – New Ways of “Seeing” movement. We will use live swimmers to demonstrate some of the concepts in Fiona’s talks.

Rachel Vickery: Foundations of Performance – Breathing and Performance Bring comfortable clothes - Coaches will learn techniques for breathing as a way to control states in many different environments and situations.

Erik Vendt, Matt Barany, Ernest Maglischo– Heartrate Variability and the Relationship to Performance – a multi- season case study. Matt and Erik teamed up to monitor HFV


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