Integrating Olympic sports coaching methodologies into an elite super rugby programme


John Mitchell

This presentation will outline planning and coaching techniques used in various Olympic sports. Sports such as rowing, gymnastics and basketball provide key training elements directly transferable into the rugby training environment. Strategic use of these elements can be successfully applied and adapted to optimise player preparation in elite Super Rugby. BIOG: John has been working in the strength and conditioning industry for 26 years across both professional and national team environments. Currently, he is S&C coach with the ACT Brumbies Super Rugby team. Previously he worked at the Australian Institute of Sport with the Olympic rowing and gymnastics programmes; before this, he headed up the Australian rugby sevens S& C programme. John has worked with a wide variety of sports in Australia and internationally – from amateur under age programmes right through to professional athletes competing at the highest level within their chosen sport (including baseball, basketball, cycling, gymnastics, rowing, rugby league, rugby union, and rugby sevens). John is a strong advocate for S&C in Australia, has been an ASCA board member since 2005 and was awarded ASCA Life Membership in 2009.