Elitefts SPP: Brian Thompson Interview
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    Brian Thompson, PhD

    Associate Professor of Exercise Science and Sport Studies
    Director of Strength and Conditioning

    Springfield College

    Topics in this Podcast

    How Brian Got Started
    Managing the Duel Role
    The Springfield Curriculum; 3 major components
    What are the key requirements for every student
    Looking in the Mirror
    Advice on Internships
    How does Coach Thompson evaluate graduate assistants
    Coach Interactions with Athletes
    The responsibility of carrying the torch
    Coaches reacting to criticism
    Scheduling teams in the small school setting
    Traveling to China and observing training
    Assessments
    Programing Templates
    What you should know by the time you earn your BS
    The role of Nutrition in Coaches
    Advice for young coaches
    How to reach Dr. Thompson

    Brian Thompson, PhD

    Associate Professor of Exercise Science and Sport Studies
    Director of Strength and Conditioning
    Office: ATES 206
    Email: bathomps@springfieldcollege.edu
    Phone: (413) 748-3495

    Courses Taught

    1. Advanced Strength and Conditioning
    2. Strength and Conditioning
    3. Strength and Conditioning Applications
    4. Exercise Testing and Prescription for Special Populations
    5. Stress Management
    6. Measurement and Evaluation

    Biography

    Brian Thompson is the director of strength and conditioning/head strength and conditioning coach, a professor of exercise science, and the graduate strength and conditioning program director at Springfield College, where he has worked since 1998. In addition to teaching in the applied exercise science program, he is responsible for the strength and conditioning program design and implementation for all 24 teams at Springfield College as well as teaching and advising in the graduate strength and conditioning program.  Thompson first started working in the field of strength and conditioning in 1987 and has trained athletes at the elementary school, middle school, high school, collegiate, professional, Paralympic, and Olympic levels. He has presented and/or conducted strength and conditioning related workshops in Australia, China, Mexico, Taiwan and throughout the United States. Thompson received a bachelor's degree in athletic training from Ball State University and a master’s degree and doctoral degree from the University of Illinois.

    Certifications

    1. CSCS*D
    2. RSCC*D
    3. ATC
    4. LAT
    5. USAW
    6. FMS

    Recent Presentations

    1. “Movement Preparation”, BA Thompson, Shandong Sports Bureau, May 30, 2014, Jinan, China.
    2. “Functional Movement Screening”, BA Thompson, Tianjin Sport University, May 28, 2014, Tianjin, China.
    3. “Developing Explosive Power”, BA Thompson, Tianjin Sport University, May 28, 2014, Tianjin, China.
    4. “Breathing Techniques in Strength and Conditioning”, BA Thompson, Tianjin Sport University, May 28, 2014, Tianjin, China
    5. “Functional Training in Sports”, BA Thompson, Tianjin Sport University, May 27, 2014, Tianjin, China.
    6. “Individual Differences in Training”, BA Thompson, Tianjin Sport University, May 27, 2014, Tianjin, China.
    7. “Periodization for Sports”, BA Thompson, Tianjin Sport University, May 26, 2014, Tianjin, China.
    8. “Strength and Conditioning Roundtable”, BA Thompson, International Performance Training Summit, May 25, 2014, Beijing, China.
    9. “Developing Strength and Conditioning Professionals – for coaches”, BA Thompson, International Performance Training Summit, May 24, 2014, Beijing, China.
    10. “Developing Strength and Conditioning Professionals – for athletes”, BA Thompson, International Performance Training Summit, May 24, 2014, Beijing, China.
    11. “Strength Training for Children” via video, BA Thompson, Institute of Physical Education and Sport in Algeria 1st International Conference, May 11, 2014, University of Khemis Milania, Algeria.
    12. “Strength and Conditioning”, BA Thompson, STCC Health and Wellness Club, March 7, 2014, Springfield, MA.
    13. “Upper Body Exercise Physiology”, BA Thompson, USOC Paralympic Summit, February 1, 2014, Champaign, IL.
    14. “Circuit Training for Wheelchair Athletes”, BA Thompson, USOC Paralympic Summit, February 1, 2014, Champaign, IL.
    15. “The Paralympic Athlete”, BA Thompson, New England ACSM Annual Fall conference November 15, 2013.
    16. “Practicum, Internship, & Fieldwork Placement Opportunities in 2014”, BA Thompson, New England ACSM Annual Fall conference November 15, 2013.

    Recent Publications

    1. Luk, H.Y., Winter, C., O’Neill, E. & Thompson B.A.  The Comparison of Muscle Force Imbalance in Powerlifters and Jumpers.  Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 2013, April 15. [Epub ahead of print]
    2. Ambekonaker, J.P, Redmond, C.J., Winter, C., Nelson, C., Ambegaonkar, S., Thompson, B. & Guyer, S.G.  Ankle Stabilizers Affect Agility but Not Vertical Jump or Dynamic Balance Performance.  Foot & Ankle Specialist, December 2011 (4), 354-360.

    Professional Memberships

    1. National Strength and Conditioning Association
    2. National Athletic Trainers Association

    Courtesy Springfield College

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