Bohdan Babijczuk, one of Australia’s most respected fitness coaches, has had a strong involvement with AFL football. He is a highly experienced athletics & physical preparation coach. Bohdan has worked with the Melbourne FC, the Australian National Basketball Team (the Boomers), as Head Fitness Coach from 2002 until 2006, while he also worked as a consultant and specialist speed coach with Richmond, St Kilda, and the Kangaroos during 2005 and 2006. Before these appointments, Bohdan was the Fitness Coordinator at Hawthorn Football Club from 1994 until 2004, after a stint with Collingwood as strength and Conditioning Coach from 1991 to 1993. Bohdan has a Bachelor of Education – Physical Education and is a Level 5 Athletic Coach

In this episode, you will learn:

  • Bohdan’s track & field/strength & conditioning journey from start to present
  • His learnings from working with Olympic athletes
  • His philosophy on video analysis and creating biomechanical reports for players to develop better movement efficiency
  • His love for athletics and the Olympics
  • The importance of being able to manage big personalities in elite sport and why creating a competitive environment is crucial for performance
  • Bohdan’s approach to developing the art and science of coaching in elite performance from observing other environments, to upskilling himself with new credentials
  • The different type of running required for team sports and why understanding the different demands and mechanics are so important
  • The importance of journaling after coaching sessions and preparing for future sessions
  • His advice for developing footballers and strength & conditioning coaches wanting to work in elite sport

People mentioned:

  • Shane Crawford
  • Garry Bourne
  • Jess Java
  • Carmen Miller
  • Bill Walker
  • Neil Osborn
  • Viv Mitchell
  • Phill King
  • Debbie King
  • Viv Mitchell
  • Alan Jeans
  • Bachar Houli
  • Ben Dixon
  • John Platton
  • Mick Gafer
  • Valeri Stoimenov
  • Chance Batman
  • Jack Higgins
  • Jordan Ridley
  • David Anderson
  • Daniel Chick
  • Dustin Martin
  • Cody Weightman
  • Lauren Jackson

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