How to train smarter – with Jeff Nevolo, South Carolina Women’s Tennis - Ep. 5

Jun 10, 12:01 PM

The secrets behind an historic season for the South Carolina Gamecocks Women’s Tennis program. Jeff discusses ‘train less, rest more’, building a culture, and using internal load data.

On the line today is Jeff Nevolo. Jeff is the Associate Head Coach for University of South Carolina Women’s Tennis. He is the 2018 ITA National Assistant Head Coach of the Year and has previously spent time with Air Force and Alabama. 

Jeff is here to discuss topics including, the end of ‘no pain, no gain’ training, how data can help avoid overtraining and the differences between international and U.S. athletes.  

Topics Discussed in This Episode:
  • Learning and developing in a power conference 
  • Using Heartrate analytics to design training 
  • Working with international and US athletes 
  • The end of 'no pain, no gain' training? What’s next 
  • The impact of off-court lifestyle on student-athletes 
• How Jeff ended up at the University of South Carolina (1:06)
• Jeff’s day-to-day role as Associate Head Coach at USC (4:17)
• Differences between international athletes and US athletes (5:23)
• What's behind the team's recent success? (6:47)
• Is the no pain-no gain-mentality dying off? (8:50)
• What attracted Jeff to Firstbeat (10:25)
• How Jeff uses Firstbeat (11:52)
• Data-influenced training decisions (13:47)
• Player buy-in (15:00)
• How Jeff considers player lifestyle and routines (15:55)
• Advice for Tennis coaches adding a performance monitoring system? (17:20)
• What’s next for the Gamecocks Tennis program? (19:23)

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