FNF Coaches Talk — Purdue’s Game of Thrones Pitch, a Model for Student-Athlete Care, Timing Devices

FNF Coaches Talk

Welcome back, Coaches. Here are today’s stories.

1. Purdue Incorporates Game of Thrones in Its Recruiting Pitch (Purdue Football Twitter)

Coaches — We often talk about meeting athletes where they are — in terms of motivation. Here’s a great idea coined by the Purdue football staff. What’s the most popular show on TV (at least until its final season)? Game of Thrones, right? So, the Purdue social media guru incorporated the most popular show into a recruiting pitch.

Maybe it doesn’t convince an athlete to accept an offer, but at least it gets his attention.


In what ways have you incorporated pop culture into your program?

2. Kansas Athletics launches groundbreaking new model for student-athlete care (Kansas Athletics)

Here’s a new partnership that might help take the responsibility out of the hands of coaches when dealing with injured players.

Kansas Athletics is launching a new model of student-athlete care believed to be the first of its kind among major collegiate athletics programs.

Kansas Team Health, a new model of care that makes the resources of The University of Kansas Health System and LMH Health available to provide the best care possible for KU student-athletes, establishes the responsibility of care with medical professionals while minimizing potential conflicts of interest between coaches and sports medicine staff.

This new model transitions approximately 40 sports medicine staff – including physicians, athletic trainers, nutritionists, wellness coordinators and, most notably, strength and conditioning coaches – from Kansas Athletics to The University of Kansas Health System. As a result, staff members now fully report to medical professionals, rather than through a physician employed by the department and reporting to Kansas Athletics administrators. This is now a true medical oversight and healthcare compliance model.

While there are some collegiate sports care and training models across the country involving physicians and trainers, the Kansas Team Health model is believed to be the first among major universities to incorporate strength and conditioning coaches — a category of practitioners that has received increased attention across college sports in recent years.

“The norm in college athletics has been for sports medicine practitioners to report to athletics department administrators,” Chancellor Girod said. “At KU, our student-athletes have received outstanding care, and we have not had issues related to supervision and adherence to best practices. That said, we knew we had a special opportunity to be innovative and get ahead of the curve. As a result, I believe we can tell all current and future student-athletes that they’re getting the best care and training in the country at the University of Kansas.”

How much involvement do you want to have in deciding when an injured player returns to the field?

3. Timing Devices Allow Coaches to Focus on the Action (FNF Coaches)

One of our partners, Sideline Power founder Matt Starr, wrote a column for us about the timing devices for practice.

A coach needs to be able to rely on his team’s timing devices so that games and practices go off without a hitch. Spectrum Timers and Victory Game Clocks provide coaches with the peace of mind to know things will remain on schedule.

Spectrum is one of the largest privately-owned custom scoreboard and electronic display manufacturers in the US. Spectrum Scoreboards was founded in Houston, Texas. With nearly a half century of experience, Spectrum products are known for their superior performance, longevity, and durability. Likewise, Victory Game Clocks, based in Roanoke, Ala., exceeds the timing and scoring needs of coaches, teams for high school, college, and beyond.

Read the whole article if you’re considering getting a timing clock for practice.

How do timing clocks help you make the most of the practice time?

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