Pacey Performance Podcast

Pacey Performance Podcast #226 - Nick Winkelman (Head of Athletic Performance & Science at Irish Rugby)

February 7, 2019

In this episode of the Pacey Performance Podcast, I am speaking to Head of Athletic Performance and Science at Irish Rugby, Nick Winkelman. This is Nick's second time on the podcast after he appeared in episode 93 well over 2 years ago. In that episode we discussed coaching science and cueing, both of which we get an update on in this episode. Irish Rugby have made incredible strides over the last 2 years and Nick has been a huge part of that so it was great to get him on for a part 2. Hope you enjoy this episode with Nick Winkelman.

  • Who is Nick Winkelman (education, background and current role)
  • Taking Ireland to world number 2 (Dan Grange)
    • Identifying areas for improvement

      • Successes
      • Work still to do
  • Communication with athletes (Derek Landry)
    • Variation between theme of the day (recovery vs high intensity, highly technical vs low technical)
    • Cueing
      • Internal vs external

        • Differ between weight room and movement based sessions?
      • Use of analogies
        • Structural vs relational
        • Creating the 'right' analogy
      • Individualisation
  • Hamstring injuries
    • Technical mastery vs strength, imbalance etc
  • Self reflection
    • Cueing
    • Coaching
    • Life

Nick Winkelman can be found on Twitter @nickwinkelman

This episode of the Pacey Performance Podcast is sponsored by Hawkin Dynamics, the team behind the worlds only wireless force plate system. Hawkin Dynamics can be found at and you can follow them on Twitter @hawkindynamics

This episode is also sponsored by Fatigue Science. Fatigue Science combine wearable technology with biomathematical science developed by the US Army to offer fantastic insights into sleep and cognitive fatigue. Fatigue Science can be found at

This episode is also sponsored by IMeasureU. IMeasureU are a world leading inertial platform to precisely quantify body movement and workload metrics in the field. IMeasureU can be found at and you can follow them on Twitter @imeasureu.

This episode of the Pacey Performance Podcast is also sponsored by St Mary's University. St Mary's is widely recognised as an international leader in strength and conditioning education. St Mary's University can be found on Twitter @yourstmarys.

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