Episode 54: Andy McDonald chats to Mike Friday USA Rugby Mens 7’s Head Coach. Mike began his sporting career as a player transitioning from the amateur rugby years into the professional era, before becoming renowned as a coach. He has enjoyed multiple coaching roles across the UK, Kenya and more recently USA. In this episode with Mike we will discuss his journey from player to coach and pick out some of the key lessons he has learnt along the way. 

In this episode Andy and Mike discuss:

  • Mike’s playing career 
  • Athlete retirement transitions
  • Effects of Covid on Rugby 
  • Current state of World Rugby 7’s
  • Mike’s coaching background
  • Role at USA Rugby Sevens 
  • Working for Kenyan 7’s
  • Lessons learnt coaching in different cultures
  • Sharing medical information with coaches

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Tendon Research Survey

The aim of this survey of physiotherapists is to identify criteria for diagnosis of tendinopathy. This study aims to establish the key clinical questions and tests physiotherapists use during clinical examination of Achilles tendinopathy. Establishing a set of clinical questions and objective measures for Achilles tendinopathy will allow the validity of these criteria to be investigated in future projects. 


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Andy is the Host / Co-Founder of Inform Performance and a dual qualified Physiotherapist / Strength & Conditioning Coach. Andy is based in Philadelphia & works for Total Performance who provide a multi-faceted, elite level diagnostic, rehabilitation and performance service. Delivered by a team of world leading specialists to organisations in the NBA, NFL, English Premier League, the LTA and England Rugby.