Podcast Interview with Dr. Dave Tilley

Dr. Dave Tilley DPT, SCS, CSCS is a Physical Therapist who graduated in 2013 from Springfield College.  Dave comes from an extensive gymnastics background, being a former athlete and currently still coaching optional level gymnastics in Boston.  Dave was a competitive gymnast for 18 years, four of them collegiately as part of the Springfield College Men’s Team.  Dave has also been coaching gymnastics for 12 years, being involved at all levels.  His unique background as a former athlete and current coach gives him a one of a kind approach for the performance and rehabilitation of gymnasts.  He has successfully treated some of the most talented high school, NCAA, and junior elite level gymnasts in the country.

Dr. Dave Tilley is the CEO/Founder of Shift – Movement Science & Gymnastics Education.  I had the pleasure of interviewing Dave about the culture of youth sports.  Listen in for his views on burnout, mental blocks, workload management, and more.

  • Dave tells us a little bit about his gymnastics journey from mom & me classes all the way to collegiate gymnastics. (1:50)
  • Rebecca asks Dave about burnout – “What are some red flags?  How did you know you were getting burned out?  How can parents identify if their kid is in that place?” (5:20)
  • “…at least 75% of my mental block clients, that’s what they’re going through – the negativity, the lack of motivation – well, it presents as a lack of motivation, but it’s this avoidance and their self-belief that starts to plummet and it’s just this downward spiral.  When you see this happening in your athletes, whether it’s in a clinical realm or if it’s kids that you’re coaching, what’s your approach?” (9:00)
  • Rebecca brings up Osgood Schlatters and Sever’s disease.  Dave’s response is, “A very complicated area, but it goes back to almost the same thing we were talking about with the mental side – there’s an obvious answer that nobody wants to talk about.  The workloads are mismanaged.” Listen to his full answer at 13 minutes.
  • “How do you teach consent to your kids?” (21:00)
  • “We don’t know how much kids are doing in terms of workload management” (34:50)
  • “How do parent’s effect this change” (35:30)
  • “Athletes need to be accountable for their own training.” (38:15)

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