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Episode 3: Matt Hensley - Navigating Injury Risk and Training Load as a Coach

Matt Hensley is a former collegiate runner at the University of Florida. He is a marker of consistency with his own running and has a marathon personal best of 2:19:51. He currently lives in Boulder, Colorado where he is the coach of the Boulder Underground team. He also is the Vice President of Business Operations at Roll Recovery.

In this episode, we discuss Matt’s family tradition of running and how that has influenced his approach to coaching his athletes at Boulder Underground. He will describe his approach to injury management, collaboration with his sports medicine team, balancing training load, and how he keeps his athletes healthy and performing at their best. Lastly, we will discuss his role at Roll Recovery and what he values most and prioritizes in terms of recovery.

What we talked about:

4:00- Introduction to Matt

5:45- Starting the Boulder Underground

8:40- Some mistakes that he has made in his own training

14:55- Matt’s coaching philosophy

18:00- The physical and mental aspect of injury

24:55- How to navigate athlete injury as a coach

26:15- Load management / balancing training load

29:30- His go-to exercises for injury prevention

31:05- Most important exercises to stay healthy

46:35- Return to run progression (from rehabilitation to coach)

48:40- Creating a team culture

51:50- Perfectionism in running

57:20- Guinness record attempt

1:04:05- Role at Roll Recovery

Show notes:

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Boulder Underground Website

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