| EP 331 – Nate Brookreson Calls Out Coaching Bullshit

Author / John

7 - 20 minutes read

Run Towards the Difficult Conversations

When you’ve coached as many college athletes as Nick Brookreson [@nbrookreson] you learn a thing or two about injury and recovery. The public’s perception is so far from reality that when an athlete finally breaks, all they see is failure. But Brookreson gives incredible perspective on the journey of those athletes who are incredibly successful despite the amount of pain and injury they play through every day. Often times, it’s heart wrenching to see their dreams slip away.  Having coached at the college level for many years, Brookreson is all too familiar with the behind the scenes dynamic between the staff to keep these players performing. Learn more about his journey and how it led him to NC State.

Finding the balance between coach, mentor, and collaborator takes more than an a masters degree and an internship. It takes years of experience testing your role and your approach to strength and conditioning. Not everyone as is forthcoming as Nate Brookreson of NC State. He believes that the real detriment to our community is the illusion that each coach has it all figured out. Nate has taken on the challenge of speaking more openly about training that has worked and protocols that have not. As he explains, the testing is about the individual – their abilities, performance pitfalls, and history of injury. In a position where you’re expected to be an advocate for the student athlete AND a loyal “team player” with the staff, it’s important to run towards the difficult conversations rather than away from them. Listen NOW!

Empower Your Performance

Follow Nate on social media both instagram and twitter @NBrookreson or contact him by email NateBrookreson@gmail.com.


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John Welbourn is CEO of Power Athlete and Fuse Move. He is also creator of the online training phenomena, Johnnie WOD. He is a 9 year veteran of the NFL. John was drafted with the 97th pick in 1999 NFL Draft and went on to be a starter for the Philadelphia Eagles from 1999-2003, appearing in 3 NFC Championship games, and for starter for the Kansas City Chiefs from 2004-2007. In 2008, he played with the New England Patriots until an injury ended his season early with him retiring in 2009. Over the course of his career, John has started over 100 games and has 10 play-off appearances. He was a four year lettermen while playing football at the University of California at Berkeley. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in Rhetoric in 1998. John has worked with the MLB, NFL, NHL, Olympic athletes and Military. He travels the world lecturing on performance and nutrition for Power Athlete. You can catch up with John as his personal blog on training, food and life, Talk To Me Johnnie and at Power Athlete.

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