Episode 204: Ian McKeown - Physical preparation for Aussies Rules and the importance of movement quality

This episodes guest is Ian McKeown from Port Adelaide Football Club, in Australia.

Ian is the Head of Athletic Development at Port Adelaide, balancing the complex interaction of injury prevention, long term athlete development, athletic performance and elite S+C coaching.

On this episode Ian and I discuss:

  • Macker's background
  • I ask Mackers why did he decide to go to Australia?
  • I ask Mackers who have been his biggest personal and professional influences 
  • I ask Mackers, what are the good and not so good things that he currently sees within the sports performance profession, and what solutions would he offer for the not so good things that he see's
  • I ask Mackers to outline the demands of Aussie Rules
  • I ask Mackers to share with us his training philosophy and system
  • I ask Mackers how does he get his players to buy-into the importance of sprinting mechanics 
  • I ask Mackers about the foot conditioning his does with his players
  • I ask Mackers to share with us what the off-season training at Port Adelaide looks like
  • I ask Mackers what does he do from movement assessment standpoint, and what physical testing he does with the boys at Port?


This was an outstanding episode and I hope you all enjoy it as much as we did!

Stay Strong,



Show Notes:

Facebook - Ian McKeown

Twitter - @IanMackers 

Instagram - ian.mackers


Podcasts Mentioned:

Pacey Performance Podcast #37 – Ian McKeown

People and Resources Mentioned:

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Athletic Ability Assessment: a movement assessment protocol for athletes


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