Episode 71: January 2024 Q&A and Case Study 150 150 Stephanie Thompson
In this episode I answer questions such as:
  • How to manage setbacks after an injury, 
  • Who is the best sweeper,
  • What happens during those between end meetings,
  • & more
This months case study outlines how I would help someone who struggles to find balance in the delivery, and who feels pain in their knee when they turn their slider foot ‘out’.  

Question & time stamp:

3 min 20 sec How to learn to throw different draw weights; when practice ice is slow? 7 min 44 sec How to move through feeling super behind on curling skills after being out from long term injury? How to move through being scared of getting injured after returning from serious injury? 14 min 57 sec  Who is the best sweeping pair? 18 min 10 sec I am a club curler. When I watch elite teams play, they always seem to have short meetings at the end of every end. What type of things are they discussing? 22 min 3 sec When I throw sometimes I get distracted by focusing so much on balance etc and miss something else in the shot.  27 min 8 sec “Hello, Years ago, I attended a talk from an older gentleman who ran marathons. One of the things he said was some marathoners like to drink Coke half way through a marathon. He said they do this for 2 reasons. The first is Coke has sugar which helps replace spent energy and the second is Coke contains caffeine. Caffeine is a stimulant which allows a runner to run faster than the perceived effort the athlete is exerting. Recently, it occurred to me that perceived effort of exertion is what controls draw weight. So, in theory an athlete with a relatively high amount of caffeine in their system (ex. Trying to wake up for an early morning game) could be at a disadvantage compared to an athlete with no caffeine in their system. The caffeinated athlete will be required to increase their perceived effort of exertion as the caffeine leaves their system in order to maintain the same draw weight as the game progresses. If the athlete is unaware of this, they may start to believe the ice changing or challenge stop watch readings from teammates. I have never heard this to be a problem at the club level, but is this a known issue among high performance curlers? Or is the stimulative effect of caffeine not strong enough to affect draw weight?  Also, are there other substances, such as painkillers, that have similar effects? (Ex. of an athlete trying to play through an injury with the use of painkillers.)”   Key resources mentioned:   Some other great episodes to check out:
  • Episode 19: Giving yourself grace with Lori Olson 
  • Episode 47: 3 keys to motivation & building confidence with Emily Riley 
  • Episode 55: Should you toe out during the curling delivery?
 Listen & watch below, on your favourite streaming ap or on Curling News/SI   To stay as up-to-date as possible, make sure to join the Empowered Performance newsletter and to follow me on Instagram at @empoweredperformance   Take care, Coach Steph

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The Empowered Performance for Curlers Podcast

Episode 71: January 2024 Q&A and Case Study

Stephanie Thompson

Stephanie Thompson


R.Kin, B.Ed, CSEP-CPT, Competition Development Coach in training, 200 RYT in training
On & Off Ice rehab & performance training. Providing tools and education to move better & play better.

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