Eddie Knapczyk recently joined DIS as a strength and conditioning (S&C) coach.
He brings with him a wealth of experience. He was lead national performance pathway coach for both Badminton England and Table Tennis England and helped senior athletes in these two sports with S&C in the build-up to the Tokyo Olympics.
Eddie explained: “In my DIS role, I’m responsible for the physical preparation of our athletes through planning, delivering and monitoring sport-specific S&C programmes.
“The aim is to ensure that the physical qualities required to compete at a high level are met, the risk of injury reduced and athletes’ sporting performance greatly improved.”
After gaining a degree in sport and exercise science, Eddie completed an S&C internship. During this time, he qualified as a NASM (National Academy of Sports Medicine) Performance Enhancement Specialist and Corrective Exercise Specialist and developed his coaching skills working with the Nottingham Trent University Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme (TASS) athletes and performance squads.
Eddie said: “I’ve now worked in high performance sport for seven years. Throughout this time, I’ve been responsible for the development and delivery of integrated physical preparation for a wide range of athletes and have helped develop athletes so they can step up and compete at senior, elite and professional level.”
He has also been Lead Strength & Conditioning coach at MyTennis academy including running the junior pathway programme (U8-U12) and the regional performance development centre.
Off-season, he has provided S&C support for professional and aspiring footballers prior to them returning to their clubs for pre-season training.
He is S&C coach at both Nova Centurion swimming club and the University of Nottingham where he works predominantly with racquet sports including tennis, badminton, squash and table tennis as well as TASS athletes.