The byrizz™ Rehab & Performance Podcast - Episode #14, 5 Nov 2021

The language of Coaching - Nick Winkelman, PhD

Winkelman is an internationally-recognized speaker and has previously worked with athletes in the NFL, Major League Baseball, and the NBA.aining. Photo: IRFU.

Welcome to The byrizz Rehab & Performance Podcast episode number 14. In this episode, I speak to Nick Winkelman. Nick is the head of athletic performance & science for the Irish Rugby Football Union. His primary role is to oversee the delivery and development of strength & conditioning and sports science across all national (Men and Women XV’s and 7’s) and provincial teams (Leinster, Munster, Connacht, and Ulster).

Nick is a graduate of Oregon State University where he completed a Bachelors in Exercise and Sports Science. He undertook a Masters in Strength and Conditioning at Edith Cowan University and did a Doctorate (with an emphasis in motor learning and sprinting) at Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions. Throughout Nick’s career, he has placed a strong emphasis on personal development, having been certified through the National Strength and Conditioning Association, the USA Weightlifting Association, and the USA Track and Field Association. Nick is an internationally recognized speaker on topics about skill acquisition, coaching science, movement skill development, and athletic profiling, and has publications through the NSCA, UKSCA, and IDEA Health and Fitness. Nick has been running the EXOS NFL Combine development program for the last seven years as a performance coach. In his ten years at EXOS, Nick has supported a diversity of athletes across sport (NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL) and the armed services.



  • Director of Education and Training Systems EXOS, USA. 
  • Ph.D. in motor learning and sprinting
  • Certified NSCA, USA Weightlifting, and USA Track & Field Association


  • Head of athletic performance & science for the Irish Rugby Football Union.
  • Internationally recognized speaker 
  • NFL Combine Development Programme


  • Who is Nick Winkelman? Past, Present, Future
  • The science of Rugby. What is Rugby and how is the sport compared to American Football? 
  • Nicks role at the Irish Rugby Football Union 
  • The art of coaching: Descriptive language - What is it?
  • Explaining, Demonstrating, Cueing, Doing it, Debriefing and giving feedback
  • How music has affected Nicks way of coaching
The episode is in English and will be available on your favorite audible podcast resource from the 5th of November.
This episode is sponsored by The byrizz™ Rehab & Performance application. The application gives you the continuity to reach your goals at any level, whenever, and wherever. The workouts, programs, and boot camps are made and customized to your needs and consist of trained therapists and strength & conditioning coaches with long experience in health and fitness. byrizz clients range from novice athletes to World Cup medalists and Olympians.
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The Language of Coaching focuses on the impact that communication has on an individual’s ability to learn and perform a movement. The book examines how instruction, feedback, and cueing can significantly affect training outcomes.