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Webinar: The Physiological Underpinnings of the Run


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Topic: The Physiological Underpinnings of the Run

The successful completion of the running stage in a triathlon is founded upon several factors.  While high-level triathletes display similar physiological traits, such as VO­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­2 max, differences in performance may be influenced by training choices as well as race-day decisions.  The purpose of this presentation is to provide coaches and athletes the opportunity to better understand the relationship these choices and their physiological responses have on the body.

Topics include:

  • Overview on energy metabolism;
  • Understanding running economy;
  • The impact of summated fatigue on the run;
  • Nutritional countermeasures;
  • Additional training choices that may positively impact run performance.
This webinar has been postponed until a new date can be scheduled. For questions regarding this webinar, contact Julie Hill, Education Program Coordinator, at

Brad DeWeese

Dr. Brad DeWeese is an assistant professor in the Exercise and Sport Science Department at East Tennessee State University.  Prior to his appointment Dr. DeWeese served the United States Olympic Committee as the Head Sport Physiologist for the Winter Division at the Olympic Training Center in Lake Placid, New York.  In this capacity, he was responsible for overseeing the physical preparation of athletes readying themselves for international competition.  In addition to his coaching duties, Brad instituted a comprehensive athlete-monitoring program and sport science department, which sought to determine competitive readiness, individual athlete responses to training, and overtraining prevention.  Through this work, he was able to refine and support existing thoughts on periodization strategies, speed development practices, weightlifting biomechanics, and talent identification strategies.

Over his career, Brad has coached Olympians, World Champions, Olympic Trials Qualifiers, National Champions, All-Americans, and NCAA Championship performers in a variety of sports, including bobsled, skeleton, canoe/ kayak, and track and field.  In addition to these sports, he has also worked with world-class athletes from the sports of biathlon, freestyle ski, luge, and karate.  These athletes under his direction have produced 61 medals in Pan-American, World Cup, World Championship, and Olympic competitions.  In addition, he has coached athletes to 12 National Championships and 5 World Championships.

He has served as a coaching educator and sport scientist for USA Track & Field, USA Weightlifting, and USA Canoe/ Kayak.  In addition, he previously served as the Chair of Women’s Track & Field and Chair of Coach’s Advisory for NC-USATF.

Brad has a Bachelor of Science degree in Sport Management with an emphasis in exercise physiology and coaching from Western Carolina University.  He also holds a Master’s degree from WCU in nutrition and dietetics.  Brad completed his formalized education with a doctorate from North Carolina State University where his studied emphasized elite athlete development, program design, and the coach-athlete relationship.

Brad is a certified USATF Level 2 coach in sprints, hurdles, and relays, USATF Certified Instructor, USAW Sport Performance coach, ISAK Level I Anthropometrist, and Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist through the NSCA.



Event Type: National
Entry Fee: $24.99 for USAT Members, Coaches and Race Directors; $39.99 for Non-Members

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