Connecting Theory to Training Practice

Event details

9am - 5pm / 6pm - 9pm
£1500 (plus VAT)

Academic programme/module – online


This hybrid course aims to combine the knowledge outlined in Frans Bosch’s Best-Selling Books, “Strength Training and Coordination” and “Anatomy of Agility”, with in-depth information on Motor Learning and Motor Control. Attendees will be fully immersed in theory and its practical translation.


Suitable for

Coaches, Physiotherapists, PE Teachers and other professionals in sport who want to gain a deep understanding of complex non-linear dynamics in sport, to apply to training and coaching.



  • Outline what a Constraint Led Approach is.
  • Discuss the Mechanisms of Specificity and Transfer of Training.
  • The importance of Feedback and how it works.
  • How to organise and optimise Rehabilitation and Training.
  • Outline how Self-Organisation effects Intramuscular Processes, Muscle Co-operation, Components of Movement and Total Contextual Patterns.
  • Discuss Motor Control, as well as the deep rules associated with this.
  • Identify the Search Rules for Attractors.
  • Explain Phase Transitions, and how these can be applied.



It is strongly recommended to read and study both books “Strength Training and Coordination” and “Anatomy of Agility” before starting the course. The course aims to develop existing knowledge to a high level, and having read the books is a prerequisite for a successful learning project.


Course Breakdown

This hybrid course will involve a mixture of Online and Onsite learning.

Delegates will complete 3 interactive models online before attending the onsite practical sessions.


Online Modules

Each module will involve one period of online class delivered via Zoom, as well as self study, with each taking approx. 11 hours to complete.

This includes 5 hours of content, and 3 additional hours delivered by expert speakers – Frans and Tuen, including a Live Q&A session and review of real case studies.

(Please note: the reading and studying the books is not included in this calculation.)

Module 1 – 12th August 2022:

  • Decentralized control and self organization.
  • Shortcomings of brain centralized-models for training practice.
  • Bottom up control in sports movements.
  • Constraints led approach and its application in training and physiotherapy.

Module 2 – 26th August 2022:

  • Deep rules of motor control.
  • “Minimum” principles of the motor system in running.
  • Specificity and overload in training.
  • Individuality in programming.
  • Search rules for finding attractors in movement.
  • Phase transitions.
  • Phases in kicking and throwing.
  • Phase transitions and injury prevention.

Module 3 – 9th September 2022:

  • Motor learning and sports settings.
  • Sensory information and specificity.
  • The role of direct perception.
  • Forces vs postures as a basis for skill acquisition and rehabilitation.
  • Feedback, intention and focus in coaching.
  • Triggers for (motor) skill learning.
  • Learning settings in sport.
  • Intrinsic learning toolbox.


Onsite Sessions

The onsite practicals, hosted by Teun Thomassen, alongside other experts in the field, will be hosted at Queen’s University Belfast on the 16th and 17th September 2022.

It will involve the translation and practical application of the concepts into training and coaching, and will give delegates the opportunity to discuss their own case studies and engage in a live Q+A session.


Speaker Biographies

Frans Bosch

Frans Bosch earned a degree in Physical Education in 1977. Since 1980 he worked in athletics, coaching elite sprinters and Olympic high jumpers and for some years as the national coach for jumping events. Since 2005 Bosch teaches at the Fontys University for applied sciences in sports, mainly in the field of anatomy, biomechanics, strength training and motor learning.

Frans Bosch has given numerous presentations on training related topics all over the world and frequently works internationally as a consultant in sport and as conference speaker on training related subjects. Clients in recent years are the English Institute of Sports, Wales National Team Rugby the British & Irish Lions, Japan National Team Rugby, England cricket, West ham United football and clubs in the NBA, MLB and NFL.

Together with Ronald Klomp he wrote ‘”Running, biomechanics and exercise physiology applied in practice”, published in the Netherlands in 2001 and translated in English in 2005.

“Strength training and coordination, an integrated approach”, is published in the Netherlands in 2012. This book was completely revised in 2015 and subsequently translated into English, French, Korean, Japanese and Chinese.

His most recent work, “Anatomy of Agility” is basically about movement analysis in sport and is published in 2019.


Teun Thomassen

Teun Thomassen MSc. is an athletic development coach of the Dutch Olympic Committee, working at national and Olympic Training Centre Papendal in The Netherlands. He has coached and prepared several European champions, World champions and medalwinning athletes and sport teams in the run-up to the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro 2016 and Tokyo 2021. Track & Field (100m, 200m, 400m and relay), volleyball, rugby and badminton are a few of the sports he coaches or has coached daily at the highest level.

Being a sports fanatic his whole life, Teun was determined to persue a career in professional sports. He started coaching at age 16 and studied for over 9 years in the field of sports- and human movement sciences.

He had his first elite-level coaching experience at the New South Wales Institute of Sports in Sydney. It was during this period that he met Frans Bosch, who was lecturing at his university. Teun and Frans have been working together ever since. After graduating cum laude from university with a Bachelor’s – and few years later with a Master’s degree, he started to work full time in professional sports.

During the past 12 years, Teun continued his education in specializing in the field of movement analysis, injury prevention and the practical application of modern ideas of motor control and learning into training. In this role, he provides courses, presentations and consultancy for sports professionals, clubs and universities all over the world. For instance, he assisted Frans Bosch during the preparation of the Japanese national rugby team for the 2015 World Cup, in which South Africa was defeated.

Teun can be followed on Instagram @teun.thomassen.


Book before 31st July 2022 and get £100 off!