Five questions to…. Ralph Mouchbahani

With this first interview begins the “Five questions to…” column dedicated to IFAC 2019 speakers, while approching the event.

The same five questions will be asked to each speaker and it will be interesting to see how they will answer differently. So, stay tuned on IFAC website and its social accounts!


Five questions to… Ralph Mouchbahani

Ralph Mouchbahani is an international High Performance and Development Coach and Consultant. At IFAC 2019 he will present on “Technology for the Coach” stream: come and listen to him in Loughborough!

1) Let’s go back to your early years: how did you become passionate about sport and what was your path to becoming an expert coach?
I knew from my school years that sport was what I wanted to study. After graduating from school I studied at the Sports University of Cologne, world wide the most prestigious on, and graduated with the degree in 1980. Since then I have been reinventing myself new every year and grown with the tasks and responsibilities I took.
2) How do you develop your continuous learning?
The day you stop learning you better retire from coaching/working in sports or anything you do. I always believe that there is a better way after I have done something and keep critically questioning myself.
3) What technology do you use and how important is the use of technological equipment in your training?
I try to be up to par permanently. Time does not stop. Important is to take advantage of what can help to make the difference in the outcome and be ahead of the competition. I try to understand what benefit can be generated and then I decide if and in what way be it video, dna, data collected or any other reference which can be nowadays measured and give a better picture of what and how things can be done better.
4) Injuries are often part of the game but some are avoidable: how do you challenge your athletes but still keep them safe?
Injuries are not part of the game. They are the result of mistakes done in planning and training and it is our duty as coaches to avoid them without compromising the performance outcome.
5) What do you do in your downtime? Do you ever relax and how?
I am privileged to have able to make what I do best and obviously good to my profession. Hence you can put it as you like, I am always relaxed and manage challenges as part of the game.
Thanks to Ralph Mouchbahani!