Athlete Development

Athlete Development

EP 15 – Ian McKeown, PhD – Coaching Essentials, Movement Development,...

Originally from a small town in Northern Ireland, my guest today now resides in sunny Adelaide, on the south coast of Australia. Dr Ian McKeown,...

3 Exercises for getting faster

Explosive athletes win games. Imagine the rugby player who tears through the gap to score a try in the last minute, or the footballer who...

Advice for all young athletes from the head coach of the...

I’ve known Helene Wilson for a while now. In 2016 I had the privilege of helping her integrate sports science into her Netball Northern Beko...

7 Things Great Youth Coaches Get Right

Remember the backyard shooting games you played as a kid? ‘Around the World’, free throw shootouts, and one-on-one battles. When the ball was bouncing, it...

Lessons from A Silver Fern

Guest Contribution: Anna Harrison - New Zealand Netballer. Another big year of Northern Mystics and New Zealand Silver Fern Netball commitments has come to an...

5 Essential Ingredients to Better Sporting Performance

Your performance in competition is dependent on doing the right things in training. Here are 5 essential ingredients to consider. Ambition Where does your motivation...

Forget Running. Play More Games.

Aerobic fitness is crucial for team sport players. It helps you produce ‘game-defining’ high-intensity efforts, and to sustain these efforts for the duration of...

Too Little Sleep and an Unhealthy Diet Increase Your Chances of...

There are some skills every young athlete can’t do without. Netballers, for instance, need to know how to catch. And pass. Rugby players on...

Why Movement Skill is Essential for Children

One of my favourite Olympic events is the gymnastics. Why? I like the variation in apparatus. The rings, bars, vault, floor, the gymnast does...

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EP 43 – Jamie Tout – Fitter, Faster, Stronger Women Rugby...

My guest on the show today is Jamie Tout (@JamieTout). Jamie is the Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Black Ferns, New Zealand’s senior...

3 Things to Remember These Holidays to Help Make 2018 Your...

School’s done for another year (phew!). The sun’s out and there’s only a few more sleeps until Santa comes! Time to put your feet...

EP 42 – Wade Gilbert, PhD – Small Towns, Environmental...

“Kids get to train alongside, be close to, connect with, these high performing athletes, world class, world champions in many cases, and it just...

EP 41 – Cesar Meylan – Cross-disciplinary development, Talent identification and...

“Balance is key. You need time to regenerate, and reflect. And part of balance is about having fun. Are you still enjoying it when...

The Role of Teamwork in Youth Sport

The value of teamwork in sport is clear. Mike Krzyzewski, the men’s basketball coach at Duke University, led his team to five NCAA championships. He’s...