Athlete Development

Athlete Development

Fitness Testing: Why Most Coaches Get It Wrong

The fastest way to develop a dislike for something is to do it repeatedly without reward. What’s more, when there’s external expectation attached to...

Parents, What You Say After the Game Matters

It’s difficult to contain your emotions when you care deeply about something, or someone, and things go wrong. Remember how it felt the last...

5 Reasons Why Competition is Good (and bad) for your Child

What does the word ‘competition’ bring to mind? Is all competition a good thing? How do you distinguish between helpful competition and that which...

What You Need to Know About Playing Up in Youth Sport

On Friday night, after a presentation I gave in front of a room full of sporting parents, I was asked a question about optimising...

Youth Sport: How Much Is Too Much?

How do you know how much sport is too much? How do you know that all the training you’re doing isn’t doing more harm than...

How to Stop Your Emotions Affecting Your Game

Does your game crumble under high pressure? Are you hard on yourself when you make a mistake? Are you quick to blame others when...

Stop yelling from the sideline to go harder, and start teaching...

Have you ever had an athlete pull out of a maximal fitness test claiming they’re done, when clearly it’s just not the case? Have...

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...

EP 22 – Dr Jean Côté – Play vs Practice,...

If you’ve read Outliers by Malcom Gladwell, you’ll know that it takes 10,000 hours of deliberate practice to become an expert. Unfortunately, it’s not quite...

EP 35 – Nicolas Gill, Ph.D. – Coaching the All Blacks,...

“It’s not about how sore you become, or about how hard you’ve pushed yourself into a hole, it’s about the value you’ve added to...

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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...

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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...