Athlete Development

Athlete Development

The problems with developing early and how to avoid it

There are two times in life when you go through an accelerated period of growth. The first is during infancy. It’s a rapid stage...

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...

What can we learn from Isaac Newton?

Sir Isaac Newton, widely recognised as one of the most influential scientists of all time, complied three laws of motion. He used them to...

The Right Way to Achieve your Goals

Knowledge is power, right? Unfortunately, knowledge is only power when you know how to apply it. Because access to knowledge is easier than ever before...

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...

What can we learn from skateboarding?

No coach. No rules. No scheduled training sessions. Yet hours of purposeful practice. Why? Part of the beauty of coaching early morning training sessions is...

EP 14 – Stacy Sims – Physiology of the Female Athlete,...

ADS 0014: Stacy Sims, PhD – Physiology of the Female Athlete, Menstruation, and Developing Confidence in Youth In an age when no topic appears taboo,...

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...

The Playground: Why Every Young Athlete Should ‘Monkey Around’

Imagine for a moment you’re a kid again. You’re on holiday at a place you’ve never visited before and come across the local playground. A...

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...

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EP 20 – Martin Toms – It’s Not About You but...

My guest on the show today believes that the what we experience as a child and the people we hang out the most has...

The Playground: Why Every Young Athlete Should ‘Monkey Around’

Imagine for a moment you’re a kid again. You’re on holiday at a place you’ve never visited before and come across the local playground. A...

EP 19 – Fiona Mather – What we can learn from...

ADS 0019: Fiona Mather – What we can learn from the horse racing industry My guest of the show today is Fiona Mather (@FifiMather). Fiona...

The problems with developing early and how to avoid it

There are two times in life when you go through an accelerated period of growth. The first is during infancy. It’s a rapid stage...

EP 18 – John O’Sullivan

Three and a half years ago my guest on today’s show wrote an article online called “More important than talent”. It struck a chord,...