Athlete Development

Athlete Development

3 questions parents must ask when choosing their child’s development programme.

What does the programme curriculum look like? Sport, like anything in life, requires you to be good at a number of different things to...

Why the shoulder is so vulnerable to injury and how to...

It’s been bugging you for a while now. There’s a dull ache in your shoulder and the more you play the sorer it gets. Resting up...

Developing young people through sport

Young athletes are being pushed to their limits more than ever. For many, the pressure to succeed begins at an ever-increasingly young age and...

Strength Training: safe & essential for young athletes

To most people the 'squat' is an exercise performed in a gym. Think again. It’s one of seven foundation movement skills used by athletes...

We’re the adults. It’s our problem.

Over-training in our top youth athletes is causing problems. We’re seeing higher injury rates, and more athletes failing to reach their potential than ever...

Talent Identification: How we’re failing youth athletes

Early specialisation. It exists when a young athlete concentrates all of their efforts on a single sport, year round. And more and more, sports...

Introducing the modern-day Youth Sports Coach

To an untrained eye the understated work of today’s youth sports coach belies the calibre of the person required to do a successful job....

3 Tips for your Athletes

Find Positive Influences It’s pretty hard to be successful on your own. It would be almost impossible to find a successful athlete who doesn’t have...

3 essential physical skills for surfing

You love the ocean and the adrenaline-charged feeling of carving fresh lines down a wave. It makes you feel alive. Your joy of surfing began...

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...

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