Athlete Development

Athlete Development

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...

Simplified Nutrition: Tips to Optimise Your Diet

“The higher your structure is to be, the deeper must be its foundation”. You see it in the maths classroom – first addition, then multiplication,...

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...

Reduce injuries by focusing on what matters most

Old school thinking says that, to make the top, athletes must do two things: work hard and train more than everyone else. One of those...

The Mystique of the Mushroom

The mushroom is the fruiting body of a fungus. A fungus that grows underground and works like a root system, spending considerable time establishing...

EP 47 – Warrick Wood – Self-Determinations Theory and the Winter...

“It’s not about winning, it’s about pursuing something, it’s about working hard and mastering your craft.”   My guest on the show is Warrick Wood (@warrickwood)....

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...

Difference between good and great

Recently I attended the sports awards dinner for a local high school. I missed another that same night, and will be heading along to...

Bone Growth and What Every Young Athlete Needs to Know to...

The benefits of participating in sport and physical activity are well known: you learn about team work and communication, how to commit to something...

3 Things I Recently Learned About Talent

Last week we ran a conference on talent development. I opened the day by giving a short presentation on talent, and how it's effecting...

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EP 50 – Nathan Parnham – Coaching Kids in the Gym

My guest on the show today is Nathan Parnham (@nathan_parnham). Nathan is the conditioning and rehabilitation coach and the head of athletic development at...

Listen and Learn: The power of knowing your athlete

In episode 27 of the Athlete Development Show, I spoke with Mystics and Silver Ferns defender Michaela Sokolich-Beatson. On the show, I asked Michaela...

EP 49 – Sam & Ben O’Dea – NZ’s Beach Volleyball...

“Right from the start mum has always felt that cooking good food for us is something she could do to make a big difference…...

EP 48 – Paul Tupou-Vea – Leadership and Wellbeing for Youth

“It’s about becoming a young person who’s aware of themselves and the world and starting to think about what they do with that.” My guest...

The Bank of Confidence: What to Deposit for Sporting Success

Confidence is impossible to touch. Unlike speed, which can be easily measured, confidence is intangible. However, defined as one’s belief in their own abilities,...