Athlete Development

Athlete Development

Why goal setting CAN be pointless

Goal-setting is a popular practice. It’s used by coaches, teachers and physical education students to come up with things that they want to achieve...

Youth Athlete Injuries: Diagnosis, Treatment & Prevention

The knee is the second most commonly injured joint in the body by youth athletes (just behind the ankle), but we spend more money...

What is fitness?

One the most common questions a coach will ask us here at AD is “how can my athletes get fitter”? It’s a great question....

Why training the ‘beach muscles’ matters.

If you've ever set foot in a gym and thrown a bit of 'tin' around, you’ll know what I’m talking about here. Training ‘chest...

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...

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....

Is science making us stupid?

For 2 million years homo-sapiens roamed the earth as an insignificant animal, fighting for their survival. They were learners, yes, but they learned through...

What are you afraid of?

Throughout most of our lives, we respond to our fears by placing them into the category of “I’m afraid of”, “I’m afraid of using...

Young athletes are getting less skillful

When learning a new sport-specific skill, an athlete’s success relies heavily on their existing level of ‘movement literacy’. In other words, how quickly and...

Opportunity Cost of Choice

Opportunity cost is what you sacrifice when you choose one option over another. And we face an abundance of choices every day. What should my...

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EP 27 – Michaela Sokolich-Beatson – From Netball Hater to Star...

My guest on today’s show is an aspiring star of her game. Her name is Michaela Sokolich-Beatson and she’s a starting defender for the...

EP 26 – The Fat Professor, Grant Schofield – Nutrition for...

ADS 0026: The Fat Professor, Grant Schofield – Nutrition for Youth Athletes My guest on the show today believes that children thrive on a diet...

Surviving the Gap: Navigating Puberty in Sport

Beware of the gap. It’s a challenging time for you - physically and psychologically. Some of your friends will be experiencing it already, some not...

EP 25 – Mark Upton

My guest on the show today believes that learning is complex, and that to be your best, you need to explore, protect and embrace...

EP 24 – Adam Storey – Olympic Weightlifting, Super Rugby, and...

Dr Adam Storey (@agstorey) is the Sports Science Manager and Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach for the Blues Super Rugby Team. Adam and I have...