Athlete Development

Athlete Development

Learning About Movement: The Squat

Previously I’ve introduced the concept of fundamental movement skills as a critical cog in the athlete development wheel. The requirements of physical sports performance are unpinned...

Why every young athlete should train less and play more

When I reflect on my fondest sporting memories of my childhood, not one involved organised trainings or games I participated in. Instead, my best times...

Why the youth athlete is much more vulnerable to injury

Over half of school age children participate in at least 3 hours of organised sport each week. For many young athletes it is considerably more....

Make sport fun.

What is fun? And why is it so important? Enjoyment is the number one reason athletes play sport. Yet creating an environment that is enjoyable...

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...

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...

Stop Checking Facebook Before Bed.

Sleep. How important is it? Are you getting enough and is it good quality?  Do you schedule it into your weekly training plan? Most youth...

How to learn faster and increase performance

Think back to when you were a kid. What did sport mean to you? A local primary school recently asked their students why they play sport....

Sacrifice vs. Choice

To sacrifice is to give something up for the sake of something else. However, the word comes with negative connotations. “That pizza all my friends...

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EP 37 – Eddie Kohlhase, MNZM – Humility, The Art of...

“What I’ve learnt as a parent, and as a coach, is that my role is to teach them to work it out. Because I’m...

EP 36 – Adam Price, Ph.D. – The Unmotivated Teenage Boy...

“The child is running the race, but it’s the parent’s job to make sure they stay on the track.” Today on the show I’m chatting...

Relationships Are More Important Than Gold Medals

The golden sand of Hahei Beach on the Coromandel Peninsula was my summer haven growing up. My days were spent swimming, fishing, diving and...