Athlete Development

Athlete Development

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...

Parents, are you negatively affecting your child’s performance?

One of the most important elements of success for every youth athlete is the right supp ort from their parents. But you knew that, right? Here’s...

5 things parents can do to help their kids get more...

This sign has been doing the rounds on social media for a little while now. It’s proven to be very popular with a lot...

10 quotes every athlete should live by

Planning is so crucial for the modern athlete. Athletes must juggle ever-increasing training and competition schedules, academic and social stresses at school and...

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 every young athlete should learn how to dance

The other night I watched these guys killing it on the TV show ‘Britain’s Got Talent’. I was blown away by their athleticism. Their footwork on...

Winning vs Development

Win the game or develop my players? A fascinating question. There’s no escaping it. So much of success is measured on winning. And so it becomes...

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EP 40 – Keven Mealamu – Growing up in Tokoroa, How...

"Growing up as a youngster, going onto the field, there were a couple of things my dad would always say, work hard today son,...

EP 39 – Ty Hollett, Ph.D. – Skateboarding Culture and Developing...

“One thing I love about skate culture is the desire to constantly progress. There’s a cataloguing of tricks, and therefore a recognition of growth...

What You Need to Know About Playing Up in Youth Sport

On Friday night, after a presentation I gave in front of a room full of sporting parents, I was asked a question about optimising...

6 Active Listening Techniques for a Coach or Parent

I’ve been lucky enough to interview many of New Zealand’s best athletes, both on the Athlete Development Show, and in the halls of AUT...

EP 38 – Camilla Knight, Ph.D. – Developing Confidence, Managing Stress,...

“Knowledge is power. If parents have knowledge of what their kids are trying to achieve, they have a much better opportunity to support them.” Today’s...