Athlete Development

Athlete Development

Artistic Athletes: create art through your sport

As a swimmer, I’ve been schooled about the importance of ‘rest and recovery’ for years. It has fallen on persistently deaf ears until recently. A year...

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...

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...

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...

EP 29 – Dame Valerie Adams – The Makings of a...

My guest on the show today needs little introduction. Her name is Dame Valerie Adams, and she’s one of the best athletes New Zealand...

Environment is Everything

The smell of the first XV training room on game day is distinct. Peppermint infused heat rub, lynx scented deodorant and old mud all...

What does it really mean for my game? Please take note...

Netball is more physically demanding and competitive than ever before. And the best teams play the game at pace. Strength is a fundamental component of speed. Basically,...

Dear Coach, all that matters to you is the result.

All that matters to you is the result. You say that you care most about the intrinsic values sport offers, like fun, fair play, teamwork,...

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....

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,...

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EP 43 – Jamie Tout – Fitter, Faster, Stronger Women Rugby...

My guest on the show today is Jamie Tout (@JamieTout). Jamie is the Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Black Ferns, New Zealand’s senior...

3 Things to Remember These Holidays to Help Make 2018 Your...

School’s done for another year (phew!). The sun’s out and there’s only a few more sleeps until Santa comes! Time to put your feet...

EP 42 – Wade Gilbert, PhD – Small Towns, Environmental...

“Kids get to train alongside, be close to, connect with, these high performing athletes, world class, world champions in many cases, and it just...

EP 41 – Cesar Meylan – Cross-disciplinary development, Talent identification and...

“Balance is key. You need time to regenerate, and reflect. And part of balance is about having fun. Are you still enjoying it when...

The Role of Teamwork in Youth Sport

The value of teamwork in sport is clear. Mike Krzyzewski, the men’s basketball coach at Duke University, led his team to five NCAA championships. He’s...