Athlete Development

Athlete Development

How to successfully manage a young athlete’s emotions

“Every time I go out to play it means everything to me. I’m so competitive, I just can’t handle losing”. These are the words of...

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...

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...

Is being “busy” making you better?

It’s easy to fall into the busy trap. There’s no lack of exciting opportunities to fill our time. We love to say "yes" and rush...

3 Common Mistakes Youth Athletes Make

The key to pursuing excellence is to embrace a long-term learning process specific to your individual goals and needs. Unfortunately, the ease and safety...

Q&A with a sport scientist. What do they do?

Michael Halliday is a Head Coach at AD and the Lead Coach at the AUT University Akoranga Campus on the North Shore. He is...

How to help your child manage their busy sporting schedule

Recently I asked a bunch of our young athletes what the most difficult part of their day-to-day lives was. Their overwhelming response was “managing...

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...

Stone Skipping and Youth Sport: What can it teach us?

When I was 12 we took a family vacation to New Zealand’s South Island. We flew into Christchurch, picked up a rental car and...

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,...

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EP 51 – Dr Brooke Macnamara – Developing Expertise in Sports

My guest on the show today is Dr Brooke Macnamara (@BrookeMacnamara). Brooke is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychological Sciences at Case...

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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...

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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...