Athlete Development

Athlete Development

Fitness Testing: Why Most Coaches Get It Wrong

The fastest way to develop a dislike for something is to do it repeatedly without reward. What’s more, when there’s external expectation attached to...

Black Stick Hugo Inglis on Meeting Youth Athlete’s Needs, the Benefits...

Hugo Inglis is a 186-cap veteran for the New Zealand Black Sticks Hockey team and one of the most competitive guys you’ll ever meet....

EP 33 – David Niethe – School Yard Bullying, Dreaming Big,...

Today’s conversation is with David Niethe. Dave helps many of New Zealand’s best athletes get the mental edge over their competition, including Lydia Ko,...

Advice for Young Athletes from Dame Valerie Adams

(Listen to the excerpt from Valerie Adams here) “I think if you hand everything to a young athlete they’ll never learn. You actually need that...

EP 32 – Matt Scorringe – Professional Surfing, Coaching Kids, and...

Matt Scorringe first represented New Zealand in Surfing in Bali at the age of 14. He went on to represent New Zealand in his...

7 ‘Dripping Faucets’ to Consider in Youth Sport

The Dripping Faucet Kids learn a lot about how to act in the world from what we say and how we are saying it. They...

EP 31 – Jeff Moreno , Ph.D. – Opportunity, Choice, and...

My guest on the show today is Dr. Jeff Moreno, a true movement enthusiast and one of the most interesting guys I know when...

EP 30 – Kevin Senio – Developing Discipline, Parental Pressure, and...

My guest on the show today grew up in West Auckland watching action movies and playing footy on the front lawn with his brothers....

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,...

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...

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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...

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...