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Dr. Craig Harrison

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Craig’s passion is helping athletes become the best that they can be. In February 2014, Craig completed his PhD, with a focus on athlete development, at AUT University and has lead Athlete Development since 2010. In that time he has seen the programme grow from strength to strength.

Introducing the modern-day Youth Sports Coach

To an untrained eye the understated work of today’s youth sports coach belies the calibre of the person required to do a successful job....

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...

What are you afraid of?

Throughout most of our lives, we respond to our fears by placing them into the category of “I’m afraid of”, “I’m afraid of using...

Young athletes are getting less skillful

When learning a new sport-specific skill, an athlete’s success relies heavily on their existing level of ‘movement literacy’. In other words, how quickly and...

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...

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,...

It means more when there’s a ‘why’

Too often do we get caught up in the content. We believe that simply knowing more ‘stuff’ is what's important. Or that just by putting more information in front of our...

What can we learn from skateboarding?

No coach. No rules. No scheduled training sessions. Yet hours of purposeful practice. Why? Part of the beauty of coaching early morning training sessions is...

Get down and give me 10

Yesterday while out running with my Aussie Shepard I ducked into my local primary school to bust out some bodyweight gymnastics on the jungle...

Are your athletes listening?

Whilst setting up to present at a coach seminar on the weekend, the speaker before me jokingly noted – “most of us are just...

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It’s well-known that sex differences between men and woman exist. Differences that affect your physiology. But what’s not so well known is how these differences...

Lessons from A Silver Fern

Guest Contribution: Anna Harrison - New Zealand Netballer. Another big year of Northern Mystics and New Zealand Silver Fern Netball commitments has come to an...

Youth Sport: How Much Is Too Much?

How do you know how much sport is too much? How do you know that all the training you’re doing isn’t doing more harm than...

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,...

5 Reasons Why Competition is Good (and bad) for your Child

What does the word ‘competition’ bring to mind? Is all competition a good thing? How do you distinguish between helpful competition and that which...

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