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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.

The Playground: Why Every Young Athlete Should ‘Monkey Around’

Imagine for a moment you’re a kid again. You’re on holiday at a place you’ve never visited before and come across the local playground. A...

EP 19 – Fiona Mather – What we can learn from...

ADS 0019: Fiona Mather – What we can learn from the horse racing industry My guest of the show today is Fiona Mather (@FifiMather). Fiona...

The problems with developing early and how to avoid it

There are two times in life when you go through an accelerated period of growth. The first is during infancy. It’s a rapid stage...

EP 18 – John O’Sullivan

Three and a half years ago my guest on today’s show wrote an article online called “More important than talent”. It struck a chord,...

EP 17 – Dr Chris Hanna – Bone Growth, Overuse Injury...

Youth sport is more physically demanding that ever before. It’s not uncommon for an athlete to spend 20 hours a week training and competing,...

Parents, What You Say After the Game Matters

It’s difficult to contain your emotions when you care deeply about something, or someone, and things go wrong. Remember how it felt the last...

EP 16 – Vern Gambetta – Functional Movement and the Essential...

Instead of typical gym routines that isolate individual muscles – like biceps curls, knee extensions, and bench press – functional training favours exercises that...

The Right Way to Achieve your Goals

Knowledge is power, right? Unfortunately, knowledge is only power when you know how to apply it. Because access to knowledge is easier than ever before...

How to Stop Your Emotions Affecting Your Game

Does your game crumble under high pressure? Are you hard on yourself when you make a mistake? Are you quick to blame others when...

EP 15 – Ian McKeown, PhD – Coaching Essentials, Movement Development,...

Originally from a small town in Northern Ireland, my guest today now resides in sunny Adelaide, on the south coast of Australia. Dr Ian McKeown,...

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The Menstrual Cycle and How It Affects the Female Athlete

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...

Surviving the Gap: Navigating Puberty in Sport

Beware of the gap. It’s a challenging time for you - physically and psychologically. Some of your friends will be experiencing it already, some not...

What to expect: Learning to swim as an Adult

Learning to swim as an adult can be a daunting decision. The fear of judgment, a negative prior experience, and apprehension can ripple through your...

EP 26 – The Fat Professor, Grant Schofield – Nutrition for...

ADS 0026: The Fat Professor, Grant Schofield – Nutrition for Youth Athletes My guest on the show today believes that children thrive on a diet...

EP 27 – Michaela Sokolich-Beatson – From Netball Hater to Star...

My guest on today’s show is an aspiring star of her game. Her name is Michaela Sokolich-Beatson and she’s a starting defender for the...

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