Athlete Development

Athlete Development

EP 34 – Nathan Wallis – Harnessing the Human Stress Response,...

“You learn a lot more from the teacher you love than the teacher you’re scared of.” - Nathan Wallis Nathan Wallis is a gifted educator of...

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...

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...

What’s Your Child’s Biggest Challenge Right Now In Their Sport?

Sam is 15, a competitive swimmer. She loves her sport but despite all her hard work in the pool, she’s struggling to get better. I...

50 Questions Every Youth Athlete Should Ask Themselves

Asking good questions is an excellent way to assess your performance and become more in tune with what to focus on to get better. At...

What You Need to Know About Playing Up in Youth Sport

On Friday night, after a presentation I gave in front of a room full of sporting parents, I was asked a question about optimising...

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...

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...

Stop yelling from the sideline to go harder, and start teaching...

Have you ever had an athlete pull out of a maximal fitness test claiming they’re done, when clearly it’s just not the case? Have...

EP 22 – Dr Jean Côté – Play vs Practice,...

If you’ve read Outliers by Malcom Gladwell, you’ll know that it takes 10,000 hours of deliberate practice to become an expert. Unfortunately, it’s not quite...

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The evolution of injury

From our very first breath, we are designed to move. On a quest to satisfy fundamental needs, we learn to roll, crawl, stand and, eventually,...

Making strides

Every morning, AUT Millennium's Sports Hall is buzzing with noise. Music acts as a backdrop to the array of obstacles and equipment laid out,...

What makes sport fun?

The positive benefit sport can provide kids is highly dependent on one thing: continued involvement. If a child drops out, which evidence suggests is happening...

Ep 78- Sophie Devine – Passion, purpose and playing cricket for...

"If you focus on what’s important to you and your standards, then that's really the only thing that should matter... finding your own path...

Ep 77- Rick Howard – Professor and Expert Youth Fitness Coach

"I have a kid who could be a pretty good athlete, but if he gets a 97 on a test, his parents ride him...