Athlete Development

Athlete Development

EP 47 – Warrick Wood – Self-Determinations Theory and the Winter...

“It’s not about winning, it’s about pursuing something, it’s about working hard and mastering your craft.”   My guest on the show is Warrick Wood (@warrickwood)....

EP 60 – Jeremy Frisch – Promoting Freedom of Movement and...

Jeremy Frisch (@JeremyFrisch) is the owner and director of Achieve Performance Training in Clinton, Massachusetts in the US. Here he works with a range...

An important question for every sports parent

A generation ago, parents believed that development occurred naturally. As long as the basic needs of love, play and security were met, they had...

EP 54 – Maria Folau – Positive Parenting, Learning to Shoot,...

“You can’t make excuses. You had to wake up every morning to train. You had to eat the right foods and make sure you...

Why the shoulder is so vulnerable to injury and how to...

It’s been bugging you for a while now. There’s a dull ache in your shoulder and the more you play the sorer it gets. Resting up...

Bone Growth and What Every Young Athlete Needs to Know to...

The benefits of participating in sport and physical activity are well known: you learn about team work and communication, how to commit to something...

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...

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...

Beware the leaky bucket

The quickest way to fill your bucket of potential is to dump as much water as possible into the top. To find any old...

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...

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Pat Chat: Sleep enhancement for youth athletes

In the second of our three-part series,  AD Academy Programme Manager and Lead Coach Patrick Davenport focuses on the importance of sleep for the...

How can you build psychological safety?

When it comes to pursuing excellence, moving from where we are now to a place that is more effective, how we behave is what...

Ep 79: Paudie Roche – The Arsenal Way

"We're looking at long-term athlete development, and that requires a lot of patience, coaching and structure to the programme where performance isn't the end...

What is youth sport for?

I recently asked this question to a group of school coaches from various sports in a professional development workshop I facilitated. Here’s what they came...

Flip the narrative

Tuesday and Thursday night practice is a time for improvement. A time to focus on what's not so good in our bag of tricks. To...