Athlete Development

Athlete Development

Forget Running. Play More Games.

Aerobic fitness is crucial for team sport players. It helps you produce ‘game-defining’ high-intensity efforts, and to sustain these efforts for the duration of...

7 ways to improve your coaching

I believe that coaching youth athletes is one of the highest impact and most rewarding things you can do. It’s your chance to make...

EP 64 – Jo Kember – Developing Movement Skill in Primary...

Today on the show I’m joined by Jo Kember, the Leader of Learning at Whangaparaoa School, on the peninsula 30 minutes north of Auckland....

Q&A with a sport scientist. What do they do?

Michael Halliday is a Head Coach at AD and the Lead Coach at the AUT University Akoranga Campus on the North Shore. He is...

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...

Four Ways to Develop Better Athletes

The best coaches take the time to understand their athletes so that they can provide the best environment to help them succeed. 1) Understand your...

More instead of better?

As a young athlete it’s easy to get caught up watching the professionals. They make the game look so easy. The Sonny Bill Williams’...

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...

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...

The Voice Inside Your Head

You will face challenges, set-backs and criticism in your sporting journey every day. Ultimately, your success will depend on how you think to overcome...

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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...