Athlete Development

Athlete Development

8 essential ingredients to getting faster

Speed is one of the most sought after attributes in sport today. Not only does it hugely benefit your own performance, it’s often associated...

What Happens When You Lose?

It’s easy to put all of your time and energy into winning. It makes you feel good and provides great pleasure. However, here’s the thing:...

7 Steps to Creating a Training Programme That Works

We all want to get better at something. After all, self-improvement helps us perform better in the sports that we love. Learning new skills...

5 reasons why a notebook is a young athlete’s best friend

Note-taking is an excellent skill to master and allows you to monitor your performance and improve faster in your sport. However, visit any youth sport...

How to successfully manage a young athlete’s emotions

“Every time I go out to play it means everything to me. I’m so competitive, I just can’t handle losing”. These are the words of...

Strength Training: safe & essential for young athletes

To most people the 'squat' is an exercise performed in a gym. Think again. It’s one of seven foundation movement skills used by athletes...

Deliberate practise: vital to your success as an athlete

Even now I remember the intense pain that shot through my left foot as I whacked my toe hard into the top of the...

Summer training: How to stay on track & keep improving

Now that school’s out and the summer holidays are here it can be easy to get distracted from working towards your sporting goals. Therefore,...

Part 3. Goal setting makes all the difference

For a long time I thought the idea of goal setting was a waste of time - a tedious task that stands in the...

Part 2. Why treating athletes individually is a must

In last week’s blog I left you with an important question to consider: whose responsibility is it to drive training motivation in youth athletes? As...

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EP 52 – Jayne Dunbar – Sport as a Vehicle for...

My guest on the show today is Jayne Dunbar (@dunbar_jayne). Jayne is the Careers and Pathways Project Leader at Hobsonville Point Secondary School, in...

EP 51 – Dr Brooke Macnamara – Developing Expertise in Sports

My guest on the show today is Dr Brooke Macnamara (@BrookeMacnamara). Brooke is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychological Sciences at Case...

EP 50 – Nathan Parnham – Coaching Kids in the Gym

My guest on the show today is Nathan Parnham (@nathan_parnham). Nathan is the conditioning and rehabilitation coach and the head of athletic development at...