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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...

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...

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 35 – Nicolas Gill, Ph.D. – Coaching the All Blacks,...

“It’s not about how sore you become, or about how hard you’ve pushed yourself into a hole, it’s about the value you’ve added to...

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...

3 Exercises for getting faster

Explosive athletes win games. Imagine the rugby player who tears through the gap to score a try in the last minute, or the footballer who...

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...

Why the youth athlete is much more vulnerable to injury

Over half of school age children participate in at least 3 hours of organised sport each week. For many young athletes it is considerably more....

3 Things I Recently Learned About Talent

Last week we ran a conference on talent development. I opened the day by giving a short presentation on talent, and how it's effecting...

What can we learn from Isaac Newton?

Sir Isaac Newton, widely recognised as one of the most influential scientists of all time, complied three laws of motion. He used them to...

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Debunking a common myth: Youth weight training

There are these common generational myths that have been passed down to us and it would be fair to say that we really don’t...

AD Alumni: Anna Steven

We're shining the spotlight on some of Athlete Development's alumni who are doing great things in their chosen sport. Meet sprinter Anna Steven, who...

Preparing for school and club sport

Now that school and club sports teams trainings and games are gearing up again, what can your young athletes do to better prepare for...

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...