Athlete Development

Athlete Development

Why goal setting CAN be pointless

Goal-setting is a popular practice. It’s used by coaches, teachers and physical education students to come up with things that they want to achieve...

Youth Athlete Injuries: Diagnosis, Treatment & Prevention

The knee is the second most commonly injured joint in the body by youth athletes (just behind the ankle), but we spend more money...

What is fitness?

One the most common questions a coach will ask us here at AD is “how can my athletes get fitter”? It’s a great question....

Why training the ‘beach muscles’ matters.

If you've ever set foot in a gym and thrown a bit of 'tin' around, you’ll know what I’m talking about here. Training ‘chest...

We’re the adults. It’s our problem.

Over-training in our top youth athletes is causing problems. We’re seeing higher injury rates, and more athletes failing to reach their potential than ever...

Introducing the modern-day Youth Sports Coach

To an untrained eye the understated work of today’s youth sports coach belies the calibre of the person required to do a successful job....

Is science making us stupid?

For 2 million years homo-sapiens roamed the earth as an insignificant animal, fighting for their survival. They were learners, yes, but they learned through...

What are you afraid of?

Throughout most of our lives, we respond to our fears by placing them into the category of “I’m afraid of”, “I’m afraid of using...

Young athletes are getting less skillful

When learning a new sport-specific skill, an athlete’s success relies heavily on their existing level of ‘movement literacy’. In other words, how quickly and...

Opportunity Cost of Choice

Opportunity cost is what you sacrifice when you choose one option over another. And we face an abundance of choices every day. What should my...

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Ash Barty – a quitter and a winner

At 15, she was the best junior player in the world. Two years later, she was a three-time doubles slam finalist. Then she quit tennis. Now, five...

EP 71- Tim Driesen – High Performance Athlete Development Leader at...

“You can rely on talent up until a certain time, whatever talent is, but it’s not going to make you the best in the...

Prioritise the process

There's no such thing as being time-poor. Rather, it's a misallocation of priorities. When the (seemingly) urgent takes precedence over the important. The result, is a...

EP 70 – Matt Hunter – Director of Youth Sports Performance...

“If you not keeping them around because your training sux, or you’re not a good guy to hang out with, then you don’t get...

Deliberate practice

Much has been said recently about the perils of early specialisation. In fact, an increasing body of evidence shows that doing too much of the...