Athlete Development

Athlete Development

The thing about feedback

We could express our approval for someone or something and acknowledge success. Or, we could state something to be true, something already there inside,...

The pursuit of prevention

The anterior cruciate ligament tracks deep within our knee joint. It attaches to a notch on the bottom of the femur and runs to...

The Holistic Approach

No longer is developing the technical and tactical skills of the athlete enough. Now, developing the physical, cognitive, social and emotional skills of the person...

5 minutes late, again.

“But coach, it’s only 5 minutes, I slept in.” You’re right, it is only five minutes. Is punctuality really that important? The thing is that...

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...

The Performance Puzzle

Yesterday I was interviewed by an 11 year old lad from a local primary school. He’s doing an assignment on sport science and had...

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,...

Girls are far more at risk of injury than boys. Here’s...

Did you know: Girls Are 6 Times More Likely to Get Injured Than Boys? Participation in youth sport has increased dramatically in recent years, with...

Why every young athlete should learn how to dance

The other night I watched these guys killing it on the TV show ‘Britain’s Got Talent’. I was blown away by their athleticism. Their footwork on...

EP 21 – Sharon Kearney – Netball and Injury

The show today is about two things: netball, and netball injury. And when it comes to netball and injury, one person comes to mind....

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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...