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EP 43 – Jamie Tout – Fitter, Faster, Stronger Women Rugby...

My guest on the show today is Jamie Tout (@JamieTout). Jamie is the Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Black Ferns, New Zealand’s senior...

How winning gets in the way of development

Sporting success relies on three important qualities. The first is speed of implementation. In the heat of the battle, acting quickly, almost without thinking, can...

The Adjustable Basketball Hoop: How It Changed the Game for Young...

The home basketball hoop used to come standard. A rim, permanently bolted to a wall overhanging the driveway where anyone interested could play. However, the...

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...

Optimising the output?

Thousands of years ago, the Ancient Greeks incorporated competitive sport as a central part of their culture. Over time, it became increasingly organised and regulated....

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...

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...

The Youth Sports Coach and the Parent: Same Job, Different Context

The outcomes we hope for in our coaching are the very same outcomes we hope for as a parent. Specifically, a young person who...

EP 67 – José Figueira – Head Coach of the New...

Today on the show I’m joined by José Figueira. José is currently the head coach and director of football at Team Wellington FC, where in...

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....

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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...