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Dr. Craig Harrison

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Craig’s passion is helping athletes become the best that they can be. In February 2014, Craig completed his PhD, with a focus on athlete development, at AUT University and has lead Athlete Development since 2010. In that time he has seen the programme grow from strength to strength.

Don’t sleep on sleep

Sleep is an essential nutrient of life. Such is its importance, an increasing body of evidence now links poor sleep to chronic disease, including obesity,...

The Most Effective Use of Talent

How we behave depends on what is important to us. When our goal is winning the U15 league this season, we pick the bigger, faster...

The Individual Performance Plan

Reaching your potential requires clarity. A clear vision of where you want to go and how you're going to make it happen. The individual performance plan...

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...

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...

Free Soloing

Alex Honnold is a world renowned rock climber. In 2017, he scaled the nearly 3,000-foot granite wall known as El Capitan, in Yosemite National Park, California. It...

Stress less

Stress is the strain we feel before, during and after demanding circumstances. It's the microtrauma caused by all of the running, jumping and throwing we...

EP 66 – Greg Nicol – Talent Development in New Zealand...

Today on the show I’m joined by Greg Nicol. Greg has been the Athlete Pathway Manager for Hockey New Zealand for the past 12 years,...

EP 65 – Dave Wright – Insights from Coaching Youth Football...

Today on the show I’m joined by Dave Wright (@davewright07). Dave is a football coach with 17 years’ of experience in England, Australia and New...

Age – only a number?

Suppose the opening bowler chargers in and releases the ball towards off stump at 100 km/hr-1. The batter swings the bat and cuts the ball...

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It’s well-known that sex differences between men and woman exist. Differences that affect your physiology. But what’s not so well known is how these differences...

Don’t sleep on sleep

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50 Questions Every Youth Athlete Should Ask Themselves

Asking good questions is an excellent way to assess your performance and become more in tune with what to focus on to get better. At...

A Family Affair

Spending time with family is high on everyone's priority list, especially at this time of year with Mother's Day on the calendar. For one...

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