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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.

Dear Coach, all that matters to you is the result.

All that matters to you is the result. You say that you care most about the intrinsic values sport offers, like fun, fair play, teamwork,...

Supplements & Youth Sport: An introduction

Sport is more competitive than ever before at school level, I certainly don’t need to convince you that, which is leading to athletes doing...

Do you want to jump higher? Here’s how.

Do you want to jump higher? Would a little more speed off the mark help your game? There are some things you shouldn’t compromise on...

8 essential ingredients to getting faster

Speed is one of the most sought after attributes in sport today. Not only does it hugely benefit your own performance, it’s often associated...

What Happens When You Lose?

It’s easy to put all of your time and energy into winning. It makes you feel good and provides great pleasure. However, here’s the thing:...

7 Steps to Creating a Training Programme That Works

We all want to get better at something. After all, self-improvement helps us perform better in the sports that we love. Learning new skills...

5 reasons why a notebook is a young athlete’s best friend

Note-taking is an excellent skill to master and allows you to monitor your performance and improve faster in your sport. However, visit any youth sport...

How to successfully manage a young athlete’s emotions

“Every time I go out to play it means everything to me. I’m so competitive, I just can’t handle losing”. These are the words of...

Strength Training: safe & essential for young athletes

To most people the 'squat' is an exercise performed in a gym. Think again. It’s one of seven foundation movement skills used by athletes...

Deliberate practise: vital to your success as an athlete

Even now I remember the intense pain that shot through my left foot as I whacked my toe hard into the top of the...

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The ‘why’ of strength and conditioning

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Is being “busy” making you better?

It’s easy to fall into the busy trap. There’s no lack of exciting opportunities to fill our time. We love to say "yes" and rush...

How to successfully manage a young athlete’s emotions

“Every time I go out to play it means everything to me. I’m so competitive, I just can’t handle losing”. These are the words of...

5 Reasons Why Competition is Good (and bad) for your Child

What does the word ‘competition’ bring to mind? Is all competition a good thing? How do you distinguish between helpful competition and that which...

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