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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.

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...

What does it really mean for my game? Please take note...

Netball is more physically demanding and competitive than ever before. And the best teams play the game at pace. Strength is a fundamental component of speed. Basically,...

It means more when there’s a ‘why’

Too often do we get caught up in the content. We believe that simply knowing more ‘stuff’ is what's important. Or that just by putting more information in front of our...

What can we learn from skateboarding?

No coach. No rules. No scheduled training sessions. Yet hours of purposeful practice. Why? Part of the beauty of coaching early morning training sessions is...

Get down and give me 10

Yesterday while out running with my Aussie Shepard I ducked into my local primary school to bust out some bodyweight gymnastics on the jungle...

Are your athletes listening?

Whilst setting up to present at a coach seminar on the weekend, the speaker before me jokingly noted – “most of us are just...

Goal setting. Are you doing it right?

Setting goals is easy. All you need to do is to decide what it is you really want and write it down. The hard...

More instead of better?

As a young athlete it’s easy to get caught up watching the professionals. They make the game look so easy. The Sonny Bill Williams’...

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...

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Optimising the output?

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Flame magazine – March 2019

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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...

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