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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.

The importance of connection

Best I can tell, we all have difficulties in life. Difficulties as in: I let a goal in....

The Short Game

The Short Game, released in 2013, documents the lives of a group of young golfers and their chase towards World Championships glory....

Let the games begin

To meet the high-intensity demands of a competitive match, while at the same time withstanding fatigue, two things need to happen. First, your heart needs...

EP 69 – Amanda Stanec – Finding Joy in Physical Activity...

“Movement is truly the vehicle to teach the principles, to engage with others in joyful ways, to then problem solve and transfer that to...

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,...

EP 68 – Nick Levett– Becoming a More Aware Youth Coach

“As coaches, what we do is create environments that draw people’s attention to the things they need to consider, that will help them be...

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...

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

The Menstrual Cycle and How It Affects the Female Athlete

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...

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,...

What makes sport fun?

The positive benefit sport can provide kids is highly dependent on one thing: continued involvement. If a child drops out, which evidence suggests is happening...

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