Are you microwaving your athletes?

If you’re anything like me, you enjoy a good meal. Especially a steak…

For me, you just can’t beat a piece of quality, aged beef cooked to medium rare, or some slow roasted barbecue pulled pork, or a nice beef joint roasted slowly. If you cast your mind back to a really memorable meal, I doubt it came out the microwave!
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Athletic Evolution Conference 2018

We are very pleased to announce a new date and venue for our 2018 Athletic Evolution Conference.

The Conference will be taking place at the home of Edinburgh Leisure: Vantage Point, EH114DF on Sunday April 15th. There are excellent transport links with both major motorways and Edinburgh Park rail station close by. There is on-site parking available and both Premier Inn Edinburgh Park and Novotel Edinburgh Park local to the venue.

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The range of expertise on show in keynote speakers, is first class and they will be delivering a variety of presentations on topics including physical literacy, enhancing skill development, trunk training and biological maturation monitoring. Our speakers have been carefully selected to represent a range of sporting backgrounds, performance levels and age groups.

Early bird tickets are available for both students and general admission until Feb 28th, after which they will increase to the full rate.

Tickets are available via the EventBrite link here: Buy your ticket!

Full promotional materials are displayed below. Please feel free to pass on to any coaches, physiotherapists, sport scientists involved in developing young athletes!

We look forward to seeing you there!

High Performance Habits – January Book Review

So, although I have still been reading the last few months, I’ve not actually been posting my reviews regularly enough, so apologies for that. But here’s the first book review of 2018 and it’s a cracker!

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The secret ingredient to athletic development…

Recently I’ve had a bit of a realisation. I’ve noticed in the athletes I’ve coached directly, or witnessed who have progressed on to higher levels in their sport…that they seem to share the same trait.
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Scottish Volleyball Stronger Clubs Conference – Workshop Slides

Here are the slides from the workshop delivered on behalf of Scottish Volleyball at their Stronger Club Conference on Saturday 6th January 2018.

Download by clicking the link below:

Stronger Clubs Conference 2018

The horror show

When I watched the footage back it wasn’t pretty…

As part of some formal CPD through my workplace, I was tasked with recording a coaching session and reflecting on it… it was horrendous.
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Why youth strength and conditioning is a failure… (Part 2)

So, just how can we structure can we give to this sort of process?

In Part 1 of this blog post, we examined why a closer examination of strength and conditioning for youth athletes might be deemed a failure due to the very low attainment rate of athletes achieving elite status.

We then examined how a wider holistic “Human first, athlete second” approach which includes a focus on academic progress, career path and personal development might lead to us redefining ourselves as being in the “Human potential business”. This may lead to our influence outlasting any coaching relationship or sporting career.
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