“If you can’t fly then run…” Training around injuries

Unfortunately, injuries are part and parcel of participating in youth sport. Yes, we can reduce the likelihood of them occurring with a  good warm up, sound movement mechanics, tolerable work loads and appropriate strength and conditioning programs, BUT we can never really eliminate them. Sometimes, despite all our hardest efforts, a late tackle or poor decision can mean time out of the sport of choice… So, obviously that means our youth athletes must rest completely on the sidelines until their injury heals, right? ABSOLUTELY NOT!
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The problem is you don’t know what you don’t know…

The cycle of learning…

Ever heard the phrase “A little knowledge is a dangerous thing?”.

Well it’s true and it’s just as true in the physical development of athletes as it is in any other field.
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It’s not about you…

There seems to be two types of coaches involved in youth sports. Those who are genuinely there to help young athletes and those who are involved to support their fragile ego.

Chances are you know exactly what I’m talking about.
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Outliers – February Book Review

Just what does determine success?

Outliers is a book that’s been on my list for an absolute age as pretty much everyone has read it! I finally read it after a friend lent me a copy!

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Podcast Interview!

Recently I was interviewed for “The Curve Mindset” podcast.

“In this one hour special, we sit down with Athletic Evolution founder Rob Anderson. Rob is a Scottish Rugby strength & conditioning coach working in the Borders & East Lothian Academy. This is a fantastic insight from a coach with such a varied background in sport.”

You can listen to the podcast episode here 

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.


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!