Ask the Expert – Des Ryan (Arsenal FC Academy)

Des Ryan is the Head of Sport Medicine and Athletic Development at Arsenal FC Academy. He has a wealth of experience in developing youth athletes for the rigours of senior level elite sport in both football and rugby. We are sure this interview will prove valuable for anyone involved in coaching young athletes.

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What is the real problem with grassroots sport?

Sport is an incredible tool. Some athletes may grow in self esteem and confidence because of it. Some athletes may learn valuable health and fitness lessons from it. Many will make life-long friendships because of it. And some athletes may be lucky enough to make a fulltime career out of it. So just what’s wrong […]

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Ask the Expert: Dr Jeff Cullen (Scottish Rugby)

Dr Jeff Cullen is has been heavily involved in providing medical support in rugby for many years, both at a local and international level.  He also recently contributed to an article on Concussion management on the British Journal of Sports Medicine Blog. I was privileged to work alongside him in this years Scotland U16 and U17 […]

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The Athlete Archive: Jess Grimson (England Beach Volleyball)

In the Athlete Archive, we did into her beginnings as a youth athlete to draw out some great lessons for coaches and athletes …

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Ask the Expert – Harry Weatherstone (Youth Athletic Development Academy)

In this installment of the “Ask the Expert” interviews, we speak with Harry Weatherstone of the Youth Athletic Development Academy from the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Australia!

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Linchpin – Book Review

“Art” can refer to great human interaction, good resources, great service… it doesn’t just mean physical art as we know it.

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Interview on the Jersey Sport Foundation Podcast

This week I was interviewed for the Jersey Sport Foundation Podcast. You can listen to the interview in full here…

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What to do when loading goes too far: regaining control in the weight room…

Many coaches ramp up loading too quickly, simply because they can!

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5 ways grassroots coaching made me better…

Use your community coaching experience as a springboard to improve as a coach!

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A second sport? The case for S&C

At the development end of the sporting spectrum, strength and conditioning should comprise of exposing the athlete to a wide range of movements…

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