So you want to be a Youth S&C coach? The 6 most important things you need to do…(Part 2)

In the first part of this series, we discussed all the various tasks and roles you may be asked to do as an S&C coach! If those tasks haven’t put you off, in this post we’ll discuss exactly what you should do, how you should do it and why, in order to stand the best chance of landing a fulltime role in S&C.
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So you want to be a Youth S&C Coach? What are you signing up for? (Part 1)

Ultimately, you can’t always choose what role you’re given in the team…

Being a Strength and Conditioning Coach is very “in vogue” right now. More and more universities are providing degree programs in strength and conditioning science. Even more have degrees in the wider topic of sport science. So just what are you really signing yourself up for? If you really are determined to pursue a path in S&C, how do you do it?
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“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