Ask the Expert: Kevin Mannion (Gloucester Rugby Academy)

Kevin Mannion is currently the Academy Performance Manager at Gloucester Rugby. Previously he has worked with Leicester Tigers, British Tennis and Wigan Warriors. He is also a former Rugby League athlete, playing for both Great Britain and England students, as well as playing professionally for Oldham. 1)What has led you into youth sport? I have […]

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Grassroots Football Podcast Interview

Recently I was invited by Steve from The Grassroots Football Podcast to dispell some of the myths around youth athletic development, as well to discuss why Strength & Conditioning is an important of training for all age groups, as well as dispelling some of the myths around youth training… You can listen to the full […]

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Book Review: Atomic Habits

Title: Atomic Habits: An Easy and Proven Way to Build Good Habits and Break Bad Ones Author: James Clear Topic: Psychology, human behaviour, performance habits Appropriate for: Compulsory reading for Athletes, Coaches, Parents Overall rating: 5/5 – go out and get it now!!! Overview: I think this should be compulsory reading for athletes and coaches… […]

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Ask the Expert: Marcus Hannon (Everton FC & Liverpool John Moores University)

Marcus is an SENr registered performance nutritionist, currently working with Everton Academy and Northampton Saints. Marcus has worked with a range of youth and adult athletes across a variety of sports including football, rugby and boxing. Alongside his current roles, Marcus is also completing a PhD at Liverpool John Moores University, investigating the energetic requirements […]

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2019 Child to Champion Conference Review

Believe it or not, but this was my first trip down to the Proformance Child to Champion Conference. Previously, it has fallen in April which has ruled me out of attending for numerous reasons. However, this year I was able to capitalise on it being later than usual! Knowing it would be a great weekend, […]

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UKSCA Scotland Regional Workshop Review

Last night, Murrayfield played host to the UKSCA Regional Workshop for Scotland. The workshop was a great event, giving insight to a variety of topics including establishing Physical Performance program in Snowsport, ACL return to play program, as well as Motor Learning and Constraints approaches. Developing the Snowsports Athlete Scott Crawford of the Scottish Institute […]

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Ask the Expert: Dr Jonathan Hughes (University of Gloucestershire)

Jonathan is a Senior Lecturer in Strength and Conditioning in the School of Sport & Exercise at the University of Gloucestershire. Jonathan has published many international scientific peer-review publications over the last decade related to youth athletes, strength and conditioning, sport science and coaching. Jonathan is also a UKSCA Accredited Strength and Conditioning Coach and […]

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Workshop Review: School of Calisthenics

My attendance at the workshop was somewhat serendipitous. It was on my radar a while, but I hadn’t booked as I was waiting to hear if I was required to cover an U17 training camp in Spain, which would rule me out of attending. By the time I received confirmation I would be covering week […]

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Ask the Expert: Rick Howard (West Chester University)

Rick Howard is a doctoral candidate at Rocky Mountain University in Health Promotion and Wellness. He is an Assistant Professor in Applied Sports Science at West Chester University (PA). He is the Director of Fitness at Wilmington (DE) Country Club, where he trains youth in fitness and sports performance. He contributes articles and presents nationally […]

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Ask the Expert: Helen Collins (University of Dundee)

Helen Collins is a Sport & Exercise Scientist at the Institute of Sport and Exercise, University of Dundee.  Helen is currently undertaking a PhD through the University of Edinburgh, investigating the use of resistance training as a strategy to encourage less active and/or overweight children to become more active and healthier.  Helen’s experience has been […]

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