Participation awards – what’s the point?

“You take the blue pill—the story ends, you wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. You take the red pill—you stay in Wonderland, and I show you how deep the rabbit hole goes. Remember: all I’m offering is the truth. Nothing more.” – Morpheus

Recently, I came across a Facebook post from a friend of mine, lamenting their child’s school sports day and the lack of traditional competitive events. It’s no secret that our educational systems and sporting events are leaning more and more towards the trend of handing out “participation” awards to all children involved. Our schools have moved away from traditional grade classifications and less harshly worded feedback – But is this a positive or negative thing?
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4 principles for planning progression…

Progressive overload is one of the key principles of strength and conditioning programmes..

Recently, I was contacted by another strength and conditioning coach specializing in youth athletes – Stephen Walsh. We then entered into a very useful discussion regarding when and how to progress individual exercises within S&C programs for young athletes. I thought this scenario is probably not isolated to only the two of us and may warrant further discussion!
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11 Rings – March Book Review

Phil Jackson was a highly sought after coach in his NBA career. Coach of the globally renowned Chicago Bulls during the Michael Jordan era

When you get the opportunity to read directly from one of the greatest coaches in NBA history…it’s probably a good idea to get stuck in!


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The obstacle is the way – November Book Review

I found this book hugely beneficial – so much so I read it twice!

November’s book has been one that popped up on my radar several times before I committed to reading it. I have to say I wish I read it earlier. After recommending it to a friend of mine he said, “Rob, I’m going to put it out there, Obstacle is the way is one of the best books I’ve ever read.” I have to say I probably agree…

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Athletic 8: Goblet Squat

In this installment, we introduce squatting to our young athletes!

Continuing with the Athletic 8 series, here is an exercise I use regularly with both junior and adult athletes to teach good squatting mechanics! It’s a really simple way to teach for technical coaches to teach proper foot, knee and torso position in squatting which can be built upon for proper jumping and landing too!

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The Athletic 8: Glute Bridge

The second part of our Athletic 8 series focusses on a great glute activation and core stability exercise…

The second installment of our “Athletic 8” series this week is the Glute Bridge, a great exercise to teach hip control and glute activation in young athletes.

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The Athletic 8: The Inchworm

The first installment of our new video series “The Athletic 8″…

Introducing a new feature, “The Athletic 8”. In this 8 part series, we will be presenting a number of easy to implement exercises or drills, that require little to no equipment that youth sport coaches can utilise with their athletes to improve athletic development by developing mobility, strength and motor control.

These exercises will be largely bodyweight-based, meaning they are suitable for any age of athlete and can be implemented as part of a warm up to training sessions or competition. The exercises are not designed to be sport-specific, rather to introduce athletes to a wider variety of motor skills necessary for their holistic development.

The first installment of the “Athletic 8” is a mobility exercise known as “The Inchworm”. Please watch the video below to find out more! Please do comment to let us know how you fared implementing this with your athletes! To stay up to date with the Athletic 8 series, please like us on Facebook.