LTAD – BS or Brilliant? (Part 1)

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“Long Term Athlete Development” or LTADĀ is a phrase that gets thrown around a lot in sport today. If you hang around any grassroots club long enough you’ll find some fancy chart on a wall with lots of nice colours and specific age brackets detailing how to turn your uncoordinated kid into the next (…insert famous […]

Youth Strength Training – Book Review

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I’ve decided to start reviewing a book each month on a variety of topics from basic training principles, methodology, psychology and general youth-sport related topics. The reasons for these reviews are two fold: It forces me to think about my own development and ensure I read a book each month It may be useful to […]

Broken collarbones and the man-child

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It was a crisp Sunday morning in Perth, Western Australia. I was still pretty drowsy from an early start to get to my football match on time. I was playing centre back. I remember everyone taking about how the other team had a “man-child” playing. This guy was an early-starter… I was about to find […]