Ask the Expert – Tom Smale (Leaf Academy)

Would you mind giving us a bit of background about yourself? I studied at University of Stirling getting a BA (Hons) in Sports Studies and MSc in Sports Coaching. Whilst doing my MSc got the opportunity to shadow S&C sessions run by the University and Sportscotland Institute of Sport and realised this would be a […]

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Ask the Expert – Digby Webb (Kingswood School)

Digby is the Athletic Development Coach at Kingswood School, as well as being a qualified science and maths teacher…

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Sleep and the Youth Athlete (Video)

After the success and positive feedback¬†of the last animated video on Relative Age Effect in Youth Sport, I decided to continue with a series on “The Youth Athlete”. This series will focus on a number of issues that coaches often encounter when working with young athletes. These videos will focus primarily on educating coaches, parents […]

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Ask the Expert – Andrew Pichardo (St John’s College)

Originally hailing from the USA, Andrew Pichardo is currently the Director of Athletic Development at St John’s College in Hamilton, New Zealand, as well as a PhD candidate in Youth Athlete Development.

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“Squats hurt your knees” – myths every sport parent needs to know

What not to say to a youth athlete about squatting and deadlifting…

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“Weight training isn’t safe” – myths every sport parent needs to know

Unfortunately there are a number of untruths that continue to negatively influence youth athletes, parents and coaches. In this series, I am to address a number of them which continue to hamper the progression of youth athletes to full senior level performance…

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“Weight training stunts your growth” – myths every sport parent needs to know

Does lifting weights really stunt your growth? Should Under 18’s lift weights at all?

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5 ways early specialisation hurts athletes

The assumption of early specialization in 1 sport, is that by selecting a single sport to focus upon at an early age, the athlete will be able to excel to a higher level than if their attention or time was divided by participating in a number of sport.

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Child to Champion – James Baker (Proformance)

In the latest episode of “Ask the Expert” I speak to James Baker: Director of Proformance, Strength and Conditioning Coach and PE Teacher at St Peter’s High School.

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