Ditch the running! How to make your players fit without them realizing!

How to get your teamsport athletes fitter, without running!

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This post is one of our most popular on the site, receiving over 1000 views in it’s first week of release…

It’s that time of the year in the UK when team sports like football, rugby, hockey and others will return to pre-season training. Often this means a lot of running to get players fit for the upcoming season… not something the players themselves are always engaged in. But could there be a better way? Is it possible to get your players engaged and fitter without them realizing? The answer is yes…
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7 Lessons from the world’s best coaches (Coaching series part 4)

What I learnt from 4 of the best coaches in the world…

Recently I had a great opportunity to be in the audience for a panel of some of the best strength and conditioning coaches in the world. When I say the best, I mean these guys have it all: PhDs, top level experience in professional sport with international athletes, national championships, plenty of published research and they are widely regarded as the “go to” guy in their specialism. For people who are involved in strength and conditioning, each one of these guys is a household name. To say this experience was a privilege was an understatement.

After reflecting on this experience I realised there were some key lessons I learnt.
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10 ways you can improve as a coach

a list of 10 ways to improve as a coach, ranked in order of time required…

This post is another of our most popular with over 500 views in 48 hours of release. Originally it only had 9 ways, however it was then updated to include a tenth. It has helped many coaches in their development and I hope it will also help you…

Generally coaches have a pretty busy schedule. In most cases, at a grassroots levels coaches are juggling a fulltime job and family responsibilities, as well as their role as a coach. Due to the various strains on a coaches time, it can become easy to neglect dedicating time to learning and improving in the art of coaching.
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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.

A few weeks ago I came across this blog post online: The Perils of Single-Sport Participation. I would recommend you read this article as it highlights an alternative perspective that we don’t usually get on the early vs late specialization debate – that of the technical coach further on in the career. It’s very interesting to hear how coaches at the college level are wanting athletes with a multi-sport background. This is a perspective I don’t often hear/see…
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The 4 sport parents coaches don’t want to see

Bad Sport parenting and what we can do about it…

This article clearly struck a chord with many sports coaches and parents out there. It remains one of the most popular to date and it received over 2,000 views within a fortnight of posting…

You might have seen the picture above circulating in the press a few months ago. The picture is of the Hertfordshire Shield Cup Final match between Royston and Fullerians which ended 64 – 5.  The father of one of Fullerians players entered the field of play to trip up an opposition winger, supposedly in a bid to reduce the likelihood of a further thrashing at the hands of their rivals (you can read the Daily Mail article below).
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