Dr Sylvia Moeskops (Cardiff Metropolitan University): Nature or Nurture – Can young females benefit from strength training?

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Dr Sylvia Moeskops is a lecturer in Strength and Conditioning at Cardiff Metropolitan University. She has recently completed her PhD which investigated the effects of growth, maturation and training on strength and power development in young female artistic gymnasts. Her interest in the topic was inspired from her experiences as a young gymnast and her […]

Dr Mike Young (Athletic Lab): Developing the different strength qualities – Where does it all fit?

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Dr Mike Young is a nationally recognized researcher, coach, and educator. His depth of knowledge and experience in the field of athletic development is evidenced by his stays at all three U.S. Olympic Training Centers as an athlete (Lake Placid), sport scientist (Colorado Springs & Chula Vista), and coach (Colorado Springs). Mike has an undergraduate […]

The Athlete Academy Online is LIVE!

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Are you coach of parent of an athlete aged 13-18? Are they following a structured youth athletic development program or mindlessly following something from bodybuilding.com or Instagram? Or maybe they used to receive strength & conditioning coaching, but it’s been removed due to the after effects of Corona Virus? Well I have something for you! […]

The 10,000 hour rule – fact or fiction?

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If you’re involved in sport at any level (particularly grassroots) then you’ve probably come across the 10,000 hour rule, developed by Anders Ericsson. In simplest form, this “rule” suggests that it takes 10 years or 10,000 hours of deliberate practice to achieve “mastery”. Since this suggestion has become widely publicised, it has become the foundation […]

Not too little, not too much

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Some time ago I attended a UKSport Talent Coaches Breakfast seminar at Bournemouth University, given by a sports psychology lecturer Bryan Jones. He told a story from his time working with a Midlands football club. He told us the story of two vastly different youth players. The first was recruited from Germany, a talented young […]