Ask the Expert: Trevor Ragan (TrainUgly.com)

Trevor Ragan is a US based coach educator, blogger and public speaker. He has delivered TEDx talks on Overcoming Fear and Learning like a Jungle Tiger! He is the founder of Train Ugly, a fantastic provider of workshops, articles and visual essays on learning, the Growth Mindset and the process of training and skill development. […]

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Ask the Expert: Dr Richard Blagrove (Birmingham City University)

Richard is the Course Leader for the BSc Sport and Exercise Science at Birmingham City University, previously working at St Mary’s University for eight years as Programme Director for the BSc Strength and Conditioning Science, and was Lead S&C Coach for Sport and Health Services. Richard is an Accredited S&C Coach and previously a Director […]

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Book review: Why We Sleep

Title: Why We Sleep: The New Science of Sleep and Dreams Author: Matthew Walker (PhD) Topic: Sleep, Health, Performance, Learning, Memory Appropriate for: Literally everyone but especially – Parents of athletes, Teachers, Athletes, Coaches, Support Staff Overall rating: 5/5 – go out and get it now!!! Overview: I first heard about this book after listening to […]

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It’s not you, it’s Gordon Ramsay…

Imagine you are dining in a nice Michelin Star restaurant. You enjoy a delicious starter, followed by a great main course and a decadent dessert. You have had a fantastic experience and your tastebuds have been sent into overdrive. It’s a brilliant experience and you’ve thoroughly enjoyed yourself. You thank the chef and the service […]

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Ask the Expert: Olie Trotman (Swansea City Academy & Athletic Development Wales)

In this Ask the Expert interview, we speak with Swansea City Academy Strength & Conditioning Coach and Director of Athletic Development Wales – Olie Trotman! 1)What has led you into youth sport? I think the fact that I enjoyed playing a variety of sports whilst growing up taught me how impactful youth sport can be. […]

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Ask the Expert – Des Ryan (Arsenal FC Academy)

Des Ryan is the Head of Sport Medicine and Athletic Development at Arsenal FC Academy. He has a wealth of experience in developing youth athletes for the rigours of senior level elite sport in both football and rugby. We are sure this interview will prove valuable for anyone involved in coaching young athletes.

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What is the real problem with grassroots sport?

Sport is an incredible tool. Some athletes may grow in self esteem and confidence because of it. Some athletes may learn valuable health and fitness lessons from it. Many will make life-long friendships because of it. And some athletes may be lucky enough to make a fulltime career out of it. So just what’s wrong […]

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Ask the Expert: Dr Jeff Cullen (Scottish Rugby)

Dr Jeff Cullen is has been heavily involved in providing medical support in rugby for many years, both at a local and international level.  He also recently contributed to an article on Concussion management on the British Journal of Sports Medicine Blog. I was privileged to work alongside him in this years Scotland U16 and U17 […]

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Ask the Expert – Harry Weatherstone (Youth Athletic Development Academy)

In this installment of the “Ask the Expert” interviews, we speak with Harry Weatherstone of the Youth Athletic Development Academy from the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Australia!

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Linchpin – Book Review

“Art” can refer to great human interaction, good resources, great service… it doesn’t just mean physical art as we know it.

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