Getting more BANG for your BUCK!

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Time waits for no man…at least that’s how the saying goes. We all have time pressures. As an athlete you may be balancing the time required to train, study, socialise, relax, eat and sleep! As a coach you’re probably balancing time required to plan, deliver sessions, eat, sleep, maintain a relationship with your partner/kids as well as […]

Golden generations gone wrong.

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In the late 80’s and early 90’s the U20 Portuguese football team was hailed as a “golden generation”, winning not one, but two junior world cups back to back. They were predicted to be a massive success in senior level international football. These junior Portugal squads were packed to the rafters with stars in the making – […]

The Toolbox Method

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Some time ago I attended a UKSCA pre-conference seminar/workshop on strength and conditioning for youth athletes. There were numerous speakers including Joel Brannigan – then Head of Strength & Conditioning at Northumbria University. His lecture gave an overview of his role and responsibilities as a University level S&C coach in the UK. At the time […]

LTAD – BS or Brilliant? (Part 1)

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“Long Term Athlete Development” or LTAD 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

Posted Posted in Applied coaching, Book Reviews, Long term athlete development, Youth strength and conditioning

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 […]