Creating a culture: A case study

“Culture” seems to be a buzzword these days. From the All Blacks, Manchester United or the Chicago Bulls, coaches seem to be highly interested in what a “high performance” culture is, how one is created and how they can instil a culture in their squad. With this in mind, I thought I would offer a […]

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Ask the Expert: Dr Joe Eisenmann

 Dr. Joe Eisenmann is a diverse scholar-practitioner with 25 years of experience as a professor, researcher, sport scientist, coach educator, strength & conditioning coach, and youth sports coach. Currently, he is a consultant and serves as the Head of Sport Science for Volt Athletics, Perform-X Training Systems, Sports Performance Tracking GPS, and the National Strength […]

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Growth and Maturation in Academy Footballers (Guest Blog: Steve Curnyn – Hibernian FC Academy)

Steve Curnyn is Head of Academy Football Medicine and Science at Hibernian FC Academy. After a fantastic site visit to see behind the scenes at Hibernian FC, he generously accepted a request to write a guest post on growth and maturation in youth footballers and the monitoring and adaptation to their day to day training […]

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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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