“Weight training stunts your growth” – myths every sport parent needs to know

Does lifting weights really stunt your growth? Should Under 18’s lift weights at all?

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Unfortunately there are a number of untruths that continue to negatively influence youth athletes, parents and coaches. In this series, I am to address a number of them which continue to hamper the progression of youth athletes to full senior level performance…

Myth 1 – Weight training stunts your growth
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My Indian Adventures – Cormac Whelan (Pro Sport Development)

Corman Whelan has experienced some unique coaching challenges in his time as a coach in rural India.

In the latest episode of the Ask the Expert series, I sat down with Cormac Whelan.

Cormac has experienced a very different coaching environment to that which most of us regularly work in. Cormac spent some time coaching in rural India, as part of a sport development program.
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Coaching – Journey or Destination? 

Why I believe in process based coaching over outcome based coaching…

One thing that really annoys me in the youth development level of sport is a coach who is focused primarily on results. I’ve written a previous post about why youth level results are pretty much a waste of time here.

But in short performance results at youth level are a false economy. This is largely because for some reason Coaches, Officials and parents get fooled into thinking they have some sort of predictive value. On the most part they don’t. However they do have some other potential consequences:
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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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Influencing Change – Richard Cashman (Sporting Influencer)

In this episode of the Ask the Expert series, I interview Richard Cashman, founder of “The Sporting Influencer…

In this episode of the Ask the Expert series, I interview Richard Cashman, founder of “The Sporting Influencer”, Lead Academy Soccer Coach at Caernarfon Town Academy FC and Teaching Assistant at Bodedarn High School. Richard graduated Cardiff Met University and commences a Masters in Sports Coaching at Liverpool John Moores in September, as well as the FAW Level 3.
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Strength & Conditioning for Young Athletes – April Book Review

April’s book review was the key text in youth strength and conditioning…

As part of my regular monthly book review, for April I decided to read another book relating specifically to the physical preparation of youth athletes…

Youth strength conditioning
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Talent ID and European Adventures – John Pearce (The Handball Academy)

In episode 3 of the “Ask the Expert” series I interview John Pearce, founder of “The Handball Academy.”

In episode 3 of the “Ask the Expert” series I interview John Pearce, founder of “The Handball Academy.”
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