Back to the drawing board

Last night I had my first session providing strength and conditioning sessions working at a basketball club. I remember when having the initial discussions with the club, they asked “What is the ideal group size for you?”. I didn’t really give this much concern as in the past this hasn’t really been an option to choose what size group I would like, I was just given a group of athletes (be it 1 or 15) and that was it.
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Broken collarbones and the man-child

It was a crisp Sunday morning in Perth, Western Australia. I was still pretty drowsy from an early start to get to my football match on time. I was playing centre back. I remember everyone taking about how the other team had a “man-child” playing. This guy was an early-starter… I was about to find out just how much of a man-child he was.
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The 10,000 hour rule – fact or fiction?

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 of the talent development models of many sporting National Governing Bodies.

However there are a few things we should consider before accepting this idea blindly:

  • What exactly is the 10,000 hour rule?
  • How does this apply in the real world?
  • How can I use this in my role?

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Welcome to Fortius Training!

Hi everyone,

Firstly – welcome to the Fortius Training Blog!!

The purpose of this blog is to provide information for anyone involved in the coaching and training of young athletes!

Whether you are a parent of a child who loves sport, the coach of the local club’s Under 10’s side, or anyone involved in elite youth sport – the aim of this blog is to help inform and to create discussion on the good, the bad and the ugly of youth sport.
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Not too little, not too much

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 player destined for great things. The second was less talented, adopted into a foreign family from a war torn African country.
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