When was the last time you changed your mind?

Is changing your mind a negative thing?

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When was the last time you changed your mind?

I’m not talking about what you wanted for breakfast, or what TV show you wanted to watch. I mean when was the last time you changed your perspective on a topic?
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The 4 abilities for successful coaching

What are the most important characteristics for successful, long term coaching?

I’ve been reflecting recently over a number of weeks, intermittently, about what abilities are important both in coaching athletes, as well as in day to day life itself. The list below is what I’ve settled on at this point in time. I wouldn’t say this is set in stone or exhaustive, but at this point in my coaching journey these are the ones that stand out for me.
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Strength and Conditioning for Youth Athletes Workshop Slides

On Monday the 24th of July Athletic Evolution delivered a 2 hours workshop on “Strength and Conditioning for Youth Athletes” on behalf of Edinburgh Community Sports Hubs. Please feel free to download the presentation slides:

Strength and Conditioning for Youth Athletes Powerpoint Slides

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Ask the Expert – Shane Fitzgibbon

Shane is an international speaker on youth physical training, the 2015 International Youth Conditioning Association Coach of the Year and former World Champion in Tae Kwon Do!

1)Give us a bit of background on yourself… (sporting career, qualifications, coaching experience)?

I started out as a Taekwon-Do instructor, opening my school in Galway, in the West of Ireland in 1993. As a member of the Irish National Squad, I was an avid competitor. Wanting to maximise my fitness and also ensure longevity, I began sourcing sport science and training manuals, which wasn’t as easy in the 90’s, as it is now. This sparked a real interest in smart training and nutrition which I carried with me throughout my competitive years. Having a B.Sc. in General Science and having qualified as a Fitness Instructor (EQF Level 3) was helpful in decimating the textbooks I was sourcing.
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Participation awards – what’s the point?

“You take the blue pill—the story ends, you wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. You take the red pill—you stay in Wonderland, and I show you how deep the rabbit hole goes. Remember: all I’m offering is the truth. Nothing more.” – Morpheus

Recently, I came across a Facebook post from a friend of mine, lamenting their child’s school sports day and the lack of traditional competitive events. It’s no secret that our educational systems and sporting events are leaning more and more towards the trend of handing out “participation” awards to all children involved. Our schools have moved away from traditional grade classifications and less harshly worded feedback – But is this a positive or negative thing?
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7 Keys to Being a Great Coach – June Book Review

Do yourself a favour…buy this book. You won’t regret it!

This month I came across possibly the best book on coaching I’ve ever read!

7 keys

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Interview on “Growing Up Strong” Podcast

Recently I was interviewed for the “Growing Up Strong” Podcast, a podcast dedicated to the development of young athletes, hosted by Sam Joyce. You might remember Sam from our most recent “Ask the Expert” interview. In this episode. We discuss a range of topics including strength programmes, periods of accelerated growth and the effects working with athletes part-time.

You can listen to the interview here: http://growingupstrong.podbean.com/