Monitoring made easy! (Part 2)

In the previous post here, we discussed an alternative method (The Session RPE) method as an economical and effective way of monitoring fatigue within your youth athletes.
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Monitoring made easy! How to monitor your youth athletes without buying any equipment! (Part 1)

How to assess training intensity, cumulative fatigue and injury risk without spending a penny!

Have you ever wondered if you were working your athletes too hard? Or if the training session you planned was either too easy, or not difficult enough? Usually to get the sort of information to inform you whether you’re on the money or not, you would have to spend some money on Heart Rate monitors, Global Positioning System (GPS) monitors or something similar.
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Ask the Expert – James Butterfield (Youthathletedevelopment.com)

James is the Head of Sports Performance and Rehabilitation at the Bangkok International school and the founder of http://www.youthathletedevelopment.com

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

Unfortunately my failures in a ‘sporting career’ is what spurred me on to work in elite sport. I graduated Physiotherapy at Leeds in 2011 and went directly to work for MK Dons academy – where I spent around 18 months. After this I was handed an opportunity by my mentor – who at the time was working for UK Athletics – to go out to Thailand to work as Physiotherapist for Thai Premier league champions Buriram United. After a successful season there, I went on to work for another Thai team (Muangthong United) before finding myself heading up the sports performance and rehabilitation dept at an International school in Bangkok.
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Ask the Expert – Andy Woodward (Barnard Castle School)

Andy is the Strength and Conditioning Coach at Barnard Castle School and PEP Sports weeks performance sports camps, as well as the Throws and Speed Coach at Darlington Harriers Athletics Club.

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

Main sports were Track and Field, Rugby Union and Volleyball.  Represented Royal Air Force on the track in both the 100m and 200m in the 1990’s.  I hold a BA(Hons) in Sports Studies and PE from York St John Uni and an MSc in S&C from Teesside Uni.  I am a UK Atheltics Level 3 Performance Coach in Throws and Level 2 Speed and Jumps.
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Ask the Expert: Johnny Harris-Wright (Bristol Rugby)

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

I have played rugby most of my life and was lucky enough to play representative rugby in New Zealand and in Ireland at school boy and college level for my home province of Leinster. My most relevant qualifications would be my Undergraduate Degree in Strength and Conditioning and I am about to complete a Masters Degree in Sport Rehabilitation. I also have other qualifications such as diplomas in Sports Nutrition and Sports Therapy.
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Ditch the running Part 2! How to structure small sided games…

Part 2 of a very popular series on implementing small sided games (SSG) as a form of fitness training…

After an immediately overwhelming response to the most recent post on ditching the running and using small sided games, I decided to produce a follow up post providing examples of how to incorporate these into your sessions.
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Ask the Expert – Aiden Oakley (Aspire Academy)

Aiden Oakley is a Strength and Conditioning Coach based at the Aspire Academy in Doha, Qatar…

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

I played Rugby League for the Harlequins Rugby League academy for 2 years as well as representing Scotland Rugby League at U18, Student and A grade level. During this time I was undertaking a BSc in Sport and Exercise Science at the University of Birmingham. During my final year at Birmingham I volunteered as a Strength and Conditioning Coach helping out with the Harlequins RL Scholarship and upon graduation I undertook a 3 month internship at Mike Boyle Strength and Conditioning in Boston. When I returned I was fortunate enough to gain a yearlong internship with the re branded London Broncos RL, interning with the 1st team in the day and running the U20 programme in the evening. During this time I also completed my MSc in Strength and Conditioning at Middlesex University.
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