Ask the Expert – Andy Blyth (Simply Perform)

In this installment of the “Ask the Expert” series, I interview Trainee Sport Psychologist Andy Blyth…

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

Since about 2nd year in High School I was always passionate about how the mind works, especially since I was competing at national level in badminton.  With this passion I managed to gain an undergraduate degree in Psychology from Edinburgh University, afterwhich I was at a bit of a loose end as to where to take it next.  We got taught a lot of interesting “stuff” at Edinburgh but, to be honest, I couldn’t think about how to apply it to “normal” day to day life.  A lot of it was based on clinical models and very much coming from a position that meant that psychology was only for those that had something “wrong with them”.
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Athletic 8: Goblet Squat

In this installment, we introduce squatting to our young athletes!

Continuing with the Athletic 8 series, here is an exercise I use regularly with both junior and adult athletes to teach good squatting mechanics! It’s a really simple way to teach for technical coaches to teach proper foot, knee and torso position in squatting which can be built upon for proper jumping and landing too!

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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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