Ask the Expert – Des Ryan (Arsenal FC Academy)

Des Ryan is the Head of Sport Medicine and Athletic Development at Arsenal FC Academy. He has a wealth of experience in developing youth athletes for the rigours of senior level elite sport in both football and rugby. We are sure this interview will prove valuable for anyone involved in coaching young athletes.

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Ask the Expert – Harry Weatherstone (Youth Athletic Development Academy)

In this installment of the “Ask the Expert” interviews, we speak with Harry Weatherstone of the Youth Athletic Development Academy from the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Australia!

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A second sport? The case for S&C

At the development end of the sporting spectrum, strength and conditioning should comprise of exposing the athlete to a wide range of movements…

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4 stage model to athletic development – Part 2!

After the recent post on a 4 Stage model to athletic development, I received a lot of feedback online as to how this might pertain to other movements other than squatting. So I decided to add some more content surrounding the other fundamental movements.

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Athletic 8: Lateral Lunge

How do you introduce cutting and change of direction mechanics? Check out this simple exercise as a starting point…

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Ask the Expert – Dr Paul Read (St Mary’s University)

Paul is a senior lecturer and researcher at St Mary’s University. He is also an S&C coach working with a range of Professional MMA Fighters, Academy football players and Elite Youth Golfers. His current research is primarily focused around injury prevention strategies for youth soccer players and S&C provision for golfers and MMA fighters.

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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.

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Ask the Expert: Johnny Harris-Wright (Bristol Rugby)

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 […]

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Ask the Expert – Tom Smale (Leaf Academy)

Would you mind giving us a bit of background about yourself? I studied at University of Stirling getting a BA (Hons) in Sports Studies and MSc in Sports Coaching. Whilst doing my MSc got the opportunity to shadow S&C sessions run by the University and Sportscotland Institute of Sport and realised this would be a […]

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