Harry Weatherstone (Youth Athletic Development Academy): Nail the basics and earn the right.

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Harry Weatherstone is the owner of the Youth Athletic Development Academy, on the Sunshine Coast, Australia. In this podcast, Harry discusses:  His background as a tennis athlete and coach.  How he transitioned into athletic development.  The value of working independently in your own coaching business.  The importance of keeping it simple in both communication and programming.  […]

The 3 biggest mistakes coaches make in Athletic Development (Part 1)

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I’ve been involved in youth athletic development for over 10 years now across a variety of sports and contexts. Unfortunately, I regularly see the same mistakes appear in athletic development programs for young athletes… 1. Going sport-specific too soon I see this one quite a lot. A coach or parent often requests a “sport-specific” training […]

It's not you, it's Gordon Ramsay…

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Imagine you are dining in a nice Michelin Star restaurant. You enjoy a delicious starter, followed by a great main course and a decadent dessert. You have had a fantastic experience and your tastebuds have been sent into overdrive. It’s a brilliant experience and you’ve thoroughly enjoyed yourself. You thank the chef and the service […]

"If you can't fly then run…" Training around injuries

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Unfortunately, injuries are part and parcel of participating in youth sport. Yes, we can reduce the likelihood of them occurring with a  good warm up, sound movement mechanics, tolerable work loads and appropriate strength and conditioning programs, BUT we can never really eliminate them. Sometimes, despite all our hardest efforts, a late tackle or poor […]