For Parents

5 Things Everyone should know about Concussions

Conccusion

Concussion has become one of the major issues facing sport today and this is highlighted on a daily basis, as concussion stories are commonplace in the sports media. Collision sports such as rugby, rugby league, soccer and AFL generate the most media interest but it is important to note that concussions can occur in any sport or physical activity (e.g. ...

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Nutrition for the Young Athlete

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Paleo? High fat? High carbs? Atkins? Jenny Craig? 5:2? Grapefruit? No doubt you’ve heard about some of these diets and while some at least make a bit of sense, the chances are their conflicting solutions to your nutritional requirements will probably confuse you. So what should you adhere to for your young, athletic offspring? After fifteen years working, training and ...

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Q&A: Martin Toms

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It was through Twitter that I first came into the brilliant mind of Dr Martin Toms (@DrMartinToms). While most of us involved in coaching tend to focus on the performance side, Martin has a unique, and vital, outlook. So when he reached out to catch up I cleared some time and made sure the meeting took place. ________________________________________________________________________________ Hi Martin, ...

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Specificity – A Refresher

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You don’t have to work in developmental sports for very long before you’re asked for a ‘sport specific’ training program. The request is often from a well-intentioned parent, athlete or coach who probably doesn’t even understand what the term ‘specific’ means. My guess is their understanding of ‘specificity’ is that the ‘training exercises’ look very similar to the ‘competition movements’. ...

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Defending 10,000 Hours

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As the pendulum swings away from its ‘10,000 hour’ zenith let’s not throw the proverbial baby out with the bathwater. There are some awesome messages that many of us at the ground level, working with young athletes and their parents, can use. But before that is discussed it is important to establish an interpretation I have that might differ from ...

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