For Parents

Seedlings and Young Athletes

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I was fortunate to attend the prestigious University of Stellenbosch where the academia was robust, the sports was intense and the socialising was plentiful. While most students might be consuming cheap beer in a dingy pub, we had the privilege of sipping on internationally acclaimed wine from the surrounding vineyards. The occasion would commence with some wine-tasting (none of us ...

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Health Heuristics

Fresh Food

A ‘heuristic’ is a procedure that provides a simple, adequate, often imperfect answer to a difficult question. Think of it as a ‘rule-of-thumb’. For example: ‘Only shop in the outside aisle of the grocery store.‘ (think meat, veggies, fruit, eggs, etc) is a heuristic. Not perfect, but a good place to start. Another one, courtesy of Jeremy Sheppard, is ‘Only ...

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Search4Hurt

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Since our episode of Search4Hurt aired last week on ESPN, people have asked Dave and I some questions about the training we do, our philosophies and beliefs, and if that was a typical session, etc. Instead of replying to everyone individually I thought it might be easier to just write on blog that answered as many questions as I could. ...

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Fast Tracking & Pine Trees

Pine Trees

A couple of hours drive from where I grew up in South Africa we had some family friends who owned a pine tree plantation. Those with an agriculture bent will immediately identify that pine trees are not native to the tropical South African landscape, and you’re correct. Pine plantations were introduced artificially since the year-round sunlight, nutrient dense soil and ...

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Training Observations From An American Public Park

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Wandering through a Californian public park today I couldn’t help but notice the subtle (and not so subtle) differences in how it seemed American high school aged athletes practice. I came across a baseball diamond and a teenager named Deon hitting baseballs with his mother. Typical teenage athlete/parent practice scenario? Not quite. 1. Deon was directing practice. Goal oriented practice. ...

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