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The Big Event

The Big Race

At the time of writing this, twelve of my BMXers are away this week for the National Championships and two of my Mountain Bikers are preparing for the last leg of the National Series (and the National Champs three weeks later) I thought I’d post some thoughts on the week leading into the Big Event (race, tournament, competition, final, match ...

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EOTC: Highly Recognised to Highly Valued

Evolution

EOTC is a series of reflections, thoughts, anecdotes and growth spurts that have occurred in my coaching career. Some of these will show wholesale changes in direction while others might just be a continuing refinement. Hopefully you can either learn something or identify from this evolution. From Highly Recognised to Highly Valued (Or Extrinsic to Intrinsic)  Up until 2007 (ish) every ...

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National & State Sports Organisations

NSO

While working with a National Sport Organisation I was approached by a parent who suggested that National Sports Organisations shouldn’t be involved in the development of their sport. Paraphrasing Upton Sinclair’s quote it was difficult for me to accept his argument when my salary depended on him being wrong*. Over the duration of my employment I began to realise he ...

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Supplements

Supplement

You are responsible for ANYTHING & EVERYTHING in your body. Some thoughts & heuristics regarding Supplements: 1) If it’s promises seem too good to be true, don’t take it. 2) If it’s a ‘pre workout’, don’t take it. 3) If it’s made by a company that doesn’t sponsor a NRL, AFL or S15 team, don’t take it. 4) If it’s ...

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Optimising the Beep Test

Beep Test

Hopefully you’re not using the Beep (or more correctly, the Multi-Stage Shuttle) Test in your testing and training programs. But, if like me, you have to due to some decision makers needing to justify their positions some protocols you should know how to optimise the information. For a bit of background, I was working with a National Sports Organisation where we ...

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