Tag Archives: performance

How much should a Child be training for their Sport?

Specialisation

The title above is a common question that is asked, debated and pondered by Coaches and Parents a like. The short answer is either ‘we don’t know’ or ‘it depends’. In other words, we seem to have some ‘grey’ answers for a ‘black and white’ question. Some of the variables that might affect the answer include: Chronological age (how old ...

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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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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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Getting Better at Getting Better

Accelerate

The original title of this post was ‘Impress your Coach’ but I thought it was more appropriate to call it ‘Getting Better at Getting Better’. You see, almost everyone in your Sport is improving. You need to accelerate your improvement. You need to get better at getting better. Get there Early (and Get Ready) Even if it’s only five or ...

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6 Characteristics of High Performance

High Performance 2

It is not uncommon for many of us to assume that those that are working at the highest level of their sport must be ‘high performance’. Likewise, it is not uncommon for converse of that assumption to occur: those that are working at the developmental or amateur level are not ‘high performance’. However, in the two years since initiating propelperform, ...

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