For Parents

Tips for Choosing a Coach

How to Choose a Coach for your Child? Choosing a Coach isn’t always easy, especially when considering the variables such as qualifications, experiences, results, costs and proximity. Below are some guidelines Parents might want to take on for choosing the next Coach for your child. Scout for Coaches. See which Coaches are in your catchment area (depending on how far ...

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The ‘Earn the Right’ Principle

For parents, the instinct to provide our children with ‘every available opportunity’, while admirable, may inadvertently be impeding their desire to achieve. Think of this desire to achieve as a thirst. And as soon as that thirst is quenched, so is the desire. This is captured in the oft-used quote in athlete development circles: The easiest way to ensure a ...

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Q&A: Clyde Rathbone

Former Wallabies and Brumbies winger, Clyde Rathbone and I met at the South African-based Natal Sharks in 2002. As it happened, it turned out to be a stand out year for Clyde with him making his Super Rugby debut, winning the Under 21 Rugby World Championship as captain and signing with the Australian-based Brumbies. Clyde, since we first met you've ...

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5 Things Everyone should know about Concussions

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

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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