For Parents

Specificity – A Refresher

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

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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The Silent Evidence

In 2011 Novak Djokovic had a winning streak of 41 matches. Included in this streak is his Australian Open title, as well as titles in Indian Wells, Miami, Madrid and Rome. His streak was broken when he lost to Roger Federer in the semi-finals of the French open. About two thirds of the way through his incredible run reports emerged ...

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Defending Gen Y

Previously called: Reply to (Journalist) Peter Fitzsimons I read, with interest, Peter Fitzsimons' article 'Why, oh why, does Gen Y not get it?', not because I agreed or disagreed with it but because I felt he was looking at the symptom and not the cause. We are a product of both Nature and Nurture, and our 'nature' hasn't changed much in ...

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Seedlings and Young Athletes

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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