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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Recommended Reading – League of Denial

   League of Denial: The NFL, Concussions and the Battle for Truth What a compelling read! If you’re involved with any contact sport, from rugby to wrestling to roller derby, make sure you read this. On the other hand, if you enjoy reading about scandals and conspiracies (pointing the finger at you, NFL) you won’t be able to put this ...

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An Insider’s Insight: The Aussie Tennis Season

Today the pinnacle of the Aussie Tennis Season, the Australian Open (AO), begins. As always the lead up tournaments have raised more than a few eyebrows at the injury rate, some intriguing results and a fair amount of back patting. Unfortunately it all means nothing and here is why. Form Means Nothing There is a fair amount of excitement during ...

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