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Graduates – Earn the Right

The current trend for universities is to offer a masters degree for eager Strength & Conditioning coaches. It’s the perfect solution to the exact problem they created: 1) accept way too many students into their under-grad programs; 2) wait for the suckers to realise there aren’t many jobs on offer; 3) offer further (online – it’s cheaper) education to the ...

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Internships

I differentiate between a Course (measured in hours to days), Work Experience (measured in days to weeks) and an Internship (measured in months to a year) in time AND in hands on experience (Course: role-play; Work Experience: mainly observing; Internship: making decisions and owning the outcomes). Typically there are three types of Internships: Unpaid, Paid and Pay-to-Play. Below are my ...

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The Anti-Fragile Kid

Most of us have a fairly good understanding of the term ‘fragile’ – something that is easily broken when stress (also known as volatility, chaos or disorder) is applied to it. Glass or a china tea cup are often offered as examples. When we think of the opposite of fragile the two most common suggestions are usually ‘robust’ or ‘resilient’. ...

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Bullsh!t Detector Triggers

To help protect young Coaches, gullible Athletes and enthusiastic Parents from the money-grabbing charlatans, I have created a list (which I’ll update as necessary) on Triggers (words, phrases or paradigms) that should activate one’s Bullshit Detector. It is important to understand, much like a smoke alarm going off doesn’t mean there is definitely a fire burning, some of these terms ...

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Swimming Queensland – High Performance Coaches Workshop

Below is a quick overview of what we chatted about and some further reading for those interested. Periodisation – Start planning with the end in mind. There are many elements to preparing an Athlete. Every Athlete is a Person first. Coach the Person, then the Athlete. MORE: What to look for in a Strength & Conditioning Coach? Lower level Coaches ...

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