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Reflective practice I try to learn more than 7 things a week, let alone a whole year, but part of reflective practice is being disciplined and accountable. Limiting myself to listing the 7 things in a year helps focus my mind and stop readers from being bored. Speaking on the phone to Mark Sheppard yesterday […]2 Comments | Read More | reflective practice
“The best way to stay in shape is not to get out of shape”
As coaches we are here to help our athletes improve their skills and enable them to play as much as possible. Keeping players fit for the whole season can be a hard task and we often have to deal with injuries throughout the season.1 Comment | Read More | hockey
Drugs in sport A digest sent and shared by Dave Ellis of fueling tactics. (We will be doing an online Sports Nutrition Q&A with Dave in the first week of January 2017). This was complied before the Olympics Drug Testing fiasco. Drugs in sport are endemic, it is naive to think otherwise. Drugs Pervade Sport […]0 Comments | Read More | sports nutrition
I am trying to make agility workouts more frequent, more specific and a lot shorter in duration than has previously been done for the athletes I work with.0 Comments | Read More | agility, rugby
Powerhouse your diet with the best fruit and veg
A new study1 has identified 41 “Powerhouse” Fruit and Vegetables which can significantly improve health. These nutrient dense foods have been found to be the most effective in reducing chronic disease.
Here is a review of the main findings of the research, as well as some practical guidance for getting the most out of your nutrition:2 Comments | Read More | hydration, sports nutrition
I have recently been asked to help coach “disengaged” girls in school p.e. I am doing weightlifting at one school, gymnastics at another. Funding is available to help these girls as they are unenthusiastic about “traditional p.e.” My experience coaching them is different from what I was told to expect. What is “traditional p.e.”? I […]2 Comments | Read More | gymnastics, p.e., physical education
I was speaking to Stuart (a golf coach I work with) about using the CNS to make athletes faster. He said he couldn’t see the application for golf, because club speed is developed by sequencing a series of linking actions together.1 Comment | Read More | golf
How Diabetes affects athletes
Can I say how delighted I was to hear that Fran Low firstly has undertaken to cycle from Land’s End to John O’Groats and secondly, that she is raising money for Diabetes UK (DUK) -the charity for people living with diabetes? Thank you.
As a mum of an aspiring athlete (rugby union) and a Doctor looking after people with diabetes, I spend a lot of time thinking about training, keeping fit, preventing diabetes as well as treating it.3 Comments | Read More | diabetes, obesity
Skipton Grassroots Giving Winners! Thanks to everyone who voted for our club in the Skipton Grassroots Giving Campaign. We were one of 700 clubs shortlisted, and thanks to your votes we were one of the 163 organisations that will receive £500. Read on to see how we are spending your fundraising efforts and what is […]1 Comment | Read More | athletics, gymnastics, weightlifting
When delivering strength and conditioning coaching courses, we always discuss coaching philosophy and how to develop a club culture. Two books I have read this year have helped with this process, both by NFL coaches. Here is a brief review of both. Win Forever by Pete Carroll (recommended by Mike Bahn) A frank and revealing […]0 Comments | Read More | Coaching, reflective practice
Working with James has been a pleasure and education for all of the fencers and coaches, from beginner fencers and trainee fencers, up to international fencers and coaches with decades of experience. We really appreciate James' desire to challenge assumptions but simultaneously his ability to listen to both fencers and coaches on technical and tactical points. He manages to keep his sessions fresh and innovative without losing sight of our central goals. His sessions are challenging and fun and his attention detail is a tribute to his professionalism. Thank you.
06 May 2017
Level 1 Strength and Conditioning Course Oxfordshire. 6th- 7th May 2017 Assessment Day: 4th June 2017. Venue: Carterton Community College, Upavon Way, Carterton OX18 1BU Please register your interest with Carly Cost: £280 including materials and access to online resources. To book send a deposit of £100 here. The deposit is non refundable. Once the full balance has been […]