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An athlete’s guide to avoiding the flu.
November 15, 2017
Intro   Getting ill sucks! We’ve all been there, tucked up in bed shivering and feeling sorry for ourselves. Here is my guide to avoiding the flu. Nobody enjoys being ill and it can have a terrible effect on an athlete’s fitness, training and performance. Not only does having a blocked nose reduce performance, it […]
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Long term athletic development (LTAD)

Here are some background articles on LTAD. Whilst they may seem quite daunting to parents, we have put them up here to show some of the research that underpins our coaching.

It is easy to listen to anecdotal “Mum chat” on the sidelines of pitches, but this is usually misinformed (albeit well meaning) and you can get sucked into a vortex of competing with other children in the short term; most parents are operating week to week or month to month.

It is hard for parents to think long term when dealing with the day to day logistics involved with supporting a sporty child.

Putting it into practice requires expert support and guidance, and we have developed the  Sports Training System for this reason.

Biological Maturity and Perceptions of Talent

Developing Physical Literacy

How to prevent overuse injuries in youth athletes

The NSCA guidelines to Youth Resistance Training

Academic Paper on the theory behind Physical Literacy

Lifelong Involvement in Sport and Physical Activity Model

Guide to measuring growth rates in children for coaches

Athletic Development Centre

Late specialisation is important

Extensive critique of Bounce and other “Talent” books

Overuse injuries and burnout in youth sports: position statement

Myer 2015 Sports Health Sport Specialization, Part I Does Early Sports Specialization Increase Negative Outcomes and Reduce the Opportunity for Success in Young Athletes

Myer 2015 Sports Health Sports Specialization Part II Alternative Solutions to Early Sport Specialization in Youth Athletes

 

 

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Client Testimonials

Helen Farr
The access to expert advice on training and coaching in the STS has been extremely beneficial when guiding Helen (15) through different stages of her physical development. Time is very precious and especially as busy parents of even busier teenagers, we need all the help we can get. As well as following the programme, it has been really useful to dip into certain topics as and when situations occur. Advice on how to prevent and counteract knee problems was certainly helpful when Helen started complaining that ‘her knees were hurting’ directly after competitions.
 
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Educational Gymnastics: 23rd November, Devon.
23 Nov 2017

Educational Gymnastics Children today are physically illiterate. The massive reduction in time spent in free play has led to a generation of people who have yet to experience the joy of movement. Formal gymnastics (as seen at the Olympics) requires the child to strive to perform very specific skills. The end product of the skill […]

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