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IFAC Reflections Part 2
January 22, 2019
A review of Jerome Simian’s workshops on physical preparation for sport. I had to choose between different “strands” of coaching topics at the IFAC conference in Loughborough. A difficult choice, not wanting to miss out on some excellent speakers. I chose to attend Simian’s because of a quote I heard on the HMMR podcast: “I […]

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  1. Over coaching – let the kids play

    Do you let your kids play?

    Child's play cricketDo you allow them to be free spirited and learn and experiment? Do you have excessive structures and control over sport? You could be stopping your kids from developing into creative instinctive athletes.

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  2. Dumbbells or Machines? Istvan Javorek

    The benefits of dumbbell training by Istvan Javorek

    • Javorek dumbbell complexDumbbell training is generally safe.
    • Does not need a large practice area.
    • Is easy to teach (compared to barbell lifts).
    • Can be done simultaneously and very efficiently with a large number of athletes.
    • Is dynamic with a large range of motion (actually the range of motion is unlimited).
    • A large range of

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  3. LTAD- USA versus UK

    I had the pleasure of meeting Mauro deGennaro, Director of Athletics at Hoboken High School, last week. We were talking about his schedule of training for his football team this autumn, and he was saying that they were going to be training easy in the week because of the amount of contact in the game. How many games a season do they play?

    9. That’s right 9. His 14 year old Freshman play 9 football games a season, then move to another sport next term.

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  4. Speed Training: co-ordination versus strength.

    bryan habanaAdjusting the dials for your athlete

    When looking at a new athlete and their running, I try to assess whether we can improve speed through co-ordination training or strength training, or both.

    I use the analogy of having two dials with the athletes: they both are necessary, but we adjust one at a time according to the athlete’s needs.

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  5. History of Educational Gymnastics in British schools

    Educational Gymnastics in Britain A popular conception of gymnastics today is of young girls in sparkly leotards with hair kept up in tightly bound buns.  This is a relatively new concept, with gymnastics originally being an all-male outdoor pursuit. Gymnastics has originated from several different sources, but all had the underlying principle of healthy movement. […]

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  6. What is physical literacy?

    What is Physical Literacy? Physical Literacy is a term gaining currency to help promote the need for children to be given the opportunities to move. Physical education has been squeezed out of the school curriculum, competitive sports have taken over and many children are disheartened and therefore disengaged. “Partly through lack of sufficient activity some children […]

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  7. Open letter to British Weight Lifting

    Open letter to the Chief Executive of British Weight Lifting Dear Mr Metcalfe, I am writing to you on behalf of my club members who have concerns and questions about what BWL is doing and what benefits they would get if they join and what the club gets from its membership. Excelsior Athletic Development Club […]

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  8. How to change habits: part 3

    “Good habits formed at youth make all the difference”
    s Aristotle gets it right again. In the 2 previous blogs we have looked at the importance of lifestyle in athletes’ lives and how to use goal setting to set plans.

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  9. How to change habits: part 2

    “Living without an aim is like sailing without a compass.”

    compass Alexandre Dumas.
    In part 1 I set the scene of how athletes need help in adopting behaviours that will improve their sporting performance. Today I will look at how to set goals that will get them started.

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  10. How to change habits: part 1

    “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.”

    aristotleAristotle’s quote is often used,  but it is hard to follow. When working with athletes, it is often the intangibles that make the difference to the overall outcome of the training programme.

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Athletic Development Coach – WILLAND
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Athletic Development Coach Venue: WILLAND Date: Wednesday 20th February. Time 0900-1630. Booking deadline Friday 8 February Is the ‘Athletic Development Coach’ course for me? This particular course is for our junior members to attend. If you are interested in attending please contact Carly. What will I learn? Course Goals and Objectives Candidates will be expected […]