Mental toughness is something everyone talks about in sport. But what is it? Mental toughness is the capacity of an athlete to do their job – i.e. to do the things they’ve trained to do – no matter what happens to them or what’s happening around them. Once you understand what mental toughness is – the good news is – you can coach it.
As the new decade starts, it is time to face the realities of the sports experience around the world.
The last decade, saw the most significant changes in society, in learning, in education, in technology and in social change that the world has experienced.
And, in general, sport has not kept pace with the extent or speed of the changes.
New Sport: Old Sport. The Decade of Client Focused Sport is Here.
People with unique needs. People with unique attitudes. People with unique identities. People with unique motivations. People from different cultures – some of them with different languages and faiths.
The most important three things you need to make your organisation successful are all the same – people, people, people.
Leadership has changed. It’s not about being a great orator. It’s not about where you got your MBA from. It’s about learning how to inspire others – to create the environment and the opportunity for people to express their potential and their talent and to in turn helping people to lead themselves and others. Leadership has changed so much that it might be more appropriate to call it Leading – without Leading.
Can you achieve the same or better performance results with reduced training volume? More on More with Less.
One of the greatest challenges many traditional Olympic sports face is how to achieve the same or better results in less time. Kids and parents have very little spare time and for sports like swimming, track and field, rowing, diving, gymnastics, tennis and cycling, finding ways to optimise athletic development and enhance sports performance efficiently: i.e. achieving better performances in less time has become an increasingly important aspect of coaching around the world.
The concept of Talent Identification – TID for short – makes sense.
Do some standardised testing and screening of lots of kids, find the ones who can run faster, run further, jump longer, stretch better than the rest and bingo- you found talent!
It all grew out of the now “mythical” talent identification systems of the old Eastern Block (and more recently China) – and the countless stories we have all heard for the past 30 years about how the centralised government systems put every child in the nation through a series of TID testing protocols and then funnelled them in to the specific sports where their talent was most likely to be developed to its full potential.
But in the western world, in spite of the hundreds of millions of dollars thrown at TID in Australia, the US, Canada, New Zealand, the UK and Western Europe, with the exception of a few minor and specialised sports – it has failed and failed badly.
Hi there. In response to the overwhelming support from the sporting community all over the world, the all new Sports Coaching Brain is about to get even better. The new SCB will include some really cool, innovative and creative learning options including pod-casting and video – it will be bigger, brighter, better and brainier
Where is Sports Coaching heading? Where will it be in 2030? What will the average coach be doing everyday on pool deck or on the court or at the track or on the field? This article looks at the Future of Sports Coaching and suggests that if you take a moment or two to consider where the world is heading, then you will also see where coaching will be in 20 years.
It is estimated that there were about ten million books written and published in the world in the last year. It is also estimated, that of those ten million books published, around 9,999,000 were on the topic of leadership. The rest were diet books, sporting biographies and Harry Potter. And just check out some
Every professional sporting code in the world has problems with alcohol….specifically, problems with the way that players and athletes abuse alcohol. This article raises some important issues around sport and alcohol and offers some practical suggestions for players, coaches and administrators to help manage the issue in their sport.
I hear it all over the world.
In every sport.
In every club.
Coaches asking, “How do I get this generation of athletes to work hard””
The greatest challenge sport has ever faced in upon us.
It affects coaches.
It affects teachers.
It affects sports scientists and sports medicine practitioners.
It affects sports administrators, managers and sporting organisation Board members.
It affects the parents, carers and partners of athletes.
Are you up to the challenge?