Sports Science and Coaching: Bridging the Gap.
Sports Science and Coaching: Bridging the Gap.

Sports science has made and can continue to make a huge impact on sports performance. However, most sports scientists do not communicate their knowledge, research, ideas and information very well. As a result, many coaches will listen to and work with sports scientists who have made the effort to understand the coaching “world” and to sports science professionals who listen to, respect and engage with them as equals – as professionals trying to make a difference.

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The Passion to Prepare = or > The Potential to Perform
The Passion to Prepare = or > The Potential to Perform

Sporting talent? Who needs it? There are tens of millions of people all over the world with the talent – the potential to be outstanding athletes. However, without the passion to prepare – a passion which equals or exceeds their level of talent, these people remain largely undiscovered and their potential unrealised. This article presents the view that regardless of the level of talent an athlete possesses, without the commitment, dedication, motivation and passion to prepare to the limits of that potential, they can not succeed at the highest level.

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Motivation Mistakes
Motivation Mistakes

Motivation Mistakes. I often get asked to do motivation talks to athletes, coaches, teams and organisations all over the world. I am happy to accept the professional fees but….to be honest: Motivation Talks Do Not Work. Motivation is the fire that burns inside the hearts and minds of people: people who dream of being more

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Coaching Philosophy. Why Do You Coach?
Coaching Philosophy. Why Do You Coach?

  Coaching Philosophy. Why Do You Coach? By Wayne Goldsmith If you’re already an experienced coach, how would you go about starting your coaching career all over again? Knowing what you know now – how would you start again – and build a sustainably successful coaching career? Or maybe you’re just starting out on your

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Drugs, Alcohol and Elite sport: a real life approach
Drugs, Alcohol and Elite sport: a real life approach

Every time a professional player or elite athlete tests positive to drugs or is caught abusing alcohol, you can guarantee three things will happen:

  1. Newspapers and other media will over react and claim an isolated incident is evidence of an inherent drug and alcohol abuse culture in the club or sport (or all of sport);
  2. The club or sport will over react and ensure a drugs and alcohol education program is put in place as soon as possible;
  3. Everyone associated with the incident will over react, deny responsibility and blame someone else.

 What’s the reality?

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The Coaches “Box” – Good and Bad in the Hot Seat in Professional Sport.
The Coaches “Box” – Good and Bad in the Hot Seat in Professional Sport.

They don’t call it the Hot Seat for nothing – the coaches’ box!

The coaches’ box is the place where the coaches sit during the game and make important decisions about tactical, strategic and technical issues that have the potential to impact on the momentum of the game and even change the end result.

Some coaches’ boxes work well.

Some coaches’ boxes don’t.

So what’s the difference?

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Ten Tips to Make Sure Your End of Season Re-view is a Pre-view for Success for Next Year
Ten Tips to Make Sure Your End of Season Re-view is a Pre-view for Success for Next Year

 

Typically the end of season means a well earned rest, a few quiet drinks with team mates, some time with family and then… the end of season review.

Every team does some kind of season reflection or review – in most cases motivated by one or more “P” – Performance, Politics, Pressure.

  • The Performance Review: is one motivated by a drive to improve the performance of the team – players, coaches and staff – for next season.
  • The Political Review: is a review often driven by the Board or Executive to achieve a political agenda or philosophical shift in the club.
  • The Pressure Review: is one forced on a team by media, fans, club, Board or other stakeholders as a result of a poor performance.

By far the most effective review is one that is deliberately and strategically placed in the team’s “performance cycle” each year and is embraced by coaches, players, staff, Management and Board as being an important and positive aspect of progressive performance from season to season.

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