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    First impressions count

    Previous research has shown that a coach’s reputation precedes them and participants react differently based on stories they might have been told about a coach. Now our latest research has also shown the importance of the first impressions people make about...

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    Posted Friday, February 24, 2017 - 14:41 by jmcilroy with comment(s)

    Nutrition and hydration for physical activity

    This is not a diet.

    Try these 5 ways to eat healthy and stay hydrated:

    1. Eat two small meals instead of one
    2. Plan time to eat so you don’t rush meals
    3. Keep a food diary – there’s an app for that
    4. Drink small amounts often – think water first
    5. Follow a healthy eating plan 80% of the time

    With the...

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    Posted Monday, February 20, 2017 - 10:37 by sajaib with comment(s)

    Do you ever hide behind a session plan?

    The phrase ‘hiding behind a session plan’ emerged from focus groups we conducted recently with adults who are new to sport and physical activity. It struck me as a good way to summarise the...

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    Posted Thursday, February 16, 2017 - 12:08 by jmcilroy with comment(s)

    Guest Blog: Mouthguards, Sports and Kids: Protect their Teeth

    About the author: Dr Angelos Alvanos D.M.D., M.S.Ortho. (St Louis, USA), is practice principal at Hampstead Orthodontic Practice. In his guest blog post he writes for coaches about the importance of mouthguards for children in sport.

    Kids and team sports are a great combination. Any...

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    Posted Sunday, February 12, 2017 - 20:21 by with comment(s)

    Guest Blog: Igniting women's coaching - Outapi in Northern Namibia

    About the author: Nicola Waterworth, who was working on the British Cycling and UK Sport 'IDEALS' programme, writes about her time in Northern Namibia where she was supporting the Nambian Cycling Federation's BMX Race Day Weekend. Nicola discovered two important coaching lessons from her experience - read on to discover what they were.

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    Posted Saturday, February 11, 2017 - 17:22 by with comment(s)

    Making e-Learning Memorable

    One of the biggest challenges as an Instructional e-Learning Designer, is to make the learning experience fun and exciting. No one wants to complete boring e-Learning exercises, especially when it's mandatory. A wise man once said:

    "Education is not the learning of facts but the training of the mind to think." - Albert Einstein.

    This is a useful concept...

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    Posted Friday, February 10, 2017 - 16:36 by with comment(s)

    Guest Blog: Voices for truth and dignity - combatting sexual violence in European sport through the voices of those affected

    About the author: Dr Mike Hartill is a Reader in the Sociology of Sport at Edge Hill University. Working with 'Voices for truth and dignity', Mike explains how the Voice project aims to address the silence around child sexual abuse in sport settings, across Europe, by listening to the stories of those that have been subjected to sex by adults in whose care they were entrusted....

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    Posted Friday, February 10, 2017 - 12:51 by with comment(s)

    Guest Blog: Up and Running

    About the author: Shona Campbell is a freelance indexer and running coach, who six years ago set up a running group – ‘Up and Running’ – in Sevenoaks, with fellow runner and clinical psychologist, Harriet Heal. The group has since helped dozens of women improve their mental well-being through exercise. In this guest blog post for...

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    Posted Friday, February 10, 2017 - 11:41 by with comment(s)

    Guest Blog: Reasons to get into coaching

    About the author: Dan Chabert is an entrepreneur and husband, who hails from Copenhagen, Denmark. He loves to join ultra-marathon races and travel to popular running destinations together with his wife. His work revolves around managing websites: Runnerclick, Nicershoes,...

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    Posted Thursday, February 9, 2017 - 17:41 by with comment(s)

    Dealing with retirement from coaching

    A new article published in The Sport Psychologist raises an interesting question about how prepared are coaches for retirement?

    The article is a case study of one elite swimming coach and their experience of the London Olympics. It covers their preparation for the games, the moment their...

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    Posted Tuesday, February 7, 2017 - 15:49 by jmcilroy with comment(s)

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