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    Secrets of a running coach: Lampposts, choices, tell me about it and trash TV

    As a coach, I have always watched with great curiosity my community becoming more physically active at this time of year.

    I am a running coach in a small rural village of no more than 3,000 people, yet in the months of March to April it would seem that the majority of them are negotiating the narrow, uneven footpaths at the same time. Cycling, walking, jogging, even horse riding; you...

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    Posted Tuesday, April 25, 2017 - 17:19 by cblain with comment(s)

    Guest Blog: American Football-related concussions

    About the author: The Ohio University online Master of Coaching Education programme is nationally recognised as a leader in preparing coaches to excel at all levels of competition. The curriculum focuses on areas of coaching that directly impact athletic performance and is built around the National...

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    Posted Friday, March 31, 2017 - 16:34 by with comment(s)

    Guest Blog: Ways to avoid trainer burnout and stay inspired

    About the author: Scott Murphy rowed crew at college in upstate New York and still has the same passion for the sport over 20 years later. He is a regular contributor to allrowers.com, a site offering reviews, workouts, industry news and education about the benefits of rowing and regular exercise.

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    Posted Friday, March 31, 2017 - 11:23 by with comment(s)

    Guest Blog: This Girl Can - the importance of being 'normal'

    About the author: Kristina Patterson is currently completing a PhD in Sport Coaching at Leeds Beckett University alongside teaching on the BSc Sport Coaching degree.  She has coached extensively in a range of contexts: developmental to elite. She is passionate about helping make coaching better across all sports, and has a particular love of football and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu....

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    Posted Wednesday, March 29, 2017 - 14:32 by with comment(s)

    Visualisation in the Premier League

    I recently caught up again with Shaun Goater a Manchester City club legend, he played at City between 1998 and 2003 where he played 184 appearances and scored 84 times. As sport psychologist with Manchester City between the periods of 1998 – 2003 I worked closely with Shaun using visualisation.

    The fans were quite skeptical as to Goater's ability, he did however win them over...

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    Posted Tuesday, March 28, 2017 - 15:32 by cchapman with comment(s)

    Guest Blog: The Journey So Far (Part 2)

    About the author: Kelvin currently consults across a range of National Governing Bodies and Federations and is the author of the Physical Competence Assessment resources. A former National and Olympic Track and Field Coach for the UK, Kelvin also spent 30 years in Australia’s high performance sport environment. He was Head Track and Field Coach at the Australian Institute...

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    Posted Tuesday, March 28, 2017 - 15:18 by cchapman with comment(s)

    Guest Blog: To stretch or not to stretch? That is the question.

    About the blog: The body of research behind stretching is contradictory and can be confusing for coaches. This blog aims to clear up the research, explaining the different types of stretching and whether stretching is appropriate to carry out before, during and after the training session. The blog concludes with practical guidance for the coach, describing how to implement an appropriate...

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    Posted Tuesday, March 28, 2017 - 12:28 by cchapman with comment(s)

    Guest Blog: Mental Health

    Over the last two blogs we have focused on the role of the coach and how they can support their athlete’s psychological needs. The first blog looked at the different transitions athletes go through from childhood to adolescence, the challenges this may present and the changes...

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    Posted Tuesday, March 28, 2017 - 11:46 by cchapman with comment(s)

    Guest Blog: The Suffolk FA Coaches Academy

    About the author: Michael Cornall is the Senior Football Development Officer for Suffolk FA and is responsible for the Suffolk FA Development Strategy. He also is an academy coach at Colchester United FC and works as an FA Coach Mentor. Previously, Michael held coaching roles in New Jersey and Seattle respectively. Michael holds an FA UEFA B License and FA Youth Award.


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    Posted Monday, March 27, 2017 - 16:59 by jwright with comment(s)

    Podcasts: The 'C' System of Coaching Children, Relative Age Effect, Highlights from Youth Physical Development Model

    Children's Lead at Sports Coach UK, David Turner, recorded the following three podcasts for Sport Scotland. The suite deals with a range of topics and starts with the The ‘C’ System of Coaching Children.  NB If you're using Internet Explorer, please update the browser to the latest version to hear these podcasts.

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    Posted Tuesday, March 21, 2017 - 22:08 by dturner with comment(s)