What is a Performance Analyst? part 3

Part three focuses on the development pathway for performance analysis and associated academic and vocational learning environments.

What is a Performance Analyst? pt2

SFA Performance Analyst Dr David Stevenson details the roles and responsibilities of a Performance Analyst, both as an individual and as part of a team.

Rugby | Talent and Ability back to the forefront in the 6 Nations | Coach Logic

I am off to run the Barcelona Half Marathon on Sunday, can’t wait! Well maybe I can a little…never run that far before, should be challenging. I suppose after playing rugby for so long, I need a challenge to keep fit and in the gym now that I am watching from the sidelines.     Back to the Rugby chat… The reason I got into rugby was because IRead more

Coaching Styles – Teaching Games for Understanding – Part 1

you will no longer hear from your players “when can we play a game?” as they will know that they will be playing games all the time during EVERY teaching/training session.   Why use ‘Teaching Games for Understanding’ (‘TGfU’) in your teaching/coaching? Key questions to ask yourself:- What are you preparing your players for? What are you wishing your players to be able to do in the game? WhatRead more

Monitoring Coahcing Overtraining

Refuel, Recover, Repeat – How to Maximise Your Recovery Time

If you’ve ever watched a multi-day sporting event and marveled at the athletes’ ability to recover for the next day, you’re not alone.  Whether it’s Wimbledon, the Tour de France, or the World Cup, the ability of the athlete to perform maximally for multiple days is one of the primary determinants of success.  As a coach or medical professional, utilizing certain recovery strategies can help give your athlete(s) anRead more

Manchester Utd coach David Moyes

Developing Behavioural Agility for Coaching: Part 1

If I was to ask you to describe your behaviours as a coach, what would be your response? If I was then to ask you to describe the behaviours of the performers you work with, again what would your response be? In essence coaching is a very humanistic endeavour and at its’ core is the interaction between human beings. Thankfully we are all different, but in terms of behavioursRead more

Wendy Houvenaghel Awreness Ladder Coaching

Jens Voigt – This is the Way I Knew I Must Say Goodbye

  German cyclist Jens Voigt recently finished his last Tour de France, causing an outpouring of nice warm fuzzy feelings in the cycling community. Jens finished the Tour de France – that is cycling around France for 3 weeks an astonishing 14 times. His highest placing being 28th in 2007. For those outside the cycling community, it can seem a closed event and the tactics and team formations confusing.Read more

Importance of Motivation

The Rugby Site – The Importance of Motivation

The importance of Motivation Beyond the unparalleled skill levels and sheer athleticism, one of the most impressive things about the All Blacks is the fact that they are 100% mentally tuned in every game.     They always ‘turn up,’ focused and motivated, meaning that those skills can be put to best use. Even in wet weather against Argentina in the Rugby Championship, Steve Hansen’s men were focused onRead more

Wendy Houvenaghel Awreness Ladder Coaching

Preparing for life after sport: The Awareness Ladder

Editors Note: Our good friend Jonathan Senior sent us this article. Jonathan works with ex-athletes and sports people to help them work out what to do after sport. He has developed a number of management and marketing concepts to help with this. The “awareness ladder” is a tool which helps athletes work out how to use what they have done in the pool, pitch or track to a longRead more

Monitoring Coahcing Overtraining

COACHES! Are you doing enough to manage your athletes welfare?

Laboratory Testing for Athlete Health Many university athletic programs, professional teams and sports federations have protocols for monitoring their athletes’ health using various laboratory tests… This generally consists of quarterly or semiannual blood work.  (Some also engage in regular cardiac screening, but that is a separate topic than what will be discussed here.)  The labs which are regularly performed on these athletes are often not actually very sensitive markersRead more

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