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

Dan Carter - All Blacks

The Rugby Site – Top coaches travel far and wide to learn from other sports

The off-season is more often than not seen as an opportunity for players to recover and recuperate from a gruelling campaign and an extended break is certainly a must given the physical and mental demands of the modern game – but it is equally important that coaches recharge as well.   Pacing the training ground or sitting in the stand on matchday may not result in the kind ofRead more

Dan Carter - All Blacks

The Rugby Site – The Mindset of Champions – Dan Carter

Coach Logic partners The Rugby Site are excited to announce a new interview series featuring a line-up of the world’s top players and coaches – “The Mindset of Champions”.  Preview the first part of the series: Dan Carter on his approach to rugby. In this series players and coaches will share with you personal rugby stories and philosophies: stories of how they got involved in this game we love, their major influencers,Read more

Rugby Union – Coaching a wide to wide attack

With defences now ultra-organised & destructive it’s imperative all teams have various attacking shapes to utilise when in possession.

Rugby Coaching Chris Pennell of Warriors

The Rugby Site – Stats and Awards – By Graham Jenkins

‘There are three kinds of lies,’ we are told, ‘lies, damned lies and statistics’. The often-used phrase is commonly used to cast doubt over the value of certain figures hailed as significant by others. But you will struggle to convince any modern rugby coach that they have no worth. It can be difficult to spot a leading coach in the stands these days for the laptops laid out in front ofRead more

The Rugby Site – Pressure on Coaches – By Graham Jenkins

Fritz mistreatment, who is responsible? *The pressure to deliver and the promise of glory that hovers over the business end of the season more often than not makes for enthralling entertainment. It can inspire players and teams to great heights but conversely the intensity can weigh heavy on others, impeding performance, and the results can be disappointing at the least and at worst alarming.* Experience, especially that of aRead more

Monitoring Coahcing Overtraining

4 simple ways to monitor athlete wellbeing and avoid overtraining

Monitoring for Overtraining One of the major limiters of athletic performance is accumulated athlete fatigue.  Overtraining Syndrome is something that can present slowly and insidiously, such that athletes and coaches may not realize that it has struck until it’s late in the process.  Of course, this is not ideal, as the further one goes down this road, the longer it takes to return to optimal form. Understanding this physiologicRead more

Basketball Coaching Game awareness or Skill Acquisition

Create the Optimal Coaching Environment – Are problems skill based or due to a lack of game awareness

Skill Level or Game Awareness  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l7oMznsa3tI   Although any experienced coach or skill acquisition academic will see a players skill level and game awareness as intertwined, it is often a coaches fixation on technique that underpins any corrective coaching of kicking. So it is with this question that I challenged the coaching group. If a player executes poorly in a game (or at training), he or she may haveRead more

Manchester Utd coach David Moyes

How Developing Emotional Intelligence Can Improve Your Coaching. Final Part

Controlling your own emotions and impulses and adapting to changing circumstances Relationship Building. Last year I was speaking to a rowing coach and we were discussing behavioural agility. She told me that a number of years ago, as a junior performer in rowing, she had a very good coach who had a dominant and direct style of coaching and communication. This worked for her and got the best outRead more

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