Coaching Articles - General
- Biomechanical Interventions
Dr. Matt Long, Jamie French and Barry Cook explore how coaches can effect biomechanical adjustments in the running form of athletes.
- Sports Trophies
Behind every athlete exists a driving motivation. For some, playing sports is a way to have fun while getting some much-needed exercise. Others are motivated by money, prestige, or power. Regardless of the reason for pursuing athletics, you would be hard-pressed to find an athlete who did not appreciate being recognized for his or her achievements. Here are just five reasons why trophies matter.
- One for the Ages
Dr. Matt long and Jamie French disaggregate the notion of ‘age' in exploring a classic 800m encounter involving the greatest rivalry in British athletics history.
- Worth a Shout
Dr. Matt long encourages middle distance coaches to consider their spatial location and potential to make verbal intervention during competition.
- Five Pearls of Wisdom
Dr. Matt long reports on a presentation given by Tony Strudwick, Manchester United head of Performance, at an England Athletics and BMC endurance symposium.
- Is Poker a sport?
Adam Barney considers "what is a sport" and would it be appropriate to say "Poker is a sport"?
- How to become a Personal Trainer
With our increasingly sedentary lifestyle and stress levels from work and life in general, lifestyle diseases like obesity are at an all time high. Little wonder then that personal trainers and lifestyle coaches are so much in demand.
Jenny Richards provides advice on the prerequisites of what it takes to become a personal trainer.
- Bizarre Sports Origin Stories
Sports bring out the best in people. Human beings have always been drawn to the competitive outlet that sports provide. Sports themselves often have legends (mythical stories) associated with them. While some of these are believable, others are just too good to be true, this article examines some of these myths associated with some of our favourite sports.
- Tutoring Pointers
Ron Johnson provides some helpful pointers for USA tutors to consider if they want to get the most out of their first tutoring session.
- Amazing NFL Athletes
The NFL recently released its annual "Top 100 Players List" for 2015. The top spot goes to Aaron Rodgers, freak quarterback for the Green Bay Packers. Rodgers is a 2x MVP winner, and he has a career passer rating of 106, which is decidedly freakish if you consider no one else in NFL history has had a rating above 98. In honour of Rodgers top NFL ranking, here is a few more players who are true human marvels.
- A Backyard Fitness Centre
The days of watching the kids ride off into the neighbourhood on their bikes are largely gone. Most of today's parents want to have their children within sight all day long. This safety concept takes away some of the exercise kids used to have as they returned at sunset for dinner, however. Keep the kids in shape and safely in the backyard with some of these fitness oasis ideas. From inexpensive to investment-worthy, these exercise strategies will fit almost any budget.
- World Sports Events
Every day there are many sporting events that happen all over the world. Out of all those sports events, there are some that leave a mark year after year. Jenny Richards provides an overview of the six world's biggest sporting events.
- Coach Independent
Dr. Matt long and Jamie French spoke to national coach mentor Malcolm Fenton about coach-dependent athletes. Whilst appropriate feedback can be given by the coach to the athlete during competition, there is the danger of what Goldsmith (2012) calls, 'over-coaching'. He explains that, "Coaching is about creating independent athletes. Over-coaching creates a dependent athlete who relies on the coach for decision making and problem solving which is performance suicide".
- A Career as a Health Coach
Whether you are starting out in the profession after receiving certification or growing your current health and wellness career, working as a health and wellness coach for a top football team can be rewarding and life-changing. This article offers some advice on having a long and successful career as a health and wellness coach of a leading football team.
- The Art of Running Downhill
Dr. Matt Long spends time with two-time 'national' winner Eamonn Martin in examining how to run downhill efficiently in races. Downhill running over the country needs to be taken just as seriously as uphill drags according to national cross country team manager Eamonn Martin.
- Training is athlete specific
None of us one will ever forget that magical three quarters of an hour on the evening of Saturday 4th August 2012, when Jess Ennis delivered the proverbial grandstand finish in the final event of the heptathlon, Greg Rutherford equalled the feat of Lynn Davies and of course Mo Farah prevailed over 25 nail biting laps of the Stratford stadium. What was the role of Dr. Barry Fudge in supporting double Olympic champion Mo Farah?
- Focus on the Process
Dr. Matt Long provides an overview of a presentation delivered by Dave Sunderland on the subject of athlete preparation. The veteran of every major championship was keen to elaborate on what he referred to as: When, What and Why's of training and had much to say about the methods behind the greatest rivalry in British athletics history - namely that of Seb Coe and Steve Ovett.
- Five lasting effects of the 2012 Olympics
Mohammed Hamid provides an analysis of the impact the London 2012 Olympic Games had on the environment, economy, transport, culture and sport.
- Train your two-lap tools
Dr Matt Long and Geoff James present a model for 800m success. This article provides an original five-component model which includes mental characteristics and separates physical components into (a) power, strength, coordination and (b) utilisation of energy systems.
- The Giants of 800m
Dr Matt Long and Geoff James apply their model of two-lap track success, in their article "Train your two-lap tools
", to the all-time male and female 800m greats.
- The Supervisory Behavioural Continuum - An applied approach to develop leadership in athletes
Most athletes are habituated to participating in a process where the coach assumes the dominant role of leader. Athletes must also be given ownership and encouraged to assume an authoritative role in the decision making process. The Supervisory Behavioural Continuum (SBC) has been proven to play a vital role in the decision-making process. SBC is the continuum adapted for use in the educational process of developing leadership in coaches and athletes.
- Frank Horwill's 5-Tier System
Dr. Matt Long argues that in order for British middle distance and endurance running to move forwards, much can be learnt by looking back at some older established ideas and evaluating them in the context of coaching today.
- Multi-Tier System
Dr. Matt Long assesses the legacy and the future challenges of Horwill's five tier training system.
- Cyber Coaching
Dr. Matt Long and Dr. Ross Lorimer look at the importance of communication to coaches and athletes and how technology is changing the ways in which we interact with each other.
- How to become a Personal Trainer
By becoming a Certified Personal Trainer you can get paid to help others get in shape and lead a healthy lifestyle. However, there is a lot more that goes into the profession then just what you see in the gym.
- Setting up a budget Home Gym
If you want to be sure you can get a good workout in every day, setting up a gym right in your own home is a perfect solution, especially if you have a work schedule that varies or if you are too busy to find time to head to the gym and get all of your other daily chores done as well.
- Ensuring that your Personal Training session is correctly insured
Despite your best efforts to ensure that your clients can train in the right environment, accidents can happen and when they do occur, the implications for your business could be severe, particularly if it could be argued that your client has suffered an injury due to incorrect advice or defective equipment.
- Personal Trainer Salary
Libby Remi provides advice to help you better understand and improve your salary as a personal trainer.
- Leap of Faith - Long Jump
Jamie French and Dr Matt Long break down the phases of the long jump into bite size chunks.
- Eating Disorders in Female Athletes
Many people are not aware of eating disorders or how they may affect one's health. Most of the population is not informed about common eating disorders and how accepted they are among female athletes.
- Disabled people in sports
Disabled people can take part in the disabled equivalent of many sports, such as, basketball, swimming, athletics, or football, ranging from international to entry level competitions. Most disabled people are advised to take part in sport as it will raise their self-confidence, improve their abilities, and enable them to interact with others who are in a similar situation as theirs.
- Chasing Barriers - Steeplechase
Dr Matt Long spends time with Olympian and former UK national cross country champion, Spencer Duval, discussing the specifics of the steeplechase event. Spencer, who boasts a best of 11th in a World Cross Country Championships to add to his 1995 win in 'The UK National Cross Country Championships', says there are three fundamental components to the 3000m steeplechase – Endurance, Technical and Tactical.
- Can "Withitness Skills" be applied to coaching and personal training?
Through the acquisition of observational "withit" skills, the facilitator will become better able to detect and correct technique faults that may compromise performance and/or result in athlete injury.
- Developing effective leadership skills in Coaches and Athletes
An additional responsibility of coaches would be to develop leadership in the athletes they coach. Effective leadership comes from a variety of sources. Sensible leadership depends upon a variety of factors such as flexible behaviour; an ability to identify specific behaviours needed at a particular time, and the ability to incorporate such behaviours at the appropriate time.
- Muscle Balance: Getting it Right
Muscle balance is important in the prevention of injuries and may assist in the development of maximum speed and improved muscular performance. If not addressed, through a well thought out and disciplined training program, muscle imbalances can slow down and possibly result in injury to the young athlete.
- Developing a Coaching
How to develop your own coaching
- The secrets of success with high-level athletes
What successful coaches of high-level athletes are doing right and how this can be replicated in other environments
- To motivate and develop your athletes you
need these skills
The skills required by coaches to motivate and develop their athletes
- Talk the athlete's language if you wish
to communicate effectively
Communication from the coach to athlete will initiate appropriate actions. This however, requires the athlete to not only receive the information from the coach but also to understand and accept it.
- Feedback - an important element in the
development of a new skill
For the movement to progress successfully the athlete requires feedback which then allows them to evaluate the effectiveness of the movement performed.
- How not to make your athletes
A bit of nervousness may enhance performance but sustained anxiety can have negative effects, slowing down reaction times and reducing responsiveness to cues. How can coaches help their athletes to keep nerves in check?
- Coaching Methods
As a coach you will be required to facilitate the learning of new technical skills by your athletes. To achieve this you will need to develop your knowledge of the learning process and the various coaching methods
- The Amazing Art of Coaching
The importance of interpersonal skills when working with young athletes.
- Coaching Styles & Methods
Successful coaches will be the ones who can teach and relay information to young athletes well, more so than the coach who merely reads and digests the scientific information offered via clinical research.
- Pedal your way to success
The demands of cycling and how to plan a cycle training program.
- Deep Coaching - how to communicate more
effectively with your athletes
A look at how the influence sensory perceptions can have on how we interact with and gather information from our athletes
- Understanding the Importance of
You can have a group of superstars, but if they do not work well as one unit, chances are they are not going to be as successful as you would think.
- A lesson learned from Little
The act of sportsmanship witnessed at a little league meeting and its message for all coaches
- The Path of a Champion
I challenge you to answer the questions following the description of each quality to see if you or your athletes are on the road to athletic success.
- Helping athletes define goals
A look at the importance of setting goals and an approach to use with your athletes
- Whose sport is it?
Is your coaching philosophy 'coach centred' or 'athlete centred'?
- Developing a formal coaching
Why a formal coaching philosophy statement is essential for all coaches
- Preparing yourself for competitive
Match preparation is a crucial element of any sport; Squash is no different. Whatever your level of play, adequate preparation is important.
- Getting the most from your team
The responsibilities of a team captain and how the coach can go about selecting the team's captain
- The Challenge ahead
For the first time in my coaching career, my team has suffered from a crisis in character. Most teams identify with a leader. Unfortunately the leader that our players identified with was leading us in the wrong direction.
- Do you push, pull or actually lead when
Why you should coach athletes the Black Belt Way
- A loss in interest could be a natural
How the coach should respond when an athlete loses interest
- Motivation and Feedback in
Why motivation is seen to be a key aspect for most athletes in enabling them to achieve their goals
- Strength or size - which is the
significant component for rugby players?
A look at the merits of strength and size for rugby players
- How to recognise improvement
While on the surface it may appear obvious that someone who scores their highest innings, runs their quickest time or lifts their greatest weight has performed to their best it may not necessarily be the case
- How to build your dream team
Why a group of like-minded people working together towards a common goal are more apt to be successful than the individual's effort
- I plan the training session and then a
heavy rainstorm means I have to abort the planned session - what do I
If you have somewhere dry with a bit of space then this is a possible solution. The added benefit is that in one session you can develop the athlete's strength and endurance.
- What is the best thing for my athletes
to do between work intervals?
Active rest leads to better-quality work intervals, which ultimately produce higher fitness levels and improved competitive performances
- Without a plan, you will be mediocre at
The benefits for young athletes of short and long term planning
- Eliminate nagging with tagging
The feedback is positive and students do not have to interpret verbal instructions or corrections while trying to interpret their own intrinsic feedback.
- Teaching Technique - Laying the
foundation for sporting excellence
What coaches need to consider when they are helping an athlete develop a sport-specific skill
- Professional Networking
This article looks at some of the benefits of networking for health care professionals. As a sports coach you may like to reflect on the potential benefits of networking with other sports coaches worldwide.
- Running through history
Not a history of running, but a brief overview of some of the important developments that lead to changes in training methods
- Periodisation: Myth and
The fundamentals of periodisation for the large training cycles
- Teaching and Coaching - is there a
The differences between teaching and coaching as applied to adults and swimming
- Designing an effective speed-training
program - Part I
Why it is important to understand the needs of your sport or event before you start planning your training
- Designing an effective speed-training
program - Part 2
The seven steps to building a speed training programme
- Designing an effective speed-training
program - Part 3
An overview of the components of fitness that contribute to speed development
- The Amazing Art of Coaching
The variety of coaching styles that you may need to apply to help your athletes achieve their goals
- Becoming a successful coach
How to create a positive environment for the good of your athlete and for the sport
- The Pygmalion Effect
An overview of the Pygmalion based coaching strategies for you to use with your young athletes
- The Benefits of Running
Emily Carter provides an overview of some of the health benefits of running - besides loosing weight.
- Usain Bolt's challengers
John Dana considers who the main challengers are for Usain Bolt in the 2017 IAAF World Championships 100 metres.
- Odds Theory and Sports
While it is the unexpected that makes sport such a great spectacle there is also a lot of enjoyment to be had from trying to predict both the outcome of the game and how well individual players are going to perform.
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