Mentoring

Do coaches need mentoring? Much of the research carried out on coaches’ knowledge has identified coaching experiences and observation of other coaches as the primary sources of learning their craft. A high percentage of coaches and athletes have freely admitted to asking for advice from senior coaches and athletes and it has been considered one…

Just Don’t…..

Just Don’t…… There is one word in coaching that is used every-day, by most coaches. You will find yourself using it with your athletes usually when giving them a coaching cue and no, it’s not “breathe”, although that is also one of the worst coaching “cues”! If you have kids you will probably use this…

Sleep and Athletic Performance

Sleep is an essential component of health and well-being. It impacts our physical development, cognitive performance, emotional regulation and quality of life. It is an important part of recovery and it is the adaptive process between training periods. Evidence suggests that increased sleep improves performance and competitive success. Despite this, studies have shown that athletes…

Foam rolling, is it any use?

Foam rolling has been about for over a decade and is used as a form of manual therapy to reduce myofascial tightness. (Cheatham et al 2015) (Peacock et al 2014). Myofascial tightness develops over time as a result of muscular microtrauma or after an injury. This can lead to scarring or thickening of the fascia…

Cold water immersion for recovery

Coldwater immersion (CWI) has been around for many years and been used for recovery and injury prevention/treatment. It seems recently to be growing in popularity, y, with people making home-made versions for their gardens. Even though CWI has been used for years there is still little or conflicting research in the understanding of the mechanisms…