Coaching Matters: Around the web February 2016


Welcome to the February 2016 edition of Coaching Matters, a round up of the articles I have found interesting in the month relating to coaching, sport science, physical preparation and skill acquisition. 

The recurring theme I have been considering this month is the importance of stories or narratives. Anyone who knows me knows I love telling stories (usually the same few over & over…) especially when they have some sort of humourous ending (usually at my expense).  

The guys at My Fastest Mile have built Relearn around this premise and reading books such as Zen & the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance with its references to Chautauquas has reinforced the long held recognition of the importance of story telling as a means of teaching and learning.  

The answer to most questions (certainly in coaching) is “It Depends…” and stories are a way of giving context and meaning to specific situations that allow others to see how problems were approached. If you are interested in how this is now being used in research check out this video of Dave Snowden talking about Combining Complexity Theory with Narrative Research.

The whole point of this blog is sharing and interaction so if you have written or know of similar content that would be good for future posts then please let me know via Twitter @SiNainby.

Don’t forget to check out the Coaching Matters Live Round Up Tool, all the previous Coaching Matters blogs, my Notes From blogs of various lectures/CPD I have attended and various random thoughts on coaching.

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Skill Acquisition/Dynamic Systems

Physical Preparation

Sport Science




Simon Nainby is an Accredited Strength & Conditioning Coach and Tutor, Sports Massage Therapist, RFU Level II coach and an Assistant Athletics Coach. He has worked for a number of professional and semi-professional teams and he currently acts as a coaching consultant through Underground Athletics to a wide range of athletes from rugby players to Olympic Lifters. He provides physical preparation training and support in order to maximise sports performance. This consists of strength, speed and power training combined with recovery support to create a periodised programme which is essential for athletes to perform to their potential.

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