Coaching Matters: Around the Web June & July 2013

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What a summer of sport it has been for Britain. The British & Irish Lions winning the Test series against Australia opened the flood gates for a torrent of success with Andy Murray winning Wimbledon the next day, Chris Froome winning the Tour de France and  England Cricket opening a commanding 2-0 lead in the Ashes. These achievements are what Dr Paul Ford has called the tip of the iceberg of the journey that has led the athletes to their pinnacle achievements in an interesting blog.

There has been a glut of articles looking at the coaching, science and stories behind these wins which have made for a bumper crop of reading. Below are the articles I have found interesting. Don’t forget that if you have written or know of similar content that would be good for future posts then please let me know via simon@undergroundathletics.co.uk or on Twitter @SiNainby.

Special mention this month goes to this interview that Sprints Coach Stuart McMillan did with the American Track Athlete Lauryn Williams on his excellent blog. Lauryn is an interesting case at the moment as she refuses to take any type of supplement. Given the failed drug tests of several elite athletes which have been attributed to supplements it is clear why she has adopted this approach. Stuart outlined  exactly why and how supplements can become a problem in this excellent summary of progression from school to supplements (click to enlarge):

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