Welcome to the December 2014 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.
Doping hit the headlines thanks to a German documentary on Russian Athletics and Paul Kimmage asking some hard questions of rugby. There was a big reaction to both stories.
An interesting aspect of Paul Kimmage and Laurent Bezenech’s suspicions is what they call “medicalisation”. This addresses the areas of sports medicine which do not necessarily overtly enhance performance but may have a big impact on athlete’s health such as regular (ab)use of painkilling injections, anti-inflammatories and so on. This has been sidelined to some extent by the more dramatic (and in my mind far less prevalent) issue of Performance Enhancing Drugs. A great article on this by the Secret Physio sums up my thoughts very neatly.
One other subject I would like to address this month is the increasing frequency of athletes (particularly kids) being labelled “Uncoachable”. Variations on this message below are becoming increasingly common:
Uncoachable kids become unemployable adults. Let your kid get used to somebody being tough on them! That’s life, get over it!
— Tom Howe (@CoachTomHowe) February 2, 2014
In my mind there’s no such thing as an uncoachable kid or adult for that matter. There are however plenty of self centred coaches with unengaging and poorly designed practices. Misbehaviour is a sign that you as a Coach have got something wrong. Nothing wrong with that as we all make mistakes but its only an error if you don’t learn from it. Shouting, punishing or otherwise being “tough” on kids is a sure fire way to turn them off even further. Instead take a look at your sessions, preferably with another Coach or Mentor and re-evaluate your approach. Why are the kids misbehaving? How can you increase activity and engagement such that they have no opportunity to play up? Make sure your athletes are as active as possible and challenge them with puzzles to solve – misbehaviour will soon fade away.
I try to reply to each one with that message and the image at the top of this post but not one of these “Tough Guy” Coaches has ever responded. I think they are just parroting what they think is a catchy message.
This attitude is the epitome of Coach centred behaviour (beware anyone who uses “Coach” as a title and insists on being referred to as such). If you are unaware of this I’d definitely suggest having a look at Lynn Kidman’s work on the subject – Athlete-Centred Coaching: Developing Decision Makers.
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Slight twist this month as the Top 10 is the most clicked links from 2014. As usual though the rest are divided by General Coaching, Skill Acquisition, Physical Preparation & Sport Science. Check out all the previous Coaching Matters blogs here.
Top 10 Most Clicked Links in 2014
- Changing ecological constraints of practice alters coordination of dynamic interceptive
actions by Renshaw, Oldham, Davids & Golds
- 35 Secrets of Brilliant Coaches
- PropelPerform: Recommended Reading: Non-Coaching Books
- Training for the 400m with Richard Buck
- Strength and Conditioning – ACSS 2013 Keynote Address – Robert Newton
- How New Zealand assistant coach Gilbert Enoka turned All Blacks around with a strict no-d***heads policy
- Q&A with Barry & Steve Fudge
- Practice Design – Progression & Challenge
- The Finland Phenomenon
- Faster. Higher. Stronger… Seriously? By Stuart McMillan
- Our obsession with heroic sustainability leaders will leave us all disappointed
- What makes great teaching? Review of the underpinning research by the Sutton Trust
- What determines temperament? What part does it play in sport and sporting achievement?
- Seb Coe manifesto for IAAF promises to transform athletics calendar
- The Learning Myth: Why I’ll Never Tell My Son He’s Smart
- The Myth of Tiger Woods and its Impact on Talent Development
- Americans are obsessed with parenting advice. So why are our kids so miserable?
- Why determination matters more than smarts in getting ahead
- TED: Kathryn Schultz on being wrong
- Resist The Urge To Over-Coach
- How the Information Age Makes It Harder to Make Informed Choices About Risk (or Anything Else)
- Salman Khan: The World’s Best-Known Teacher is Learning to Lead
- The Whitehouse Address: The Key to Coaching Success – Love
- Jose Mourinho talks to Gary Neville: They wanted us to be the clowns at Anfield – we weren’t having that
- Craig Pickering: What I learned from reading 52 books this year – Part 1, Part 2, Part 3
- What Maslow’s Hierarchy Won’t Tell You About Motivation
- Schools ‘must build British spirit’, says Labour
- Hearing Every Voice in the Room: How IBM Brings Ideas Forward From Its Teams
- Manchester City’s new £150m academy: The English ‘Milan Lab’ from which they aim to rule Europe
- Paul Scholes: I’m worried that Man City are moving ahead of the game
- Premier League academies must be more than just obscene cosmetic surgery
- Elite athletes found to have dysfunctional relationship with sport
- Pep Guardiola advises Japan’s rugby team before World Cup
- Increasing the Physical in PE
- Ministers answer calls for a College of Teaching
- Kieran Shannon: Red tape still divides Ireland’s high performance leaders
- Positive Thinking Doesn’t Work; Here’s What Does
- Why so many of the health articles you read are junk
- The New Nutrition Secret
- The Truth about Diet Books
- Eating Marshmallows in PE
- New FA leader Dave Reddin says English football is too insular
- Complex or Chaotic?
- Andy Goode and Nick Easter: Young rugby players are too much brawn, not enough brain
- Rugby must heed Nick Easter’s warning over players’ changing physiques
- Three Bayern Munich Training Sessions (video)
- A day in the life of Bournemouth’s manager Eddie Howe
- Warren Buffett’s Best Kept Secret to Success: Read more & remember it all
- Pat Nevin analysis: The secrets of the creative ‘number 10’
- How Headlines Change the Way We Think
- Research confirms it: Dr. Oz dispenses a lot of medical advice with no scientific grounding
- TV Doctors Give Unreliable Recommendations
- Learning using Khan Academy by Jeff Mitchell
- Here’s What Happened When A Coach Improved Every Tiny Thing By 1%
- Amazing Hidden Features of Google
- Why French Kids Don’t Have ADHD
- The Secret to Ohio State’s Offensive Success: An Unorthodox Method of Teaching
- Nick Grantham: Coaching gold from Nanny McPhee!
- Vern Gambetta:
- John Kiely: Running Coordination and the Goldilocks effect: A Short Story
- Shane Pill: Skill Acquisition for Australian Football
- Why are short batsmen so effective?
- Designing your Coaching – Guido Seerden
- Explicit pre-training instruction does not improve implicit perceptual-motor sequence learning
- Richard Bailey: Turn the curriculum on its head. Replace it with game centered concepts with questions and problems as defining themes
- The Embodied Mind: Blending Speech and Action in Games Teaching through
- How Much Practice is Too Much?
- Games vs Drills: Tom Turner, OYSAN Director of Coaching
- Uncertainty, Randomness, and Over-control in Training by Steve Magness
- You’ve been practicing golf all wrong, and there’s science to prove it
- The Best Ways to Practice by Ian Renshaw
- Genes, Training, and other Constraints on Individual Performance: A Role for Dynamical Systems Theory? By Keith Davids
- Dynamic Systems Theory in Education
- Chris Beardsley interviews Phil Scott, England cricket team strength & conditioning coach
- Life as a professional women’s sevens player
- New Horizons for the Methodology and Physiology of Training Periodization by Prof Issurin
- Block Periodization: New Horizon or a False Dawn? John Kiely comments on above paper
- Letter from John Kiely in response to Prof Issurin
- The 10-20-30 Training Concept: Interview with Professor Jens Bangsbo
- Queensland Reds Pre-season Week 1 – Conditioning & testing
- Vern Gambetta Conditioning for Young Throwers
- 5 Lifts that should be in your treatment plan: A response to Justin Shaginaw, PT
- Derek Hansen: Is Specificity Killing Us?
- FiveThirtyEight.com: What Powerlifting Tells Us About The Effects Of PEDs
- The 4 Exercises Your Low Back Is Better Without
- Should Distance Runners Do Speed Workouts?
- Infographic: Tempo Running
- Brad DeWeese Training Theory
- Manchester United: Van Gaal fitness changes queried by Phelan
- Manchester United injuries: Crises began long before Louis van Gaal arrived
- Coach Development Programme: Jonas Tawiah Dodoo outlines plans to help Olivia Breen
- Physiotherapy: Are we guilty of single factor thinking?
- Physiotherapy: Adam Meakins on shoulder injuries
- Podcast: Deep Thinking with James Smith
- What Is Fatigue? by Alex Hutchinson
- Wales Rugby turn up the heat and prepare to scale new heights
- Triphasic Training: High School S&C Manual by Cal Dietz
- Rugby Strength Coach: 6 Lessons I learned in 2014
- Last week of the year by Henk Kraaijenhof
- Vern Gambetta – Evolution of Strength Training – A Personal Perspective – 51 Years of Experiences:
- Pacey Performance Podcast
- UK Anti-Doping chief Andy Parkinson warns of growing culture of internet drug-taking among aspiring rugby players
- Rugby World: Doping in rugby
- Paul Kimmage on supplements, prescription medications and doping in rugby
- Alan Quinlan: ‘ If there was a systematic doping culture in rugby, I’d have known about it’
- Sir Ian McGeechan: I am not being naive – Rugby does not have a drugs problem
- Joe Schmidt does not believe Irish rugby has a doping problem
- Schools quiet on use of supplements in underage rugby
- New illegal substances fuel sports cheats
- Revealed: how Olympic champions, three Britons and 39 countries have been dragged into doping scandal
- Could the tragic injury of Jean De Villiers been prevented?
- 15 “Health Foods” That Are Really Junk Foods in Disguise
- Russia accused of athletics doping cover-up on German TV
- The winter training secrets of Team GB triathletes
- You can’t detox your body. It’s a myth. So how do you get healthy?
- Clive Brewer: Athlete Tracking, data management & creating a culture of Performance Knowledge
- Altitude training: Out of place – and breath – at Home of Champions (EIS)
- Discussing the origins of extraordinary athletic performance with David Epstein
- Scientific Conferences – Redundant or Still Relevant?
- Entropy – the Forgotten Universal Principle
- The Alkaline Diet Myth
- Acid/Alkaline Theory of Disease Is Nonsense
- The Science of Placebo
- Sleep deprivation is killing your career
- Port Adelaide appoints Michael Regan as AFL’s first GPS analyst
- 25 Brutally Honest Peer Review Comments From Scientists
- Raptors embrace healthy attitude toward bioanalytics: Feschuk
- Why BulletProof Diet/Coffee is based on a fraud by Steve Magness
- Revealed: The truth behind Arsenal’s terrible injury record – and how your club shapes up
- Concussion: Saracens trial new impact-measuring device