Coaching Matters: Around the Web February 2014

GB Bobsleigh

Welcome to the February 2014 edition of Coaching Matters, the articles I have been reading in the month.

February was dominated by the Sochi Winter Olympics. One of the most interesting stories for me was that of the British Bobsleigh pilot John Jackson. He ruptured his achilles tendon 6 months out from the Olympics but through pioneering surgery, an intensive rehab and focussed return to competition strategy (see this video) was able to not only take his place but come within 0.11s of a medal. An outstanding all round effort.

The most interesting views on Sochi for me came from behind the scenes and none better than Stuart McMillan’s blog. The relevant posts were:

Elsewhere some themes refuse to go away as the talent vs training debate continues, drugs & suspect supplements cause more controversy, movement screening receives a re-boot and the importance of sleep is further reinforced. There are some excellent interviews with great minds such as Dan Pfaff, Buddy Morris, Jon Goodwin, Ashley Jones and Henk Kraaijenhof.

I’d also like to specifically mention that Ian Renshaw, a senior lecturer at Queensland University of Technology with a specialism in skill acquisition has started a blog.  I have linked to some of his posts below but have a look at the home page here.

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. Big thanks to Greg Payne for sending me some good articles.

Disclaimer – this is purely a list of the articles I have read in the month and their inclusion is in no way an endorsement. Remember, 88.6% of what you read on the internet is made up so Assume Nothing, Believe No-one, Check Everything………

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