Coaching Matters: Around the web March 2016


Welcome to the March 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. 

This edition marks 3 years of Coaching Matters. The first post had 10 links and one video! As a result I was really pleased this month to receive an email from Julie Loomis, a coach at an after school group, saying she had found the posts useful but more importantly that one of the kids in her group had found an excellent resource she wanted to share.  A massive thanks to Sara for this list of fun ways to get kids active and fit & good luck on your journey to becoming a coach!

Plenty going on this month in the World of Sport including calls for a ban on tackling in schools rugby, Austin Healey claiming under 17’s should not use weight training & doping scandals abounding with big names like Maria Sharapova being caught out. In all these stories there is a real polarisation of issues which tend to be simplified to right vs wrong, good vs evil etc.  If you are after an offbeat look at the problems of oversimplifying complex issues then Bitter Lake, a documentary by Adam Curtis on the roots of the War on Terror, is a great watch. Hard going at first but well worth persevering with. 

One other small thing to share is that the group of Netball players I have been coaching are tested on the 30:15 VIFT developed by Martin Buchheit as part of the England Netball setup.  This is not a protocol I have used previously & templates I found did not fit my needs for providing the players with individualised programs so I made my own. You can download it HERE – massive caveat – I am terrible at Maths and Excel so you will need to go over the equations with a fine tooth comb. If you find any major flaws please do let me know!

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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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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