Coaching Matters: Around the Web October 2013


Welcome to the lastest edition of Coaching Matters, the articles I have been reading through October 2013.

The big talking point this month is concussion. The NFL lawsuit, resignation of Dr Barry O’Driscoll as medical advisor to the IRB over their new protocol and concerns voiced by Dr James Robson were highlighted once again when Spurs goalkeeper Hugo Lloris was knocked unconscious in a collision with Everton striker Romelu Lukaku. Spurs’ Manager, Andre Villas Boas, allowed him to stay on the field as he believed the keeper looked capable of continuing and claimed he made the correct decision as Lloris made an important save minutes later. Villas Boas has been heavily criticised by FIFA and brain injury charity, Headway.

I was watching the game at my local pub and many of the comments made by those watching proved that there are many ill informed people on the dangers of concussion which is especially frightening given quite a few of them are parents of children playing football.

Aside from that there are a plethora of interesting articles on everything from Tim Michin’s talk on life lessons to the power of placebo. As usual I have selected a Top 10 as well as dividing them into sections covering Skill Acquisition, General Coaching and Sports Science/Physical Preparation.

Special mention this month to Stuart Lierich, a kicking coach from Australia who has been putting together some excellent free resources from blogs to videos on a wide range of coaching topics. His website, Youtube Video Channel, Twitter account and Google+ channel are a must follow for any coach.

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 or on Twitter @SiNainby.

Top 10 Articles

Skill Acquisition

General Coaching

Sports Science/Physical Preparation

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