Welcome to the October 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.
In the month that Kevin Pietersen and Roy Keane (10 gems from his book – Robbie Savage story is a belter!) released their controversial autobiographies the real contentious issue for me lay in the row over Raheem Sterling’s request to be rested from the Euro 2016 qualifier against Estonia.
The mass spouting of opinions dressed up as facts was laughable.
Paul Scholes demonstrated that a little knowledge is a dangerous thing with his declaration that “19 year old players don’t need 2 days rest“. I would love to have Scholes enlighten me on the mechanisms of fatigue in 19 year old players but fear it would be a very short conversation in which he constantly repeated “But Tony Strudwick said”….
Shortly before that Neil Francis had claimed in the Irish Independent that players spend too much time in the gym claiming “The weights room has become, I think, a problem.” Again pure speculation with no mention of what a training week looks like, what percentage of the training week is lifting and certainly no accurate account of what the players actually do in the gym. Sadly this then gets quoted as fact by pundits, punters and parents.
My response now is to misquote Dirty Harry:
Opinions are like arseholes. Everyone has one but you shouldn’t go round waving it about in public
Fortunately there are beacons of hope out there and Dr Dick Bailey has started an excellent group for the discussion of evidence based practice in a Facebook Coaching Science Group, Rob Pacey has been interviewing top practitioners in his Performance Podcast and I found that MIT have produced a fantastic range of free education materials on a wide range of topics called Open Courseware Scholar.
For those interested in skill acquisition I found a goldmine of information on Dr Paul Glazier’s website where you can access his research articles and chapters for free click here. I spoke with Paul on Twitter and he was extremely helpful so give him a follow.
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As usual I have separated the articles in to headings of Top 10, General Coaching, Skill Acquisition, Physical Preparation & Sport Science.
- Fuzz Ahmed: Planning to maintain athlete health – This is a must watch!
- Sport Science Infographics by @YLMSportScience
- How Stuart Lancaster transformed England from national laughing stock into World Cup hopefuls
- Russell Brand, Steve Jobs, Malala and the Self Organised Learning Environment
- The greatest leaps in sport come from trial and error – not the conventional wisdom of coaches
- Les Reed Executive Director at Southampton Football club presents on their Academy set up
- Q&A with Barry and Steve Fudge
- The Science of Why We Don’t Believe Science
- Fundamental movement skills and fundamental games skills are complementary pairs and should be taught in complementary ways at all stages of skill development
- Rick Shuttleworth presentation on Skill Aquisition to FFA Conference
- Notes – 4th Junior Sport Science Symposium
- Q&A: Dr Martin Toms
- No Time? Try This 10 Minute Kicking Game With Your Team
- Junior coaches the biggest problem in rugby league
- Is Tiger Woods Loss Averse? Persistent Bias in the Face of Experience, Competition, and High Stakes
- From Dundee United to Valencia: The rapid rise of Ian Cathro
- Jonny Wilkinson: Just because I was a good player does not mean I’ll make a good coach, I need to earn that right
- Why There Are No Bosses at Valve
- Youth Coaching Trap: Ratioing Higher-Level Practices
- The Myth of Learning Styles
- Guru-ism And The Decline Of Coaching by Steve Myrland
- Rod Davis: We coach people, not just sailing
- Myths about the brain ‘hamper effective teaching’
- Pep Guardiola: I hate tiki-taka – it’s rubbish and completely pointless
- How (NOT) to Learn through Play
- Gary Neville interviews Jose Mourinho
- The Surprising Problem of Too Much Talent
- Five lessons from Coaching a New Team in the VFL
- How to Learn Better: Evidence for Well-Known But Little-Used Technique
- The Body Learns: For years we’ve been telling kids to sit still and pay attention. That’s all wrong
- Four TED Talks on Creativity
- Isaac Asimov Asks, “How Do People Get New Ideas?”
- 6 Must-Read Books on Coaching and Learning by Dr Dick Bailey
- Dean Jones says Australia’s batsmen need to take off pads to conquer spin
- Dennis Bergkamp: Arsenal, aesthetics and a blueprint for British coaching
- In Praise of Zoning Out
- Development Model or the Emperor’s New Clothes? Footbloball by Mark O’Sullivan
- The Science of Play – why adults structuring ‘unstructured learning’ is essential by Nick Levett
- Helping Players Learn: The “WHY” of Coaching Styles by Nick Levett
- Help but don’t control
- A Natural Fix for A.D.H.D.
- An Insight into Birmingham City Academy by The Whitehouse Adress
- St Mary’s is the perfect academy for youngsters at the Southampton dream factory
- FA guru Dave Reddin highlights the problems with England’s World Cup campaign
- Richie McCaw: ‘Being an All Black is a privilege – one day you won’t be one’
- The Science & Application of Coaching Cues by Sam Leahey
- Playing with Horizontal Skill Development versus constantly muscling through Vertically
- Redefining Deliberate Practice
- Using Action Observation to facilitate Strength & Conditioning Coaching
- Game Sense Research in Coaching: Findings and Reflections
- Coordination, not Control, is Central to Movement
- Internal vs external focus: Effects on motor learning
- Movement Variability & Dynamic Systems Theory from a Physiotherapy perspective
- It’s better for memory to make mistakes while learning
- Specificity: USA Volleyball Director of Sport Development, John Kessel explains why game like practice is key
- Interleaved Practice: A Secret Enhanced Learning Technique
- Why the perfect technique is the one that disappears by Ed Smith
- The wisdom of Ed Smith and the place of technique in cricket batting by Ian Renshaw
- Teachers Must Be Architects of Learning Experiences
- Why Minimal Guidance During Instruction Does Not Work: An Analysis of the Failure of Constructivist, Discovery, Problem-Based, Experiential, and Inquiry-Based Teaching
- Scaffolding and Achievement in Problem-Based and Inquiry Learning: A Response to Kirschner, Sweller, and Clark
- Refining and regaining skills in fixation/diversification stage performers: the Five-A Model
- Effective Skill Refinement: Focusing on Process to ensure outcome
- The Problem with Praise
- Does size matter? MRI measures of joint’s geometry suggest role in athletes’ severe knee injuries
- A pocket guide to coaching wisdom from the World Athletics Centre
- IGCT Episode #73: Stuart Yule – 10 Critical Inseason Training Philosophies
- Central Virginia Sports Performance Case Study: Incoming College Basketball Players
- Dr Martin Hagglund discusses the impact too many games has on players today
- Eric Korem University of Kentucky – The new era of high performance
- Is your mobility work ruining your workout?
- Burnout: perception and planning
- Neuromuscular Rehabilitation in manual and physical therapy by Eyal Lederman
- Being able to adapt to variable stimuli: the key driver in injury and illness prevention?
- Video interview with David Joyce – Head of Athletic Performance, Western Force Rugby
- International Conference on Strength Training 2014 Review by Nick Grantham
- Subjective Monitoring Insight by Jason Weber
- Revealed: Sports science secrets of the South Sydney Rabbitohs as they head into grand final – goes to show even Grand Final winners can be susceptible to pseudo-science
- The greatest brain myth there ever was?
- Study reveals GAA’s danger time for injuries
- The Skeptic: A Brief Introduction to Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP)
- Does the Movie Fed Up Make Sense?
- Why an inexact science sometimes requires a human touch
- Rugby & concussion: The team that fixes Northampton Saints’ players
- At Winter Olympics, innovation found in unexpected sports
- How wearables helped dramatically reduce injuries for the Seattle Sounders
- How the All Blacks use player data to keep winning
- Sleep and the Athlete: Time to Wake Up to the Need for Sleep by Craig Pickering
- The 10 Stuff-Ups We All Make When Interpreting Research
- Apple makes another blood glucose tracking units goof
- Harder, faster, stronger – creating tomorrow’s footballer
- How the NFL tracks everything on the field but the ball
- 23 of The Best Sports Analysis Apps