Coaching Matters: Around the web October 2014


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.

If you like this blog be sure to check out Jamie Taylor’s weekly version which always has great content.

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 or on Twitter @SiNainby.

As usual I have separated the articles in to headings of Top 10, General Coaching, Skill Acquisition, Physical Preparation & Sport Science.

Top 10

General Coaching

Skill Acquisition

Physical Preparation

Sport Science

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