Athlete Development

By Ken Martel | Issue 1: Articles of interest from USA Hockey, ADM

Identifying talent – are we using the right tools? · The UK's leading Sports Psychology Website

Identifying talent is one of sports biggest and most profitable issues. There is a constant seek for a new Christiano Ronaldo in the world of …

RAE

We are not all born equal…<p>James is born in August and Callum is born in September; they are in the same school year and football team but there are …

Malcolm Gladwell

The Relative Effectiveness of Various Instructional Approaches During the Performance and Learning of Motor Skills

Research Articles<p><b>DOI:</b>10.1080/00222895.2015.1046544<p>pages 86-97<p>Received: 29 Oct 2014<br>• Accepted: 22 Apr 2015<br>• Published online: 30 Jul 2015<p>Details<p><b>Citation</b> …

Helping Players Grow

Words, words, words. Silence. Direction, instruction and more silence. Verbal communication is a vital skill if you are to become an effective soccer …

KQED

How can we make school a joyful experience without sacrificing rigor? What’s the best way to measure true learning? What’s the purpose of school? The …

The Complexity of Greatness: Beyond Talent or Practice

You must have no dependence on your genius. If you have great talents, industry will improve them; if you have but moderate abilities, industry will …

Less is More; How to not Train and Get Better

Posted by Sparta on Jul 14, 2014<p>Up to this point on the blog, we’ve focused on athlete case studies where we (or one of our partners) has used a …

Crowdsourcing

The First 1000 Hours - Ideas on Coaching 12-13 year old Cross Country Skiers: Recognizing the Role of Relative Age Effect in Adolescent Cross Country Skiers...

Recognizing the Role of Relative Age Effect in Adolescent Cross Country Skiers...<p>How do we accommodate for growth and development during the …

How Germany's 14-Year Plan Destroyed Brazil

By the end it was hard to watch Germany’s 7-1 demolition of Brazil. Poor Andre Schürrle, the substitute who came in at striker for Germany in the …

The relative age effect in the German Football TID Programme: biases in motor performance diagnostics and effects on single motor abilities and skill... - PubMed

The relative age effect in the German Football TID Programme: biases in motor performance diagnostics and effects on single motor abilities and …

The relative age effect in the German Football TID Programme: Biases in motor performance diagnostics and effects on single motor abilities and skills in groups of selected players

BIOMECHANICS AND MOTOR CONTROL<p><b>DOI:</b>10.1080/17461391.2013.837510<p>pages 433-442<p>Published online: 19 Sep 2013<p>Details<p><b>Citation information:</b>• <b><br>Published online:</b> …

The Science of the Perfect Nap

About half of kids' learning ability is in their DNA, study says

You may think you’re better at reading than you are at math (or vice versa), but new research suggests you’re probably equally good (or bad) at both. The reason: The genes that determine a person’s ability to tackle one subject influence their aptitude at the other, accounting for about half of a …

Science

The birthday paradox at the World Cup

<b>It's puzzling but true that in any group of 23 people there is a 50% chance that two share a birthday. At the World Cup in Brazil there are 32 squads, each of 23 people... so do they demonstrate the truth of this mathematical axiom?</b><p>Imagine the scene at the Brazilian football team's hotel. Hulk and …

Paradoxes

Inconsistent? Good

Anyone who has ever stepped on a tennis court understands all too well the frustration that comes with trying to master the serve, and instead seeing …

Nervous system

Humans are wired for negativity, for good or ill – Jacob Burak

I have good news and bad news. Which would you like first? If it’s bad news, you’re in good company – that’s what most people pick. But why?<p>Negative …

The Way Forward | A Lesson in Game Intelligence

<b>Could it be that English players lack the key skill required to compete in the modern game?</b><p>Whenever England play we have an opportunity to analyse, …

Hockumentary: Play Without Thinking

Kliff Kingsbury throws out the playbook at Texas Tech<p>Underneath Kliff Kingsbury’s chain mail of Under Armour, Oakleys, three-day stubble, and …

Wimbledon men's final: Andy Murray reveals 12 HOURS of sleep a day is his secret to success

The No 2 seed will face Novak Djokovic later today - but not before putting his feet up in an attempt to feel as fresh as possible<p>He might have left …

Andy Murray

A Mental Trick from the World’s Best Team

By most measures, the New Zealand All-Blacks are the toughest, smartest, and most successful sports team on the planet. The rugby squad has won 86 …

The Matthew Effect Part 2 | The Science of Sport

Yesterday, I did a post describing something that has been called The Matthew Effect, as applied to sports performance and talent Identification. …

David Epstein on the Benefits of Playing Multiple Sports

In theory, it makes sense for athletes to specialize in a given sport at an earlier age. After all, isn’t the saying, ‘practice makes perfect?’ By …

The Matthew Effect | The Science of Sport

The first post of 2009 is <b>inspired by a book I read</b> over the break – <i>Outliers</i> by Malcolm Gladwell. One of the very first things I recall learning when …

TGfU, the chicken and the egg

I have spent the past few days grading some unit plans which university students created for teaching games activities through the Teaching Games for …