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 …

Sports Coaching


We are not all born equal…

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


Viktor Gredina* & A. Mark Williamsb

Received: 29 Oct 2014
• Accepted: 22 Apr 2015
• Published online: 30 Jul …


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 …


Can we develop or enhance the concept of grit? · The UK's leading Sports Psychology Website

The concept of grit is often discussed in the field of high performance athletics. We have seen the post-game interviews with coaches and players …


A School That Ditches All the Rules, But Not the Rigor

PlayMaker SchoolHow can we make school a joyful experience without sacrificing rigor? What’s the best way to measure true learning? What’s 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

Up to this point on the blog, we’ve focused on athlete case studies where we (or one of our partners) has used a …


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...

How do we accommodate for growth and development during the …

Cross-country Skiing

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 …

German Football

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 …

German Football

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The Science of the Perfect Nap

Cool Stuff

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 …

Scientific Research

The birthday paradox at the World Cup

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?

Imagine the scene at the Brazilian football team's hotel. Hulk and …


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 …


Humans are wired for negativity, for good or ill

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? Negative …

The Way Forward | A Lesson in Game Intelligence

Could it be that English players lack the key skill required to compete in the modern game?

Whenever England play we have an opportunity to analyse, …

Hockumentary: Play Without Thinking

Kliff Kingsbury throws out the playbook at Texas Tech

Underneath Kliff Kingsbury’s chain mail of Under Armour, Oakleys, three-day stubble, and laconic, “have a Corona Extra on me” tenor, beats the heart of … well, hell, the heart of an artist. The new Texas Tech football coach is the subject of …

Texas A&M

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

He might have left everybody else’s nerves in shreds – but Andy Murray has been sleeping for up to 12 hours a day on his way to today’s Wimbledon …

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. …

Sports Science

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 …

USA Hockey

The Matthew Effect | The Science of Sport

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

Life Sciences

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 …

Physical Education

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