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

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 …

Soccer

Can We Develop or Enhance the Concept of Grit? - Sports Psychology - The Sport In Mind - Sports Psychology

“In every field grit may be as essential as talent to high accomplishments.” –Daniel Pink (Drive)

The concept of grit is often discussed in the field …

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 …

Education

The Complexity of Greatness: Beyond Talent or Practice

Simon, H. A., & Chase, W. G. (1973). Skill in chess. American Scientist, 61, 394–403. Simonton,D.K …

Psychology

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 …

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...

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 F... - PubMed Mobile

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

European Football

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

European Journal of Sport Science, Volume 14, Issue 5, Page 433-442, August 2014.

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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 …

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 …

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 …

Sports Psychology – Identifying talent - Sports Psychology

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 …

Praise feels good, but negativity is stronger – 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?

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 …

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 …

10,000 Touches

Is it possible for young players to take 10,000 touches a day to improve their ball mastery? Jon Townsend analyses the Dutch theory that could …

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 …

Haka

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 inspired by a book I read over the break – Outliers 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 …

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Belgium’s blueprint that gave birth to a golden generation

Not everything that Michel Sablon writes down goes to plan. At Italia 90, Sablon was part of Belgium’s coaching staff, and a couple of minutes before the end of extra time in their last-16 match against England, he compiled a list of the penalty-takers. He had just finished scribbling the names …

Sports Psychology – Imagery in Sport - Sports Psychology

The PETTLEP model of imagery

So how does imagery actually lead to such performance benefits? In 2001, Holmes and Collins proposed a model of imagery …