Non-Impact Conditioning

Non-Impact Conditioning

For conditioning sessions that are 20 minutes or more, consider using a bike, elliptical, or rower (my personal favorite).  All of these modalities will help you build the aerobic base you are looking for while saving your and many times it’s even more effective than running. You can get all of the same benefits of running and build a strong aerobic base while saving your body. 

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The Importance of Self–Motivation in Becoming a Top Player

The Importance of Self–Motivation in Becoming a Top Player

A recent interview with Arsène Wenger, manager of the topflight English club Arsenal, outlined the importance of young players learning to be “consistently motivated” in order to play at the highest levels of the game.

In his typically thoughtful style, Wenger defined a motivated person as “someone who has the capacity to recruit the resources to complete a goal.” He then gave an example of how he got lost jogging in Japan. He explained how he was motivated to come back to the hotel but could not find his way back. He could have hailed a taxi but as a sportsman he was determined to find a solution himself and find his own way back. In summary, Wenger believes that when you look at people who are successful they are the ones who are consistently motivated and always willing to made sacrifices to achieve their goals.

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How much time should young players spend with the ball?

How much time should young players spend with the ball?

Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger may, over the past few years, have come under considerable criticism for first team results. But most observers of the game agree that since arriving at the North London club in 1996, he has “Gunners” as a world leader in youth development. Out of the last 100 players that have made their debut for the first team, 49 have progressed through the Arsenal Academy.

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The Coaching Process – Lessons Learned from Legendary Basketball Coach John Wooden

The Coaching Process – Lessons Learned from Legendary Basketball Coach John Wooden

Former Manchester United and Everton player Phil Neville spoke last week about his current experience as Assistant Manager of La Liga side Valencia. He compared his coaching experiences in a new country as equivalent to a final year in University as he continues his pathway towards a Manager‘s role at a top club someday.

His comment made me think of my own coaching journey. Two weeks ago I began an Online Master’s program at the University of Stirling (Scotland) in Performance Coaching.  My main motivation for enrolling in the program was to have an opportunity to learn best practices from leading coaches in other sports and improve my own skill-set at improving the performance levels of the players I coach.

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Lifetime Success Through Dynamic Sport Experiences

Lifetime Success Through Dynamic Sport Experiences

Every now and then, an athlete will have an exceptional coach that provides a memorable sports experience.  The athlete loves to attend training, cherishes game days, and daydreams about what the future holds for subsequent participation.  This dynamic experience between coach and athlete has the possibility to create a lifetime of success.

The coach with a global perspective understands that the influence they provide lasts well after the season is over.  The key moments of on field instruction have the opportunity to provide the most significant impact in the life of the athlete.  The coach that comprehends this process provides value beyond their win/loss record.  They make a significant positive difference in the life path of the athlete.

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