Athlete development

How to Establish an Interdisciplinary Team

In our guide, The Value of Interdisciplinary Thinking, Strength and Conditioning Coach Jason Tee reminded us that coaching is complex, and to effectively navigate and maximise it, we need to draw from a wide range of areas of knowledge and expertise. Assembling an interdisciplinary team (IDT), a collection of individuals with specialisms in different areas of participant development, is one way to effectively navigate this. This article explores how to go about setting up an effective interdisciplinary team

The value of interdisciplinary thinking

A coach needs to be responsive to the needs of the people they are coaching. As everyone is different and all their needs are unique, you need to draw on different areas of knowledge and experience to best support the individual in front of you.

The effect of age on sport injury risk

Jason Tee explains how development impacts injury risk and examines how to support young athletes for life-long activity.

Does lower-limb asymmetry increase injury risk in sport? A systematic review

The aim of this review was to synthesize the current understanding relating to the risks of lower body functional asymmetry with injury in athletic populations. An iterative data mining and sampling approach was used to construct a search phrase from …

Injuries in female athletes: reframing the weaker sex narrative

Female athletes suffer more sports injuries than their male counterparts. In this article I explore the reasons behind these high injury rates and demonstrate some surprising facts that turn the female frailty narrative on its head. The problem is not all Q-angles and strength differences...

Objective sleep patterns and validity of self-reported sleep monitoring across different playing levels in rugby union

Sleep patterns differ across age groups within a rugby playing population. Self reported sleep diaries are a reliable method of collecting sleep data, but are subject to bias that needs to be corrected for.

Psychosocial Outcomes Associated With Soccer Academy Involvement: Longitudinal Comparisons Against Aged Matched School Pupils

Despite increased physical, psychological and social pressures professional talent development environments don't necessarily lead to negative impacts on participants.

Returning youth to sport following lockdown

This article discusses how best to engage youth participants in physical activity during various stages/levels of lockdown.

A Coaching Session Framework to Facilitate Long-Term Athletic Development

This coaching session framework is designed to ensure that LTAD outcomes are addressed in all coaching sessions

Locomotor Characteristics of the Inaugural Womens Super League Competition and the Rugby League World Cup

A summary of the movement demands of Women's Super League and World Cup rugby league by position