Athletic Evolution

We are in Rugby World Magazine!

We are very pleased to have been able to contribute to the “3 Steps to Success” column in this month’s edition of Rugby World Magazine! With the return of club training after months of the lockdown due to the Corona Virus Pandemic, players are at an increased risk of soft tissue injuries in areas like the hamstrings, adductors and calves! This is because as they return to training with clubs, they will be exerienceing running at higher intensities, durations and with more changes of direction than they are used to for the last few months! As a result of this,...

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Athletic Evolution

Andy Taylor (Taylormade Rehab): From Manchester United’s Academy to S&C Coach

Andy Taylor was a professional footballer for nearly 10 years starting at Manchester United and then moving on to Exeter City. He completed a Foundation Degree in Sports Performance at the University of Bath in Sports Performance and a First Class honours degree in Strength and Conditioning at the University of Plymouth St Mark & St John. This combined with his practical work with young athletes over the last 6 years based at Ivybridge Community College has allowed him to put this knowledge in to action. In this episode Andy discusses: Signing for Manchester United during their famous treble season...

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Andy Kirkland (University of Stirling): A wart’s and all guide to being an athlete in a “High Performance” environment.

Andy Kirkland has been working professionally in sport for the last 10 years, initially as a sports scientist at the Scottish Institute of Sport, then British Cycling and now as a Lecturer in Sports Coaching at the University of Stirling. He’s been involved at every level, ranging from teaching young children to swim, working with development and performance athletes, through to providing high-performance support to international level coaches and athletes. As well as having a Ph.D. in Sport Science, Andy is a British Association of Exercise Sciences accredited sport and exercise scientist with chartered scientist status. His academic background, exploring mental...

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Niall MacSweeney & Matt Lamarque (Royal Ballet School): The Artistic Athlete

Niall MacSweeney completed his MSc at St Mary’s University. Whilst studying, he secured a position as an S&C coach at White Lodge, which houses The Royal Ballet School students aged 11-16. Niall has previously worked with a variety of sports including the University of Liverpool sports teams, London Broncos, and GB Sitting Volleyball. Niall also has a private coaching business called Energia Performance. Matt Lamarque is an S&C working with The Royal Ballet School for the last three and a half years. He completed a Masters by Research in quantifying training loads in elite adolescent ballet in a collaboration between...

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Wendy Rijnen Glover (Catholic Central High School): The Athleadership Program

Wendy Glover is a Health and Physical Education Teacher and Coach. She has dedicated her 22+ year career to approaching teen athletes as future contributors to sport through education, community involvement, and mentorship. She has written Health and Wellness, and Sport Management courses for the Ontario Ministry of Education, and many programs to support the holistic development of the athlete. Wendy wanted to improve the sport community experience all, this led to her creating an innovative #AthLeadership program to recruit and train teen athletes to be future coaches in the province of Ontario. Through this program AthLeaders gain many industry certifications...

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Castles Made of Sand: Why the Four-Phase Model is Becoming Obsolete

I don’t seem to be able to (coherently) fit this all into one piece so I’m going to try to do it as a short series. Many of these thoughts are loosely inspired by the work of Stuart Kauffman and Alicia Juarrero. If you haven’t already, check them both out.  The four phase model of the game – attack, defensive transition, defense, attacking transition – has traditionally been treated as an “objective” property of the game. I’m going to argue that it has outlived its usefulness. As those staunch defenders of the truth will always tell you 2+2=4 no matter...

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Stuart Edwards (Stewart’s Melville College, Scotland U18’s): Relationships First.

Stuart Edwards or “Eddo” is the Head of Rugby at Stewarts Melville College recently winning the Scottish Schools Cup in 2019. He is also the Backs coach for the Scotland U18 National Team, as well as a current player for Heriots in the Super 6 league in Scotland. In this episode He discusses: His experiences in the National Age Grade system in Scotland at U18, 19 and 20 National Squads. How some of the negative experiences shaped his approach as a coach. Defining “success” at School and National level of the game. Why fun is the underpinning component of player progress. Why relationships supercede everything else. Teaching...

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Sam McKenzie (The Australian Football League): The rise of professionalism in youth sports.

Sam’s coaching background includes multiple coaching roles for AFL New Zealand, however, he has primarily been a skills coach in Rugby Union and League, specialising in kicking and high ball catching. He has worked across the youth, community and professional ranks, including the Auckland Rugby Academy and the New Zealand Warriors NRL team.Sam completed a Masters of Sport & Exercise at AUT University researching 1st XV rugby players’ perceptions of their coaching environment. He also worked for Auckland Rugby and was influential in changing their structure of youth sport, shifting the focus to the player experience rather than performance. In March...

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