Expert Advantage Recommended Reads: April 10, 2012

1. “Great coaching is like driving in the snow“. Brad Stoffers (@CoachEducation) from Athletic Coach Education provides a great analogy describing 5 ways in which coaching is similar to winter driving. This may seem like an unusual analogy but the messages are clear. A very enjoyable read.

2. The Coach Enhancement Platform from Sports Relations is a new online tool for coach development whereby coaches can upload videos of themselves coaching for analysis. We use video feedback all the time to enhance athlete performance, why not use it to enhance coach performance too? This short video featuring sport scientist Mark Upton (@uppy01) describes more about the Coach Enhancement Platform and how you can be involved. Follow the Coach Enhancement Platform, Sports Relations, and Mark Upton on Twitter to find out more about this great coaching tool.

3. This interesting article and video describe how the English Institute of Sport (@eis2win) are applying advanced sport science techniques to help their athletes recover from injuries in time for the upcoming Olympic Games. With a home Games and a world-class sport science / sport medicine unit, I have a feeling the Great Britain team are going to be hard to beat come July (as much as I don’t want to admit it being a proud, patriotic Australian!).

4. Although directed towards a swimming audience, the Swimming Science blog do a nice job reviewing the research relating to music and sports performance in this recent post. This is an interesting read applicable to all sports, not just swimming. You might even get some ideas to play around with yourself!

5. To finish up today’s Recommended Reads, here is a fun video of Rafael Nadal and Cristiano Ronaldo going head-to-head on a tennis court – Rafa with a racquet, and Ronaldo with his boots! Although I am sure this video has been manipulated to entertain, the same ‘battle’ could be incorporated into your own practices to develop a range of generic, tennis-, and football-specific skills. You could also come up with other similar multi-sport contests to work on a wide variety of physical and perceptual skills, and to encourage creativity and adaptability in your athletes.

Happy Reading!

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The Pathways to the Podium Research Team consists of: Ms. Melissa Hopwood, PhD Candidate, Victoria University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia; Dr. Joe Baker, School of Kinesiology and Health Science, York University, Toronto, Ontario, Canada; Dr. Clare MacMahon, School of Sport and Exercise Science, Victoria University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia; Dr. Damian Farrow, Victoria University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, and the Australian Institute of Sport, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia.
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