Author Archives: Pathways to the Podium Research Team

About Pathways to the Podium Research Team

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.

The importance of getting our hands dirty

I recently read an editorial in the Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine by Dr. Daniel Gould from Michigan State University. The editorial was titled “The professionalization of youth sports: It’s time to act” (1), and although published in 2009, the … Continue reading

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Faster, higher, stronger… and younger? Birth order, sibling sport participation, and sport expertise development

The following blog post discusses some of our findings from the Pathways to the Podium Research Project, and was presented as a research poster at the North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity Conference in Honolulu, … Continue reading

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Expert Advantage Recommended Reads: April 23, 2012

1. To begin I would like to give a shout out to a new blogger, Jon Roy (@jonroy16), a golf coach with the Golf Association of Ontario. In this post, he gives a wonderful description of the differences he has … Continue reading

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Expert Advantage Recommended Reads: April 17, 2012

As I prepare this weeks Expert Advantage Recommended Reads from my base in Toronto, Canada, the Coaches Association of Ontario is celebrating Ontario Coaches Week. Ontario Coaches Week is “a week long campaign that aims to recruit, develop and celebrate … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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A look back at Linsanity (in case you missed it)

Prepared by Young-Bin Cho – Pathways to the Podium Research Assistant. Linsanity. Over the course of two short weeks in February, Jeremy Lin became one of the greatest stories in sports of the past decade. His story took North America … Continue reading

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Expert Advantage Recommended Reads: March 26, 2012

1. “The myth of the skilled basketball player”. If an athlete is able to perform many skills in practice, coaches can be quick to label that player as skilled. However, it is important to make the distinction between motor skills … Continue reading

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