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Anticipatory Skill in Sports – How Elite Athletes “See into the Future” and Make Better Decisions

How can it be that the professional athletes considered to have the world’s best “reaction times” cannot hit an underhand pitch travailing at 1/3rd the speed they are accustomed to facing?    There is woman in the United States that can strike out any Major League Baseball player. Easily. This is not a joke.  In The Sports Gene, a [...]

By | August 11th, 2021|2021, Featured, Science|Comments Off on Anticipatory Skill in Sports – How Elite Athletes “See into the Future” and Make Better Decisions

The Great Debate: Early vs Late Specialization in Sports

There are coaches in many different sports who believe that athletes should specialize in their sport very early – training only in their sport, almost every day, from a very young age – sometimes as young as 9 or 10 years old.   Other coaches prefer late specialization, where an athlete trains in multiple sports throughout elementary and even [...]

By | June 3rd, 2021|2021, Coaching, Featured, Fitness, For Coaches, For Parents, Injuries, Science|Comments Off on The Great Debate: Early vs Late Specialization in Sports

Return-to-Play after COVID – What Coaches and Athletes NEED to Know 

Over the past 10 months, the COVID-19 pandemic has affected nearly everyone in the world, from children to the elderly, public sector employees to private business owners, and of course, front-line health care workers and medical staff.  Sports have endured large-scale shut-downs, cancellations, postponements of athletic training and competition, at both the amateur and professional levels, and everything in between.    Of course, over the Summer and [...]

By | January 21st, 2021|2021, Coaching, COVID-19, Featured, Fitness, For Coaches, Injuries, Science|Comments Off on Return-to-Play after COVID – What Coaches and Athletes NEED to Know 

The Overtraining Myth – How Under-Training is the True Cause of Youth Sports Injury

The conventional approach of reducing physical activity levels in youth athletes may seem intuitive, but it ignores one of the root causes of injury in youth sports … unpreparedness for the physical demands of the sport itself.    INJURIES ON THE RISE  Injuries are on the rise in youth sports.    A 2009 study published in the American College [...]

By | June 23rd, 2020|2020, Featured, Fitness, For Parents, Injuries, Science|Comments Off on The Overtraining Myth – How Under-Training is the True Cause of Youth Sports Injury

Load Management – The Key to Better Fitness Training

For more on this topic check out our FREE webinar - Prescribe & Monitor Training Load Without Expensive, Time Consuming & Hard to Use Technology.   Periodization is fast becoming a popular buzz word among soccer coaches and fitness coaches.    Last summer, the city of Toronto became captivated by the Toronto Raptors’ first-ever NBA [...]

By | April 17th, 2020|2020, Coaching, COVID-19, Featured, Fitness, For Coaches, For Parents, Injuries, Science|Comments Off on Load Management – The Key to Better Fitness Training

Run Better, Correct Your Mechanics with our new Gait Analysis

Running Gait Analysis allows us to identify and correct athletes’ mechanics. Athletes learn where they are making running mistakes or if there are imbalances in their running gait. We offer corrective feedback through video analysis, so we can help you make corrections and improvements. We have upgraded our system with a revolutionary new software called [...]

By | December 30th, 2019|Fitness, Science|Comments Off on Run Better, Correct Your Mechanics with our new Gait Analysis

The One Most Overlooked Injury Risk Factor in Female Soccer – and What Coaches Can Do About It

Female soccer players are – and have always been – at a high risk of sustaining injuries, especially during their teenage years. Numerous causal factors for this high injury risk have been described and documented in scientific literature, among them the anatomical changes that occur in females’ bodies post-puberty, such as a widening of the [...]

By | September 18th, 2018|2018, Coaching, Fitness, For Coaches, For Parents, Injuries, Science|0 Comments

In Soccer – As In Life – it Doesn’t Pay to ‘Go With Your Gut’

Imagine this scenario: you coach two players who compete for a starting spot at right fullback. In the past four pre-season matches, both players have had equal playing time, and each has started two out of the four matches. One of the players – let’s call him player “A” – has played well overall in [...]

By | September 4th, 2018|2018, Coaching, For Coaches, Matches, Science|0 Comments

Gross Domestic Product is the Best Predictor of Performance in the FIFA / Coca Cola World Rankings – BUT is it the True Secret to Success in International Soccer?

In what I hope will be my final PhD coursework assignment, I was recently required to collect a set of data, and then analyse it using MATLAB, a multi-paradigm numerical computing software used by computer programmers, and biomechanics students like me. Naturally, I decided to collect some data on soccer. My rationale for choosing the [...]

By | August 27th, 2018|2018, For Coaches, Matches, Science|0 Comments

Coaches – Don’t Make This Mistake When Teaching Kicking Technique

By: Abdullah Zafar Picture this: your team has won a free kick on the edge of the box and your dead ball specialist lines up the perfect shot. You expect the ball in the back of the net but instead it ends up flying high over the crossbar. What's the first thing that comes to [...]

By | December 13th, 2017|Fitness, For Coaches, For Parents, Science|0 Comments