Coaching

How to prevent an ACL injury

An ACL injury is a tear or sprain of the anterior cruciate ligament in your knee. These injuries commonly occur during sports that involve jumping, landing, and sudden stops or changes in direction. Soccer, basketball, football, and skiing are just some of the sports that involve this movement and often cause ACL injuries. Athletes generally feel a “pop” in the knee when an ACL injury occurs, causing swelling and pain that make it painful to bear weight. A tear of the ACL can prevent athletes from fully participating in their respective sport, and may require surgery to repair the tear.  Many athletes have had to deal with an ACL injury, often becoming a roadblock in their training and performance. Alpine skier Anders Fannemel, American football player Tom Brady and tennis player Maria Sharapova are just some athletes who have had ACL injuries to recover from.  Having an ACL injury isn’t…

UFC Champion Khabib Nurmagomedov’s Legacy

UFC Lightweight Champion Khabib Nurmagomedov is undoubtedly considered one of the greatest fighters in MMA history. He has the record for the longest reign as UFC Lightweight Champion, having held the title since April 2018. He has an undefeated record, with 29 wins and no losses – having one of the longest winning streaks in MMA history.  The announcement of his retirement this year surprised many but has allowed Khabib to retire on his own terms. “It was my last fight,” Nurmagomedov told media, after defeating Justin Gaethje in the main event of UFC 254. In July 2020, Khabib’s father, Adulmanap died at just age 57 due to coronavirus-related complications. He was incredibly close to his father, who was an inspiration in his personal and professional life and taught him everything he knew. “I don’t fight for the money. I fight for my legacy. I fight for history. I fight for…

Netflix’s The Playbook: Dawn Staley’s Coaching Rules for Sports

Netflix’s new docuseries The Playbook: A Coaches Rules for Life shares tips and experiences from some of the world’s greatest sports coaches. One of them is Dawn Staley – an American basketball Hall of Fame player and coach. She is a three-time Olympic gold medalist. Here are the coaching rules she lives by: 1. Bring your own ball Dawn grew up in Philadelphia, and at the time girls weren’t playing sports. So she would play with boys, most of the time with her brothers and their friends. What fueled her as a little girl was to get to play on the ‘big boy court’, where all her older brothers’ friends would play. Most of the time, they wouldn’t let her play. But Dawn was persistent, she would always turn up to the games, and bring her own basketball. One day, she was the only one who brought a basketball. So…

Netflix’s The Playbook: Doc Rivers’ Coaching Rules

Netflix’s new docuseries ‘The Playbook: A Coaches Rules for Life’ shares tips and coaching rules from some of the world’s greatest sports coaches. One of them is former NBA coach Doc Rivers. His deep passion for all things basketball started from a young age. He would say “I never go to practice. I go to play Basketball.” Here are his coaching rules for life. 1. Finish the race When asked what he wanted to become when he grew up, Doc answered ‘Pro Basketball Player’ without hesitation. His teacher told him to be more realistic and write a new goal. His dad agreed with the teacher, but added “..look it’s a great goal. Whatever goal you have, and right now it’s too early, but when you finally settle on one, just finish the race.” And that’s exactly what Doc Rivers did.  2. Don’t be a victim While growing up, his parents taught…

Netflix’s The Playbook: José Mourinho’s Coaching Rules

Netflix’s new docuseries The Playbook: A Coaches Rules for Life shares tips and coaching rules from some of the world’s greatest sports coaches. One of them is professional football manager José Mourinho. He is considered to be one of the greatest managers of all time. José has won 25 senior trophies during his time in charge of FC Porto, Inter Milan, Chelsea (over two spells), Real Madrid and Manchester United. Here are José Mourinho’s coaching rules for sports. 1. Understand your audience When forming his FC Porto team, the team was in a bad state. The team needed to be restructured to rebuild their strength and identity. José knew the audience in Porto needed a team that represented the values of their people. He began recruiting local boys who may not have had much experience, but had the drive and mentality of the people they were playing for. The new profile of the…

Netflix’s The Playbook: Coaching Rules from Patrick Mouratoglou

Netflix’s new docuseries The Playbook: A Coaches Rules for Life shares tips and experiences from some of the world’s greatest sports coaches. One of them is French tennis coach Patrick Mouratoglou. He is famously known for being Serena Williams’ coach since 2012. Here are the coaching rules he lives by: 1. Your greatest weakness can become your biggest strength Patrick touches on his experience as a young child who had social anxiety. He was so afraid of talking to people that he would sit silently in class. But while he did this, he learnt how to read people’s emotions and body language. As he grew up to become a tennis coach, he used this skill to coach his athletes. He was able to get in the mind of the player and notice how they are feeling based on their movements and body language. His weakness became one his biggest strengths…

Netflix’s The Playbook: Jill Ellis’ Coaching Rules for Sports

Netflix’s new docuseries The Playbook: A Coaches Rules for Life shares tips and coaching rules from some of the world’s greatest sports coaches. One of them is Jill Ellis, the U.S. women’s national soccer team coach. She coached the team to win the World Cup in 2015 and 2019. Ellis had the unique opportunity of adopting the team when they were sitting at #1, and embracing the challenge of keeping them at the top of their game year after year. Here are Jill Ellis’ coaching rules for life: 1. Mountain tops are small and the air is thin Ellis told the team that “the top of the mountain is rented space, not one to dwell on”. She firmly believes in sharing your success and owning your failure. It’s important to know that success is not resting on your laurels, someone is always gunning for your spot. Don’t take advantage of…

Biomechanics: What is it and why is it so important in sport?

You may have heard about the use of biomechanics in sport, but do you know what it is and how it’s used? We’re here to give you a run down of why biomechanics is so important in sport. What is biomechanics? Biomechanics is the study and science of movement of a living body. From your muscles and bones to your tendons and ligaments – it analyses how different body parts work together to produce movement.  It generally applies engineering principles, physics and other forms of analysis to learn the capabilities and limits of the human body.   There are four main elements of biomechanics: Kinematics – the science of describing motions.  Dynamics – the study of systems that are in motion with acceleration deceleration Kinetics – the study of actions of forces that produce or change motions Statics – the study of systems that are in equilibrium, either at rest or…

4 free platforms to help you coach and train virtually

With COVID-19 still an ongoing issue for many countries around the world, we’ve all had to adapt to living with lockdown restrictions, social distancing, as well as learning and working virtually. The same goes for sports training during the pandemic. To help you coach your athletes virtually, we’ve found 4 free virtual coaching platforms that will keep you connected with your teams.  Zoom Zoom has become a popular platform this year. It offers simplified video conferencing and messaging and currently has a free option that allows you to host up to 100 participants with a 40-minute time limit. For more advanced features, they do have affordable paid options for unlimited group meetings. They have a number of collaboration tools such as screen share and co-annotations for a more interactive training session. There are filters, reactions, polls, hand raising, and music or video sharing that make meetings more fun and engaging. Skype You…

How to coach safely during COVID-19

Coaching, training and sports has had to adapt to the new environment of COVID-19. While the pandemic is far from over, clubs are starting to re-open again with restricted measures in place to keep our athletes, coaches and communities safe. Here are a few tips on how to coach safely during COVID-19: 1. Use virtual platforms where possible One of the best ways to protect yourself and your team is to coach virtually. Using platforms like Zoom, Skype, Google Hangouts (and there’s plenty more!) are a great way to connect with your athletes without face-to-face interactions. Depending on your sport, it may be difficult to train virtually, however, it could be a good time to focus on analysing technique and performance. The Sprongo AI Video Analysis Platform allows for automated angle analysis of movement to help you review athlete performance in detail. Simply get your athlete’s to video themselves playing their sport,…

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