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The time for adaptation is over: World Cup blog

The time for adaptation is over: World Cup blog

It is by going down into the abyss that we recover the treasures of life. Joseph Campbell As the World Cup tournament swings from group stages to the knockout stages – for the bigger, stronger teams there is a shift from a mentality of “collect enough points to advance and conserve energy if you can”, to “all-in”. In…

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Time, the hidden menace at big competitions and how to harness it

Time, the hidden menace at big competitions and how to harness it

There is no terror in the bang, only in the anticipation of it. Alfred Hitchcock There are 3 ways to slow down time. According to Einstein’s theory of relativity, the faster anything travels, the slower time passes, known as ‘time dilation’. The next method is doing all-out, full-gas exercise, say for example 30s maximum effort, during which someone…

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Technology, global connections and the World Cup

Technology, global connections and the World Cup

“I love those connections that make this big old world feel like a little village.” Gina Bellman The Olympics is a scattergun of en masse excellence, tracked by a country’s media flitting from one venue to the next to hunt down their own hopes. The events unfold and the flags are hoisted as the medals are awarded –…

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Lessons in inspiring and communicating ideas

Lessons in inspiring and communicating ideas

I spent three days last week speaking, learning and being inspired at the Cheltenham Science Festival. Now in it’s 17th year, it is a roaring success, despite me having spoken there for the last three years! I contributed to three sessions this time (a secondary schools event, and sessions on resilience, then truths about exercise), was interviewed a…

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Making the easy easy, to give your best when it matters.

Making the easy easy, to give your best when it matters.

‘Be regular and orderly in your life, so that you may be violent and original in your work.’ Gustav Flaubert This week there was a good deal of buzz centred on a paper presented at ACSM about how athletes train. The major finding of the study showed that athletes perceived easier workouts as more difficult and harder workouts…

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The gap between analytics and actuality

The gap between analytics and actuality

“Analysis isn’t impact. Interpreting analysis isn’t impact. Taking action on analysis might be impact, but we have to evaluate it along the way.” Peter Vint, Supporting Champions Conference 2018 Last week I attended the The Sports Performance Data & Fan Engagement Conference and spent a good day listening, learning and reflecting. It’s always good to sit and listen…

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Maximsers and satisficers in decision making

Maximsers and satisficers in decision making

Nobody ever did, or ever will, escape the consequences of his (or her) choices. Alfred A. Montapert A week ago, I was asked by an aspiring professional about my advice when applying for jobs. The question went like this, “I have seen a lot of jobs out there, that I would quite like, but not the job that…

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Why this exercise intervention is the antithesis of healthy

Before you read any further, I must tell you, I love a box set drama. Whether it’s Game of Thrones (fruity) or Breaking Bad (potential use of my A-level Chemistry) and I admit to a game of Mario (bonkers fun) or Zelda (genius) – so I am not saying for a minute I am Mr Perfect. But last…

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10 exam tips from high performance sport

10 exam tips from high performance sport

As exam season looms for many students young and old, I wondered what we would see in the study rooms, mental-athlete village, warm-up areas and hear from the coaches pep-talks if exams appeared at the Olympics. Here are some thoughts on getting your optimal performance with some lessons from the world of high-performance; 1. Know your event For…

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Quantity or Quality?

Quantity or Quality? Thoughts on medal targets, part two

It is quality rather than quantity that matters. Lucius Annaeus Seneca In last week’s blog I posed a question that many federations and governing bodies are faced with when they are considering an overall country wide medal target – that is, should they chase quantity or quality? For national governing bodies of individual sports, the likelihood is that…

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