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Embracing the Unknown: The Island of Knowledge and Coaching

Recently, I reread Marcelo Gleiser's great book, ‘The Island of Knowledge: The Limits of Science and the Search for Meaning,’ and — as always with almost every book I read — reflected upon its implications in sport performance and coaching.   One of the primary themes in the book is that of ‘embracing ignorance’.   Gleiser argues that the acquisition of knowledge...

The ALTIS Family is Growing…

Welcome to Alexa Eichelmann - our newest staff member Alexa Eichelmann is joining the ALTIS Team as Special Project Coordinator. Bringing a wealth of skills and qualities, the Heptathlete and Sports Science Graduate is an exciting addition to the ALTIS Staff. As we continue to grow as a company, bringing Alexa on board with her wealth of attributes will be...

Women’s Health: Hormones & Performance

Take two high achieving women and get them together for a chat about all things women's health as it relates to hormones, periods and performance. What do you get? 45 minutes of insight filled information that is a must watch or listen for any coach working with female athletes. Recently - two Australians - Olympian and ALTIS Graduate - Ella...

3 simple methods Improve your Coaching Eye – a quick Q&A with Dan Pfaff

Recognizing familiar patterns of movement quickly and accurately is a critical skill for coaches across all sports disciplines, enabling them to enhance their athletes' performance and reduce injury risks. Coach Pfaff's Movement Analysis and Screening skills are renowned. This short article introduces how to go about the skill of real time movement analysis in 3 easy steps by developing a...

Meet the neighbors

How often do you speak to your neighbors?   Do you even know them? Research shows that most Americans don’t trust their neighbors.   Why not? And what has this to do with speed, you ask? Today we will discuss the relevance of an increasingly isolated world, and how that might affect your understanding of lots of things as they relate to...

Struggling with skill

I alluded to this a few weeks back, and promised I was going to get back to it — which is what I’ll do today: talk about speed, why we should treat it with the respect it deserves, and how — through understanding one simple rule — you can better teach it.   So first, the rule: speed is both a...

training slower to run faster

One thing coaches who are interested in speed seem to be continually confused about is the value of tempo training.  Whether it be with sprinters, or with team sport athletes — it seems like running at slower than 70% of maximum sprint speed creates controversy, and brings about a high number of people at both extremes of the continuum of...

“Keep calm and carry on”

“Keep calm and carry on.”  So the famous British WWII slogan goes.  But what’s it got to do with us? Well, most track & field teams and groups are currently in the midst of their general fall training period. It’s an exciting time of rebirth, with fresh promise towards a new season.  It is also the time for installation -...

the art of subtraction [or how to Coach like Michelangelo]

You know the one big secret that all great coaches learn as they progress through their careers?   It’s the power of less. Less exercises.  Less volume.  Less instruction.  Less everything.   Today, we’ll talk about how Michelangelo might have coached, and why you should coach this way too!    The Latin root of the word ‘decision’ - cis or cid - literally...

on filing

I often get asked by younger coaches how to organize my thoughts so I don’t get overwhelmed by too much information.  I use a file system format, whereby I put everything into files of topics. I have blog files, podcast files, coursework files, general research files, advanced research files, etc. I then use systems to manage them.  I normally have...

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