BLOG: Hovering Above The Competition

TWELVE SOUTH HOVER BAR The Hover Bar by TwelveSouth is an excellent piece of kit to add to your iPad accessories collection and increases the effectiveness of your expensive tablets when working on your desktop computer. In conjunction with your computer, the HoverBar allows your iPad to act as a second or even a third screen. The iPad has proven …

RESOURCES: Momentum – Recognising and Controlling Influence

MANAGING MOMENTUM As a basic definition, momentum may be seen as something which has energy or drive. It has gained a degree of force behind it which may be added to or taken away. Momentum in sport can be seen in the competitive environment all the time. But often players, coaches and supporters do not recognise its influence, or when …

Not Used; but not Forgotten – Post-Match Conditioning

CATERING FOR THE SQUAD The benefits to a coach of having a larger squad than the number required to play the match are obvious to all: increased competition, cover positionally, flexibility in formation or playing style and cover for injuries etc. But the flip-side to this situation is the fact that those players who do not receive enough match time …

BLOG: High Tech Science

15 YEARS OF PROGRESSIVE CHANGE As I started out in Sports Science support in soccer, in it’s infancy (15 years ago), it would have been difficult to predict where the support systems employed by the staff at football clubs would develop to. Training grounds were effectively places for footballers to turn up, train, eat and depart from. A small gym …

RESOURCES: Coerver Coaching Method

THE COERVER METHOD The inspirational programme developed by Alfred Galustian and Charlie Cook nearly 30years ago still holds true today and is growing all the time. With hundreds of thousands of players having experienced the programme first hand, the Coerver Method is a proven method of improving the individual skill of individuals on the football pitch, as well as incorporating …

BLOG: New Frontiers in Technology – Adidas MiCoach

METRICS FOR THE MASSES Portable wireless technology is certainly making it easier for everyone to become an analyst and with more and more data becoming available to staff, players and fans alike its understanding and using this technology that is an important element. In the past some 48hours would elapse before Prozone or Amisco were furnishing you with match data …

RESOURCES: Preparing for an Upset

It is often billed as a David v Goliath story – the underdog, plucky and with only hope as a weapon, against the vastly superior favourites, marching on from victory to victory. Time and again coaches go into these match-ups with the main aims of stifling thew favourites with a high tempo start, perhaps with the goal of quieting the …

RESOURCES: Eat To Compete – Hydration

You can’t fail to notice the emphasis on hydration when we watch top class sport on television. Whether its on the close ups of the players during break of play, the sponsorship boards surrounding the pitches, the branded drinks bottles or the advert breaks its a war of companies trying to get you the choose their drink to keep you …

5 R’s of Post-Match & Training Performance: Regeneration / Recovery

THE 5 ‘R’S OF POST MATCH & TRAINING The final blast of the referee’s whistle, or the end of the training session signals not the end but in fact the start; the start of the recovery and regeneration cycle that prepares you for the next training session or match. Easily lost in the ecstasy of the win or disappointment of …

BLOG: Reviews News

POINTS OF REVIEWS – A LEARNING OPPORTUNITY With sales in almost 50 countries our reviews come in a variety of languages, which makes understanding them sometimes interesting. But we take the time to find out exactly the context of their meaning and where the users have recommendation of problems we try and action them as soon as possible in our …