Monthly Archives: August 2015

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The 10,000 Hour Myth

A myth is a false belief or idea that is widely held. One such myth that has enveloped youth sports is the idea that to become an elite athlete all one needs 10,000 hours of sustained, deliberate training. This is a myth in every sense of the word. I recently gave a talk at a national soccer coaches meeting. I asked the audience if they had heard of 10,000 hour rule. Everyone raised their hand. Then I asked if they had heard it was not exactly true and a misrepresentation of the study of performance. Only about 10% raised their hand. Myth confirmed. Ten years ago, very few people outside of academia knew of Anders Ericcson or his study that found a correlation between thousands of hours of training and elite musical performance. That all changed in 2008 when Malcolm Gladwell popularized the 10,000 Hour Rule in his book Outliers: The Story of Success. The

Research pours cold water on ice bath recovery theory

If the thought of a post workout ice bath is enough to make you shiver, new research from QUT and The University of Queensland (UQ) will warm your heart. The comprehensive study found cold water immersion after strength training hindered muscle adaptation -- pouring cold water on the long-held theory that an ice bath helps speed up recovery. Dr Llion Roberts, from UQ's School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences, and Dr Jonathan Peake, from QUT's School of Biomedical Sciences, led the research, with colleagues from the Queensland Academy of Sport, Norwegian School of Sport Sciences, The University of Auckland and University of Oslo. Dr Tony Shield, from QUT's School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences, was also a co-investigator in the study. The research has been published in The Journal of Physiology. The first part of the study asked 21 physically active men to undertake strength training two days a week for 12 weeks.

Nature Valley 3 Generations

Our relationship with nature is disappearing. That is what nature valley found out when we talked to 3 generations and asked them one simple question: What did you like to do for fun as a kid?

Changing Neural Pathways

  I’ll bet that you can’t ride the bicycle in the video clip below. You’re probably thinking, “Come on, it’s a bike. How hard can it be?” Watch the video clip below, and then read on. Every time you pick up a golf magazine, take a lesson, or get a swing tip from a buddy you probably say to yourself: “How hard can it be to add this little gem of golf swing magic? I can’t wait to go to the range and work it in before my weekend game.” The intrigue of the game of golf is that the golf swing should be very much like riding a bike. Once you learn to ride one type, you can easily adapt your skill set and ride a wide range of bikes: single-speed, 10-speed, mountain bikes, motor bikes, etc. Most golfers apply this same mindset to swing changes. Once they have the “basics” of the

School sport: variety is key to future success

Early specialisation in sport at school can hinder rather than benefit sporting development, says David Faulkner Early specialisation can hinder rather than benefit sporting development Photo: Alamy Parents frequently approach me and ask: “At what age should my child specialise in one sport?” My response is always that it needs to be the pupil’s informed decision, with support and guidance from coaches and parents. As a general guide, we recommend multi-sport participation until late adolescence for most sports. This is because there is clear evidence that wider participation across a breadth of sports is beneficial for long-term well-being and provides greater support for those with potential. The reaction of some parents is: “But will my child fall behind others involved in a more focused training and competition programme?” Many of them will have heard of Dr Anders Ericsson’s much publicised rule about the key to success being 10,000 hours of deliberate practice. However, this theory