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Science and stories from the brightest minds across many disciplines to help youth athletes unlock personal performance & develop their sporting potential.

The Athlete Development Show Dr Craig Harrison

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Science and stories from the brightest minds across many disciplines to help youth athletes unlock personal performance & develop their sporting potential.

    Professor Arne Güllich on Developing Talent, Learning & the Paradox of Competitive Sport

    Professor Arne Güllich on Developing Talent, Learning & the Paradox of Competitive Sport

    Professor Arne Güllich is a sports scientist and researcher at Technical University of Kaiserslautern, in Germany. He's published over 100 peer-reviewed articles, including his latest paper "What Makes a Champion? Early Multidisciplinary Practice, Not Early Specialization, Predicts World-Class Performance", and has coached across multiple levels in sport for number of years.

    In this conversation, Arne and I discuss his latest research findings on talent development, coaching, how to develop motivated, self-determined young people, and much more.

    Please enjoy the show.

    Kia ora!

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    • 1 hr 8 min
    Kimberley Carducci on Athlete Identity, Depression & Navigating Sport Retirement

    Kimberley Carducci on Athlete Identity, Depression & Navigating Sport Retirement

    We all know the benefits of sporting success.

    But what happens when it all goes wrong? 

    Kimberly Carducci grew up engrossed in sport and started breaking records in the pool as a 6-year-old. Winning felt good and Kim quickly wanted more of it.

    As a D1 swimmer in the US, Kim was a 4-time State Champion, 4-time Scholastic All-American, 4-time All-State Selection and an 8-time All-American honoree.

    But after retiring from the sport that she'd dedicated her life to, Kim had a moment of outrage on a tennis court that forced her to carefully reevaluate her life.

    Kim's new book, The I of the Tiger: Athlete Identity and Remedying Sport's Greatest Conflicts, tells a tale of overcoming severe depression after leaving the sport that she loved. It also describes the journey Kim went on to heal and how she's come to realise that what gets you success in sport can be harmful in normal life.

    Now, Kim's mission is to help other athletes to do the same.

    This is Kim's story.

    Kia ora!

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    • 46 min
    EP 111: Kathryn Berkett - Raising Resilience

    EP 111: Kathryn Berkett - Raising Resilience

    Kathryn Berkett - Raising Resilience

    On the show today is neuroscience educator, Kathryn Berkett.

    Kathryn delivers information about the brain to a variety of groups including teachers, parents, mental health professionals, corporates and, more recently, sports organisations.

    Kathryn has her Masters in Educational Psychology, is a certified Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics practitioner and a TEDx presenter.

    She also co-hosts the podcast "I've got questions" with Pio Terei about all things neuroscience.

    This was a super cool discussion with lots of insight that I think you're gonna love.

    This is Kathryn's story.

    Kia ora!

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    • 1 hr 10 min
    EP 110: Des Ryan - Strong Young Gunners

    EP 110: Des Ryan - Strong Young Gunners

    Des Ryan - Strong Young Gunners

    Des is the Director of Coaching and Performance at Setanta College - a provider of online Strength & Conditioning and Athletic Development education.

    Prior to this, Des spent 8 years at Arsenal Football where he led the Sports Medicine and Athletic Development department for the club's Academy.

    Des cut his strength and conditioning teeth working with Irish rugby.

    In this conversation, Des shares all that he has come to understand about getting the best out of himself and the young people he works with.

    This is Des's story.

    Kia ora!

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    • 1 hr 21 min
    EP 109: Courtney McGregor - What Adversity Can Teach Us

    EP 109: Courtney McGregor - What Adversity Can Teach Us

    Courtney McGregor - What Adversity Can Teach Us

    At 12:41 pm on Tuesday 22nd of February 2011, a major earthquake hit Christchurch killing 185 people.

    Located 6.7 kilometres south-east of the city centre, the shake caused widespread damage across Christchurch, changing life as people knew it.

    Artistic gymnast Courtney McGregor (@_courtneymcgregor_), was 12 at the time.

    Courtney remembers the earthquake being a pivotal moment in her sporting journey. 

    It shaped the way she approached her gymnastics. How she took on a challenge. And dealt with fear.

    At just 17 years old, Courtney represented New Zealand at the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

    She was the youngest member of the New Zealand Olympic Team.

    Courtney went on to an athletic scholarship at Boise State University in the US, where she studied mathematics and philosophy and in 2019 won the all-around competition in the Mountain West Conference.

    When I spoke to her, Courtney was back home in Christchurch, not long retired, and in the process of applying for medical school. 

    This is Courtney's story. 

    Kia ora!
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    • 43 min
    EP 108: Jay Thooft - Mindset Matters

    EP 108: Jay Thooft - Mindset Matters

    Jay Thooft - Mindset Matters

    Today we hear from a coach of the mind, Jay Thooft (@trainwithperc). 


    Jay is dedicated to providing developing athletes with the tools necessary to elevate their mental game and perform in the face of stress, pressure, and adversity. Currently, he oversees the mental performance training for 16 organisations in the Greater Denver area in the US and impacts approximately 5000 athletes, performers, executives, business owners, parents, and coaches every year. 


    Prior to this, Jay spent several years at the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs where he worked with some of the world's best athletes. 


    In this conversation, Jay shares his 3-part philosophy to training the mind, where pressure comes from and how to handle it, how he works with parents, the myth of mental toughness, and much more. 


    You can check Jay out on his website www.trainwithperc.com or on his awesome YouTube channel.


    Jay and I also discuss:


    The young athlete who first got him excited about working with youth;The importance of developing self-awareness;Over-investment, and the problem that arises when a child attaches too much of their identity to their sport;The importance of taking value-driven actions in the face of emotion;The best advice Jay ever received;Integrating the mental side of sport into the experience; andMuch more. Download Jay's free guide for better mental preparation at www.trainwithperc.com/freeguide

    Kia ora!


    If you enjoy the podcast, please consider leaving a short review on Apple Podcasts. It takes less than 60 seconds and really helps me keep producing the show. I also love hearing your feedback!


    Sign up for Craig's free weekly newsletter by scrolling down. It's full of research-backed, practical ideas for helping youth athletes defend against injury, overtraining and burning out.


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    • 1 hr 13 min

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