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Players are Predictable

Every player has a repertoire of skills, knowledge, techniques and habits ( we'll call them "things they do") that they bring to every match.If we apply what they call 80/20 thinking to analysing this player, it should follow that they will use 20% of these "things they do", 80% of the timeIf you figure out [...]

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Quickly Improve your match running ability.

The ability to run hard, often, is a very important requirement for the modern footballer.Over the last number of years, as the time I can give to training has become less and less, I've always found myself returning to 4 minute repeats. It would generally consist of the following workoutRun for 4 minutes at 90-95% [...]

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The Practical Importance of Recovery

Recovery is the word on everybody's lips these days, and for good reason. Without adequate recovery, the body finds it harder to return to or improve on pre training/match levels.3 important factors in recovery are proper hydration, proper nutrition, and proper sleep. But there is one key factor that is often overlooked, and that is [...]

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7 Ways Rolling can Help You

While there is little doubt that foam rolling or self myofascial release does work, why it works is often debated among exercise physiologists - By doing our own little bit of research, here are  some different positive benefits that rolling has on both the mind and body.1.Improvement in Hydration Quality of the Fascia - Approximately 2/3 of the fascia [...]

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The Sprint Finish

If you've ever integrated any kind of running into your training, no doubt you've done intervals of some kind.Here's a set I done last night , with a slight twist.5 mins RollingWarm up - 5 Min Light pace run......10 x 200 M With 1 minute rest between setsCool Down - 5 min Light pace run5 [...]

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Injury Prevention With Conor Mc Manus Day 2

Upper Body Stability and Strength This Press Up Modification is excellent for developing a resilient core and upper body strength. Very often in games and training, the core is challenged in no linear ways, yet we often train it using standard planks etc. If you don't have RAMroller you could use 2 standard Foam Rollers, but just [...]

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The Black Friday Lesson

Yesterday, I think my inbox nearly exploded with "Black" Friday emails.... 50% off this, 20% off that.I found myself asking the question,why? If marketing and selling is all about differentiating yourself from the competition, it was definitely self defeating for alot of companies.The real answer to this question has to be - FOMO -Fear of [...]

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80/20 Rule

Maybe we have written on this before, but its worth restating Generally Speaking, 80% of your outputs, will result from 20% of your inputs.This is abroad statement, but worth thinking about if you are a player or a coachWhat are the 20% of things that are you causing 80% of your success? Identify these and [...]

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Minimal Viable Training Protocols

In the commercial world, a Minimal Viable Product " has just those core features that allow the product to be deployed, and no more" - Basically what this is saying is that the product functions and no more, and there are no bells and whistles. There is maximum output with minimum input, if this makes sense.If [...]

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The Ronnie Delaney Rehearsal...

Yesterday on the Ray D'arcy Radio show on RTE, there was an excellent piece with former Olympic Champion Ronnie Delaney.Two things really stood out from the interview.Firstly, how humble Ronnie Delaney was, as he thanked Ray for asking questions that sort of jogged his memory. It was a brilliant piece of radio.Secondly, what listeners might [...]

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