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Breaking the Machine

Premature professionalism in youth sport is a growing problem. Environments created to replicate professional sport, 'elite' pathways at 8-years-old and coaches removing autonomy from the environment by exerting total control. In this article, PDP Editor, Dave Wright challenges the status quo and asks how we can break the machine that coaching is at risk of becoming.

The world of sport is constantly evolving and new technology creeps into all sporting codes. Youth players wear tracking devices and GPS, while data can even now be captured via a players' boots. It's...

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