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Sports Science

How the human body responds to exercise, training, recovery and different environments during sport.

Research Reviews

Context Matters: Revisiting the First Step of the “Sequence of Prevention” of Sports Injuries Caroline Bolling, Willem van Michelen, H. Roeline Pasman, Evert Verhagen The Big Idea This research literature review paper was published in the journal Sports Medicine in...

Masterclass Discussions

In this Masterclass Discussion, Dr. Craig Harrison is hosted by PDP Editor, Dave Wright for a wide ranging conversation on youth development, skill acquisition and the importance of play in the learning process for children. Craig and Dave cover a...

Research Reviews

Moran, R. Blagrove, B. Drury, J. Fernandes, K Paxton, H. Chaabene, R. Ramirez-Campillo The Big Idea Every day the lonely man reads the matrimonial advertising pages, hoping to meet the girl of his dreams.  Not much luck until one day...

Q&A Videos

The question this week comes from Neil, via the PDP Innovation Space: “I start coaching a University team this month. I have not been involved with them before and clearly there will be new students involved for the first time...

The Magazine

Football is a game of speed, whether it’s quick thinking, or quick movement. PDP Editor & UEFA A licensed coach, Dave Wright & Brentford FC first team analyst, Zaheer Shah examine some clips and stats from the 2018 World Cup, sharing...

Q&A Videos

The question this week comes from David, via the PDP Facebook Page: “How can I help develop a physically mature young player?“   Additional video & reading Masterclass Discussion: Sports Science & Youth Development – Matt Depledge Masterclass Discussion: Talent ID &...

Q&A Videos

This question comes from Craig via Twitter: “What role do statistics play in youth development?”   Your Turn: Ask PDP Anything Each week, we will choose a key question from our community for discussion.  In order to build a broad range of...

Q&A Videos

Enjoy this discussion with Dave Wright and Dan Wright which focusses on the highlights of all PDP content published in March.  Dave and Dan select snippets from some of the best video discussions, articles and research reviews.  

Masterclass Discussions

In this Masterclass Discussion, PDP Editor, Dave Wright is joined by Strength & Conditioning Coach, Matt Depledge.Matt has spent the last four years working for a Premier League Academy in England and is now working in the world of youth development in Tennis.Matt gives us a brilliant insight into his own experience and offers his advice as to how coache...

Masterclass Discussions

In this fascinating 60 minute conversation, PDP Editor Dave Wright sits down with Nick Levett, Talent ID Manager at The FA for a wide ranging discussion on Talent ID & Youth Development.Nick shares his experiences working in academy football and with some of the best young talent in England in his role at The FA. Nick and Dave discuss the importance of looking beyond football for i...

Q&A Videos

The question this week comes from Ryan, via Twitter: “What are the main criteria when considering playing a player down? My son is Q4 and physically small, but I wonder where ability fits in?”   Your Turn: Ask PDP Anything Each...

The Blog

Despite all we know, size still matters in youth sport. Founder of TOVO Institute, Todd Beane discusses the challenge for parents and coaches in helping young players ‘control the controllables’ and embrace physical diversity on their non-linear journey.   “What...

Q&A Videos

The question this week comes from Nick: “How do I watch live games as a coach, and what should I be looking for?”   Additional video & reading Masterclass Discussion: Culture & Playing Style in Barcelona Masterclass Discussion: How to...

Research Reviews

Renshaw, Duarte Arajo, Chris Button, Jia Yi Chow, Keith Davids, and Brendan Moy The Big Idea First off, let’s set the context for this commentary paper.  As is the norm in most any profession, there are both historical and continuing...

The Magazine

What is the cognitive process of elite athletes working at their peak? In this article, researcher Dr. Laurie Rauch discusses the various levels of thought, conscious and subconscious, behind human movement in sport.   An athlete’s movement on the sports...