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Food is not just for Muscles –
The food we digest affects the brain as much if not more that muscles. By watching our food choices we can manage to improve concentration or delay fatigue etc. For example proteins and select BCAA’s are very effective from a neural fatigue consideration – which is of course critical.

A wise man learns from a fool –
I once came across a saying “A wise man can learn from a fool but a fool never learns from a wise man”. When I would meet someone or attend something and didn’t think I learned anything from it I used ask myself which was I? Kind of embarassing to admit to yourself!

Your Game Trains a System –
Often when coaches or players plan a training week they ignore what the game is training. Most games train the alactic/speed endurance capability – so do you need to train this as much during the week?

70/20/10 % Rule –
Not sure if the percentages are exactly correct, but once someone said to me that the focus of all training should be predominantly 70 concentric focus, 20% eccentric focus and 10% isometric. Like I said I don’t think you can have a 70/20/10% rule as such but I guess the point is that in sport – it should not all be concentric focused.

There is no such thing as Prehab –
Another controversial one, but the point is that some people do prehab only programs – Why? Aren’t players in the gym often and long enough already? If an exercise is doing something well incorporate it into the main S&C program. And S&C program is supposed to be a balanced program to cover all areas, so things like core work or rotator work are all mainstays of a S&C program – not ‘prehab’. If the main program needs a prehab to supplement it then there is something wrong IMO.

You are always about to get injured – you just don’t know it –
Again controversial, but what I mean is that athletes are rarely 100% perfect or even 100% fit. Most have small niggles, others have muscular imbalances. Lets say you go for a theoretical biomechanical assesment a physio or biomechanical specialist and they can probably point out 10 things that are not ‘balanced’ or ‘misaligned’. Some are probably very important – However not every ‘imbalance’ needs to be corrected. I learned this once when a coach was showing me tape of a sub 10 sec sprinter he had trained. As we looked at a slo-mo cut from the front I asked him did he not try and correct (a pretty obvious) lateral movement of the athletes right leg … he looked at me incredulous and asked “Why would I? he’s running 9.XX?” The point is we are never perfect – chose carefully what you decide to ‘correct’.

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