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5 ways to justify the term 'elite'

5 ways to justify the term ‘elite’

‘Elite Health’, ‘Elite Car Audio’, ‘Elite Wines’, ‘Elite Bras’ Clearly these are just brand names, just as the bloke around the corner who runs a business called Olympic Windows, is claiming special status (unless window fitting has become an Olympic sport recently). But the word ‘elite’ seems to be cropping up everywhere, (damn it, it even made the…

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Great British Sporting Gems: Applying science to Team GB and Paralympics GB

Great British Sporting Gems: Applying science to Team GB and Paralympics GB

My article for Science in Parliament the magazine for Members of Parliament on matters of scientific interest. “Why guess, when you can know?” Michael Schumacher’s chief engineer, circa 1996 (the inspiration for Baroness Sue Campbell’s vision for British sport’s use of applied science) Frankly, Great Britain used to be really poor when it came to performing at the…

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A QUESTION of how to build rapport, trust and intel?

A QUESTION of how to build rapport, trust and intel?

“The art and science of asking questions is the source of all knowledge.” Thomas Berger Can I ask you a question? (Any thoughts of this being a creepy start are misguided! If you keep reading it should make sense!) Are you having a good week? (Just take a moment and ponder) Can I ask you another couple of…

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How SQUIDD can empower others

How SQUIDD can empower others

As we look ahead into the next century, leaders will be those who empower others. Bill Gates In 2005 I took on the responsibility of line managing a scientist. It may be relevant or not that they were a scientist in another discipline to myself and while I had previously undertaken this task, this was slightly different as…

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The base camp of high-performance

The base camp of high-performance

“If your emotional abilities aren’t in hand, if you don’t have self-awareness, if you are not able to manage your distressing emotions, if you can’t have empathy and have effective relationships, then no matter how smart you are, you are not going to get very far.” Daniel Goleman If I look back over my career, there is one…

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Maximising experiences

Maximising experiences

I am a lucky boy. Lucky, lucky lucky (apologies if after only 8 words you are now singing Kylie Minogue’s hit or reciting sections of Monty Python’s Holy Grail). When I first started to work in high-performance I was fortunate to begin to work alongside a lady called Ailsa Niven (nee Anderson). My role was to help athletes…

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Five books that changed my life

Five books that changed my life

William Styron — ‘A great book should leave you with many experiences, and slightly exhausted at the end. You live several lives while reading.’ I love to read. When I read, I love to write in the margins (at the moment I am reading/scribbling on Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari, it’s brilliant) and I love to revisit my…

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Mind The Gaps

Mind the gaps: An opinion piece about future needs in high performance

The future belongs to those who prepare for it today. Malcolm X The inexorable rise in elite sport has done wonders for the soul in many ways. Who doesn’t appreciate the resilience of Sergio Garcia or the artistry of Marta? Who doesn’t enjoy the dizzying radiance of Simone Biles or the longevity of Roger Federer? The last few…

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Top 10. applications: No. 7 Seeking inspiration

Top 10. applications: No. 7 Seeking inspiration

When this topic broke in the mid to late 1990s I am ashamed to say I desperately misjudged the physiological mechanisms that underpinned the positive effect of inspiratory muscle training. In the 5 stages of innovation adoption, 1) Awareness. 2) Interest. 3) Evaluation. 4) Trial and finally 5) Adoption, I could not move beyond my own implicit bias…

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Sleep To Win

Sleep to Win: Part 4 – Sleep and Competition

In this guest blog series we hear from experts Kevin Morgan and Luke Gupta – on the vital component of performance – Sleep! If you missed the introductory blog then just click here or for insight into training and sleep, here, for more on travel and sleep, click here This blog continues the ‘Top 10 sleep principles’ focusing…

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