Fresh Brains Make a Difference

Posted by Tim Nash on Feb 28, 2019 7:54:57 AM

Does any of this sound familiar?

During training, a player or two seem to be wandering around in a fog. They seem clueless as to what’s going on around them. The ball sneaks up on them, surprising them to the point where you are not sure if that was their first touch or a one-timed shot.

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Topics: Data Science, Coaching, wellness

Monitoring Concussion Recovery

Posted by Tim Nash on Feb 14, 2019 9:33:24 AM

There’s this girl who was on one of my teams, good little player, great kid, always happy and ready to play. She’s a bit of a crash-test dummy, though. She goes hard and doesn’t back down and not just on the soccer field. She’s had knee surgery, a broken leg, broken arm, and I’m sure other injuries I don’t know about.

She doesn’t play anymore because she has had multiple concussions. She’s 13. One of the concussions, believe it or not, was suffered while doing homework. She leaned back in her chair, tipped over and hit her head.

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Topics: Youth Sports, wellness, Injury Prevention

Avoiding Burnout

Posted by Tim Nash on Jan 24, 2019 8:02:50 AM

At some point during the season, burnout will most likely become an issue for your team. It seems to make sense to talk about it now, rather than later when it is too late to head it off before it pops up.

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Topics: wellness, Goal Setting

Peaking vs Freshness in Team Sports

Posted by Tim Nash on Nov 23, 2018 11:05:22 AM

There is a growing school of thought that training you team to “peak” at a certain time of the year is no longer the best idea in team sports.

In individual sports like swimming or track, sure, peaking will always be important. it’s pretty obvious that the athlete wants to peak at precisely the right time to put in their best performance of the season in the big event.

But with team sports, it’s not all that feasible that coaches will be able to get all their athletes – or at least the right group of them – to peak at the same time. Injuries, different work-ethics, and varying outside factors of each athlete all contribute to an unmanageable peaking calendar.

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Topics: wellness, Recovery, Data Tracking

Attitudes are Contagious; Catch a Good One

Posted by Tim Nash on Sep 19, 2018 11:42:06 AM

Researching mental skills of elite athletes prodcues several qualities associated with psychologically strong athletes.

Confidence, ability to manage emotions, self-motivation, use of imagery, and the ability to focus.

And one of the most valuable qualities is the ability to maintain a positive attitude. Is attitude something that separates the mediocre players from the great ones? Alone, no. Combined with other positive qualities, yes.

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Topics: Athlete Development, Coaching, wellness

Why Kids Get Burned Out

Posted by Tim Nash on May 9, 2018 8:06:08 AM

By Tim Nash

Burnout is one of those words we choose to use when we feel like exaggerating, or when we need an excuse.

Are you really burned out on a type of food, a television show, or maybe a sport? Or have you just spent an inordinate amount of time on it lately? Does a busy day really burn out kids to the point where they turn down an invitation to a social or sporting event by saying, “No, I’m burned out?” Or they just tired?

Burnout, however, is a real concern among young athletes. It’s cited as the reason kids stop trying, under-perform and quit altogether.

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Topics: Sports Performance, Coaching, wellness

Stop Guessing at Performance Issues

Posted by Tim Nash on Feb 8, 2018 11:29:41 AM

Data-driven athlete development

So, you have a player who is not performing as well as you’d like, and it’s frustrating. They are among your most talented players, but they just don’t get it done.

You have your own theories as to why, and over time you convince yourself you are right – he’s just lazy, he’s too slow, he’s not aggressive enough.

But what if you are wrong? What if there is a simple explanation that neither you nor the player have considered? What a waste that would be.

“People make choices based on what they know, and if they don’t have all the information, they can’t make the best choices,” says Darcy Norman, AS Roma’s director of performance and a DRIVN user. “Collecting data helps you make a more informed decision.

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Topics: Fitness, Athletic Performance, Data Science, Coaching, wellness, Recovery, Injury Prevention, Data Tracking

The Secret To Better Understanding Your Athletes

Posted by Tim Nash on Sep 12, 2017 10:16:57 AM

Do you, as a coach, really know how your players are feeling? Do your players really understand the factors that affect their performance?

They tell you they are fine, but they aren’t playing as well you know they can. So how can you be sure?

DRIVN users have found the questionnaire feature to be a very valuable tool in obtaining the information needed to help athletes achieve a consistently high level of performance.

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Topics: Athletic Performance, Team Communication, Sports Performance, Soccer, Effective Communication, wellness