I know, your inbox and social media is full of emails and posts about goal-setting and how to “plan your best 2019 ever!” right? Well, in this article I am going to be talking about 2019, but I’m actually going to be focusing on 2018. Why, you may be asking, when 2018 is essentially done and dusted? For one great reason – you achieve a hell of a lot in a year and I’m guessing that the majority of us don’t stop to acknowledge that! We just power right on through into the next year, scribbling down all our grandiose goals on New Year’s Day, without actually stopping to consider what actually went down this past year. Take a moment. What did you actually accomplish this year? What were the good bits, the hard bits, and the lessons you learned from both? What’s worth keeping and bringing into the new year, instead of throwing the baby out with the bathwater and starting all over again?

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I’ve had the absolute pleasure of attending the Supporting Champions conferences for the past couple of years, and as far as professional development opportunities go, these absolutely cannot be missed! In my opinion anyway. Innovative, inspiring, collaborative, out-of-the-box thinking – they are definitely not your average run-of-the-mill conferences and they will certainly give you a shake-up, and enlighten you in so many ways. I personally love the ability to learn from the best, be inspired by new ideas, personal insights, professional lessons and fantastic networking opportunities, as Steve from Supporting Champions has the enviable ability of attracting the world’s best scientists and high performance professionals from around the world.

I have written a guest blog for Steve and Supporting Champions summarising the conferences  – so if you’re keen to hear more, you can check out the full article here.

And to learn more about Steve and Supporting Champions, take a look at their website.

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I’ll be honest with you straight up, I’m not even sure what possessed me to agree to an amateur boxing match. It certainly wasn’t my intention to fight when I signed up to the gym a year ago, I was actually just so bored running and cycling on my own for hours on end that I decided I wanted something a little more social (if joining a boxing club can be classed as social!). Another disclosure – I am prone to challenging myself in quite extreme ways and often things I consider highly entertaining and fun cause most of my friends to question my sanity. I guess this could be classed in the same category. Read More

If you are a sport scientist, applied practitioner, sports medicine professional, coach, athlete or any other human interested in sports and capable of using Twitter and LinkedIn, you would have been hard pressed to miss the hype surrounding the recent release of Dr Steve Ingham’s new (and first) book, “How To Support A Champion: The Art Of Applying Science To The Elite Athlete”. And for good reason. Read More

I had an interesting discussion with a very close friend and colleague in academia about managing high workloads and the expectations and pressure placed on work output. Both of these topics have been major issues for both of us for most of our short careers, so the current situation and ensuing discussion was nothing new; sadly, it was quite familiar. So here we were on a Sunday night, she was home working on her laptop (as she had been doing all weekend in a desperate attempt to “catch up”), and I was on Skype for moral support and to “workshop” the issue of reducing her workload to a more realistic level, and integrating some steps towards work-life balance. Read More