Podcast #4: Long Term Athlete Development & the Value of Functional Movement Patterns with Dr. Craig Harrison.
Curious how athletes develop into elite performers? Have you got a child or family member who is a developing athlete? On this episode, we bring in the New Zealand director of Long Term Athlete Development, Dr. Craig Harrison. The Auckland-based Millenium Center hosts dozens of young athletes every day for movement education and non-specific skill development programs, and Dr. Harrison leads us through the Kiwi philosophy which has produced a country full of sport-crazy, free-moving and all-round healthy people.
Tune in as we discuss growth vs. maturation, the value of resourcefulness and accountability and much more. Don’t miss this episode’s actionable advice from the most cutting edge talent development researcher around!
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What You’ll Learn From This Episode:
- The most important factors in developing young athletes
- Growth/Height development & management of pubescence
- Why the linear development scale is unrealistic
- New Zealand’s before-school movement academy
- Fundamental movement patterns and how they effect long-term development
- The difference between growth and maturation & The Relative Age Effect
- Early developers vs late developers and who gets the advantage
- How U20 graduates can transition to the seniors/pros
Featured On The Show:
- AUT Millenium Center
- NZ Athlete Development
- AUT AD on YouTube
- Follow Dr. Craig Harrison on @drcraigharrison
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