Monthly Archives: April 2012

Conditioning in young sports people

DSC00597 St Peters Runners

There are many misconceptions about training young sports people. While certain of these may have some truth to them, there are general guidelines to training young sports people. In this article we will be focusing on athletes in late childhood/early puberty phase. In this age group children will be experiencing normal growth development as this […]

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School vs Club Sport

soccer kids

In all my years involved in South African school sports departments there is one thing that has never ceased to amaze me, how much control club sport has on kids. In a country where our school sport is so broad, so diverse and so advanced how on earth has club sport survived. A marketing success […]

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Sport: winning, losing and building character

Winning - Sportmanship

The Intercol competition is on us again. The Intercol is a great competitive institution in South Australia and, arguably, one that is both most hotly contested and anticipated among the participating schools. It’s an appropriate hook on which to hang some comments in respect of the role of sport in education. Promoting participation in sport […]

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Drug testing at schools

Performance Enhancing Substances

New revelations in the Sunday Times of 1st April 2012 regarding an increasing incidence of smoking, alcohol and drugs in South African schools as well as the 2-year ban imposed on 2 school boy rugby players following positive tests for steroids has once again highlighted the need for a better understanding of drug and steroid […]

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Understanding Sever’s Disease (Heel pain in growing athletes)

Sever's Disease

Severs disease is the most common cause of heel pain in the growing athlete. If your child has ever suffered from this, you will know how uncomfortable and frustrating this condition is when all your child wants to do is get on with their sport! What is it? The medical name for Sever’s disease is […]

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