Psychological Impact of Injuries on Athletes

Athletes can be deprived of their sense of self due to injuries increasing stress in their lives. This can further lead to a fear to re-injury, negative emotions, mood disturbances and a sensation of loss1. It is normal for athletes to experience a variety of emotions like feeling down, sad, angry, restless, irritable or anxious … Continue reading Psychological Impact of Injuries on Athletes

Impact of Burnout on Sport Performance

Enjoyment remains the key to sport participation at all times and must be prioritised by parents and coaches. Do you think that the more you train, the better your performance is? Optimum amount of training is appropriate for an athlete to get the maximum of their abilities. Work SMART is the new mantra! We always … Continue reading Impact of Burnout on Sport Performance

A Single Season Sport by Raoul Hirani

Periodised training is critical for long-term and sustainable gains for the athlete year-on-year. Courtesy: YLM Sport Science Historically, Sport Coaches and Strength & Conditioning coaches have been at loggerheads over the handling of athletes, even though the goals of both these coaches is to have the athlete perform at their optimal levels. With more awareness … Continue reading A Single Season Sport by Raoul Hirani

The Specialisation Conundrum

Raoul Hirani, Strength & Conditioning Trainer Parents and Coaches should focus on Sampling of Sports for better athletic development rather than worrying about achieving results in one Sport too quickly. When should a child specialise in a single sport? It really depends on the sport!However, most sports are the ones where the athletes peaks in their … Continue reading The Specialisation Conundrum

Proteins – Plant Based vs Animal based

Manav Bajaj, Sport Nutritionist While it is now common understanding that protein helps muscle building/growth which is essential for athletic performance. However, in the current world of protein supplements there is a large variety of options available ranging from dairy and animal based proteins (whey, casein, milk, beef) and vegetarian friendly options such as plant based proteins (soy, … Continue reading Proteins – Plant Based vs Animal based

GLUTEN FREE DIETS – Fad or Fact?

Manav Bajaj, Sport Nutritionist Gluten free diets (GFD) seem to be the latest of many fad diets/trends that get blown out of proportion in the mainstream media while ignoring the scientific underpinnings of its existence. This has also been fueled by a number of high-profile athlete’s endorsing gluten free diets and correlating the absence of … Continue reading GLUTEN FREE DIETS – Fad or Fact?

Demonising Fat?! Ever heard of Omega-3?

Manav Bajaj Omega-3 fatty acids are polyunsaturated fatty acids meaning they contain more than one carbon double bond in their structure. The main two omega-3 fatty acids are eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). These two fatty acids have been purported to have several mechanisms that may contribute to gaining an athletic advantage either … Continue reading Demonising Fat?! Ever heard of Omega-3?

Being a Terrific Sports Parent- Freya Katre

The previous article looked at understanding and managing a parents roles and relationships with regard to their child's sport. This second part discusses the basic principles required for good parent-athlete communication. In the following are some simple principles to be kept in mind:Let the child know that you are interested and involved in their sport … Continue reading Being a Terrific Sports Parent- Freya Katre

Raising An Athlete- Freya Katre

In this blog, we will look at understanding and managing a parent's roles and relationships with regard to their child's sport. Being a parent can be extremely challenging. In addition, being a parent of an athlete often adds to the efforts and responsibilities involved. An athlete's parent, has to look into the child's sport and … Continue reading Raising An Athlete- Freya Katre

Effects of Sibling Relationships on a Young Athlete’s Development

Parents are advised to adapt a process-based approach and treat the children as individuals and not compare them at any stage, especially on the basis of results or outcomes. Sibling relationships play a crucial role in child’s psychological development as they are considered amongst the longest lasting relationship in a person’s life. Factors ranging from a child’s characteristics to cultural values … Continue reading Effects of Sibling Relationships on a Young Athlete’s Development