Athletic Development

Blog: The Smoke & Mirrors of Success & Performance

England Rugby’s Osteopath, Keith Gladstone, delivered the annual Dunford Lecture to sport scholars and ESS pupils at the start of the 2018 academic year. Whilst sharing his experiences from a vast array of professional working environments, including World’s Strongest Man and ITV’s Love Island, Keith gave an unrivalled insight into the smoke and mirrors of […]

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Pupil Review: The Dunford Lecture

On Tuesday 18th September, Keith Gladstone came to give this year’s Dunford lecture to sports scholars, other pupils and staff on his life’s work as an osteopath. Following on from a drinks reception with the scholars, he began his talk, entitled ‘Athletic Health’, discussing firstly the role he had played in the World’s Strongest Man […]

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Blog: Building Blocks of Success

Strength and conditioning (S & C) forms one of the integrating factors associated with Marlborough College’s core mission to produce versatile pupils who can succeed at anything they choose to do. However, S & C is a relatively vague term, causing some people to question why S & C would be beneficial to them. S […]

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Blog: Youth Athletic Development

To add to the excitement of their first weeks at Marlborough College, the Shell year group have embarked on their athletic development pathway with the Strength and Conditioning team. This began with an induction to the outstanding facilities available for use by all, whereby safe handling of equipment was underlined. Following this, students took part […]

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Blog: Positive Play

Thursday 21st September As we are quickly progressing onto the third week of term and are about to play our block fixture against Cheltenham on Thursday 22nd September.  It feels like the right time to reflect on the past two weeks on behalf of the Senior XV plus an insight into my time at the […]

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Blog: Long Term Athlete Development

Importance of Long Term Athlete Development and our approach at Marlborough College What is Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD)? The challenges for those invested in youth sport come in various forms. The main area of focus being that children and adolescents should not be treated as miniature adults, and as such the exercise guidelines and […]

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Blog: The Importance of Training & Recovery

There are a variety of training modalities and the type of modality selected is completely dependent on the situation. Whether it’s for elite level athletes or young children, training will be moulded to fit around their needs and is dependent on the desired outcome. Focusing on young athletes the main emphases of training can be […]

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Blog: Importance of the Warm-Up

The warm-up plays an important role in preparing athletes for training or competition as Lead Strength & Conditioning Coach, James Davies, explains… It can not only improve performance but massively reduce the risk of injury along with playing a key role in athletic development. The warm-up is broken down into four stages with each stage […]

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Blog: The Importance of Active Recovery

After game day or a hard workout/training session, it would seem that complete rest would be the best way to encourage recovery… However, research proves many advantages in active recovery. What is active recovery? Active recovery is a specific session that is less intense and has less volume than any of the other sessions you […]

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Blog: Strength and Conditioning

With a busy summer preparing profiles, pupil data, new systems and training plans ahead the start of term has been an exciting time for the Strength and Conditioning department. There have also been two new additions of staff to the team enabling wholesale implementation of S&C throughout the school.  The Strength and Conditioning team’s first […]

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