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Unless your sport is running [cross country, triathlons, marathons, etc], I typically don't advise that youth athletes go on long distance runs as a form of training. There are a whole host of reasons why long distance running isn't the best method, but essentially, this is why I don't recommend it: For youth athletes that [...]

October 21, 2020

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We're excited to announce that we've introduced two new shirts to our official YAD Academy merchandise line. We'll still be selling our original YAD Academy shirts in the signature blue, but we'll also be selling our new #athletecode shirts in sand and grey marle for $35 per shirt. For a limited time, we're also offering [...]

October 16, 2020

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Our head coach was recently a guest on the Platform to Perform podcast, hosted and created by Todd Davidson, founder of P2P Coaching in the UK. In the episode, Harry and Todd discuss the increase of injuries requiring knee construction over the last 15 years in Australian athletes, the considerations one must make when working [...]

October 16, 2020

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"Better people create better athletes." James Kerr on former NZ All Blacks Head Coach Graham Henry.   The All Blacks success speaks for itself, and in our opinion, the reason they have reached such success comes down to the culture they have created, where each athlete takes responsibility and plays their role with humility and [...]

March 16, 2020

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The sled push is a lower body exercise that develops the posterior chain [glutes, hamstrings, calves], and acceleration technique. The sled is a versatile piece of equipment that can be used to improve athleticism in a number of ways. In this post, we'll stick to discussing the sled push in specific, which in and of [...]

February 27, 2020

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Imagine your health, energy and performance is a bucket. Optimising this is largely dictated by two factors — stress and recovery. Even though recovery adds to your bucket and stress takes away from your bucket; stress through working hard in the gym, and stress from school work and family responsibilities is valuable as it challenges [...]

February 27, 2020

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As we are coming into Term 1, I thought it would be good timing to write up an article on a really crucial question that I get asked constantly: how many times per week should I train? Specifically, when answering this question, I am going to be talking about athletic development [fitness] training.   Finding [...]

January 21, 2020

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The Youth Athletic Development Academy is a sport performance, physical literacy and fitness institute for youth throughout the specific stages of their growth and development. We work with ages 5 through 18, and our programs predominantly service Sunshine Coast based students.   The three pillars of our program are: 1. Youth athletes looking to optimise [...]

January 21, 2020

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We’ve written about the importance of performance testing for youth athletes before.   The TL;DR version of that post is this: Performance testing involves running athletes through a series of movements and assessing their performance. Periodical performance testing plays an important role in the development of any athlete. The tests that are undertaken as part […]

January 13, 2020

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