The 2% Mindset by Dan Bernardin

I believe that developing your mindset is just as important as developing your technique for success in football and success in life. Your mindset dictates the decisions you make and the decisions you make every minute of everyday dictate your future. The 2% mindset is a great visual of some of the things you should consider […]

Direct play with quality are keys to success in football – A research review by Dan Bernardin

The predictors and determinants of inter-season success in a professional soccer team, by Kite & Nevill, in the Journal of Human Kinetics (2017). Abstract: Background: The main objective of football is to outscore your opponent. It has previously been suggested that successful teams need to have a higher number of shots, successful passes and […]

Why max speed testing with light gates is a waste of time by Dan Bernardin

Peak speed determination in football: is sprint testing necessary? By T. Massard, T. Eggers, and R. Lovell in Science and Medicine in Football (2017). Abstract: Background: Max speed is an important requirement in elite football and is typically associated with crucial moments in a game that can dictate the outcome such as scoring a […]

Improve your speed and jumping performance by correcting limb asymmetries! By Dylan Mernagh

Vertical and horizontal asymmetries are related to slower sprinting and jumping performance in elite youth female soccer players by C. Bishop., P. Read., J. McCubbine., & A. Turner in the Journal of Strength & Conditioning Research. Abstract: Background:  Inter limb asymmetries refer to the function of one limb in respect to the other. Given […]

Reducing Energy Leaks by Improving Trunk Stiffness by Tom Taylor


‘Stiffness’ is a term that seems to be used more frequently in recent years as an important athletic trait, and the term can be used when talking about various areas of the body, such as stiffness at the ankle and at the knee. The importance of ankle stiffness is often discussed in terms of maximising […]

You must be able to slow down quickly in order to change direction quickly by Dan Bernardin

Effects of a six-week strength training programme on change of direction performance in youth team sport athletes by F. Bourgeois, P. Gamble, N. Gill, and M. McGuigan in Sports (2017). Abstract: Background: Football requires excellent agility which is the combination of cognitive factors (reaction time and decision-making) and physical factors that are associated with […]

Book Review – Peak Performance by Brad Stulberg and Steve Magness by Tom Taylor

Peak Performance

Introduction: ‘Peak Performance’ is written by two authors who are both considered to be at the top of their respective fields; Brad Stulberg (@bstulberg) is a journalist who writes for some of America’s biggest publications, and has also previously worked as a consultant for some of the biggest companies in the world. Steve Magness (@stevemagness) […]

Ankle mobility the most common limitation in the Overhead Squat Test by Dan Bernardin

Findings from our pre-season movement competency screening utilising the body weight Overhead Squat showed ankle dorsi-flexion range of motion (ROM) was the most common limitation among players. Restricted ankle dorsi-flexion is considered a risk factor in several different injuries including Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) injury (1). Biomechanical factors such as limited knee flexion, large ground […]