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When the Whiteboard gets in the way of Athletic Development

Testing Frequency & Athletic Development There are a lot of things I learned at University which I have long since forgotten; however one thing I do remember is talking about testing frequency and how it can impact an individual’s ability to pick up new skills and improve. Specifically,  we looked at …
How Do You Define Progress?

How Do You Define Progress?

Often progress happens in inches and centimeters, not necessarily in leaps and bounds. Taryn Haggerstone reflects on what progress looks like for her.
The Importance of Losing

The Importance of Losing

Winning is fun, but the lessons that stay with us the longest often come from losing, when our weaknesses are revealed and we renew our resolve to improve.


by TARYN HAGGERSTONE I don’t normally think of drinking establishments as being the place to go for life advice but this bar, ‘Back Forty’, always seems to have really good sayings and this quote in particular is something I’ve always believed in – that our capacity to achieve is limitless. When it comes down …
Tim Down

Athletes, Injuries and Loss of Identity

by TARYN HAGGERSTONE  “Who Am I?” Several months ago I was training a client who happened to be a psychologist, and during our sessions I feel as though what she told me challenged my brain as much as the exercises I gave her challenged her body. Even though I no longer work with that particular...

The 4 Pillars of Mental Toughness

by TARYN HAGGERSTONE  “The most important game you will ever play will happen on the 4 inch ‘field’ between your ears” That is something one of my all-time favourite coaches used to say back in Highschool, even though it is years since I have seen or spoken to him those words are have always stuck...

Cheating in Sports and The Prisoner’s Dilemma

2013 – Lance Armstrong is found guilty of doping and is stripped of 7 Tour de France Gold Medals. 2000 – the Spanish Paralympic Mens Basketball teams takes the Gold medal, only to be disqualified when it was revealed 10 of the 12 athletes suffered no intellectual disability whatsoever. 1988 – Canadian …
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