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The LTAD Network Podcast

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A podcast for Parents, Sports Coaches, PE Teachers, Support staff and anyone else interested in Youth Athletic Development! Our mission is to support grassroots coaches in the development of youth athletes.Here you'll find interviews with technical coaches, support staff, researchers and former athl… read more


Katie Richards (British Gymnastics): Working with humans.

Katie is a Coach Education Development Manager at British Gymnastics, as well as a BASES Accredited Sport Scientist and former Senior Sport Psychology & Coaching Science Lecturer at St Mary’s University for many years. Katie has been a leading figure within the UK gymnastics scene for several years, offering sport psychology support to a number of clubs and coaches.

In this episodes Katie discusses:

  • Her journey from failed ballerina to World level Gymnast.

  • Her concept of "The Dash".

  • Having a combination of a Humanistic and Cognitive behaviourist approach.

  • The unrealistic expectations of going "clean" at competition.

  • Challenging belief systems and cultures.

  • The importance of Self-awareness, Acceptance, Realistic Evaluation and Focus.

  • How all coaching is just working with humans with varying degrees of perception, ability and emotional intelligence.

  • Prehab vs Rehab in Psychology.

You can find out more about Katie via her Instagram account: @katie_richards_csci and via her website .

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