Developing the young athlete: from biology to behaviour

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Craig Harrison

This presentation will provide an insight into athlete development, an evidence-informed, non-sport-specific development programme for youth athletes aged 8-17 years in New Zealand. Specifically, Dr Craig Harrison will present the key principles of the programme and how they are applied to develop the foundations of physical and mental performance. BIOG: Dr Craig Harrison helps youth athletes develop the foundations of physical and mental performance. Focusing his time on two key areas, Craig is the director of athlete development at AUT Millennium, an evidenced-informed, non-sport-specific development programme for youth athletes aged 8-17 years. Craig is also a research fellow at the Sports Performance Research Institute New Zealand (SPRINZ) at AUT University, where he leads the youth athlete development postgraduate research group. Craig has been working with parents, coaches, teachers and administrators to help youth athletes reach their sporting best across New Zealand for over 15 years.

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