Mind Set Game #40: Strength and conditioning in the UK vs Australia with David Young

In today’s episode of the mind set game podcast, I sat down with David Young.

David is Senior Strength and Conditioning Coach at New South Wales Institute of Sport in Sydney, Australia, but our paths crossed on 2 separate occasions. The first being, David was my S&C coach at the Welsh Institute of Sport (Sport Wales as it now called) in Cardiff when I first started in performance sport back in 2006 and then our paths crossed again in 2009 when David was an S&C coach at the time working for the English Institute of Sport (EIS) in Bisham Abbey. Continue reading “Mind Set Game #40: Strength and conditioning in the UK vs Australia with David Young”

Technology Doping

In 2008, double amputee Oscar Pistorius of South Africa successfully lobbied for the right to race on carbon fiber blades in IAAF events, including the Olympic Games. Four years later he became the first amputee to run against able-bodied competition at the Olympics when he competed in the 400 meters in London.


This year German long jumper Markus Rehm attempted to qualify for the Rio Olympics, but officials, concerned that his artificial leg conferred an unfair advantage, did not permit him to compete. Half a century after the first Paralympic Games, in Rome, in 1960, the distinction between disability and ability is disappearing.

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Something the Paralympics are not telling you

Speaking from personal experience, the classification system that is place in Paralympic sport is an absolute mine field, as I competed in 3 different sport throughout my 10 years career. I could tell you why someone is in that particular classification in a sport I did, but couldn’t do the same if it was the same disability in a different sport and that is probably why it is to complex of system.

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Doping: Frustrations among clean athletes

This is quite a good topic for discussion at this present time with the Rio Olympics and Paralympics coming up in the next few weeks and the Russians making the headlines for all the wrong reasons.


As a former elite athlete myself, I think it’s good that they are starting to give out harsher penalties to drug cheats. I read a BBC Sports post this afternoon stating that the IOC (International Olympic Commitee) have not banned the whole Russian team from the Olympics.

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