Why Warm Up?

Your body is a very economical machine.  It gives the least possible effort to stay alive so imagine how rude you are when you suddenly ask it to exert into a full on sprint.  The body says “no way” and gets all flustered.  Muscle start working against each other and next you have torn or detached something of importance. Full stop.

So gently coach your body into activity.  A jog around the track will start the oxygen (fuel) flowing into the muscles and sinovial fluid (lubrication) flows into your joints.  Start moving your joints through a greater range of movement with some dynamic stretches or drills.  The drills will vary according to your sporting needs and can be either flexibility or skill centered, depending on your day’s program.

I will discuss drills and their importance to skill learning in a later blog.

Obviously the warm up, although a bit boring, is necessary for preventing injuries and obtaining a high skill level.

How then, in an emergency, can we get away with violent movement without suffering injury?  It all comes down to arousal and adrenalin.  Not a guarantee of being injury free, so don’t give yourself a fright and expect to get out of the warm up.

Anatomy of Sport

Another season almost gone and time to review.

There is not a lot of ‘blogging’ going on while I am immersed in training and coaching so it’s good to review

my blogs over the past three or so years.

Yes, there is some good and pertinent stuff from back then and I haven’t much to change except a little older and wiser.

I thought it might be a good thing to put out a seven article blurb on what ‘sport’ means to me both from a coach’s perspective and an athlete.

I continue to learn from others and hope to give some back.  Not all will agree with my findings but I stand by my ‘track record’ at State, National & International levels.

So, what’s coming up?  Anatomy of Sport. (My view).

1/ Thinking about it. [Mind, emotion, Goals]

2/ Warm up. [Homeostasis, pushing the envelope].

3/ Bio-mechanics. [Adaptation of movement skills]

4/ Energy systems. [Explosive or Endurance]

5/ Learning. [Patience & Understanding]

6/ Strategies. [Mind games with self]

7/ Execution. [On the playing surface]

First article will be just before my seventh Surf lifesaving ‘Aussies’.  Time to put it all under the microscope.

More from the (EFT) Family – Sports Injuries.

[another excerpt from our EFT Family]

A Girl and Her Cramps.


Melanie told the Practitioners of a time at Netball with Alicia…”when a woman came right up to me with anguish on her face, she said, “Do you have any aspirin or ibuprufen?  My daughter has such bad cramps  that she can’t walk.  they just came on suddenly.”  I smiled to myself that she was guided in my direction, and I told her  that I didn’t have any aspirin or ibuprofen, but I had something else we could use: I could tap her with my fingers.

She was ready to try anything, so I went to her 13yr old daughter and began to tap.  Within one round of tapping (less than 30seconds) the cramps had more than half disappeared.  Within the next 30seconds, the cramps went away completely.  Her parents’ faces showed total astonishment.  I was thrilled to have a replacement first aid kit in my fingertips”

[Always ask if it’s ok to tap on anyone else.  It’s good when you don’t have time to teach them the points]




What We Do: The Happiness Equation

 We Teach;

sportcheatsThe happiness equation  [CS=LE]  where CS is Current Situation & LE is Life Expectation.

If this equation is not correct we need to change CS or LE.

For that we use Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT)


30-guyangryreallyHow to control emotions :

Fear, Anger, Depression, Frustration etc.  These negative emotions cloud your judgement and damage your health.


Turn these into Positives:

Courage, Happiness, Love of Life.Happy Girl


healthy life picAttract the Good Things into your life – At work, in Relationships, Family and Lifestyle.





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Our Fees – are small by comparison;

$75 can get you: 1hr Massage (temporary relief)

Dinner for two. (over in an hour)

Ticket to a show (just a memory)


An EFT session learning skills and knowledge to last a lifetime.



We have special prices for Families and groups, and can even organise a Fundraiser.Fundraiser pic

You may know us from our guidance of several World Class Athletes, and think we only care about Sport.

But Sport is just a snapshot of Life.

Apply this to Work, Relationships, School or Lifestyle.  The applications are endless.

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Power Starts – Breathing

Duhhh!!  All starts are power starts and ,yes, we have to breath.  So what?

A two thirds breath intake locked in on the ‘set’ command will ensure a rigid mid section, or core, to prevent loss of power transfer in the chain from arms to feet.  In other words the hips will stay parallel (horizontal) and not rotate.

Forcing the breath out between the teeth or with a hissing sound will hold the abdomen under tension through the acceleration phase.

But how long can you hold it?  That will depend on your level of aerobic fitness.  You may not need to breathe during a 100m sprint, but if you do, try breaking your breaths in to ‘phases’ or zones.

If you expel air rapidly during your start suck in another breath quickly to hold the tension.  Over 40m you may need to do this two or three times.  Up to the individual.

Once through the acceleration stage use short pants of air while maintaining tight abdominals to keep the pelvis rotated forward.

In martial arts terms this is called ‘breathing behind the shield’.

The EFT Family (1) First Day

Game on

Although this post refers to First day at school it can also be used for first day at anything.  New team, move from local to district sport or even new coach.


EFT at School.
First Day.
Caxton was raising all kinds of very anxious and worried questions of the “What if….?” variety regarding his first venture to school the next day. He was obviously very concerned and troubled. Melanie asked him to tap under his eye without further explanation. He did. The questions continued but were of the typical little boy type that can drive us to distraction, the kind that are powered by enthusiasm, interest and excitement. [From Practitioner: this is the type of subtle cognitive shift that we see repeatedly with these procedures. He seemed oblivious to the tapping he had done, but several weeks later when I was visiting again, he came up to me and…

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Tales from the EFT Family (2) Sport

Game on

Stress and Heat on Performance

David was finding a common interest with parents who were also friends of the EFT Practitioner. Because he was a Doctor one mother confided:
We first used EFT with Adam (my son) when he was 8 during summer baseball. He often had a stomachache and general malaise before games but desperately wanted to play. During the games he often got overheated and nauseous. Once he threw up. We had attributed the nausea to his heat sensitivity but the more it happened, the more it looked like anxiety. We began to use EFT before games towards the end of the season, which greatly reduced the stomachache and nausea. The heat sensitivity seems to run in my family.
[Even though I am anxious about this game…….]
However, now that the other issues are taken care of, the heat sensitivity is more manageable.
When basketball season came along…

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Tales from the EFT Family (1)

Some time back I compiled a  short book on EFT experiences from an email list of Energy Practitioners.

Today I’ll introduce you to the “family” and add the stories one by one.

These are all taken from real life examples and can be applied to real life problems by yourself or through a Practitioner like myself.




Our Story…………

Our story follows a year in the life of the Craig family. It concerns father David, a Doctor at a Children’s Hospital, mother Melanie, who teaches at a primary school, Alicia aged 14 in secondary school, Bradley aged 10 and Caxton aged 6, about to enter primary school. David also helps with coaching the boys’ sports.

Learning to ‘Tap’.

As the family settled into a late afternoon lunch on a sunny January afternoon mother Melanie announced that she had spent the most interesting morning at the Youth Centre at a seminar on Youth Behaviour. The ‘presenter’ was a practitioner in a new field called EFT or Emotional Freedom Technique. Maybe it wasn’t really new ‘cause it was based on acupuncture, used by the Chinese for thousands of years, This method didn’t use needles (or drugs) but helped relieve stress and negative or ‘bad’ emotions. Therefore using it was mostly a quick and easy way to solve a lot of problems in every-day living.

The family wanted more to know how to do it (except for Bradley who thought he knew everything) than how it worked, so Melanie gave a quick demo. With the pads of her first two fingers she gently tapped several times on the following points:

First you think of a problem, something that irritates you perhaps, we’ll just start with some easy stuff ‘till you get used to it. “OK’ said Alicia, “I’m not looking forward to Netball training this afternoon. Will that do?”

Melanie asked Alicia to give her a number for the discomfort ranging from 1 – 10 with 10 being about as bad as it gets. Alicia thought it was about a 6. “Alright” said Melanie, “This is how it goes. First we have a set-up statement where we say……Even though I (put in your own words for the problem), I totally & sincerely accept myself. [ Alicia put in….am not looking forward to Netball training]
State that set-up three times whilst either gently rubbing the ‘sore spot’ or tapping on the little finger edge of the hand.
Then start a ‘round of tapping’ (with one or two words which represent the problem) as you tap each point.” [Alicia used…. Netball training]

After the first ‘round of tapping’ Alicia noted that her number dropped to 4, so Melanie instructed her to add the word ‘remaining’ in front of Netball training for the next ‘round’. This time the number dropped to 2 and on the next ‘round’ Alicia couldn’t find any negative thoughts about going to Netball training that afternoon. (In fact she never has had that problem since).

It didn’t take long for the rest of the family to try it out, starting with minor problems at first. Even Bradley used it, but wouldn’t admit it for a long time.

The ‘tapping points’ will be explained in my next blog, or, you can go to


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