chapter  16
What to do to stay ahead
ByDave Collins, Áine MacNamara
Pages 6

In searching for the magic ingredient, coaches and National Governing Bodies are often drawn to the uncritical adoption of practices from other sports or organisations. This final chapter presents guidance to key stakeholders (e.g. coaches, parents, athletes) about how to be effective and critical consumers of research and applied practice – the ability to differentiate, or at least question, the quality of the information offered and the importance of not getting caught up in the latest ‘hot topic’. For example, the importance of questioning ‘why’ they should, or should not, adopt certain concepts and ideas into their practice is debated. Attention is drawn to the propensity to recycle old ideas into new systems (e.g. learned resourcefulness recycled as mental toughness) and the need to question the evidence base before adopting these ideas.