GAINcast Episode 69: Long-Term Development (with Patrick McHugh)

At North Shore Country Day School students range from age 4 to 18. As athletic director, Patrick McHugh has had a chance to put in place a truly long-term athletic development process. The key word there is process: long-term development is not a model, but a process that is never linear. On this episode he talked about his philosophy and more.

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McHugh is the athletic director and track coach at North Shore Country Day School in Winnetka, Illinois. On the theme of long-term development we discussed his overall philosophy, developing intrinsic motivation in athletes, minimum effective dose, and more. Here are some highlights:

When you understand the craft of coaching, one person can have on so many kids. @patmchughAD Click To Tweet Coaching is about thinking outside the box to solve problems. It never goes smoothly. @patmchughAD Click To Tweet

Internal motivation is superior to external motivation. @patmchughAD Click To Tweet Don’t assume you have to do a certain level of work to get an adaptation. @patmchughAD Click To Tweet There’s nothing like sharing something you love with your child, but it comes with ups and downs. Click To Tweet

To hear more about these topics you can listen to the full episode above. If you like what you hear on the GAINcast, don’t forget to give us a review and subscribe on iTunes.

Further Reading

The following links were referenced in the podcast or provide some additional reading material on the topic:

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