Monday, 25 April 2011

Jet Lag

Interested in learning how to reduce the negative effects of jetlag and travel fatigue?  This factsheet, from one of our sister websites ( provides information and practical advice:

Jetlag Factsheet

Like all aspects of performance, planning is key.  Adjustment to the new time zone can start before you even leave home.

Wednesday, 13 April 2011

Doping News

Athletes that are subject to WADA's anti-doping rules, should be very careful not only about the medications and supplements that they take, but also about the source of their food.  Recently positive tests for clenbuterol as a result of eating contaminated meat products have been reported (most notable in the case of 3-times Tour de France winner Alberto Contador).  This recent article highlights the risk:

Contaminated meat products in China?

Be very careful!  Contador may be cleared to compete, but his reputation will forever be tarnished.  UK sprint hurdler Callum Priestley wasn't so lucky.

We will include further articles on doping in sport and precautions to take to avoid unintentional doping violations.  In the meantime, check out the UK Anti-doping (UKAD) website for further information.

Athlete Life Development are committed to drug-free sport.

Thursday, 7 April 2011

Overcoming Setbacks

Life in sport is all about striving for your dreams no matter what obstacles are placed in your way.  Be it injury, illness, financial difficulties or a lack of support, even the best athletes have had to overcome major setbacks on their way to the top.  It's how athletes overcome the setbacks that distinguishes the very best from the also-rans.

There are many great stories of how individuals have overcome adversity in sport, but this lighthearted, if somewhat extreme, story demonstrates just how far some individuals are willing to go to follow their dreams.

Girl trains cow to jump fences

No path to the top is smooth.  Be inspired to overcome your obstacles today.

Wednesday, 6 April 2011


Welcome to the blog and resource page for Athlete Life Development.  We are a pair of consultants specialising in providing lifeskills, career and development support to performance athletes.  This page will include links to resources, topics for discussion, and tips for athletes and coaches.  Please feel free to add your comments and get involved in the debates.

First up, this is a great link to remind athletes about making the most of their life as an athlete, and to prepare for life after sport.  For many, the transition into life after sport can be a daunting one, but with proper planning, the stress of retirement from sport can be greatly reduced.  This is what Ato Boldon has to say on the matter:

10 things retired athletes know that active ones don't

What are your tips for current athletes?  How do you think they can prepare for life after sport?  Please post your comments below.

Career planning is just one of the many services that we provide.  For further details please contact us.