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“If we have children, there’s no chance they’re playing rugby…!"

By Luke, Co-Founder, Game Changer Sports 05/06/2017

The debate this week around the much publicised petition to ban tackling in schools rugby has been fascinating. There has been an overwhelming response from the rugby and non-rugby community largely declaring the notion as ridiculous. As a former player with huge passion for the game I am a vociferous member of the ‘Don’t Ban ...

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The Evolution Of The Football Agent

By Richard Cohen, Production Director, Sports Innovation Network 15/03/2017

The Evolution Of The Football Agent As part of the Football Innovation Summit we look closely at the relationship between Agents, Clubs and the importance of positive relations to ensure effective pathways and careers for their Players. ...

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Leading NBA Performance Coach Reveals How To Maximise Speed & Quickness

By Luke, Co-Founder, Game Changer Sports 21/01/2016

Taking lessons from other sports and understanding how to transfer and apply this learning is essential to the further development of rugby players and teams. In any sport, speed is a commodity and a critical point of difference. It is an area where no matter the player or their position a 2% gain can be the critical differen ...

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A week in the life of a Sale Sharks academy player, Part One

By Luke, Co-Founder, Game Changer Sports 15/03/2016

Charlie Pozniak is a 17 year old currently playing lock for Sale Sharks U18 in the Premiership Academy League. He is in Year 12 and studying four A-Levels at The Manchester Grammar School: Russian, History, Politics, and RS. Sunday Outmuscled, outplayed, outclassed. We’ve just lost to Leicester, and playing against a Tuila ...

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Rugby On The Verge Of Technology Gold Rush

By Luke, Co-Founder, Game Changer Sports 14/09/2015

With close to 20 million people expected to watch the Rugby World Cup final later this year, rugby is beginning to attract a global appeal few may have thought possible back in 1987 at the first world cup in New Zealand. Add into the mix that Rugby 7s is now an Olympic sport with the subsequent mass investment and funding fro ...

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Numbers Never Lie…

By Luke, Co-Founder, Game Changer Sports 15/03/2017

Rugby is constantly evolving and teams are always looking for a way to improve. One of those ways has been with the advent of technology in modern rugby, we have seen an explosion in Statistics, Analytics and Performance Measurement at the domestic level. Teams are embracing the fact that Statistics can help them assess their ow ...

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Genetic Testing Changes The Landscape For Sports Nutrition

By Luke, Co-Founder, Game Changer Sports 15/03/2017

At Game Changer Sports we are constantly on the look out for the most innovative and creative solutions to improve performance and reduce injury. We were absolutely delighted to be introduced to former rugby player James Brown, now the CEO and Founder of DNActiv. DNActiv Nutrition is widely accepted as the fundamental buil ...

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Redesigning Rugby Union Attack – Canterbury Crusaders

By Luke, Co-Founder, Game Changer Sports 15/03/2017

In 1969, Neil Armstrong captivated the world with his first steps onto the moon. For years we were enthralled by Apollo missions, successful or not. We developed a method of guaranteeing success and the innovations and explorative ideas became less and less. The Space programme was simply about perfecting what worked before not ...

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A week in the life of a Sale Sharks academy player, Part Two

By Luke, Co-Founder, Game Changer Sports 15/03/2017

In this follow-on from Charlie Pozniak’s diary of a typical week as a Manchester Grammar School pupil and a Sale Sharks U18 player, Mark Bennett – head of performance at Bristol – offers some advice on what the young back-five forward can improve upon. Sunday – match If Charlie is truly 10kg lighter than others playing in ...

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Injury Screening or Risk Management? – Marrying Data With Experience

By Luke, Co-Founder, Game Changer Sports 15/03/2017

Screening – Who’s responsibility is it?? This is a brief overview of musculoskeletal screening from the perspective of a first team physiotherapist working in the real world of professional football at League 2 where resources are limited. This is certainly not an in depth academic review. Instead, the aim is to stimulate deb ...

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