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America: Where the Grass is Greener or a Murky Swamp Where Athletes Rarely Prosper? by Harry Kendall

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📸 by Jodi Hanagan


Recently, theathleteplace conducted a survey on Instagram asking whether athletes would travel to America for University. The result of this was a 63% majority for the ‘yes’ party. As a follow-up, we attempted to get some answers from athletes on the pros and cons of moving to America to further your training, however, the majority of this feedback was negative, which creates an interesting debate. This is a follow up to the article by Catherine Reid who brilliantly detailed her…

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How Can Student-Athletes Build Resilience and Prevent Burnout? by Helena Keenan

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Just like 2020, sport can be very demanding and push us to our limits. Adversities, or any negative events, are inevitable in sport. Athletes may experience failures, mental health problems, injuries, homesickness and overtraining [1]. When dealing with these challenges, athletes are often told to just “get over it” or “move on.” We are told that in order to be successful, we must bounce back from adversity, be more resilient, and learn from our failures [2]. Yet these behaviours are not simple …

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Leaving Sports and Finding Yourself...Again? by Daniel Oderinde

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What’s up people, I begin this piece by sending peace to everyone reading this and introduce myself - my name is Daniel Oderinde and I am a former national and international medallist at the youth/junior level (AAA’s bronze medallist and FISEC International Catholic School Games 100m champion). As you can tell by my writing in the past tense, I have stopped pursuing a career in athletics, that was due to having suffered from an on-going chronic knee injury called patella femoral pain syndrome. W…

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How I Got Into Running by Conrad Williams

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📸 via Team GB


Right, let's get straight into this one. So how did I get into running? Well for me it all started way back when I was little and in school. I was into a lot of sports, like basketball, football and running, but in that order. I watched the NBA a lot and played in my school team, I also played football for my local club and tried to see how far I could get with the skills that I thought I had. As much as I liked running I never did anything about it. I didn't watch any running at al…

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Sha'Carri: Athletics' Diamond or Dynamite? by Trak Archives

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Drake and Michelle Obama speaking about an athlete? Must be Bolt... you know the GOAT 9x Olympic Champ. No… They, along with the rest of the internet, speak about Sha’Carri Richardson, a 21-year-old who hasn’t even been to the Olympics yet.

Why Sha’Carri? In case you’ve been living under a rock, black culture, and to be even more specific, African American lead culture and trends are the most influential in the world. Whether it be music of any genre but especially hip hop, fashion, or …

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Training For Fun: The Importance of Finding Your Why by Joe Fuggle

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Why are you doing it?

I have read a lot recently around the topic of direction, purpose and how finding your 'why' is so important, I couldn't agree more. Have you ever taken the time out of your day to sit back and just think, think about what you do that makes you feel happy, what makes you say "I have had a great day today"? I have been on one hell of a ride over these past few months (haven't we all...) though it is the small things that have made it an en enjoyable experience, enjoying the h…

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The Meteoric Rise of Kevin Metzger by Daniel Rees

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Kevin Metzger may only have been specialising in the 400m for little over a year, but a string of outstanding performances in the one-lap event has earned him the chance to represent Great Britain at international level for the first time in his career.

He makes his GB début in Poland at the World Relay Championships this weekend as one of the less experienced members of the men’s squad, having raced in the outdoor 400m less than a dozen times in his entire career – a fraction of the ex…

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Side Hustle Series: Reynold Banigo

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1. Who are you?

My name is Reynold Banigo, I am 22 and from Leeds, now based in Loughborough


2. What sport do you do?

I do athletics and compete in the long jump, my personal best is 7.94m. I am the current British Outdoor Champion aiming to qualify for the Tokyo Olympic Games in the summer.

3. What’s your side hustle?

My side hustle is that I’m a freelance barber of all hair types, I take bookings and home visits, check out the Insta below to get involved!

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Eat, Sleep, Train, Repeat: Top Tips for Surviving Long Training Days

Ah, December. It's cold, it's dark and training is getting harder. Whatever sport you do, December tends to represent the middle of winter training and probably a lot of time spent at the training ground. With 7 events to fit in, Heptathletes have learned a thing or two about long training days. With that in mind, here's some top multi-eventer tips for surviving those double (or triple!) session days.


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"I set goals for every session I do and I try to …

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Super Spikes: Are They Fair? by Trak Archives

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📸 by Jodi Hanagan


The Nike Air Zoom Viperfly aren’t the first super spikes to be shelved. Back in 1968, the Puma Brush spikes were also banned before the Olympic Games. The only difference being they were released first, 2 world records were broken competing in these spikes. Most notably John Carlos broke the 20 second barrier for the first time in the 200 metres a month before the games on a new tartan surface. 

Years later, Tommie Smith wrote in his book, Silent Gesture: “Carlos couldn’t have be…

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