Niall O'Carroll

How athletes are maintaining fitness during lockdown

By Niall O'Carroll / March 31, 2020 /

The entire sporting community are feeling the impact of Covid-19 as events and training across the nation come to an abrupt standstill. Athletes, at the core of the sporting spectacle, face challenging times ahead as sport is left at the back burner  This unprecedented time can spark overwhelming fear and anxiety. Athletes who traditionally thrive…

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WATCH: Isa Nacewa “If you can’t do an 8/10 you shouldn’t be a professional”

By Niall O'Carroll / March 28, 2020 /

THESE were the words of Isa Nacewa recently in Dublin talking to a corporate group on leadership. 8/10 is a principle ingrained in Nacewa in Auckland watching the likes of Doug Howlett and Christian Cullen demand more of themselves with every performance.  Why you may wonder am I writing about a Leinster man this week.…

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This time will pass and sport will return

By Niall O'Carroll / March 18, 2020 /

SPORT has been decimated with the decision to lock down public events. The problem with this for the regular sports fan is that in troubled times a stroll to watch your local team, a couple of pints watching Super Sunday, or the Sunday Sports Supplement with a coffee provide release from the daily struggles of…

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“If She Can’t See It, She Can’t Be It”

By Niall O'Carroll / March 15, 2020 /

“How important it is for us to recognise and celebrate our heroes and she-roes!” ― Maya Angelou So reads the tag line of the 20×20 movement to ensure women have greater visibility in sport from a performing, officiating, reporting and regulating point of view. Research suggests that girls drop out of participating in sport at double…

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Football is heading for trouble now and in the future

By Niall O'Carroll / February 19, 2020 /

I WAS struck by the sad news of the passing of Jimmy Conway an Irish footballer who was the only non-English player in the 1975 FA Cup Final.  Conway’s career took him from Bohemians in the LOI to the professional ranks in England with clubs including Manchester City and Fulham, earning 20 international caps and…

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Niall O'Carroll: Accountability is key to Ireland’s upturn in form

By Niall O'Carroll / February 12, 2020 /

THE LATE great basketball player Kobe Bryant once said “if you are going to be a great leader, you are not going to please everybody. You are going to have to hold people accountable, even if you have that moment of being uncomfortable.” It was that thought of holding people accountable that came to mind…

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OPINION: Injury nightmare puts Munster in a precarious position

By Niall O'Carroll / January 8, 2020 /

The spectre of injury hangs over the Munster Rugby squad as they face into a season-defining trip to Paris needing to win to keep their European Cup ambitions alive. Unless JJ Hanrahan’s hamstring heals in a week, Munster appears to have no fit front line out half available after confirmation of Joey Carbery’s wrist injury.…

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Football needs massive changes to survive latest scandals

By Niall O'Carroll / December 11, 2019 /

Having written an article a couple of weeks ago about racism in football I find myself writing again on the topic. As Ole Gunnar Solksjaer said after Man Utd’s victory over Manchester City;  “We keep talking about it every bloody week. But he’s been caught on camera. He should, in my opinion, never be allowed…

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What happens when the heart just stops, but the body goes on living?

By Niall O'Carroll / November 28, 2019 /

They say an athlete dies twice. Well in my work and research I have had the pleasure to sit down with Olympic Champions, World record-holders and professionals from a host of sports around the globe. I have built a four-pillar transition model based on my findings from research which suggest that Planning, Support Structure, Education…

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“We all choke. Winners know how to handle choking better than losers.”

By Niall O'Carroll / November 27, 2019 /

The week Niall O’Carroll examines ‘choking’, the science behind it and what separates our responses. “And in the darkened underpass, I thought, ‘Oh God, my chance has come at last’ (but then a strange fear gripped me and I just couldn’t ask)” The Smiths, There is A Light That Never Goes Out “I mistimed it.…

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