Tip of the Month – August

Coach Monika says…

 

Fall is almost here! School and Club try-outs are usually part of the September schedule and parents tend to get as anxious as their athletes over upcoming events.

Here are some tips from well-established Sport psychologist, Dr. Patrick Cohn. I have permission to cite part of his post with some modifications on my part.

Eight Tips to Help Athletes Mentally Prepare for Try-outs

  1. Make sure your athlete leaves expectations at home; they won’t be beneficial – only create stress, anxiety, and self-doubts because the greatest limitations are not physical, but mental
  2. Make sure the focus is on ‘one’ play or routine or performance at a time. Avoid thinking about outcomes or potential ‘cuts’
  3. Encourage your athlete to let go of mistakes, and focus on the next play, round, event or performance
  4. Tell the athlete to look confident, keeping their head up, shoulders back, and standing and talking with self-assurance
  5. Encourage your athlete to connect with future teammates. Coaches want to see athletes communicate and demonstrate leadership, even in try -outs
  6. Tell your athlete to be a ‘teachable’ one, and try to make changes provided by the coach
  7. Inspire your athlete to look forward to showcasing their skills at the try-out
  8. Tell your athlete to HAVE FUN!

Reference:

Patrick Cohn, PhD, and Lisa Cohn

The Ultimate Sport Parent

Peak Performance Sports, LLC
Mental Training for a Competitive Edge
407-909-1700/888-742-7225
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www.mentalgamecoachingpro.com

Long Term Athlete Development: The Solution or the Problem? – Part II

It has been said that we need coaches – great coaches that is! They should be highly qualified, offering knowledge about physical preparation, possess technical knowledge, knowledge about psychology of performance, child maturation process, and the socio-emotional behaviour of children. This aspect is not included in most LTD models; nonetheless, it is critical for the overall development of young athletes, and should therefore be a priority. But that is currently not the case.  

A common philosophy exists among coaches to imitate the Professional model whereby children are treated as ‘miniature athletes’ motivated by a ‘win at all cost’ attitude. Eager parents often support this approach because they actually are convinced that their children play sports to win. Who likes a loser or second best? Having access to quality coaching is actually more important than these theoretical models, and should be discussed before anything else in this process. Further, the question rises: Who should coach? How do we develop quality coaches? The approach used by a coach may have more to do with long-term athletic success than any physical training method because the correct training methods elicit more positive physiological responses, while the wrong coaching approach can make the athlete lose interest, confidence, and enjoyment of the sport. Getting this wrong renders LTAD models useless. The appropriate coach will proceed differently at each stage of maturation of the athlete. Therefore, there really is no single simple solution.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reference: Schloder, M. M. (2017). Lecture Series “Parents in Sport.”

  • The term “youth” refers to any athlete under the age of 18 years  
  • The process of athlete development begins at a very young age and continues until at least 18 years old.
  • So it’s important to understand each stage of maturation.
  • Athletes continue to develop past 18 years, but the process changes dramatically at that time.
  • Great training and coaching are absolutely essential to the process of athletic development.  

If indeed we are truly interested in developing great athletes we have to look at the overall picture, address physical, psychological, emotional, and social aspects, and include everyone involved in the development of the athlete – coaches, trainers, other experts, and parents. Ample material is available through the IYCA organization (International Youth Conditioning Association), which provides in-depth information on strength development, speed & agility training, flexibility/ mobility, conditioning and even skill development. Coaches should be working in cooperation with these professionals because injury rates are on the rise in children and youth sports. Injuries and lack of rest are among the many confidence killers in youth sports, says Dr. Shawn Worthy, professor and clinical psychologist at the Metropolitan State University of Denver, and specialist in sports and adolescent psychology. Coaches often are not educated at all or not enough on injury prevention and recovery. Experts state that overuse injuries presently range from 37% to 68% depending on the sport. Injuries occur due to overload and incorrect technique over a longer period of time (bad habits/technical flaws persist). For example, swimmers train a lot – in the water, in the weight room, on land, plus additional cross-training. They are therefore especially prone to overuse musculoskeletal injuries, especially shoulder injuries found even in younger swimmers as early as 12 years of age. The incidence rate of knee injuries appears to be between 12.9% and 27%, though it is difficult to be certain, as many of reported studies involve small numbers of participant.

The correct and educated coaching approach, however, has the potential to increase self-efficacy and passion in athletes, and can assist in establishing positive traits such as work ethic, perseverance, coach-ability, and a healthy outlook toward the sport. These positive traits and feelings may be the keys to enduring through tough training, and usual ‘ups and downs’ associated with sport.

Typically, young athletes and parents don’t even know the type of coach that would be the ‘right fit’ or if that coach is even available. Frequently, coaches don’t meet the athlete until being introduced before the child’s first practice. How do parents know he/she is the ‘right fit?’ More often, they realize this when it is too late and the damage has been done. Frequently, parents go by hearsay or the coach’s reputation of having produced ‘top’ athletes. However, producing an elite athlete versus developing a young athlete is different. The importance of the most suitable coach at the right time cannot be overstated. Moreover, the one coaching 8 year olds may not be the same or suited for 18-year old athletes, and the coach for one athlete may not be the very same for all athletes. For example, a young soccer player can be on a terrific path of development from age 8 to 14 years until a poor coach absolutely ruins the career path. It can happen when athletes change clubs, move into a different age group, or have a coach who is simply a ‘bad fit.’ This has the potential to affect their passion and interest, decrease confidence and/or force them to quit the sport altogether. Anyone involved in sports has seen this happen over the years.

Youth coaches have an enormous role in whether or not that a child’s passion persists. They need to be both positive, effective, and focus on skill development and physical literacy. They need to balance FUN and skill development in practices, competitions, and games.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reference: Schloder, M. M. (2017). Lecture Series “Parents in Sport.”

This can be a very delicate balancing act as factors such as stature, enjoyment, and fundamental movement skills (FMS) are crucial in developing proficiency and competency. If parents assist by exposing the child in developing FMS early in the child’s life, and provide positive exposure to sport make it possible to have the child excel early on, and have greater early enjoyment of sports. Coaches need to recognize the importance of establishing passion by making sports enjoyable and productive because the most important goal should be the child’s desire to return for another season. This provides longevity in the sport system and allows the child to make more thriving progress.  

Coaches who place a high value on winning too early can stifle the developmental process by having athlete focus on external stuff that usually limits long-term success. Often, coaches have their favourites by pushing certain athletes to excel (often their own child), while relegating others to less-important roles on the team. While this may work for some athletes, it can also impart negative effects on the overall development. Foremost, the favourite child may develop false confidence through early success, and he/she may not learn to develop necessary work ethics to achieve and maintain such success. Other children may feel less confidence and end up quitting because the sport just isn’t FUN any longer.

Moreover, high-quality coaches often feel compelled to work with older, more developed athletes because society deems that to be a more successful involvement. Certainly, some coaches are simply better-suited to work with older athletes, but the great youth coach has the potential to be one of the most influential figures in a child’s life. Exposure early in life to bad coaching could have easily derailed the careers of such great athletes as Hockey’s Wayne Gretzky, Basketball’s Magic Johnson, or Soccer Idol Lionel Messi.  

If we are truly looking to develop great athletes through the long-term process, we have to encourage great coaches to spend time with younger athletes. This means they need to engage in working with younger athletes, knowing that the payoff may not occur for many years. I left Elite coaching to teach/coach younger children and youth athletes because I strongly believe that more experienced coaches are needed at the fundamental level because of the expertise in the field. Likewise, my role was to mentor younger coaches in my system, and help them along in their development to becoming better coaches – one variable that seems to be overlooked in any existing model! How does one develop coaches…by osmosis? A continuum has to be established on a national basis to train coaches in the fundamentals of coaching science, and then implement mentorship, no matter the sport.  

Coordination is needed

It seems that LTD is much more complex than just using training methods at various stages points in the maturation process of athletes. Of course, great training and sport coaching is necessary. Nonetheless, it is apparent that other critical factors have to come together in a coordinated effort if we are truly looking for optimal development and great sporting experiences, not just great training. We have created situations whereby little interaction takes place with other sources. Parents, sports coaches, and strength & conditioning specialists seem to be working independently. This creates a lack of continuity for young athletes. For example, sports coaches don’t know about training occurring outside of the sport practices, and or potential injuries. There may be little input on the number of days or duration of outside practices. Parents often have no knowledge of the type of training that is best for the child; they simply drop the child off, hoping that the coach is ‘doing the right thing.’ And regrettably, many adults seem to believe that their way is the best approach.

Conclusion

  1. The entire youth sports system seems to be in disarray because it has become more about career building and parents’ ambitions over positive athletic development of the children.
  2. Numerous websites have been created and presentations have been given on this topic. The US Olympic Committee is currently supporting paediatric sports psychologists to help young athletes deal with the stress of youth sports and to help coaches and parents to handle the challenges.
  3. Most parents simply don’t know or have the expertise to handle the concept of overall development. Therefore, guidance and leadership is needed.
  4. Sport coaches usually have great knowledge of a given sport but lack the knowledge in the area of complete athlete development.
  5. Many strength coaches are aware of the needs, but don’t have enough influence over the process because they are not involved until later in an athlete’s career or simply want to remain on the outside.
  6. In order to fix the system, a much more coordinated approach has to be taken. Someone has to take leadership to intervene and propose operative changes.

The Missing Links

   Recommendations   
  1. Quality coaches are needed
  2. Coaches best suited for specific age groups need to identified, trained and mentored
  3. Present training methods and traditional competition formats or classifications based on chronological age need to be replaced through the developmental age approach – which is ideal but poses problems of implementation due to individual assessment, lack of trained personnel to carry out these tests, and potential cost involved
  4. It is time for strength & conditioning professionals to step up and become more involved as LTA coordinators, and take a more active role in the education of coaches and parents.
  5. We need highly qualified professionals, who can effectively communicate in order to create positive sport experiences.
  6. We need to work within the current structure of youth sports by educating parents and coaches, and dismiss personal egos.
  7. We need to spend time teaching parents and coaches about fundamental motor skills, skill acquisition, strength and speed development, and all-around athletic development rather than early specialization.
  8. Without organized and unified coordination, the present status remains in a state of uncertainty. On the other hand, there is a great opportunity to influence a system from within, and make changes needed for long-term success. We need to act NOW.
  9. As many s Elementary schools nationwide have basically abandoned physical activities unified coordination is needed with the call for quality programs from Elementary grades 1-6.
  10. It is important that children during those years continue to improve basic fundamental skills and enhance their physical literacy in quality physical education programs. TV advertisement about overweight, obesity, and lack of physical engagement are useless if schools do not step up to the challenge and civic responsibility to keep children and youth health and fit and competent in physical skills.
  11. In addition, quality coaches are essential for grades 7-12 (Middle-to-High school) – not volunteer teachers assigned without adequate training and expertise. If LTD is designed as Active for Life – how are children and youth stay motivated to do so if the process remains exclusively part of the Elementary curriculum and then is abandoned because now we play varsity sports – if one makes the team – while the rest of student population is idle?
  12. Schools need to connect and communicate with outside sports clubs  for sharing resources, teacher/coach training, and Talent identification. For example, I was identified through school to try out for swimming and athletics.
  13. We recommended earlier the collaboration between professionals, other experts, coaches and parents. We need to include the cooperation of schools in order to close the loop of missing links.

Personally, I believe that the last statements (#10 through #13) are urgent but also present the biggest challenge because the establishment is comfortable in the status quo – unless the federal government and respective agencies (Secretary of Health and Human Resources), and the Secretary of Sport (position has yet to be created) set out to launch mandates nationwide. It was done successfully in 1960 under President J. F. Kennedy.

References:

Kielbaso, J. (2018). What’s missing from LTD models? Rethinking long term athlete development. Plymouth, MI.

http://sportforlife.ca/physical-literacy/

Tip of the Month – July

Coach Monika says…

 

Grab Your Running Shoes and Bag and Go Plogging!

Hallå (Swedish Hello) – The new way to change your aerobic training from Sweden. The country has already proven its excellence in meatballs, unassembled furniture (Ikea), and musicians (ABBA). Now, it brings us ‘Plog or ploggers’, a combination of the Swedish term “plocka up” (pick up) and jogging. The activity has become popular in other European countries as well, and might be gaining some attention in the USA and Canada.

Step one is to assemble your team. And step 2 is to give every participant a bag to fill up with trash. Think of it as a chance to run, have Fun, help pick up food wrappers, sandwich bags, coffee cups, and other litter while sharing your love of physical activity and keeping our planet a little greener at the same time.

‘Plogging’ is a fresh air activity for your athletes while instilling pride in their surroundings – and perhaps even become more aware of their own impact on the environment.

References:

The Canadian Post (2018, March 27). Plogging: an eco-friendly fitness mash-up of jogging and picking up trash.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/plogging-jogging-trash-pick-up-1.4594739

Long-term Athlete Development: The Solution or the Problem? – Part I

Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD) is on the forefront once again for discussion among sport experts. I received an email in May from Jim Kielbaso, IYCA CEO (International Youth Conditioning Association), who shared his thoughts on existing LTD models. Given his permission, I used the posting with modifications and additional information for this Newsletter.

Background to LTD

The concept of Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD) has been around for several years but is yet again a heavily debated topic in youth sport and their respective organizations. It seems that everyone is searching for the right answer and that ‘magic’ formula to develop great or better athletes so they achieve elite performance status or potential careers in professional sports. I may propose that this is also due to the tenacious desire by parents to push early specialization and all-year programming.

Numerous scholars have written articles and books on LTD, using previous literature to design newer models. While this is a great attempt to remedy the traditional approach for athlete development, it may also be an oversimplification of LTD, according to Jim Kielbaso, IYCA. He suggests that it could potentially lead coaches and parents in the wrong direction. Current LTAD models, therefore, should be re-examined. When LTD first appeared in the late 1990’s, Canadian academic Istvan Balyi identified an important issue that existed in many countries and their respective sport organizations.

Who is Istvan Balyi? He is acknowledged worldwide as an expert in LTD and the periodization of training plans. Retaining his role [since 19494] as Resident Sport Scientist at the National Coaching Institute in Victoria, Canada, he is a High-performance advisor for the Canadian Sport Centers in Victoria and Vancouver. Obviously, he is an accomplished and published academic but that does not mean other experts should not reflect on his model instead of just jumping on the bandwagon! At first, Balyi developed a 3-stage model emphasizing the importance of LTD versus winning competition. His approach seemed to challenge the existing philosophies of many coaches. His original model included: Training to Train; Training to Compete, and Training to Win. He later added the fourth stage: FUN-damentals to encourage the development of fundamental motor skills early in a childhood.

Sporting organizations accepted his theory but quickly started to debate if this indeed was the solution to create better athletes. Other academics then decided to draw up their own version. This included talent identification, and more in-depth discussion on early childhood because of the so-called hypothetical ‘window of opportunity’ was identified, whereby different training methods supposedly have a greater impact on an athlete’s developmental stage. These models describe to coaches the right timing for strength, speed, and endurance training, and the opportune time to emphasize competition versus training. It was recognized that the LTAD approach provides a greater sporting experience for children with a lifelong enjoyment to stay physically active. This was seen as very important, especially when lack of physical activity, childhood overweight and obesity, and physical illiteracy rose, resulting in various health issues in children and youth.

Balyi, Wade and Higgs (2013) made several additions to the original format. The current LTD includes:

  • Stage 1 – Active Start (0-6 years old)
  • Stage 2 – FUN-damentals (girls 6-8; boys 6-9)
  • Stage 3 – Learn to Train (girls 8-11; boys 9-12)
  • Stage 4 – Train to Train (girls 11-15; boys 12-16) 
  • Stage 5 – Train to Compete (girls 15-21; boys 16-23)
  • Stage 6 – Train to Win (girls 18+ and boys 19+)
  • Stage 7 – Active for Life (any age)

However, something was still missing! Once again organizations hire[d] experts to devise models but there didn’t seem to be much effort for actual implementation. In addition, education and coordination between different experts and existing sport systems were not included. For the most part, these models have remained – what they are – theoretical frameworks without details for implementation. They aren’t necessarily ‘wrong’ as much as they are incomplete and could be potentially misleading. Most give the impression that they have been thoroughly tested and proven, and contain the formula for success. This may not have been the original intent, but that is the way it is interpreted by the sporting world. Some Professionals have tried to implement some models by attempting to use different training methods at certain times to take advantage of the so-called ‘windows of opportunity.’ This may be one of the biggest mistakes as the lack of integration with other groups has stymied the progress with very limited outcomes because LTD is much more individualized than models suggest.

Even more concerning is the fact that LTD has not been thoroughly studied – ironic given its name – and the fact that academics rather than practitioners created the models. It is typically written or presented by people who actually do not coach athletes, have not successfully developed great athletes, and may not even have children of their own to test their theories or had the opportunity to develop them into champions. The latter is a highly individualized process, and many factors have to be considered beyond those that are described in current literature.

We have to take into consideration the following:

  • Genetic factors & talent identification
  • Child’s interest and passion for sport
  • Parental support and parents’ role in the process
  • Environmental and societal influences
  • Access to good coaching and adequate training facilities
  • Having the ‘right coach at the right time’ – or at least the right approach at the right time
  • Access to training at the right time
  • Psychological profile of each athlete
  • Psychological approach used with each athlete
  • Coordination between all parties (parents, coaches, trainers, etc.)

Coaches and parents cannot easily control some of these factors although they can determine the long-term outcome to a much greater extent than any theoretical model. Children are not robots or objects to be developed in a scientific undertaking in laboratories. Developing them into athletes is much more complex because of the previous factors mentioned.

Desire and Passion – Criteria for Success

It has been established that enjoyment of sport is one of the most important aspects for long-term athletic success. If young athletes lack any feeling or joy in a given sport, the likelihood of long-term efforts to excel is very small. They may ‘go through the motion’ and have some success but it is very difficult to stay motivated if desire and passion are declining or altogether missing. We can propose that this fact makes the LTAD model actually unproductive and hypothetically unsuccessful. The child athlete has to be motivated to pursue their dream not simply because they are talented or because coaches or parents desire their success. Basketball famous Michael Jordan calls it ‘the fire from within.’ He deems it necessary for a high level of success. Even more importantly, passion needs to be fuelled to sustain it long enough to achieve such success – no matter how long it takes. The wrong coach, poor teammates, year-round involvement, and lack of parental support are some of the reasons athletes burn out. If sport is no longer FUN, it is almost impossible to expect continued progress. Researchers at the Michigan State’s Institute for the Study of Youth Sports examined 20,000 young athletes. According to the results, the number one reason to get engaged in sports is having FUN!” “I lost interest and it was no longer Fun” is the top reason, equally cited by boys and girls to leave the sport! No wonder! The rate for current sport drop out is presently estimated at about 73% by ages 12-13 years.

Jim Kielbaso cites Daniel Coyle  “The Talent Code.” This author believes that ‘ignition’ is essential because a deep passion for sport is the key to success. It might be triggered by exposure to a particular person, watching sport live or on TV, participating in a sporting event, family involvement, or something else. It is different for every child, which is one reason LTD is not necessarily a formula for everyone. However, such ignition needs to exist if long-term success is the goal.

Parents, family, and friends typically have a tremendous influence on a child to establish passion and love for sport, often starting in early childhood. It can launch emotional feelings before children ever participate in any given sport. However, there is no right way for parents to approach sport participation with their children only positive exposure to a variety of sports seems to be optimal (Schloder and ‘Early Specialization versus Multi-sport Experience (January, February, May, June, Newsletters). Children are not machines; so, we have no single formula for producing passion in a child. Intense parental feelings about sport can influence children in both positive and negative ways as some parents actually push kids away from sport because they are too passionate about it while others create a healthy feeling of excitement.

Social and Environmental Factors

It is impossible to ignore the fact that the child’s surroundings influence sporting experiences. Yet, every existing LTAD model seems to ignore this aspect. Spending time with friends is very important to most children. Sometimes, they may be better off playing a sport with their friends than being part of a travel team comprised of athletes who don’t know each other. Geographic location is also an important factor because the ‘passionate’ child may live in an area with limited access to quality coaches, positive experiences, and talent identification, whereby an experienced coach can suggest to parents that the child is better suited for a different sport in order to be more successful.

Positive Parental Support

Parents actually have a greater influence than anyone else involved in the LTD process. Although some can ‘push too hard’ by trying to ‘live vicariously’ through the success of their children while others expect too little, namely participation and ‘just having FUN.’ It becomes a delicate balance that has to be considered as part of the long-term plan. Simply providing transportation may be the difference to keep the child motivated because he/she feels that their parent[s]  ‘really care.’ On the other hand, critical conversation after competition or a game may be devastating and create negative emotions. The child is disappointed and ‘emotionally devastated’ because parental disapproval is interpreted as ‘lack of love’ and the outcome is seen as the failure.

References

Kielbaso, J. (2018). What’s missing from LTD models? Rethinking long term athlete development. Plymouth, MI.

 

The Secret of Healthy Sitting Posture

As a follow-up to the June Tip of the Month – the impact of incorrect sitting – Surgeon Dr. Gerd Schnack from the Sport and Prevention Center in Zug, Switzerland informs us about impingement on the neck, spine, hips, skeleton, joints, and related muscle groups.

Humans are made for walking and running, not sitting, according to his argument! While sitting per se is not the issue, doing so on the same chair and maintaining the same rigid position becomes problematic for joints – a cardinal mistake, according to Dr. Schnack! Yes, really! And, we tend to ignore the fact that the usual 10-12 hours per day spent sitting while eating, traveling in the car, sitting in the subway or bus, hunching over our laptop, and our endless texting habits become potential health risks.

The big problem with our sitting position is that supporting muscular structures of the neck and lower spine (lumbar column) have to endure constant strain and stress while the antagonist muscles of the lower back and hips remain unchallenged for a lengthy period of time. We not only damage the back due to our incorrect sitting posture but also lock the shoulders and hips into a rigid and stiff bent-over position. These muscles are then rarely stretched during sitting because the body adopts the bent or hunched position; and “we are actually convinced that our body is not going to ‘strike back with all that bad sitting’ when we deprive upper extremities and hip joints of the freedom of movement…(Dr. Schnack).”

He lists several reasons that prolonged sitting can damage our health:

  • Breastbones and ribcage become even more bent because the counter-movement/counter-swing is lacking. Consequently, the hip joints used in standing and walking can no longer open sufficiently, which can result in back pain.
  • It is a chronic (sustained) lack of movement, which is not only detrimental for the back but also the heart and circulation, thereby potentially shortening our lifespan.
  • It doubles the risk of heart and cardiovascular disease as well as diabetes.
  • It increases the risk of osteoarthritis and contributes to intervertebral disc damage.
  • It becomes a factor in weight gain because unused muscles degenerate, i.e., change into body fat but burn up less fat.
  • It contributes to body imbalance because especially the hip muscles (‘the filet mignon’ among muscles, as he calls it) are neglected. He considers these muscles as one of the most important for health.

Here, consider all the injuries especially athletes suffer (Schloder). Why? What exactly is so special about these muscles? For example, they control the pendulum swing of the lumbar spine and thereby regulate critical pressure exerted on the spinal disks. In addition, they are also important for our breathing and running function.

  • It has tremendous impact on the physiological function because the hip joints are bent at 90-degrees, and ‘signal muscle death of the iliopsoas’, according to Dr. Schnack; they shrink in the sustained flexed position although it is supposed to be responsible that we can bend and straighten the body. In order to do this, the muscle depends on the function of elastic fibers, which degenerate when not used or trained. Therefore, the hip muscles are inhibited.
  • It impedes the development of the fascia and iliopsoas, which is indispensable for our upright standing. It also becomes problematic for the small back because stressed hip muscles increase intradiscal pressure due to the exaggerated forward curvature of the lumbar spine, leading to the dreaded hyperlordosis (hollow rounded back, sway back – excessive inward curvature of the lumbar [lower] spine).

It is impossible to ban chairs and sitting from our lifestyle …but we can take measures to counteract our sitting habit in order to diminish body tension and improve the hip flexor. Here are his suggestions:

  • Get up every 30 minutes and incorporate several stretching exercises
  • Get up every 30 minutes and move about for 1-2 minutes
  • Get up every 30 minutes and lie down to stretch out – elevate the legs
  • Get up every 30 minutes – lie on floor – tuck up legs – wrap arms and hand around calves roll back on floor
  • Perform the ‘Stork-leg Ritual.’ Stretching is done in the sitting position because we can not effectively reach the facia-iliopsoas in the standing position with this exercise:

Assume sitting upright position on front edge of chair – hands grasping side edges of chair – place the L leg beneath the chair to the back – top of L foot on floor – L thigh and hip stretched to maximal – lift the R leg off the floor – shift the upper body to the back without arching the back – thigh and frontal abdominal wall are linear aligned – slightly bounce the upper body forward and backward in a dynamic position – repeat – opposite side/hip/leg/foot

Benefits of Correct Sitting Posture:

  • Foremost, back pain can be controlled better because the shift/re-positioning and equal distribution on the lumbar spine reduces intradiscal pressure, thereby reducing the risk of a herniated disc injury.
  • Our body appearance changes because we can move more easily. We walk more upright and more gracefully with good hip action instead of stomping along hunched over.

Note:

Dr. Gerd Schnack is a surgeon for Sport and Prevention at the Allensbacher Prevention Center, Zug, Switzerland.

Reference:

Schnack, G. (2018). Meine Gesundheit. Medizin Thema der Woche. Das Geheimnis des gesunden Sitzens. Gesundes Sitzen auf einem Stuhl – alles was Sie dabei beachten sollen [My health. Medical theme of the week. The secret of healthy sitting. Healthy sitting habits on a chair – everything you need to pay attention to], Das Neue Blatt #14. March 28, pp. 24-25, and www.DasNeue Blatt.de

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Developing Physical Literacy

This highly acclaimed presentation was given by Dr. Schloder at the Canadian Sport for Life Summit (CS4L), which will be available as a movie version. Watch for the up-coming DVD: ‘Physical Activities for Children and Youth. Fundamental Movement Skills in the Pursuit of Excellence and Well-being.’

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  1. Mary-Anne Dunlop

    Hi Monika…..Mary-Anne Dunlop here. I wanted to inform you that I am leaving the Glencoe Club as of today, August 31st to relocated to the Calgary Winter Club (much closer for you) on MW mornings (7-12:30) as of Sept. 4th. You are welcome to see me there and you can call 403-289-5511, extension #1.
    If you have an appointment already booked at the Glencoe, please call today after 5:00 or tomorrow (Sat) am to cancel. As there has been some issue around me contacting patients, I would appreciate you cancelling within these two days if possible so less questions are asked. You know the Privacy Issue right> I know they would not call you to inform you of my departure, and I just don’t want you to have to show up only to find out I’m not there.

    Anyways, I hope to catch up with you at the Winter Club.
    Maybe if you have a moment to respond so I know you received my note, I’d appreciate it.
    Thanks,
    Mary-Anne

  2. Michèle Boutin

    Dear Dr. Schloder,

    We are a small competitive swimming club in Beaconsfield, Quebec, Canada.
    We are interested in purchasing your DVD+Booklet called Fly Away but it is not available on your online shop.
    Could you please let me know how we could purchase it?

    Best regards,

    Michèle Boutin
    Beaconsfield Bluefins Swim Club
    http://www.bluefins.ca

    1. coach

      have you emailed me?

  3. Augusto Acosta

    I love your work!

  4. Kim Cox

    Super new front page on your website, very informative.

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