Tip of the Month – September

Coach Monika says…

 

‘Stamp Out’ Athlete’s Foot

I have addressed this medical/hygiene related topic some time ago, but it is once again on the rise. Most likely due to budget cuts, locker room cleanliness is not a priority in many places.

Broken lockers, cold-water showers, and dirty stalls is the perfect recipe for continued health infested athlete’s foot condition. Many athletes, especially swimmers walk around barefooted from the pool to the lockers and on to the showers. Other athletes are equally negligent or ignorant of the potential infection from poorly kept locker rooms.

Here are some pointers from the American Podiatric Medical Association:

  • The fungus underlying the irritation skin condition thrives in moist, warm areas such as public showers, and swimming pools.
  • Flip-Flops may help you to avoid itchy athlete’s foot condition because wearing sandals or flip-flops can prevent contact with fungi-infected surfaces – allowing your feet to breath and stay dry, preventing an infection from taking hold
  • Over-the-counter creams are an easy cure for the common condition, which is usually resolved in four weeks with treatment.
  • However, while you may feel ‘footloose and fancy-free’ you need take steps to prevent athlete’s foot from returning by cleaning your shower shoes frequently.
  • Rinse off your footwear with fresh water, which should remove the fungi.
  • Dry your feet fully after bathing – and never walk barefoot.
  • Athlete’s foot is mildly contagious. It can be spread through direct contact with the infection and by skin particles left on towels, shoes, or floors.
  • The risk of developing athlete’s foot can also depend on your susceptibility.

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

Talent Identification versus Talent Selection

Coaches often claim to be great talent identifiers when they point to the success of their young athletes 10 and 11 years of age. However, they are really talent selectors, not talent identifiers; and this assumption could be more detrimental to the development of youth athletes in many sports. Talent selection is picking those athletes who demonstrate their present ability early to participate successfully in future events. Talent identification, on the other hand, is the prediction of future athletic performance based upon an evaluation of current physical, technical, tactical and psychological qualities, genetics  – and foremost – collecting anthropometric measurements. The latter includes a systematic measurement of the physical properties of the human body, primarily dimensional descriptors of body size and shape. Anthropometry involves the assessment of the following:

  • Height or length
  • Weight
  • Mid-upper arm circumference (MUAC)
  • Demi-span or arm span
  • Hand size
  • Foot size
  • Knee height
  • Sitting height
  • Skinfold thickness
  • Head circumference

Talent selection is pretty simple… recruit the best of athletes for the respective group or team while talent identification (TI) is a learned art. One yields great results today; the other builds elite athletes and winning teams for the future.

The present youth sports culture presents an overriding emphasis on winning at all costs to promote talent selection, not talent identification. When coaches feel pressure to win by parents, the club, or the personal need to boost their own ego, they become talent selectors. Lesser talented athletes are cut rather than developed to reach their potential because coaches concentrate on athletes’ current athleticism, technical ability, and traits to help achieve short-term success. The biggest, strongest, and fastest young athletes are selected to make the team and play extensive minutes or compete at the higher level of competitive events. Children with lesser talent are therefore not provided a fair chance or the opportunity to develop their skills. Their playing time is limited or they are demoted to recreational activities like in gymnastics and swimming. They are termed as not working hard enough or tough enough. They are yelled at, often humiliated, and labeled as unable to handle pressure. “Better get used to this type of pressure because you will face more of it when you get older!” No wonder that 73% of young athlete quit organized sports by the age of 13, according to the latest statistics!

Talent identifying means searching for young athletes, who may not yet be at the elite level but possess the physical and psychological attributes to eventually become one. Perhaps, these children or youth have not yet grown or have been exposed to high-level coaching. Conceivably, they are not as skilled but reveal a high level of coach-ability, sensitivity to training, and motivation to learn. Identifying talent requires the trained skill of an expert to weigh physical, physiological, psychological, and technical components of the athlete but also relying on some personal and natural instinct about the athlete, i.e., who does possess what it takes and who may not. Talent identification takes a long-term approach to athlete development and emphases on training larger numbers of children instead of cutting all but the elite. It recognizes that many factors affect whether an athlete will make it or not but rarely are childhood results the main factor.

In a longitudinal study of Junior tennis players, 1994-2002, 1,000 players, ages 12-13 in 50 different countries were evaluated, including future stars Roger Federer, Kim Clisters, and others. It was found that players who eventually made it into the Top 100 Professional Rankings were:

  • 3-4 months younger than the mean age for their group
  • Slimmer and less powerful than their age group
  • Usually faster and more agile than average
  • Played less than the average number of matches that the top players
  • Average practice hours per week were 2-4 hours less than elite players in their age group
  • Parents were supportive but not overly involved

If we project this data onto current elite youth athletes, questions arise such as do present-day players, who are young for their age, thinner and weaker, practice and play less than their peers, and have parents who are not overly involved? Not so! It is even worse in ice hockey where some Peewee and Bantam teams in Michigan have a travel schedule with as many as 120 games while the NHL only suits out for 82 games! Parents live vicariously through the success of their child athletes and their goal is for their offspring to reach the NHL level.

Coaches and parents are committed to winning now, getting on ESPN, or attaining some hypothetical pre-pubescent national ranking although some sport clubs have B and C teams. Others have the same but players are often trained with less experienced coaches, less committed teammates in an overall lesser positive learning experience. We say we are developing them for the future but all too often they serve the purpose to balance the budget (higher numbers of recreational athletes). Current talent has to help clubs win now because if they do not, another club will grab them to win, and the best players may leave. We are not identifying and developing athletes, who are most likely to become elite competitors after puberty, rather select those who already are elite but often do not have the characteristics needed for long-term elite performance.

This is the reason that the emphasis on winning prior to High school is destroying youth sports (O’Sullivan, 2013). This is the reason nations that 1/100th of our population can compete with the US on a world stage in many sports. They actually identify and develop future talent, instead of selection based upon current results (Norway, #1 in gold medals at the last Winter Olympics). Our wealth and sheer numbers allow us to succeed internationally, but other nations are slowly and surely closing the gap in nearly every sport because, quite frankly, they identify and develop talent far better than we do (O’Sullivan, 2013).

How can we fix this? Here are some thoughts that could be implemented:

  • Stop cutting players at young ages, and develop large numbers of players instead of just the elite ones. Sweden, for example, produces more NHL players per capita than any other country, and they do not cut players until age 17. They do (Schloder, 2018)!
  • Focus on developing all athletes at a young age with particular attention given to helping less skilled ones to ‘catch up’ technically to the stronger ones. Thus, when they finish their growth spurt, there is a much larger pool of adequately skilled individuals to select from.
  • End the persisting ‘win at all costs’ driving nature pre-pubescent sports, especially state and national championships prior to Middle- or High school, and televised events like Little League World Series.
  • Implement a better education for coaches to understand the difference between selecting and identifying talent; teach and encourage them to develop it rather than try and win immediately.

Unless we start making some drastic changes to our youth sports system, we will see smaller nations continuing to close the gap and eventually surpass the United States in many sports (O’Sullivan, 2013). We are not elite in soccer yet because of the North American culture. We are also falling behind in baseball. Even in basketball, the gap has been significantly reduced because our competitors are not relying on a player development system that is often based upon a large population and luck.

Clubs and schools need to make changes so we have access to a larger number of skilled athletes as well as additional healthier and well-rounded children (physically literate). We need families less stressed both financially and mentally by letting their children just be children! Rather than burden parents by having them feel pressured to send their 10-year-old 2,000 miles away to play a game. We have to create a sporting environment wherein coaches actually feel free to coach and to develop better people and better athletes.

Reference:

O’Sullivan, J. (2013, December 9). Our Biggest Mistake: Talent Selection Instead of Talent Identification. Changing the Game Project. Posted. Retrieved, September 20, 2018, from https://changingthegameproject.com/our-biggest-mistake-talent-selection-instead-of-talent-identification/

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
www.peaksports.com
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

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With Coach Rebecca Atchley – Dr. Schloder was an External Committee Member for Rebeca’s Masters Project Dr. Schloder’s Workshop Presentation

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 Dr. Monika Schloder at the ASCA World Clinic for Swimming, Jacksonville, Florida, Sept 8, 2014 Presenting at the 4-hour Work shop “Dry-land School for Age Group Swimmers” Coaches participate in her workshops… they don’t just sit!

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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?

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      have you emailed me?

  3. Augusto Acosta

    I love your work!

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Tip of the Month – September

Coach Monika says…   ‘Stamp Out’ Athlete’s Foot I have addressed this medical/hygiene related topic some time ago, but it is once again on the rise. Most likely due to budget cuts, locker room cleanliness is not a priority in many places. Broken lockers, cold-water showers, and dirty stalls is the perfect recipe for continued …

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

Talent Identification versus Talent Selection Coaches often claim to be great talent identifiers when they point to the success of their young athletes 10 and 11 years of age. However, they are really talent selectors, not talent identifiers; and this assumption could be more detrimental to the development of youth athletes in many sports. Talent …

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