Apr 29

Tip of the Month – April 2018

Coach Monika says…   Numerous people in the past stated that I have been “light years ahead of time” – something which was not always to my advantage as the same people also called me “crazy” for my novel coaching approach. The March Newsletter dealt with the impact of posture on sport performance, and incorporating …

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Apr 29

Consequences of Early Specialization in Children and Youth Sports – Part 3B

In support of the previous discussion, I have added an article by Glen Mulcahy. *The article has been modified somewhat for this Newsletter.*Glen Mulcahy is the Founder and CEO of Paradigm Sports; and Executive Director, For the Love of the Game. He is a Hockey Canada NCCP Facilitator & Regional Evaluation Coordinator for BC Hockey …

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Apr 28

Consequences of Early Specialization in Children and Youth Sports – Part 3A

Experts have been discussing the topic of early specialization to a great extent lately because the consequences of this training approach are apparently very detrimental, according to their research. German-American developmental psychologist Erik Ericson (1902-1984) is best known for his theory on the psychological development of human beings, and coining the phrase ‘identity crisis.’ He …

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Apr 02

Tip of the Month – March

Coach Monika says… Incorrect Posture: Impact on Sport Performance Let’s compare the human body to a car! When the vehicle’s alignment is off, tires and other components are affected. When tires are not properly balanced, riding quality diminishes and longevity decreases. The same goes for the human body! Posture represents the body’s alignment – if …

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Apr 01

Incorporating Modified Ballet as Cross-Training

barre workout

…It is all about achieving and maintaining correct body alignment and posture, body and spatial awareness, and the prevention of injuries… …It is all about improving and/or further refining existing motor skills to enhance overall movement efficiency to optimize and maximize performance… (Schloder, 2014) Dancers are some of the most athletic individuals – a fact …

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Apr 01

Correct and Incorrect Posture

diagram of correct posture

If you’re like most people, in all probability your posture could use some improvement. Due to increasing addiction to technology, postural deficiencies have increased alarmingly among younger children and youth because of their constant hunched forward position. Since athletes are no exception, obviously physical and technical skill learning – along with sport performance – have …

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Mar 04

Tip of the Month – February

Coach Monika says…   Adding Something Different to Your Training Workouts Sometimes a new year inspires us to shake things up and try something new. Adding some variance to your workout can bring changes to your body and to your fitness level by forcing you to adapt to new movements and new cardiovascular challenges. If …

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Mar 03

Development Model vs Early Specialization Model – Part 2

Triangle Diagram of Coaching Models

I am following a coaching page on Facebook, and I am somewhat taken back by comments from swim coaches about training methods, especially for the 8-9 and 10-12-year-old athletes. Just because a given training scheme produced famous Olympians in the past does not necessarily mean that the very same system is appropriate or should be …

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Feb 03

Tip of the Month – January

Coach Monika says…   The December 2017 Newsletter provided information on how to improve your planning. Here is an additional diagram denoting factors for consideration in coaching/teaching effectiveness. I use this daily framework in courses for the Canadian National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP). It is applied across the entire seasonal plan because each day (micro), …

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Feb 02

Overtraining in Sport: Achieving the Delicate Balance – Part 1

chart

I wanted to write about this subject for some time as I keep noticing people on Facebook praising the ‘more is better’ approach regarding the programming of athletes. However, this training method is more harmful than helpful, and leads to overreaching and overtraining, fatigue, body breakdown, and eventually injuries! I was a 50m/100m/200m Breaststroke specialist …

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