Aug 30

Tip of the Month – August 2019

Coach Monika Says… Bad Posture – Computers and Neck Pain Nowadays, people including our athletes, carry out daily activities, exercises or training drills with a ‘slouched or bad’ posture. Incorrect posture affects body position when doing chores, moving about, exercising, walking, running, jumping, or performing athletic skills. Medical experts are dealing with rising problems, such …

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Aug 30

Hot Weather – Humidity and Athletic Performance

We all enjoy it – sun and lovely summer weather after miserable winter months! However, it is no longer just warm but temperatures are at sweltering levels. This plays havoc, especially in high humidity, and creates not only strain on the body, but also on circulation, skin, and the heart, no matter the age.  Athletes …

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Jul 31

Tip of the Month – July 2019

Coach Monika Says… Sitting with Faulty Hand/Finger Position Creates ‘Bad Habits’ I have observed the sitting postures of athletes during instruction and training sessions (coach talking/athletes sitting) and conditioning or exercise practices. I also see adult spectators at various sporting events with faulty/incorrect hand placement when sitting on the ground, floor, grass, or on bleachers.  …

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Jul 31

Nature Versus Nurture – The Debate Continues

The expression ‘nature and nurture’ is actually derived from ancient Greek (ἁπό φύσεως καὶ εὐτροφίας – by nature and process), and has been in use since medieval England and France. In the twentieth century, studies of twins separated at birth were thought to settle the debate, namely that human behavioural development is affected both by …

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Jun 28

Tip of the Month – June

Coach Monika Says… Signs Of A Good Youth Coach 1. Help athletes to learn “life lessons” through sport 2. Listen to athletes’ thoughts and opinions 3. Develop a positive rapport with athletes 4. Support, encourage, motivate and inspire athletes 5. Work together to set individual and team goals 6. Help them to understand there is …

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Jun 27

Are Sports Under Moral Attack by Liberal Academics?

Academics Claim: Dodgeball Harms Student Players! I was actually working on “gender and female coach mentorship” for the June Newsletter when I received this bizarre article over the Internet and US Fox News, USA.  Yes, coaches, get this! The play/game and physical activity of dodgeball that many of us most likely played during our school …

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May 27

Tip of the Month – May

Coach Monika Says… Questions For Head Coaches At The End Of The Season I found this post by Chris Fore (November 19, 2018) quite helpful for personal reflection on the seasonal performance of both coaches and athletes. Although the post originally is directed at team sport and players, I modified the Title and applied it …

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May 25

Sleeping Habits & Their Effect on Sport Performance

General well-being not only means being physically active but also taking care of the body to achieve active living, overall health, and quality of life. Humans cannot survive without the proper amount of sleep. Sleep disturbance and lack of sleep lead to more significant consequences than just dark circles around the eyes. No concealer can …

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May 03

Tip of the Month – April

Coach Monika Says… Five Effective Leadership Practices February 11, 2019: The Canadian Olympic and Paralympic Committees stated, “they stand for ‘sport free’ harassment, abuse and discrimination of any kind” after a CBC investigation reported more than 200 coaches in Canadian Amateur Sports have been convicted of sexual offences over a 20-year period, and the list keeps …

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May 03

The Disheartening State of Modern-day Youth Sports

Destroying the Youth Sports Experience for Our Children Are youth sports very different than when you were growing up? As a parent, do you feel athletes are being asked to do more and more at a very young age? Should children play multiple sports, or select a single sport and go for it? How about …

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