May 03

Tip of the Month – April 2020

Coach Monika Says… Nutrition Strategies during “Shut Down” and Lack of Training These are ‘hard times’ for regular folks and especially athletes, who are in important training phases! The required ‘shutdown,’ social distancing and isolation at home are big challenges for all active athletes and specifically those training toward regional and national championships, or trying …

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May 03

The Dirty – Not-so-little – Secret in Coaching – Part II

Sports in the Aesthetic Group I reported on the abuse within Beginner Sports in February. I decided then to present my personal reflection on sport in the March News, i.e., what sport is supposed to be and what it really has become or is.  The April Newsletter deals with Part II, elite artistic gymnastics, elite …

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Mar 31

Tip of the Month – March 2020

Coach Monika Says… “Spice Up” Your Exercise Program – Add and Vary Exercises Part III I provided samples of exercises for lower body strength and explosive power in the past two Newsletters, especially for developmental athletes. Here is a jumping series with various equipment: chair, stacked mats, and boxes of different height. Series #3 The …

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Mar 30

Reflections About Sport

Undoubtedly, some readers will not be particularly fond of this discussion as they rather see tips and articles related to athletic improvement and/or performance. However, the present status of sports and the role of coaches within such a sport system lends itself to closer examination, i.e. what sport is proposed to represent (should be) and …

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Mar 03

Tip of the Month – February 2020

Coach Monika Says… “Spice Up” Your Exercise Program – Add and Vary Exercises Part II I provided samples of exercises for lower body strength and explosive power in the January Newsletter, inclusive of the chart, showing the impact of exercises and exercises to avoid, especially for younger athletes.  Here are additional ones for the lower …

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Mar 03

The ‘Sad and Dark Side’ of Coaching

Part I – Children and Youth Sports Abuse of Power and Misconduct Some time ago, I wrote about the ‘dark side’ of coaching. The topic of abuse in sports has been ‘taboo’ for a very long time (since the early 1950s), and was ‘swept under the rug’ by the ‘old boys network’ and a stronghold …

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Jan 31

Tip of the Month – January 2020

Coach Monika Says… “Spice Up” Your Exercise Program – Add and Vary Exercises I learned over many years of coaching one needs to be very creative with exercise programs, inclusive Warm-up, Cool-down, and Conditioning. We designed the so-called ‘exercise complex’, comprising 25 exercises per set (standing to sitting, in essence, top to bottom of the …

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Jan 31

Want to Improve Power and Explosiveness of Your Athletes?

Start Implementing Plyometric Training Background: Plyometric training was the ‘cornerstone’ of Soviet athletic domination during the 1960s and 1970s Frederick (Fred) Loren Wilt (December 14, 1920 – September 5, 1994)  Fred Wilt was an American runner and FBI agent, competing in the 10,000m at the 1948 and 1952 Olympics, finishing 11th and 21st, respectively. Wilt …

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Jan 01

Tip of the Month – December 2019

Coach Monika Says… No Snooze, You Lose Researchers keep reporting that more and more children, teens, and adults show signs of tiredness during their daily undertakings. Obviously, this also becomes an issue with many younger and older athletes, and those experiencing a sudden growth spurt. College and University students are likewise affected, especially in classes …

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Jan 01

Why Are Tweens Leaving Youth Sport – Part III

Make Sports More FUN – Use Various Learning Styles  The importance of implementing various teaching/coaching styles (Spectrum of Styles) was discussed in the November Newsletter. In addition, coaches need to incorporate different learning styles for a more enjoyable learning atmosphere, to motivate athletes, and foremost make learning more FUN (Lack of Fun is the main …

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