Sep 30

Balancing Athletes’ Safety with Return to Sport

I receive daily emails from TrueSport with links to interesting articles  Website: http://truesport.org/about-us/ About Truesport: We Value Champions – We Champion Values TrueSport’s Mission is simple and bold To change the culture of youth sport by providing powerful educational tools to equip young athletes with the resources to build life skills and core values for …

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Sep 28

Tip of the Month – September 2020

Coach Monika Says… Computer ‘Slouch Posture’ Contributes to Back Problems and More Given the fact that all of our children and youth have been homebound due to the Coronavirus and busy with online schooling one can safely assume that many athletes have been sitting daily in front of the computer trying to advance their learning. …

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Sep 02

The Psychological Implications of Returning to Sport Post-Isolation

Note: I had to take a mental break from the research on “Abuse in Sports” as it became too overwhelming! I get daily Emails from SIRC Canada (Sport Information Resource Center) and find the article below extremely useful for athletes and coaches returning to sport during these hardship times. This article was originally published on SIRC’s …

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Sep 02

Tip of the Month – August 2020

Coach Monika Says…  Why You Shouldn’t Wear Flip-flops  Based on my observation throughout the years, many coaches tend to wear appropriate footwear when coaching. The exception seems to be swim coaches shuffling up and down on the pool deck in their flip-flops, especially in the summer. I always use flip-flops in shower stalls to …

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Aug 12

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

Elite Sports – National Teams – College and University Varsity Teams  Generally, society has fostered the belief that ‘sport builds character’ and that partaking in sports provides automatically valuable lessons for life. That is not necessarily so! It is critical now that athletes become more mindful of potential abuse within their organization, from coaching staff, …

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Aug 10

Tip of the Month – July 2020

Coach Monika Says…  Prolong the Lifespan of Your Sport Clothing with Hygiene and Proper Care Given the economic distress during the present Pandemic most families may have to deal with new expenses when sports resume. Sport clothing and shoes are very costly but athletes can lengthen the lifespan of their sport wear through proper …

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Jul 07

Tip of the Month – June 2020

Coach Monika Says… Setting Performance Goals for the 2020-2021 Season It is proper timing at this point for athletes to establish performance goals for the upcoming 2020-2021 season since sports programs are not operating at the present.  Coaches: Send Questionnaire to athletes ages 13 years and older because they are old enough to understand the …

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Jul 07

Body Language in Coaching: A Tool for Effective Communication

Note: The plan was to continue the Series “The Dirty – Not-so-little Secret in Coaching’ – abuse in sports but I spent over 6-weeks gathering the research. It turned out to be too lengthy and actually colossal – although the story must be told to raise greater awareness at all levels of sport. However, I …

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May 31

Tip of the Month – May 2020

Coach Monika Says… How to Boost Your Athlete’s Immunity during the Virus Pandemic  I discovered this post on the Website of TrueSport (refer to Reference). Although their recommendations are for the Annual Flu season, we can safely assume that these would equally apply to the present COVID-19 pandemic. Due to current social isolation requirements we …

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May 31

Coach – Athlete – Coach – Parent: Building Positive Relatonships

We all need some uplifting news at this time! Digressing from previous Newsletters on the rampant abuse in sports, the focus is on “Building positive relationships between coaches, athletes, and parents.” Establishing the ‘open communication channel’ is very crucial – something most clubs and coaches could improve whenever sports resume this year. I have always …

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