Oct 30

Tip of the Month – October

Coach Monika Says… Bad Posture and Lower Back Pain It is the most common cause of job-related disability and a leading contributor to missed workdays. In a large survey, more than a quarter of adults reported experiencing low back pain during the past 3 months. According to medical information, about 80 percent of adults experience …

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Oct 30

Why Are Tweens Leaving Youth Sports? – Part I

Children and Youth Are Not Professional Athletes OR Miniature Adults It is important to understand not only the reasons children and youth participate in sports but also the reasons for their dropout. As early as 1988, researchers estimated the annual dropout rate at about 35% though some dropouts participate in another sport (example: swimming to …

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Oct 03

Tip of the Month – September

Coach Monika Says… What’s up with Teen Hygiene Nowadays? And What the High-Tech Industry is Doing About It Over the past 2 years, I have noticed an increase among girls, ages 13-16 with hairy armpits, unshaved legs and the refusal to use deodorants. Given the tween age, boys of the same age are not far behind with their personal hygiene – common phenomenon …

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Oct 03

Managing Conflicts in Your Program & Developing Younger Staff Members

Ready to Develop Your Leadership Skills? The new season has started or is starting up for many sports teams. It is now a crucial time to examine your leadership skills to prevent, avoid, and/or manage potential conflicts in your program. Furthermore, it is also important to develop younger staff members to create a unified and …

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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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