Mar 06

The Relative Age Effect: How Does It (Dis)Advantage Young Athletes?

Ever wonder if athletes possess certain advantages or drawbacks based on their birth dates? Researchers have established that this is indeed a factor and does make a difference! It becomes not only important for coaching, but also for parents to understand because of parental tendencies to compare their child/children to others within the same group. …

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Mar 06

Tip of the Month – February

Coach Monika Says… Including Postural Exercises to Enrich Your Training Program   As stated in January Tip of the Month, medical researchers point to the fact that postural habits of children and youth – including our athletes of course – are reaching a critical stage. Accordingly, the increase of faulty posture is attributed to the …

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Feb 08

Tip of the Month – January

Coach Monika Says… Including Postural Exercises to Enrich Your Training Program Including Postural Exercises to Enrich Your Training Program   According to medical researchers and experts in the field, postural habits of children and youth, including our athletes of course, are deteriorating to a critical stage. The increase of faulty posture is attributed to the …

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Feb 04

Take a Break – Trade in Technology for Music

Music Helps Heal Body and Spirit According to recent medical research, anxiety, depression, and suicides (or suicidal thought) are increasing among youth and even children. Researchers point out that the same issues would also be present at an estimated 10 percent in the sports world. Therefore, we can assume that this would apply to our …

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Jan 02

Tip of the Month – December

Coach Monika Says… Dealing with Pre-Christmas Stress “It’s the most wonderful time of the year” but also a time when stress levels tend to soar. While Christmas is known as “the season to be jolly,” it can be a significant source of stress for athletes as pressure from family members, studies, semester exams, and other …

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Dec 28

The Power of Transformative Leadership

Ever wonder about the state of excellent leadership skills nowadays, as it seem to be getting more and more scarce? Actually, the current state of affairs is discouraging, dispiriting, and almost depressing – at least for me! Leadership means different things to different people around the world, as well as different things in different situations. …

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Dec 07

Tip of the Month – November

Coach Monika says…     Warm-up and Cool-down: Common Mistakes Recently, I observed a group of athletes in their Warm-up and Cool-down activities. I could not believe that coaches were standing around, talking, sipping from their water bottle and slurping Starbucks coffee. It is time to provide some guidelines in order to prevent potential injuries …

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Dec 07

Get Concussion Smart: Making Headway in Sport

The topic of Concussion has been at the forefront of news coverage for some time, whether in Professional or Amateur sports. While most incidents occur in team sports, there are instances in individual sports as well. Cheerleading, gymnastics (fall from High bar, uneven bars, balance beam, vaulting (landing), swimming (slipping on deck, crashing into pool …

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Nov 11

Tip of the Month – October

Coach Monika says…   A Country Going to Pot Implications of Legalization of Cannabis for Canadian Athletes Canada became the second country to legalize cannabis on October 17, 2018 (after Uruguay in 2013). The question now arises: how is this going to impact Canadian athletes in terms of performance, potential health issues, travel to the US …

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Nov 10

Not With a Bang, But With a Bong

I usually try refrain from interjecting political opinion into monthly Newsletters. However, I want to address the issue of cannabis from the perspective of health educator, teacher, and coach because athletes can/could be affected and need to be educated on the potential WADA implications and side effects of usage. Canadians are now allowed to consume …

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