Category Archive: Articles

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 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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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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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

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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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 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

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

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

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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