Category Archive: Tip of the Month

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.  …

Continue reading »

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 …

Continue reading »

May 27

Tip of the Month – May

Coach Monika Says… Questions For Head Coaches At The End Of The Season I found this post by Chris Fore (November 19, 2018) quite helpful for personal reflection on the seasonal performance of both coaches and athletes. Although the post originally is directed at team sport and players, I modified the Title and applied it …

Continue reading »

May 03

Tip of the Month – April

Coach Monika Says… Five Effective Leadership Practices February 11, 2019: The Canadian Olympic and Paralympic Committees stated, “they stand for ‘sport free’ harassment, abuse and discrimination of any kind” after a CBC investigation reported more than 200 coaches in Canadian Amateur Sports have been convicted of sexual offences over a 20-year period, and the list keeps …

Continue reading »

Apr 01

Tip of the Month – March

Coach Monika Says… Including Postural Exercises to Enrich Your Training Program This is the 3rd Series of posture exercises as stated in January and February Tip of the Month. Medical researchers and experts in the field point to the fact that postural habits of children and youth, including our athletes of course, are deteriorating rapidly. Accordingly, …

Continue reading »

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 …

Continue reading »

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 …

Continue reading »

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 …

Continue reading »

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 …

Continue reading »

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 …

Continue reading »

Older posts «