Illinois Advisory Council on Player Safety + MORE

Illinois Advisory Council on Player Safety + MORE

WOC #24 Tom Bates, Head of Performance Psychology and Culture for Aston Villa FC , It’s often not what we say in coaching, but what we do that teaches them the most + MORE

What would your team look like if you let them shape and drive the culture, and if you loved them first as people before you ever tried to be coach? Would they be more like the bad news bears instead of Barcelona? If you said the bad news bears, you are dead wrong. In this The post WOC #24 Tom Bates.... More »
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How Do Parental Expectations Hurt Young Athletes? + MORE

 How High Expectations Lead to Pressure in Young Athletes A recent NCAA poll of more than 21,000 current college athletes shed some interesting light on how pressured these athletes feel about making it big. The data, from NCAA’s GOALS Study of the Student-Athlete experience, and just reported in.... More »

8 Ways to Cut Costs in Youth Sports + MORE

Like everything else, the cost of youth sports continues to climb. But there are ways to cut costs in youth sports. Here’s a few ideas: 1. Be choosy. Try one sport at a time per kid. Overloading kids’ schedules not only tires them out and leave them little time for creative freeplay; it al.... More »

SPORTSMANSHIP: When Things Start to Get Ugly at High School Sports…. + MORE

A Role for High School Athletes When Fans Resort to Slurs and Vulgarity By Doug Abrams Last Friday night, Catholic Memorial School downed Newton North High School, 77-73, in a hard-fought Massachusetts basketball division title matchup at Newton North High School. Catholic Memorial is an all-boys p.... More »

How to Help Your Child Win Where It Really Counts: In Their Head!

To listen to this new podcast series, click on the above arrow. Perhaps you’ve heard the saying “Sports is 80% mental”, or maybe even that it’s 90% mental. I read from one sports psychologist that actually it’s 100% mental because thoughts influence actions and those ac.... More »

It. Has. To. Stop. (revisited)

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This is one of my more outspoken and shared opinion pieces about concussions, it originally was penned in August of 2013. ========== There is a lot of belief and trust each and every one of us has in those that are medical professionals.  The further you go up the chain in those professionals our trust […]

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Student-athletes who experience lingering concussion symptoms and their parents are more concerned about the adverse effect of concussion on learning and school performance, report more school-related problems, and more classes posing difficulty than students who recover more quickly, finds a new study…

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Last month, I introduced the 52 Virtues Project. Today we focus on Virtue #2. Virtue #2: Caring Caring is giving love and attention to people and things that matter to you. When you care about people, you help them. You do a careful job, giving your very best effort. You treat people and things gently and respectfully…

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It was last month and I was routinely checking the inbox when I noticed a correspondence from the Illinois High School Association (IHSA) with the subject line “IHSA Request”. Of course this piqued my interest because it is not often I get information from the state high school organization and the ‘request’ portion may have […]

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6 Life Lessons
Our world has become smaller and smaller, in part, because today’s technology helps us communicate in ways we never dreamed possible. On the other hand, there is still a big, wonderful world out there beyond our smartphones and tablets, filled with learning opportunities and exciting adventures…

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