As sports parents, we worry so much about our kids learning the correct physical technique or mechanics in their sports…but about their mental approach?
For example, what should you say to your youngster if they’re getting visibly nervous or moody before a game?
Is it okay if they develop c.... More »
October’s Positive Youth Sports Award goes to Sherry Connor, from Charlotte, North Carolina. Sherry has been coaching for six years and presently coaches high school and club volleyball. Sherry is described as: An amazing coach, and an amazing person. She cares about each of her.... More »
Sports parents, are you teachable? Are you willing to keep learning about how to be a better parent or do you think you’ve got it all figured out and don’t need any improvement? Most parents would probably say they could use some help, but when it comes to sports parents, it seems like m.... More »
Last week, as you may recall, I interviewed Jeff Passan, the author of new bestselling book, THE ARM. And if there was one major takeaway from that show, it was that the world of pitching — and trying to prevent arm injuries — has never been more complicated.
And now, in yesterday’.... More »
By Dev Mishra, M.D.
President, Sideline Sports Doc
Clinical Assistant Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, Stanford University
The Aspen Institute recently published a summary of their ongoing research into youth sports participation in America. The report focuses on improving access to the.... More »
The Bracket: Week 1 Results (SEE FULL BRACKET)
The first week is complete in our search for the greatest fictional coach of all time. There weren’t too many surprises. There were only two matchups in which the lower seed didn’t win.
Teamwork is encouraged by youth sports teams everywhere. But of those thousands and thousands of squads, how many of them are doing team the right way? As a sports mom for 21 years, I watched my kids play on over 100 teams and if I am being honest I will have to admit that a lot…Read More
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To all the fathers who brave outdoor high school football stadiums during the dead of winter just to see their son sit on the bench the entire game, we say, “Well done”. To all the dads who sit on rock hard folding chairs to see their daughter’s two minute part in a two hour play, we say, “Well done”…
When football trick plays work, they’re a lot of fun to watch. A well-run trick play might make the local news, and the better ones can go from a lot of hits on YouTube to a viral sensation.
Trick plays can also change the outcome of games. In addition to plays resulting in scores, the plays can be demoralizing for opponents…
Jan Schaffer, director of J-Lab, published a piece last month about journalism education. The headline: Journalism Education: It’s Time to Craft the Gateway Degree.
Schaffer’s concerned about university journalism programs losing enrollment and suggests they find a new way to market themselves…
This is probably the most common question that I get asked by athletes across every sport. “In practice, I’m relaxed, focused and everything seems to just come easily. However, in games, I start getting flooded with negativity and doubts, I tighten up, everything seems so rushed and I can’t get my body to do what it knows how to do!” “So what gives?”
The main reason this happens to athletes is because of the differences in their concentration between practice, when it is perceived to “not count,” and games, when now the athlete tells him/herself “it really counts!”
When you perform to your potential, this is most often a result of you focusing on what is important…
Too often, coaches treat female athletes differently than male athletes. Coaches tell females to act more like men.
But, truth is, girls and women don’t approach sports in the same way men approach sports, says Joan Steidinger, author of “Sisterhood in Sports: How Female Athletes Collaborate and Compete…