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Athletic Identity

Athletic Identity

Seeing yourself as an athlete is often one of the biggest challenges facing student athletes. Learn how to develop the winning mindset by clickingEven professional athletes struggle with their image as a sportsperson from time to time. For student athletes, though,...

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ADHD in Sports Today

ADHD in Sports Today

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, more commonly referred to as ADHD or ADD, has become a prevalent diagnosis among children and youth across the world. Based on a 2011 survey of parents, the Centers for Disease Control and Preven􀦞on (CDC) put the number at 11%...

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How Emotional Intelligence Affects Performance in Sports

How Emotional Intelligence Affects Performance in Sports

From student-athletes to professional stars, all sportsmen and women appreciate the fact that tiny margins are often the difference between success and failure. While training the body is essential, it is equally crucial to develop a strong mind. However, a winner’s...

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Mental Toughness

Mental Toughness

"Toughness is in the soul and spirit, not in muscles." - Alex Karras. Football Player.In sport (and life), nobody can expect everything to run smoothly. When testing moments surface, physical attributes like speed and skill will only get you so far. Frankly, a strong...

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The Secrets to Building Confidence in Student-Athletes

The Secrets to Building Confidence in Student-Athletes

Confidence, when combined with the right resources and knowledge, can be a key to success. It's crucial in all aspects of our lives and is cultivated from a young age. As we grow older, our confidence helps us tackle life challenges even when the odds are stacked up...

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Winning – Is It Everything?

Winning – Is It Everything?

Statistics say that 70% of kids involved in sports drop out after becoming teenagers. Such is the case for many reasons, but, in general, it boils down to a loss of enjoyment from participating. In numerous studies of youth athletes, fun was repeatedly identified as...

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The Future of Pay-to-Play in Sports

The Future of Pay-to-Play in Sports

In the past, it was easy to get on a youth sports team if one wanted to play. Whether through community recreation leagues or school sports, very few barriers to entry existed for young people, who could easily get a hold of the necessary equipment. This was...

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Why Employers Love Student Athletes

Why Employers Love Student Athletes

Sports are a terrific medium for learning a range of skills and building habits that are essential for life. Goal setting, time management, relationship management, recovering from setbacks, and disappointments are just some of the lessons that are learned navigating...

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How Player Comparisons Can Hurt Athletes

How Player Comparisons Can Hurt Athletes

We hear it all the time, player X is compared to player Y. It is a regular part of the talk surrounding sports at all levels- that’s why there are rankings of all kinds. However, we don’t really stop to think about how comparing players can become a damage for some of...

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Injuries In Teenage Athletes

Injuries In Teenage Athletes

Getting injured is an inevitable part of taking part in sport. Some are unavoidable- a matter of bad luck from making the wrong movement or over- stretching while trying to make a play. Others are simple bumps and bruises that only cause discomfort for a short period...

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Drugs In High School Athletes

Drugs In High School Athletes

The temptation to experiment with drugs, both illegal and legal, is something faced by every teenager in our society. There are many reasons why teenagers choose to use the multitude of drugs that may become available to them- as an escape, boredom, trying to be/ seem...

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Top 10 Best Books for Student-Athletes

Top 10 Best Books for Student-Athletes

List of best books for building an athlete10. The Champion's MindSports participation—from the recreational to the collegiate Division I level—is at an all-time high. While the caliber of their games may differ, athletes at every level have one thing in common: the...

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Offseason Training for Student Athletes

Offseason Training for Student Athletes

“You can’t build a great building on a weak foundation. You must have a solid foundation if you’re going to build a superstructure.” ~Gordon B. Hinckley Offseason training For all athletes, the offseason is one of the most important periods of the year as it can be...

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Club Sports vs. High School Sports

Club Sports vs. High School Sports

Club sports vs. high school sportsOver the past decade or more, the debate over participating in club sports versus high school sports has grown more intense. Much of this has been driven by factors stemming from the increasingly competitive and commercialized nature...

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Is your athlete ready to play at the college level?

Is your athlete ready to play at the college level?

“I hated every minute of training, but I said, Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.”   Muhammad Ali   If you are playing sports during your high school years, chances are you have at least thought about whether or not you will play...

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Parent’s role in their athlete’s development

Parent’s role in their athlete’s development

 “Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.”  St. Francis of Assisi   Most successful student-athletes at the college level and those who go on to compete professionally in their sport, usually count on a...

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Concussions in youth athletes

Concussions in youth athletes

 Life’s problems wouldn’t be called “hurdles” if there wasn’t a way to get over them….   Over the past few years, concussions and player safety in sports has become a topic that is frequently discussed. A large amount of the concern with the injury surrounds the...

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Practicing @ 100 miles per hour

Practicing @ 100 miles per hour

"The best preparation for tomorrow is doing your best today"  H. Jackson Brown, Jr.   As a teenage athlete, practice sessions are an extremely important part of your sporting experience. Practice sessions play the most important role in your development because...

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Rest – The hidden benefits to student athletes

Rest – The hidden benefits to student athletes

Train like an athlete, eat like an nutritionist, sleep like a baby, WIN like a Champion….   The human body is a fantastic machine that allows us to do a mind-boggling range of things. It can be extremely flexible or extremely brittle, it heals itself, whether after...

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How can your body language hold you back?

How can your body language hold you back?

“The life which is unexamined is not worth living.”  Socrates   One of the pillars of a successful sporting career is communication. As a member of a team, how you interact with your teammates is essential to building the atmosphere around the team. A positive feeling...

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How to survive being cut

How to survive being cut

“I’ve learned that something constructive comes from every defeat.”  Tom Landry, Head Coach of the Dallas Cowboys (1960-1988) Recovering from disappointment and responding to setbacks is an important lesson learned from playing sports. These disappointments and...

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Sports Specialization – When is it good?

Sports Specialization – When is it good?

“Stay committed to your decisions, but stay flexible in your approach.”  Tony Robbins   In the past, playing one sport all year round was not common. However, as the industry becomes more intense and youth athletics become hyper-organized, many parents and coaches...

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Why 70% of teenage athletes drop out of sports?

Why 70% of teenage athletes drop out of sports?

“Most of us have far more courage than we ever dreamed we possessed.”  Dale Carnegie Sports participation can have a phenomenal positive impact on teenagers. As they grow towards adulthood, sports can teach a number of life skills such as commitment, perseverance,...

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Are you mentally beating yourself?

Are you mentally beating yourself?

I've never known anybody to achieve anything without overcoming adversity."  Lou Holtz, Pro Football Player, Author, and College Football Hall of Fame Coach.   Sports are a competitive arena in which the object of any game or match is for one team to beat the other....

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What can you learn from riding the bench?

What can you learn from riding the bench?

"There is no better coach than the bench."  Anson Dorrance, UNC women's soccer coach, 22-time NCAA champion   If you are one of the select few playing sports in high school, it will become abundantly obvious that the main concern of coaches is to win games. Gone are...

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Player Accountability – Do you have it?

Player Accountability – Do you have it?

Accountability is the first step in the process of setting yourself apart as a leader. It means you say what you will do and do what you say! Accountability (noun): The fact or condition of being accountable; responsibility. Accountable (adjective): Required or...

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Skills & Drills vs. Games – Which is best?

Skills & Drills vs. Games – Which is best?

“The more I practice, the luckier I get.”  Gary Player, pro golfer with nine World Golf Championships Over the past few years, there has been significant debate among coaches and parents as to which approach to teaching athletic skills is best. Coaching used to be...

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Goal setting for your student athlete

Goal setting for your student athlete

"Where focus goes energy flows."  Tony Robbins Every athlete eventually needs to start setting goals. Knowing how, what and when to set goals is the key to achieving them. It's a new year, and it’s fair to assume that you have made New Year's resolutions,* as did many...

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Michael Jordan a life of grit

Michael Jordan a life of grit

by Sheldon Garrison (Freshman, Portland, ME.) Did you know that Michael Jordan's first love was baseball? He was a very determined athlete that set his goals high at a young age. Even after he was cut from his high school basketball team, he still wanted to achieve...

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Basketball Positions

Basketball Positions

by Dell Hudson (7th grader, Portland, ME.) It all started in 1891 in Springfield, Massachusetts and was created by Dr. James Naismith an Educator.  He split a class of 18 people into two teams the game consisted of peach baskets and soccer type ball. The baskets were...

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