Participation in sports has multiple positive impacts on children’s mental and physical development but many of us in the sports industry are also aware that participation in youth sports has been at a decline.
With managing a whole team, 12-14 hour days and a limit on time, many coaches don’t take the time to work on nutrition with their athletes. It’s easy to just hand out a meal plan and to say, “eat this, not that.” If coaches took the time to understand behavior change, helped athletes understand their goals, and created an environment for them to succeed, they would not only see positive results, but they would also build a stronger team.
Strength and conditioning coach Adam Feit, was recently invited to the NSCA Coaches Conference to speak about an athlete-centered approach to nutrition coaching. The entire session is available to watch directly on their website.
Winning with Sportsmanship | AFCA Weekly for Football Coaches
By Mark Ehlers, Former Head Coach, Dubuque Hempstead (Iowa) High School
Sportsmanship is one of the most important life skills coaches can teach their athletes. It is the foundation skill of how we act before, during and after the game. This skill must be practiced when we win or lose and whether we’re happy or sad. As coaches, we hope that sportsmanship develops and matures into real life citizenship as athletes move into adulthood.
To achieve this, coaches must be passionate about the teaching and modeling of this very important life skill. Here are some suggestions on how your program can stress and promote the value of sportsmanship.
As the 2017 NFL draft kicks off this week, many teams are pouring over data as well as traditional scouting methods, to evaluate and choose their next big stars.
Scouting is a combination of what the coaches and scouts, see, hear and believe and these days it’s also supplemented with data and facts to help give coaches a clear picture of what a player has to offer.
The term “rugby style tackling” was coined in 2012 when a guest rugby coach from England visited the Seahawks’ team facility. Coach Pete Carroll and Assistant Head and Defense Coach Rocky Seto were practicing the fundamentals of a leverage-based shoulder tackling method: track the near hip, target the thigh, hit with the leveraged shoulder. The visiting coach said it looked like a rugby tackle, and it added element to how the Seahawks teach tackling.
As the Stanley Cup Playoffs begin today, many young athletes will look up to their heroes as their own hockey careers begin. As the rise in awareness of sports injuries continues, researchers are proactively reevaluating polices regarding hockey safety and creating a safer environment for youth hockey players.
As the air warms up and the sun starts peeking through, spring sports ramps up across the country. Lacrosse, soccer, baseball, softball, tennis and track and field, it’s time for athletes to play in the sun. As our enthusiasm grows, so does the new risk of injuries. While some injuries are inevitable there are a few preventative tips that can reduce an athlete getting sidelined.
Until recently, many believed that American football has been the biggest risk for potentially damaging head injuries in athletes, but new research by the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons states that female athletes, in particular soccer players, suffer concussions at a “significantly higher,” rate than male athletes.
The study tracked concussions in different sports from 2005 to 2015 and reported that girls were 12.1 percent more likely to sustain a concussion than boys across all sports.
The madness is upon us and we eagerly wait to see which NCAA Basketball team cuts down the net at the University of Phoenix Stadium in this year’s championship game.
While in the end there is only one winner all the teams push hard to reign as champions. Some, unfortunately, push too hard and end their season short with injuries. Many sports technology companies are entering the space in order to improve athlete performance and reduce the risk of these injuries.
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