5 Essential Lessons Coaches Learned in 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has been a challenging time for everyone. Fear, civic unrest, and professional uncertainty have made this a year to remember. On top of it all, one of the most tried-and-true ways to de-stress – sports – have been significantly interrupted. It has been a trying time for athletes, coaches, and parents. It…

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Inconvenient Truths in U.S. Public Health

We should prioritize our health and wellness, which will give us the best shot at fending off the virus, and we should do our best to adhere to public health recommendations, which will give us the best shot at limiting the spread of the virus.

We have to frame COVID as an essential public health concern, but not the only public health concern. This is a moment to maintain thoughtful perspective, not entrench ourselves in one side of the discussion or other.

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Reinventing Motivation for Remote Success

by Janzen Harding It’s a tough time to be a competitive athlete. Due to COVID-19, professional athletes are facing fan-less stadiums, entire seasons have been postponed or cancelled, and many high school athletes are wondering whether they will get a chance to compete for a championship or play for recruiting scouts. Training schedules have been…

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Obesity, Self-Efficacy, and Empowerment through Strength

By Jeremy Weber Two double cheeseburgers, ten spicy nuggets, a large fry and a large soda. This was the typical Wendy’s order I’d shame-eat most nights when I was sitting in my car outside of my apartment. For the better part of a year this ritual was the only thing that made me happy, and…

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On Coaching a Child with ADHD

By Gabriel Villarreal There are a number of ways you can coach a child with ADHD or that is suspected to have ADHD. It seems like every year I change my approach to programming for this population, but it always works, and the updates are always based on new research or from my own sample…

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Bayless Skips the Modern Definition of ‘Leader’

Skip Bayless made headlines this week with his callous response to a professional athlete’s mental health concern. Cowboys’ quarterback Dak Prescott admitted that when the quarantine first began he struggled with anxiety, loneliness, and depression. Bayless wasn’t having it. “I don’t have sympathy for him going public with, ‘I got depressed. I suffered depression early…

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Commissioner Silver was Right: Social Media’s Impact on NBA Success

At the most recent MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said that many NBA players are experiencing increased anxiety which is “a direct result of social media… they’re truly unhappy.” Charles Barkley, during an interview on the ESPN show, Get Up, scoffed at the idea. He suggested that Silver’s comment was “the…

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3 Keys to Embrace the Conversation of Mental Health

by Annie Gerdes As a soccer coach who is also pursuing a master’s in clinical mental health counseling, this subject hits me very close to home. Throughout my life I have dealt with depression and anxiety and sports helped me cope and survive day to day. I have learned to manage my depression and anxiety…

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