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Get Your Mind Right: 6 Common Questions around Mental Skills Training for Young Athletes
Get Your Mind Right: 6 Common Questions around Mental Skills Training for Young Athletes

Get Your Mind Right: 6 Common Questions around Mental Skills Training for Young Athletes

Author: Jim Afremow

Jim shares tips for youth sports coaches, parents, and athletes to get started with mental skills training, discusses the mindset challenges facing young players, and explains the power of practicing between the ears.

Preparing Weightlifters Physically and Mentally for Nationals
Preparing Weightlifters Physically and Mentally for Nationals

Preparing Weightlifters Physically and Mentally for Nationals

Author: Whitney Rodden

I’ve had the privilege of coaching multiple young men and women on their path to college weightlifting nationals. While the school I serve, MidAmerica Nazarene University, is a small liberal arts institution, I like to think that we punch above our weight, and that’s certainly the case with our lifters.

Coaching Communication in Strength and Conditioning? Your Buy In Matters More Than Your Athletes
Coaching Communication in Strength and Conditioning? Your Buy In Matters More Than Your Athletes

Coaching Communication in Strength and Conditioning? Your Buy In Matters More Than Your Athletes

Author: Rob Van Valkenburgh

You have to invest your time into truly getting to know your athlete’s on a very deep level. Not to mention, that investing in the relationship you have with your athletes is what coaching is all about.

Want to Make Your Athletes Fit, Healthy, and Well? Your online habits need to change
Want to Make Your Athletes Fit, Healthy, and Well? Your online habits need to change

Want to Make Your Athletes Fit, Healthy, and Well? Your online habits need to change

Author: Kenny Kane

As we combined anecdotal observations, with more objective analysis, it became clear that this wasn’t a simple topic and that we’d need to go much further, both for the sake of furthering our own understanding and, even more significantly, for the good of the athletes and coaches I serve.

Youth Sports Part 3: Tapping into Learning Styles
Youth Sports Part 3: Tapping into Learning Styles

Youth Sports Part 3: Tapping into Learning Styles

It’d be so easy to coach if every young athlete learned in the same way, wouldn’t it? But unfortunately, that isn’t the case. So even though you might be very comfortable communicating and teaching in a certain fashion, a one-size-fits-all approach is only going to benefit a fraction of the players you’re trying to coach. The rest are either going to have sub-optimal learning experiences or the lessons will go completely over their heads.

Coach as Counselor Part 3 – How to Spot Mental Health Red Flags
Coach as Counselor Part 3 – How to Spot Mental Health Red Flags

Coach as Counselor Part 3 – How to Spot Mental Health Red Flags

In the previous two posts in this series, we explored ways to clean up your athletes’ mental hygiene and how to use your situational awareness to spot intuitively when someone is struggling. For this third installment, we’re turning our attention to how we can combine subjective observation and objective measurements to monitor players’ mental health and hopefully spot any red flags so we can address an issue like anxiety or depression before it escalates.

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