All Articles Tagged 'coaching' (135)

Tips to help kids overcome sports anxiety

If you are a coach then you already know how sports anxiety can hold an otherwise talented kid from playing anywhere close to his potential.  This week I delve into this topic and offer hands-on tips to help with kids who deal with sports anxiety.…

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Added by Dr. Chris Stankovich on April 21, 2014 at 1:33pm — No Comments

Why sports leagues should shorten seasons, not lengthen them

Seems like most professional and college sports -- and even youth sports leagues - are looking to lengthen sports seasons.  While some fans might like this idea, there are real consequences to consider, including increased risk of injury and sports burnout. …

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Added by Dr. Chris Stankovich on April 9, 2014 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Are great athletes born or made?

This was the question CBS Sunday morning tackled, and I expand on this question in today's Sports Doc column you can read here.…

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Added by Dr. Chris Stankovich on April 7, 2014 at 8:33am — No Comments

Help kids pick the sport best suited to their unique interests/talents

Many parents struggle with aligning their children up with sports that suit their kids - not to mention dealing with whether to go travel or recreational.  This week I offer thoughts about how parents can best navigate this process to help ensure their kids are playing sports that make…

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Added by Dr. Chris Stankovich on April 1, 2014 at 9:04am — No Comments

Want success in sports? Strive for excellence, NOT perfectionism

We often hear people describe themselves as being “perfectionists” as if it’s a good thing — something everyone should strive to be if they want to be successful.  Often kids pick up on this moniker as they…

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Added by Dr. Chris Stankovich on March 31, 2014 at 8:00am — No Comments

Give it a day before coaching your kid after a game

Many parents want to dive right into intense coaching of their children just moments after the game ended when the kids are still very emotional.  While this is understandable, from a psychology of learning standpoint it's the worst time to "coach."  Waiting a single day in…

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Added by Dr. Chris Stankovich on March 28, 2014 at 11:30am — No Comments

Help kids learn the importance of humility in sports

Take the time this spring to remind kids about winning with grace and losing with dignity -- as well as steering away from demonstrative, self-centered behaviors designed to embarrass and humiliate opponents.…

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Added by Dr. Chris Stankovich on March 20, 2014 at 11:34am — 3 Comments

3 tips for positive summer sports parenting

Yes, it's hard to believe that this winter will eventually go away, but when it does we'll all be out in the stands cheering our young sports stars on again!  This summer keep in mind these 3 big tips to ensure your child has a happy, safe, and productive summer season:…

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Added by Dr. Chris Stankovich on March 12, 2014 at 9:49am — No Comments

Tips for Coaches to Help Kids Avoid Burnout

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Today's young athletes play more games than ever before, often specialize in one sport, and sometimes play sports year-round without any real breaks or downtime.  While there are some benefits to this type of a sports schedule (i.e. it may help with physical development and helping kids with time management by having structured…

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Added by Dr. Chris Stankovich on March 10, 2014 at 10:02am — No Comments

The NFL policing words may open a slippery slope for the future

The NFL is making important strides in cleaning up the game, but by attempting to ban only the N-word while leaving other offensive words as OK may lead to a dangerous slippery slope. Gay slurs are offensive to homosexuals, as is the use of the R-word when attempting to degrade individuals…

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Added by Dr. Chris Stankovich on March 6, 2014 at 11:08am — No Comments

Praise vs Encouragement [new podcast]

Here in part three of this podcast series we discuss the following:

-What is the benefit of praise?

-What’s the best kind of praise?

-What happens when you give too much praise to a young athlete?

-The difference between praise and encouragement

-The truth…

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Added by Jeremy Boone on March 6, 2014 at 8:10am — No Comments

The changing culture of the NFL and future challenges

The NFL is better protecting players from head injuries, respecting gay players, and looking to help players who have been bullied.  There's no doubt this isn't your dad's NFL anymore, but while these changes are viewed as positive by many, they do contradict the previously…

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Added by Dr. Chris Stankovich on March 3, 2014 at 11:30am — No Comments

Teaching kids athletic transferable skills for life success

While few kids will make it to professional sports, many more can profit from all the terrific athletic transferable skills they learn through sports. 

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Added by Dr. Chris Stankovich on February 25, 2014 at 11:19am — 3 Comments

Is it good for kids to play 2 sports in the same season?

Today's student athletes are more regularly competing in two sports at the same time, but is this a good thing?  This week I explore this new prototype of youth sport athlete and discuss the pros and cons to playing 2 sports at the same time.…

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Added by Dr. Chris Stankovich on February 24, 2014 at 7:41am — 4 Comments

The Science of Winning and Losing Part 2

Here in part two of this podcast series we discuss the following:

-Does positive thinking actually work?

-Common myths of testosterone

-The effects of testosterone on mental performance

-Should female athletes socialize before their performance?

-Plus…

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Added by Jeremy Boone on February 19, 2014 at 5:00pm — No Comments

The magic of self-talk and sport success

Making this one little improvement can lead to huge dividends for athletes -- I'm talking about positive self-talk, a skill that coaches can easily teach their athletes and see the results almost immediately. …

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Added by Dr. Chris Stankovich on February 19, 2014 at 11:40am — No Comments

Take this Test to See if You’re Ready to be a Youth Sports Coach

If you or someone you know is thinking about becoming a youth sports coach, this simple 5 question test can help you decide if this is the best way to volunteer your time. 

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Added by Dr. Chris Stankovich on February 17, 2014 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Comparing Sport Superstitions with Pre-Game Routines

I was recently interviewed about my thoughts on sports performance, and how superstitions differ from pre-game rituals. I thought the question was a good one, and it actually prompted me to think about the differences (and whether there truly were any), as well as the importance of doing one or both…

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Added by Dr. Chris Stankovich on February 9, 2014 at 12:30pm — 2 Comments

The Science Of Winning And Losing Part 1

In this brand new podcast series I interview Ashley Merryman, New York Times Best Selling Author of Top Dog

During our conversation we discuss the following:

-The Difference between Winning and Not Losing

-The Two Key Types of Mental…

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Added by Jeremy Boone on February 4, 2014 at 5:06pm — No Comments

Youth Sports Burnout - An American Epidemic?

Increasingly more kids become burned out from sports each year - this week I explore the reasons for this, symptoms of youth sport burnout, and what coaches and parents can do to help.

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Added by Dr. Chris Stankovich on January 30, 2014 at 9:34am — No Comments

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