Should We Say No to Participation Trophies?

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Participation trophies… to give ’em or not give ’em, is that really the question? Who knew that Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker, James Harrison, would ignite such a firestorm with his Instagram posting stating his intention to return the “participation trophies” awarded to … Continue reading

Pre-season Tournaments Beat Kids Up: Rest Days Allow them to Return to Full Strength

Are your players full of energy and enthusiasm at the beginning of practice? Or, are they pooped from school starting or the tournament weekend they just toughed it through? We all like those high energy days because we know that’s when … Continue reading

A Sound Mind IN a Sound Body is a Smart MOVE

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What ever happened to a sound mind in a sound body? A friend and fellow coaching educator sent me that lament in an email the other day. I always thought the idea originated with Thomas Jefferson, but TJ, ever the … Continue reading

10 Great Life Lessons from the Women’s World Cup

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I was schooled by the Girls of Summer 2015. Apparently, character development and life lessons aren’t just for kids anymore. Here are 10 nuggets I want to remember from the dazzling performances at the 2015 World Cup. Be the person who … Continue reading

Morgan Brian Passed the Concussion Tests, Should She Have Been Allowed to Return?

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I know this is not going to make me popular, but … not every collision spells concussion. The collision between midfielder Morgan Brian and Germany’s Alexandra Popp has the concussion lines a-buzzin’. Taylor Twellman’s tweeting and Briana Scurry’s Facebooking. From … Continue reading

Women’s World Cup 1999 to 2015: Pure Joy Makes No Apologies

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The last time we won a Women’s World Cup, it looked like this… “The enduring image of Brandi Chastain, triumphant on a sweltering July day in Pasadena, will endure, documenting a populist victory that helped propel women’s soccer into the … Continue reading

ACL Risk Assessment: 5 Simple Tests Every Parent and Coach Can Do

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Do you want to know if you kid is at risk for an ACL tear? You don’t need a special assessment program or highly trained health professionals to run an assessment. You can evaluate your own kids to decide whether … Continue reading

Physical Education Gone Missing: Can Sports Fill the Gap?

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Has bullying increased as physical education has decreased? This is the question posed to our Chinese and American panel at the ACSM convention. There has been much conversation about the reduction in physical activity among our American children, and the … Continue reading

Parent Delusional Disorder: the Seven Word Recovery Program

I just love to watch you play! That’s what I want my kids to know. That’s what I came for. Not to show you off. Not for bragging rights. Not even to celebrate when you win, although that’s nice when … Continue reading