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6 Motivation Tips for Beginning Your Child’s Offseason Training Program

November 12, 2014
6 Motivation Tips for Beginning Your Child’s Offseason Training Program

by Shana Brenner Whether a kid plays football or runs track, effective training doesn’t stop when the season does — because it’s actually what players do in the offseason months that can make all the difference in how they perform. So how do you help players stay motivated when there are no more practice...
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The Biggest Secret to Swimming Fast Under Pressure

November 7, 2014
The Biggest Secret to Swimming Fast Under Pressure

by Alan Goldberg, PhD   Do you ever wonder why so many good swimmers seem to fall apart at the big meet? How come they tend to go faster in practice than at Championships? Why does someone always go faster in a relay or off event than he would in his best event? There’s...
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5 Reasons You Should Use ‘Athlete’ Produced Video – Coaching

September 20, 2014
5 Reasons You Should Use ‘Athlete’ Produced Video – Coaching

  A note from the Editor:  Recently I came across a coaching method advanced by a young coach that truly serves as a great example of an “athlete centered coaching method.”  Podium Sports Journal is no stranger to advocating coaching methods that are more focused on the athlete’s needs vs. the coach’s preferred style...
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Connect Power & Privilege to Form Championship Teams

July 25, 2014
Connect Power & Privilege to Form Championship Teams

  Building Championship Behavior Using a 360 Degree Point-of-View in Developing Teamwork by Lowell Wightman The team practice today is similar in every way to each practice before. To repeat the success that yields championship results there can be no let up of effort, intent, or accountability. Everyone is responsible for the behavior necessary...
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Mental Preparation & Team Culture Count in SuperBowl XLVIII

March 3, 2014
Mental Preparation & Team Culture Count in SuperBowl XLVIII

By Matt Long, M.A., M.Ed.                                                                   Photo: Peter Yang As fans here in Denver struggle to pick up the pieces after a heartbreaking...
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Staying Engaged from the Bench

February 3, 2014
Staying Engaged from the Bench

by Kyle Ohman – Basketball HQ.com Every player wants to be on the floor during a game, but unfortunately their are only so many minutes available. That means that there are going to be players that have to sit the bench, and this can be a very frustrating time for those players. However, this...
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Core Principles in Positive Coaching

January 27, 2014
Dominik's All-Star Team 2006

Positive Coaching Alliance Founder – Jim Thompson’s TED Talk Some of the most important and innovative educational initiatives have come out of Stanford University.  Jim Thompson’s founding of the Positive Coaching Alliance is one of the best – and – it has the power to impact every youth sport athlete playing today by reinforcing...
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The Joy of Sport and Building a Team Throughout a Season

November 8, 2013
The Joy of Sport and Building a Team Throughout a Season

Can you think of a better example of joy in sport?  This short feature on the Penn Quakers Womens Soccer Team offers a sweet recap of a great time had by all. I’m priviledged to know the Co-captain of this team – she’s my neice and amongst the smartest, albeit goofy of the Penn...
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Building Team Cohesion – Coaching Youth Hockey with Dr. Larry Lauer

Building Team Cohesion – Coaching Youth Hockey with Dr. Larry Lauer

Podcast of the Week – Dr. Larry Lauer – Keys to Coaching Youth Hockey Dr. Larry Lauer is the Director of Coaching Education and Development at Michigan State University’s Institute for the Study of Youth Sports.  He has played hockey for many years and continues to coach the game.  As a AASP certified sport...
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Optimism in Coaching – How Athletes & Coaches View Effectiveness

Optimism in Coaching – How Athletes & Coaches View Effectiveness

  Podcast Interview with Dr. Andrea Becker on Perceptual Differences in Optimism & Coaching Effectiveness Coaching is a tremendously dynamic process.  One who studies coaching effectiveness is Dr. Andrea Becker from California State University at Fullerton.  She will be the first to tell you that there are many different variables to coaching effectiveness.  She’s...
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Psychology & Big Wave Surfers: Dr. Lenny Wiersma Studies “Mavericks”

Psychology & Big Wave Surfers: Dr. Lenny Wiersma Studies “Mavericks”

Dr. Lenny Wiersma is faculty at California State University, Fullerton and has long been an admirer of Big Wave Surfing.  So he decided it might be good to understand more about the mental skills involved in this remarkable endeavor.  He got a great sense of what these incredible athletes experience, train, and go through...
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Mental Skills & Preparation Strategies of Olympic Gold medalists – II

Mental Skills & Preparation Strategies of Olympic Gold medalists – II

Podium Sports Journal’s Podcast of the Week – An interview with Drs. Noah Gentner and Vanessa Shannon by Dr. Stephen Walker, CC-AASP Sport Psychologists recognize the importance of mental skills & preparation strategies used by coaches and athletes before key athletic events.  Most athletes understand their importance as well.  But, what do these athletes...
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Mental Skills & the Preparation Strategies of Olympic Gold Medalists – I

Mental Skills & the Preparation Strategies of Olympic Gold Medalists – I

Podium Sports Journal’s Podcast of the Week – An interview with Drs. Noah Gentner and Vanessa Shannon by Dr. Stephen Walker, CC-AASP Sport Psychologists recognize the importance of mental skills and preparation strategies before key athletic events.  Most athletes understand that these things are important as well.  But, what do these athletes actually do...
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The Dave Scott Interview

The Dave Scott Interview

From the Editor (10.1.2011)  Some of you may begin hearing about Dave Scott and Mark Allen’s concerns over the upcoming release of Matt Fitzgerald’s depiction of  (“IronWar”, VeloPress, 2011).  They feel strongly enough about the piece to sue the author and VeloPress for defamation of character and state flat out that there are erroneous...
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The Loneliness of Goalkeeping

The Loneliness of Goalkeeping

From the Editor:  Having worked with numerous goalies and goal keepers over the years, it is pretty rare that you find an article, post, or podcast that does justice to the job these brave and “lonely” souls endeavor to do well.  The podcast was my first exposure to Radiolab.  You would think that Radiolab...
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Key Mental Skills in Race Car Driving – Dr. Kevin L. Burke

Key Mental Skills in Race Car Driving – Dr. Kevin L. Burke

Podium’s Podcast of the Month – Featuring – Dr. Kevin L. Burke Editor’s note: As the summer creeps into view, NASCAR is beginning to ramp up and The IRL is gaining momentum.  America’s favorite racing venues are virtually sold out weeks in advance as fans clamor to catch all the action.  Emerging as one...
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Parents Corner

Positive Psychology Enhances Coaching & Athlete Productivity

Positive Psychology Enhances Coaching & Athlete Productivity

Shawn Achor has been an innovator and key promoter of the principles in Positive Psychology.  As a researcher in this arena for the past 10 years, the results are gaining traction in numerous fields – but none need it more than in the field of coaching education.  Old school methodology, and hard-nosed tough guy...

6 Motivation Tips for Beginning Your Child’s Offseason Training Program

6 Motivation Tips for Beginning Your Child’s Offseason Training Program

by Shana Brenner Whether a kid plays football or runs track, effective training doesn’t stop when the season does — because it’s actually what players do in the offseason months that can make all the difference in how they perform. So how do you help players stay motivated when there are no more practice...

The Biggest Secret to Swimming Fast Under Pressure

The Biggest Secret to Swimming Fast Under Pressure

by Alan Goldberg, PhD   Do you ever wonder why so many good swimmers seem to fall apart at the big meet? How come they tend to go faster in practice than at Championships? Why does someone always go faster in a relay or off event than he would in his best event? There’s...

5 Reasons You Should Use ‘Athlete’ Produced Video – Coaching

5 Reasons You Should Use ‘Athlete’ Produced Video – Coaching

  A note from the Editor:  Recently I came across a coaching method advanced by a young coach that truly serves as a great example of an “athlete centered coaching method.”  Podium Sports Journal is no stranger to advocating coaching methods that are more focused on the athlete’s needs vs. the coach’s preferred style...

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