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The Truth about Vertical Jump in Basketball

December 4, 2014
The Truth about Vertical Jump in Basketball

By Alan Stein, CSCS Whether reading a hoops magazine, visiting a basketball website or reading about the NFL Scouting Combine, I am constantly bombarded with advertisements for vertical jump programs; created by guys claiming to be experts at improving a player’s explosiveness and athletic ability.  I rarely know who any of these guys are...
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Positive Psychology Enhances Coaching & Athlete Productivity

November 20, 2014
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...
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How Best to Introduce Your Child to Sports

November 15, 2014
How Best to Introduce Your Child to Sports

By Ross Flowers An Expert’s Answers to Parents’ Questions About Raising a Healthy, Balanced, Happy Athlete Parent: When should I allow my child to begin a sport? Dr. Flowers: Introducing your child to sports at an early age (four to nine) is often a great way to support motor skill development, mental processing, problem...
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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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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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Core Principles in Positive Coaching

January 27, 2014
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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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How to Help When Athletes Develop a Drug or Alcohol Problem

July 7, 2013
How to Help When Athletes Develop a Drug or Alcohol Problem

by Tess Young Editor’s note:  This article is somewhat unsual for Podium, although Andrew Dieden’s post The Cause as Well as the Cure helped our readers have a stronger grasp of those things that contribute to addictive disease.  No one close to sports would begin to suggest that this problem is not a significant...
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Brainspotting & Pitchers: Coach’s Experience with “the Yips” in Batting Practice

July 7, 2013
Brainspotting & Pitchers: Coach’s Experience with “the Yips” in Batting Practice

by Earl Poteet, MSW, LCSW (Author’s Note: Although I have written two previous descriptions of Brainspotting work that I have done with baseball players for Podium Sports Journal, I thought it beneficial to have the reader get a perspective from both my viewpoint as a sports psychotherapist, and from the athlete. While the coach...
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3 Mental Game Lessons from the US Open at Merion Golf Club

July 6, 2013
3 Mental Game Lessons from the US Open at Merion Golf Club

photo courtesy of media.philly.com  Lessons From Merion by Matt Long, MA, MEd “I’ll tell you about these (U.S.) Opens, they get tougher and tougher on the mental side.  You keep remembering the mistakes you made in the past that cost you an Open title.  I guess you keep trying too hard.” -Sam Snead, PGA...
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5 Keys to Mental Toughness in Volleyball

by Michelle Ehgotz and Dr. Stephen Walker   Mental fitness in sport is often overlooked and in sports like volleyball, very few articles exist...
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