Do Youth Contact Sports Lead to Cognitive and Mental Health Problems?

Football has taken a beating in recent years. Scandals, questions and deep-seated fears revolve around concussions and CTE, mental health and cognitive disorders that are believed to occur as a result of those concussions. By extension other youth contact sports, including ice hockey, lacrosse, field hockey and even soccer have come under fire for the… Continue reading Do Youth Contact Sports Lead to Cognitive and Mental Health Problems?

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Success Skills Everyone Can Use Right Now

For athletes trying to master their position and dominate opponents. For students who want to crush their grades and make the most of their educational opportunities. Here’s a list of unbeatable success skills you ALREADY POSSESS! For all of us who just want to get better, get ahead, do the right thing and win at… Continue reading Success Skills Everyone Can Use Right Now

Expensive Energy Gels Vs. The Humble Potato For Endurance Athletes

Are you an endurance athlete? Cyclist, runner swimmer or maybe even a triathlete? Do you swear by your expensive, “scientifically designed” carbohydrate energy gel to give you a performance boost? Turns out, your fancy energy gel might be no better than the humble potato when it comes to fueling your performance. There are, however, other… Continue reading Expensive Energy Gels Vs. The Humble Potato For Endurance Athletes

Podcast: Should You Hire A Youth Fitness Coach For Your Child?

Today, I’m going to share my thoughts on whether parents should hire a youth fitness coach for their kids. Of course, since I am a Youth Fitness Professional, you might imagine that I’m biased toward a “yes” answer. You might be surprised! While I do believe that every kid would benefit from working with a… Continue reading Podcast: Should You Hire A Youth Fitness Coach For Your Child?

Repetitive Impact and Understanding Concussions

Are mild, run-of-the-mill impacts of the head and neck as much to blame for concussions as big hits and impacts? Do they cause similar damage to brain blood vessels? If scientists at Trinity College Dublin are correct in their findings, the answer is yes. In a study whose results were published in the Journal of… Continue reading Repetitive Impact and Understanding Concussions

Too Late to Start Exercising? No, Says Science!

If you’ve reached an advanced age, or even relatively so, it’s not too late to build muscle and benefit from exercise, according to a new University of Birmingham study. Older folks with no previous participation in exercise programs showed an ability to add new muscle as that exhibited by well-trained master athletes in the same… Continue reading Too Late to Start Exercising? No, Says Science!

Podcast: Accountability or Unnecessary Confrontation for Youth Athletes?

Accountability. It’s used so often and in so many arenas that it’s practically a cliche. In business, in school and in sports and training, everyone likes to talk about accountability. For coaches, whether in youth sports or fitness and strength and conditioning, it seems universally accepted that accountability is key. In these arenas, “holding athletes… Continue reading Podcast: Accountability or Unnecessary Confrontation for Youth Athletes?

Cam Dineen’s Best Off-Season Yet!

Really excited for this guy, Cam Dineen as he heads out to Arizona for another hockey season! Cam is one of the hardest working, most consistent athletes I’ve been blessed to work with! I stress to all my athletes to trust the process, give 100% effort all the time and keep a positive attitude. Cam… Continue reading Cam Dineen’s Best Off-Season Yet!

Last Off-Season Training Session for This Guy!

Last off-season training session for Matt today at All-Star Sports Academy! This guy has dealt for 10 months with a UCL tear that was FINALLY properly diagnosed. Even during this period of massive frustration, he kept his head up and his good humor intact! In spite of the uncertainty of this football season and training… Continue reading Last Off-Season Training Session for This Guy!

Steal This Book! (Sort of)

A few years back, I was asked to be part of a project with a huge task. Our goal was to produce a book that provided a “definitive guide” to what it meant to help young athletes develop successfully and safely. I got to co-author with some amazing youth fitness professionals. It was an honor… Continue reading Steal This Book! (Sort of)