A lot of fitness and training concepts can be complex. They have a lot of moving parts and a lot of things that can go wrong or be performed inefficiently, ineffectively or incorrectly. This is very true of strength and conditioning and speed and agility as it relates to sports fitness. As a coach, your… Continue reading Coaching Athletes For Sports Fitness Mastery
The statistics are staggering. There’s nearly 3.2 million children age five to 14 who received medical treatment for a sports-related injury in 2017. More than a million of those needed emergency room treatment. Yet we continue to hold up youth sports in America as a solution. To what exactly? I’m trying to figure that out.… Continue reading Why Your Pre-Teen Is Weak And What To Do About It
If you sampled most adults, at least those over about 35 years old, they’ll tell you that playing organized sports is a good thing for kids. Elementary school-aged kids can get plenty of exercise, learn to get along with others, learn the value of competition and how to win and lose with dignity. While youth… Continue reading Youth Sports Participation Linked to Reduced Risk of Emotional Difficulties
We all know at least one set of helicopter parents. This species is closely related to the lawn-mower parent. The key difference may be in the level of obnoxiousness and omnipresent “fixing.” While both species are annoying, neither is really helping their kids. Up until now, pretty much anyone with a working brain knew that… Continue reading Helicopter Parents, Hothouse Kids, Anxiety and Failure
Childhood obesity has been an emotionally charged, near panic-inducing topic in the US and beyond for decades. New programs are repeatedly thrown at the issue in the hopes of “stemming the tide” of childhood obesity. Public policy on the issue has committed tens of billions of taxpayer dollars. In the media, in schools and even… Continue reading Childhood Obesity and Gut Bacteria
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?
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?
Accountability. The word, and the concept, get thrown around so much, it’s become a cliche. But are we using accountability with youth athletes more like a blunt object than a sharpened tool to sculpt success? Much has been said and written about the value of accountability in training and sports. So much, in fact, that… Continue reading Accountability or Unnecessary Confrontation for Youth Athletes?
If you heard the first one, you already know this one is going to be fun! Lyle McDonald joins me once again for a lively shout at some clouds! In this episode, Lyle shares: How he got his start as a Karaoke superstar! His thoughts on “sport-specific training.” When early specialization might actually help. Why… Continue reading Podcast: Friday Happy Hour With Lyle McDonald – The Sequel
If you know me, have heard me speak or read anything I’ve written about youth fitness, physical literacy for kids or even the training of youth athletes, you know there’s one unifying idea that I believe cannot be ignored if we intend to create positive connections to fitness and exercise for kids. It’s a pretty… Continue reading Why Don’t PE Fitness Tests Seem To Help?