The Trouble with Mindfulness

This article was originally published by Just Breathe Magazine. His task was not to envision the future or ruminate on the past, but to be in the moment. Just to be “where [his] feet are.” When Tom Brady is facing an opposing defense in the fourth quarter of any number of his come-from-behind wins, his…

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Beyond Strength Clinic, Palos Hills: Life After Sport

By Jennifer Foust Ingrid began her gymnastics career before the age of two and went on to become a competitive college athlete. With a gymnast background and a significant level of strength, she found Olympic Weightlifting and qualified for the American Open and the US National Championships within her first few months of training. After…

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Head Impacts: Everyone, and Every One, Counts

This year, more than 100 million high school athletes will take the field… or court, or pool. No matter what sport they play, head injuries are possible. It’s not just football coaches who need to keep an eye out. All coaches need to be conscious of athlete safety. As coaches, we hold the reigns. Speaking…

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“Eat Better Dessert” with Dr. Ian Smith

There is a direct relationship between nutrition, cognition, and emotion that we would all benefit from understanding. Our physical state impacts our psychological state – that truth is unavoidable. Once that relationship is realized and an individual hopes to improve their nutrition habits, the next question is often, how? As coaches, we are tasked with…

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The Application of Appropriate Load Method in a High School Strength Setting

In Strength & Conditioning, like so many fields, we learn from those who came before us. That’s how it works. When selecting our own strategies and behaviors, we refer to those who have been there, done it, and accomplished what we too would like to accomplish. Youth coaches often look to high school coaches for…

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What Do You Coach For?

He closed the door to the dingy, underground locker-room before taking a seat on an old wooden bench and covering his face with his hand. The team was noticeably upset. Gene Hackman then delivers, in an inspired way, “What I say… is the law. Absolutely and without discussion.” Whether it’s Hoosiers or Rudy or Miracle,…

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What Looms Under the Confetti…

The Toronto Raptors are World Champions! And while congratulations are due to Kawhi Leonard, Danny Green, and that incredible group of athletes, a subtle narrative looms under the black, purple, and red confetti… There was a championship on the line. What would you have done? Critique of Kevin Durant’s return and subsequent injury is a…

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The Secret to Integrity

In order to cultivate integrity in a young person, it essential to explain the logic (including potential repercussions) of their actions. Educators (coaches, parents, teachers of any kind) must lay the tracks for young learners so that one day they might be able to run down them. It is important that we don’t assume qualities…

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Developing a Championship Mindset

with Tufts University football Coach, Jay Civetti By the time the cork was pulled from the bottle of champagne, it was stale. For years it sat in a duffle bag, wrapped in towels, awaiting the end of the nation’s longest losing streak. The Tufts Jumbos went 0-31 over three seasons before it was popped. For…

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Weightroom Wisdom

In his new book, Weight Room Wisdom, Ron McKeefery recognizes the “opportunities our work affords us to provide a positive influence on the lives of those we train.” He’s not talking about winning a championship. He refers instead to the idea that some of the most empowering moments in an athlete’s life come not from…

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