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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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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Self-Talk and Mentorship: A Lesson from the NAKHE Conference, 2019

The language we use to frame our experience will define our experience. Though it may seem obvious, it is clear that students, coaches, and professionals often fail to enlist the power of accurate framing for an optimal outcome. Worse still, we complain. Too often we identify problems as though the complaint itself is the solution.…

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To Play or Not to Play: Sports and Cognitive Dysfunction

We are facing a terrifying reality: 100 million Americans are at risk of cognitive dysfunction due to changes in cerebral structure. But it’s not from CTE. Cognitive dysfunction is a well-known complication of diabetes. In 2015 the CDC released a report identifying the shocking fact that 100 million Americans are living with diabetes or prediabetes.…

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Understanding Stress

Part One of an Ongoing Series Through the world travels of the Good Athlete Project, we have noticed one underlying constant in the desires of most people: less stress. It takes different forms and we name it different things, but it consistently looms heavy in the minds of many… stress about work, family, performance in…

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The Coaches We Mean to Be

When fall rolls in, the leaves on the old oaks lining Appian Way provide an idyllic view from the corner office of Rick Weissbourd, Faculty Director of the Human Development and Psychology program at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education. Rick is also the Co-Director of Making Caring Common, a national effort to make moral…

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Tim Tebow: the Survey

Rumors of the New York Mets calling Tim Tebow into the big-league have begun. He continues to improve in the minor leagues (he just made the Double-A All-Star team), and it seems his number is almost destined to be called. That news is already sparking low-level debates akin to the nearly constant controversy that came…

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