Why “Find Your Passion” is Bad Advice

Find your passion is a common piece of advice. It’s the wrong advice. Passion fades. This is a scientific truth we should all recognize. The body will always strive for homeostasis. When thrown out of whack, it will come back to balance. Passion throws the body out of whack – pleasantly, of course – but…

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Conspicuous Penalty for Incognito: the new Raiders culture?

Jon Gruden and the Oakland Raiders acquired some of the NFL’s most controversial players this offseason. The addition of Antonio Brown, Vontaze Burfict, and Richie Incognito excited many Raiders fans, who hoped for a rekindling of the aggressive, outlaw culture of 1980s Raider Nation. Visions of Ken Stabler, Jack Tatum, and Lyle Alzedo danced in…

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3 Ways to Coach for Inclusion, Equity, and Justice

By guest author, Maurice McDavid The role of “Coach” is one of the most impactful positions a person can have. The Good Athlete Project firmly believes in the research-backed idea that athletics provide a learning environment that is one of the most adept at producing results. Imbedded in daily practice, bus rides, and countless interactions…

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Playing ‘For Us’ vs Playing ‘Against Them’

I am lucky to have been part of some amazing teams. In high school we won a Conference Championship and consistently knocked off top-ranked teams in the state; in college we were one of the winningest classes in school history; after college, my career was highlighted by National Championships in both Ireland and Spain. All…

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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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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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