Equity through Ultimate at CAHPERD 2020

CAHPERD (the California Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance) put on a fantastic conference this weekend just outside of Anaheim, CA. The theme of the week – “In Focus” – was everywhere. Conversations on attention networks in the brain, social emotional learning, and mindfulness were occurring not only in the lecture halls but…

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Lessons Learned from Bees in Space

Guest Author: Matt Klem In the late 80’s, a team of NASA scientists sent a colony of bees into space.  As the rocket escaped Earth’s gravity, the astronauts on board noticed something strange, the bees began to die off. Without gravity, they no longer buzzed their wings to stay afloat, a behavior that was essential…

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Is Talent an Overvalued Commodity?

The Oakland Raiders were recently booed out of their home stadium. This past offseason, the Raiders added a set of players who were all high talent, but notoriously low character. The team was 4-12 in 2018 and currently sit at 6-8 on the season. Their fans are not happy. They expected more. Why? The Cleveland…

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Stay the Path: One Man’s Empowerment through Strength

Guest author: Will Wasielewski A strength and conditioning coach must be able to lead large groups and promote a healthy atmosphere. This requires comfort and confidence in the gym setting, which was not the case for me, initially. Although I was nervous during my early experiences in the weight room, strength training eventually became an…

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Healthy Rebellion: Power Athlete Symposium, 2019

What is the downside of walking around with the world in our pockets? On Day 3 of the Power Athlete Symposium, Robb Wolfe and Power Athlete founder John Welborn found their way into a discussion on how we consume information. “No longer is knowledge something you actively have to search for,” said John. He noted…

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The Biggest Dog in the Egg Bowl was Not Elijah Moore

It was a long 4th and 24 in the final minute of the Egg Bowl between Ole Miss and Mississippi State. Ole Miss converted. Broken coverage by Mississippi State allowed Braylon Sanders to get behind the defense and set up one of the most memorable finishes in college football this season. With 4 seconds left…

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“He’s On Fire!” The Truth of the Hot Hand

The game is on the line, Coach. You have time to draw up one final play… Do you strategize to get the ball into the hands of your captain, one of the more consistent and dependable players? Or do you go with the “hot” hand, the player on the team who has been “on fire”…

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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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