Laughter and the Dragon: The Reinvention of Chris Duffin

East of Humboldt County, in the Trinity Wilderness of the Pacific Northwest, Chris Duffin heated river water in a jug to bathe. He was a child then and, in his own words, “a different level of poor.” His story goes beyond poverty. During Chris’ developmental years he was exposed to crime, drug abuse, and murder.…

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Coaching with Energy from a Distance

“Be the energy catalyst in the room.” This is something that Jim Davis used to say to us all the time when I worked for him. It was some of the best advice I have received as a coach and something that I try and pass along to other coaches as well.You bring the energy,…

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Max Rosenthal: Fullback

There is something different about being a fullback. Jared Ka’aiohelo played fullback in the NFL and considers it “the most unique position on a football team.” The fullback must prepare to run with the ball, catch passes out of the backfield, line up in a slot position, understand a variety of offensive motions and formations…

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The Good, The Bad, & The Gary

Part One Gary Vaynerchuck is one of the most influential people on the planet. His Instagram following alone (7.3 million as of 12/16/2019) is approximately the size of Hong Kong. And his followers are not passive, they appear to be deeply engaged with his content. Gary Vaynerchuck is the king of social media. Much of…

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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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Let’s Give Them Something to Talk About: 2019 MAHPERD Convention

What’s in a meme? Though modern vernacular points immediately to the internet meme, memetics describes the process of discrete bits of knowledge spreading through cultures. Memes must be compelling enough to be repeated, and often appear in the form of joke, gossip, or conspiracy. Classroom and worldly knowledge can be spread through this process, though…

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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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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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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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Making a New Year’s Resolution? Think Like a Powerlifter.

Strength and conditioning might hold the secrets to success in more ways one might think. Yes, there is a growing body of research which aligns physical health and wellness with high performance outcomes across fields, but we have also found that strengthening the body is an essential metaphor for improving our lives, as successful processes…

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