1. Striving for athletic perfection, Good or Bad?

    There is some debate on whether perfection is a concept that athletes should strive for. If you Google striving for sports perfection, you will certainly find a variety of information detailing both sides of this issue...

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  2. What we truly want to teach and, in the end, really want “them” to learn?

    If you have visited my website Becoming a True Champion and/or this blog, and taken some time to read the information/material available, you have probably noticed a definite and deliberate ...

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  3. More on Youth Sport Specialization

    It is common practice for me to routinely surf the internet for articles regarding youth sports issues. The title of this blog certainly supports that activity and diligence in this endeavor ...

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  4. Part 2: Preventing Youth Sport Injuries

    Here again are the four areas of conditioning/training for injury prevention that I feel are often neglected by many youth sports programs...

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  5. Part 1: Preventing Youth Sport Injuries

    In my article The Rise in Youth Sports Injuries, I discussed how prevalent youth sports injuries have become and listed several articles as reference...

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  6. Video Demonstration of a "True Champion"

    My coauthor, Daveda Lamont, recently sent me the link to this youtube video depecting what she felt exemplifies many of the principles discussed in Becoming a True Champion...

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  7. The Rise in Youth Sports Injuries

    In my last article, Specializing in Youth Sports, Good or Bad, I touched on the current increase in injuries to young competitors playing sports...

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  8. Part 3: Specialization in Youth Sports, Good or Bad?

    Getting back to our focus on specialization, another factor that athletes (and their parents) need to keep in mind is that different sports can and do bring different circumstances into the mix...

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  9. Part 2: Specialization in Youth Sports, Good or Bad?

    I suppose the best answer to this question of specialization in sports (and I know I might get some grief for this) is that there really is no best or right answer, at least no right answer for everyone and every situation...

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  10. Great Article on the Pervasiveness of Steroid Use in Sports

    I apologize to readers for not posting the second installment of my Specialization in Youth Sports, Good or Bad article (something I will do late next week), but I came across a piece that references true experts, like Dr...

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  11. Part 1: Specialization in Youth Sports, Good or Bad?

    I have been debating for a while now on writing an article that focused on the growing trend for athletes to specialize in only one sport. It certainly is a hot topic in high school athletics, especially between coaches, parents, athletic directors, etc.

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  12. COMING SOON: "Specialization in Youth Sports, Good or Bad?"

    I am in the process of putting together a 2 or 3 part series on the topic of youth sport specialization, or more commonly referred to as the trend toward the one sport athlete. Very hot topic between coaches, parents, atheltes, etc...

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  13. Competition and Motivation

    If you are (or were) an athlete, then you know exactly what the title of this post is all about. For many a competitive athlete just the idea of being able to compete is one of the motivating ...

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  14. Competition and Motivation

    If you are (or were) an athlete then you know exactly what the title of this post is all about. For many competitive athletes just the idea of being able to compete is one of the biggest motivating ...

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  15. CNN.com article on “Youth sports drawing more than ever” by Laura Hilgers

    In my last blog post The “FUN” in Sports Participation, I make reference to the large number of youngsters involved in sports using figures reported by the National Council of Youth Sports (NCYS) in their 2000 census...

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  16. The “FUN” in Sports Participation

    Youth sports participation today has become more popular than ever. It is estimated that approximately 10 million high school age students participate in extracurricular athletic programs in the United States...

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  17. Steroids and Scandals-- Baseball a prime example why sports need a change

    It is in the wake of the Mitchell Report, which sheds light on the pervasive use of performance-enhancing substances (Steroids, HGH, etc...

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  18. Great Article on MomsTeam Website

    In my recent blog Great Youth Sports Websites I suggest several sites as excellent resources for encouraging and promoting a healthy experience in athletics...

    Kirk Mango Written by Kirk Mango about over 6 years ago 309 reads 0 comments

  19. What Parents Need to Know About Employing a Performance Enhancement Professional

    I was recently approached by Dave Epperson, co-founder of Parents for Good Sports and Sports Parenting e-magazine (website: http://www.parentsforgoodsports...

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  20. Great Youth Sports Websites

    While surfing the net I came across several websites that encourage and promote a healthy experience for young athletes...

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  21. Perspective in Youth Sports Today

    As a teacher, former coach, National Champion, and two-time All-American (and father of two Division I scholarship athletes), I have been genuinely saddened by the loss of perspective ...

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