All posts tagged athlete

Ouch, That Hurts! Stop Preventable Injuries

We all know that accidents happen and some players get injured during the season from collisions, but what about when a player pulls or strains a muscle without knowing how it happened. Those kinds of injuries are completely preventable and must be addressed.

Self Confidence: The Value of Internal Appreciation Versus External Praise

In all my years working with young athletes I’ve seen the lowest and highest levels of self-confidence.  What’s important to understand as a trainer, parent or coach is that the […]

Who’s in charge?

If you enjoy a healthy involvement in the athletic life of your children you will naturally want to discuss their games and events and they will want to discuss them with you. The challenge is to always keep your comments supportive and to inspire your children to want to be better and more successful, not to be telling them how they can improve and succeed more often.

Love and Accept Your Young Athletes (Regardless of Performance)

This is Percival’s first rule because it underpins all of the rest. If we cannot assure our children that they are loved, that we support them in all of their endeavors and will not judge them based on their success or failure, then what is the point of their engaging in sport at all? It is a precept, which seems obvious and simple; however, in our highly pressurized world of sport, it can become complex and is too often overlooked, even when we are dealing with children under the age of ten.

Are you really supporting your hockey player?

Don’t say “winning doesn’t count” because it does. Instead, help develop the feel for com-peting, for trying hard, for having fun. Explain that the “Happy Warrior” who loves all as-pects of play is usually in the long term the best athlete.

Ten Rules for the Parents of Young Hockey Players

We’ve all seen them at the rink, or heard about them from other parents; we might even be one or have been one of them in the past. They yell at the players from the stands, besmirch the good name of the referee and loudly question the decisions of the coach. Some of them are less conspicuous, sitting off by themselves, intently making mental notes in preparation for the post-game conversation with their son or daughter. They might seem like the hockey parent from hell or they might pass for any other hockey parent, but they are one in the same.

Learn How To Sharpen Your Axe

Once upon a time… a very strong woodcutter interviewed for a job with a wealthy timber merchant. The pay was good, the merchant was said to be fair and the woodcutter […]

Quick and Easy Grocery Shopping Tips for Busy Families

Healthy eating starts at the grocery store. From there, nutritious meals can be cooked up quickly or prepared ahead of time to be put away for busy days. This process […]

Ask Meaghan

As the countdown to the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi continues, and as the days get closer to when the Canadian Team will march together in the Opening Ceremonies, there is a sense of urgency that continues to escalate in anticipation of the competition that will take place.

Dream the Olympic Dream!

Steve Yzerman and his extremely experienced group of leaders picked twenty-five players to represent Canada. Literally that means thousands of the world’s greatest hockey players were left of this roster. Imagine that! For most youth hockey players their dream is to play in the NHL. It’s a wonderful dream, but it is shared by millions of kids in Canada, and even more around the world.

Eat like an Olympian

Olympic athletes have access to not only the top trainers in sport, but also the top sports dietitians. Sport dietitians not only determine the optimal dietary intake for Olympians, but they also organize the provision of all food and fluids throughout the Olympics. Here are some lessons that can be borrowed from Olympians, both for general conditioning and event-day performance.