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Athletic Coaching: Secrets to Better Practice Plans

By Joe Rice
Contributor, Sports+Fitness Network

In my recent presentation to the Massachusetts PE teaches, the MAPHERD convention, I focused on how we can create better practice plans that actually taught instead of just keeping players busy. The great John Wooden said, “Never mistake activity for achievement.”

The problem that was addressed was the common scenario of coaches putting together their practice plans that had 8-10 unrelated and randomly organized drills. Players would have a warmup, then a passing drill followed by a shooting drill. Usually there were some transition drills, followed by a defensive drill and then another shooting drill. Last, of course, was a scrimmage...

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The Mentality of the Max

By Aaron Mehl
Contributor, Sports+Fitness Network

Everyone has an opinion on how testing should be done in regards to their athletes. If you ask ten coaches how they test their athletes you could very well get ten different answers. Which method is the safest? Which method best relates to athletic performance? The answer may be much more complex than you think...

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Boston Marathon Bombing Resiliency Embodies Global Sport Leadership Values of Collective Strength

By Dr. Lisa M. Miller, Professor and Lead Editor, and Maria McManus, Contributing Positive Psychology Author, Guest Contributor On the morning of April 15, 2013, while athletes were powering to the end of a grueling 26-mile run, and their family and friends were gathered to celebrate their determination, two bombs exploded. What had been a thrilling scene of pride-filled joy, turned instantly into bloody, terrifying chaos. And while the pain and grief of the many losses, what happened next was truly remarkable. From the decisive action of first responders, volunteers and bystanders, to the coordinated efforts of agency leaders, to the collective defiance and support of the community as a whole, the phenomenon of “Boston Strong” emerged. For their report “Why Was Boston Strong?”, researchers at Harvard University interviewed the leaders responsible for the successful response to the bombing, including law enforcement, transportation, and medical organizations.
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If A Muscle Isn’t Seen in the Mirror… Does It Exist?

By Aaron Mehl Contributor, Sports and Fitness Network The posterior chain on most athletes (and most Americans) is severely underdeveloped. A strong posterior chain can not only make a person faster and more powerful, but most importantly, it can drastically reduce the chances of acquiring an injury.
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IMG World Congress of Sports Featured Session Arne Duncan, United States Secretary of Education

IMG World Congress of Sports Featured Session Arne Duncan, United States Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, the ninth United States Secretary of Education, will take part in a special session at the IMG World Congress of Sports. In addition to playing professional basketball in Australia, Duncan was co-captain of the Harvard University basketball team and was named First-Team Academic All-American. On March 19, Duncan will.....
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