Author: Joe

  • How To Support Your Friends Who Set Resolutions

    How To Support Your Friends Who Set Resolutions

    To resolve or not to resolve, that is the question. Or is it? New Year’s Resolutions are nothing new unless you’ve lived under a rock for the past 4000 years . Every year, your friends, family, co-workers, and absolute strangers declare their fresh intentions to the world. Your social media feed will be full of…

  • Growth Mindset in Youth Sports

    Growth Mindset in Youth Sports

    Dr. Carol Dweck, a Stanford Psychology Professor and a top researcher on mindset, has championed praising the process rather than focusing on outcomes (Dweck, 2008). The “process over outcome” often gets misunderstood as focusing solely on the process rather than the outcome. This isn’t what Dr. Dweck’s research has shown (Haimovitz & Dweck, 2017). Instead,…

  • Task vs Ego-Orientations

    Task vs Ego-Orientations

    There’s only one spot on top of the podium. Every kid, coach, and parent wants to be there. Most won’t make it. Fortunately, as coaches and parents, you can choose what you reward. Balish et al. (2014) did a meta-analysis (a collective study of studies) on correlates (associations) of attrition (quitting the sport) in youth…

  • Sport Parent Bias

    Sport Parent Bias

    “If your only tool is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.” If your only perspective is that of a parent, you will navigate your child’s sports experience with a parental bias. It’s not wrong. It just is what it is. Coaches, teachers, parents, and other stakeholders in your child’s development all want the same…

  • Self-Esteem vs Self-Confidence

    Self-Esteem vs Self-Confidence

    We will talk about building confidence (and self-esteem) in your young athlete soon. For now, it helps to understand the difference between self-esteem and self-confidence. Self-Esteem is a general feeling about one’s self. Self-Confidence is a feeling about accomplishing a specific task. There is overlap between the two, but they are very different concepts. It’s…

  • W.I.N. – What’s Important Now?

    W.I.N. – What’s Important Now?

    I will often utilize the mantra What’s Important Now or the acronym W.I.N. for mental performance skills training. I don’t need to tell you that your kiddos probably have a tough time prioritizing their thoughts and actions. Or they get hyper-focused on the wrong thing at the wrong time. HELLO!?! Either way, it’s probably frustrating to you and, to some extent,…

  • The Art Of The Salad

    The Art Of The Salad

    If there is one staple of a rocking fat loss diet it’s the salad. Salads are an awesome way to inject some solid nutrition into your diet without all those unwanted calories. However, I know the daily salad routine can get pretty blah if you are eating the same salad over and over. So I…

  • The Skinny On Sports Drinks

    The Skinny On Sports Drinks

    Ever since Gatorade was invented in 1965, the rise of sports drinks has grown into a billion dollar industry. Gatorade is now PepsiCo’s 4th largest international brand. So it’s not surprising that these sports drinks are being consumed other then during sporting events.

  • You Need A Foam Roller, Here’s Why

    You Need A Foam Roller, Here’s Why

    If you experience low back pain, knee pain or if you’ve ever had general muscle soreness from working out the foam roller can be your saving grace. For a device that you can buy for under $20, the foam roller is a must have fitness tool.