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There are some pains that you want to push yourself through whenever you train or compete. Then there are some pains that you want to carefully listen to and back down from because they represent important information from your body telling you that, "You're injured and need to stop!" When you push yourself through the first kind of discomfort, the pain and fatigue of oxygen debt from hard training, you get stronger and build endurance. When you try to push yourself through the second kind of pain because you want to be "tough" or don't...

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They say that "talk is cheap." They also say that "after everything is said and done, more is said than done." If you want to really teach your child-athlete some valuable life lessons, then forget all of this worthless chatter. Instead, why not use the most powerful teaching/parenting tool available to you? MODELING 

The way your children will learn the fastest and best from you is by mirroring your behaviors. This is really how all of us naturally learn. Long before we could...

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You make all of the practices regardless of how crappy you're feeling. They, on the other hand, don't show up if they have a hangnail! Most days you're the first one at training and the last one to leave. They often come late and leave early. ...

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Want an excellent way to kill your self-confidence and pull the plug on your motivation at the same time? If so, then try COMPARISON. Take your performance and compare it with a teammate's, an opponent's or anyone else's. It's a surefire way to get you feeling badly about yourself.

One of my athletes competed over the weekend in a swim meet. He had a chronic problem of getting much too nervous before his performances and, as a consequence, would always underachieve. However,...

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I recently got a disturbing email from a father of a 10 year old lacrosse player. The boy had been playing the game for almost 5 years and absolutely loved it. Lately however, his happiness on the field had been replaced by sadness, frustration and an ever dimishing self-confidence. The problem seemed to have started early on in the season when the boy made a mistake during a game and was immediately benched by his coach for the rest of the game. 

For the remainder of the season, the coach only played this boy one to two minutes per game. As a consequence, the time he was on the...

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I overheard a conversation the other day that, unfortunately, I've heard far too many times. The story always seems to be the same. It's a weekend golf, basketball or baseball tournament, a swim meet or some other competition that the parents have to invest a lot of their time, money and energy into. The family packs up for the trip, spends at least one overnight in a hotel and has to pay a ton of money to feed everyone. For some parents, under these circumstances, it's hard for them to not feel that they are entitled to a little "return" on their investment in relation to their son or...

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