Archive for July, 2010

The Value of Coaches

Wednesday, July 28th, 2010

I read a great article today called “Coaches Are Undervalued, But Powerful“.  Paul Chapman, the author, discusses the importance of coaches and of sports in general in the lives of young people.  If you are a coach, read it so that you can remember why you got into coaching.  If you are a parent, read it so that you realize what a profound effect that these men and women can have in the lives of your children.  (more…)


Suggested Reading

Wednesday, July 28th, 2010

Here’s a post from Sports Upgrade about safe training program design for adolescents.  It really applies to everyone so give it a read.

Using Common Sense

In the June issue of Pediatric Clinics of North America, there is an article on “Resistance Training for Adolescents“.  The authors make two points that I feel are imporant:   (continue)



Is Cheerleading A Sport?

Friday, July 23rd, 2010

Cheer Pic

The Age Old Question

Cheerleading has gotten a lot of press recently.  If you have missed out on all of the hoopla, it all stems from a court case in Connecticut involving Quinnipiac University.  I’ll let you read the details of the court case yourself , but it’s basically the same argument that has been made before:  someone decides that they don’t like the way that Title 9 is being interpreted, so they suddenly claim that cheerleading shouldn’t be counted as a sport.  Of course, this never seems to come up unless some sport feels that they are being treated unfairly.  It leads us back to that often asked question, “Is cheerleading a sport”?  (more…)