I recently commented on an article regarding coach expertise development, written by Richard Bailey (“Talking Education and Sport”). The big question: do coaches move through “stages” of expertise, or is their development completely linear? Most researchers speculate that development is generally stage-like.
I am particularly interested in the events that happen right before a rapid increase in coaching expertise. What are the triggers that cause rapid learning to occur? Some suggestions…
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Researchers in South Korea found that short-track speed skaters have sizable differences in the parts of their brains that control high-speed cornering. Question: are great skaters genetically pre-disposed to having more adaptability of brain size, or does performance literally make this part of the brain grow regardless of genetics? Go fast, turn left: brain changes result from complex motor skills Posted on my course blog for KIN 360 at Michigan State Continue reading Go fast, turn left: brain changes result from complex motor skills
What are the cultural aspects of college athletics that led employees of the athletic department and the university administration to cover-up the sexual abuses of revered coach Jerry Sandusky, who was sodomizing children for years in his dual role as the boss of the Second Line charity? Is Penn State football so revered in Pennsylvania that football coaches can’t be held accountable to the same moral and legal standards as all citizens? How come Sandusky wasn’t cut loose and dealt with in 1999, when charges first began to surface?
The answer lies in a disturbing part of the human psyche, in one of our tragic flaws that is essential for survival, but has also created its share of human misery throughout time. I’m talking about loyalty, which has the power to bind you to a group that means more than yourself, but also to blind you to the abuses that a group may make in its own interest.
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At the Institute for the Study of Youth Sports at Michigan State, we have assembled a few videos regarding building team confidence. This video features Dr. Larry Lauer providing some practical advice for ice hockey coaches seeking to improve team and player confidence. More videos will follow later this week, which I will post at this site. Continue reading Rebuilding Team Confidence (Video)
Life skill acquisition. Sport and gender. Mental toughness. The culture of high-performance youth sport. These topics and more were discussed at the 2011 Midwest AASP conference (Feb 18-19), hosted by Miami University in Oxford, OH. The conference was heavily student-driven, and included over twenty presentations of research and research proposals. There was a strong contingent of undergraduate presenters… always good to see undergrads getting involved early. I’ll discuss a few of the presentations that resonated with me in my post below. Eric Martin from Miami University presented an interesting piece on passion and burnout in college sports. He spoke about … Continue reading Great Insights at the 2011 Midwest AASP Conference