You need some motivation?

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I find myself sitting in my office sometimes wondering if I have the motivation to get out and get a workout done. You know those days where maybe I have a light schedule and can go home early or stick around and get something done. Maybe I should consider how lucky I am to this problem. There are those out there much worse off than me and doing so much more. Click on the link below to see what I mean:

https://www.crowdrise.com/o/en/campaign/waddling-duck

I just signed up for a charity hike. It’s outside my comfort zone and I have never done anything like it. But I know this is a goal I can achieve and help others while doing it. If you need motivation or just something to change up your routine, find a good cause like the Heroes Project. Feel great about doing something great for other people. Who knows? Feeling good and doing good for others might just become a good habit.

The World of Youth Sports

The world of youth sports has gotten crazy. Check out the below link to “The Price of Youth Sports” from Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel on HBO.

My kid kissing his first inline hockey trophy. Might have missed the point of this posting….

My kid kissing his first inline hockey trophy. Might have missed the point of this posting….

https://youtu.be/AGxxBER5xJU

This topic reminds me of another article by Mike Boyle called “Prepare the Child for the Path.” This article was derived from a quote he uses: “Prepare the child for the path, not the path for the child.”

We as parents won’t always be there to pave the way for our children. Constantly insulating kids from difficult situations and consistently cleaning up the mess they create defeats the purpose of sport. We need youth sports to help teach kids about success and about failure. The failure lessons may be more important than the successes. We can’t let youth sports be all about success and scholarships instead of learning and sportsmanship. Children will learn what they live. Teach hard work, commitment, loyalty, and dedication. The key is to value education.

A Disturbing Trend in Children Becoming Overweight.

While going through the USA Hockey Coaching Module for age appropriate strength and conditioning, I came across a few statistics that stuck with me. The Head Strength Coach for USA Hockey, Darryl Nelson cited a study called Operation Readiness: Military Leaders for Kids.

  • 80% of children who were overweight at ages 10 - 15 were obese at age 25.

  • From 1998 to 2008, the number of states with 40% or more of their young adults who were overweight or obese went from 1 to 39.

  • On average, 18 - 24 year-olds in America are 34 lbs overweight

  • Our healthcare system spends over $75 billion annually for medical obesity expenditures.

As I looked into this topic a little more, another study showed that in the U.S, youth aged 2 - 19 years old from 1999-2000 to 2015-2016 had obesity rates that rose from 13.9% to 18.5%.

Whether it’s getting in the gym or playing some sports, let’s get the kids moving again and away from the hours of video games!!!

What is Long Term Athletic Development?

Here’s an explanation of Long Term Athletic Development. As children grow, there are stages at which certain types of training that best suit their age. Overtime, this training and participating in sports develops a more complete athlete. Mind you, every kid will benefit from almost any kind of training as long as it is done safely. As you see below, following a long term plan will enhance health and reduce injury.

Oh, and by the way grown ups - It’s not too late for you too!!

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What is Physical Literacy for Kids?

In the description of myself and some of my training methods I use the terms “Physical Literacy” and “Long Term Athletic Development (LTAD).” I’ve got a couple images to help explain these terms as taken from the National Strength Coach’s Association LTAD Special Interest Group of which I am a member.

So basically this boils down to get some good exercise and try new things. This will help you learn how your body moves. Even though the focus is on them, it’s not just for kids either.

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