PHE Quick Reads (3 minutes)

Journal Writing in the Weight Room – PHE America – Health Education Article

(2 Minute Read) The first objective I set for my weight training classes this year was to establish a routine. One thing that has helped my students and myself get into a great routine was the use of journal writing. The moment they walked into the weight room, we allocate five minutes for journal writing, followed by a warmup and lifting session. Each day I would provide them with a simple prompt, usually regarding motivation or current sporting events. My…

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Bicycling in the Age of a Global Pandemic – PHE America – Health Education Article

(2 Minute Read) To me, bicycling is not merely a hobby, it is a passion. It has provided me a mode of transportation to work and school as a commuter, a means of employment as a bike messenger, a vehicle that enriched my travels with pleasure, new experiences, and adventure when I went on bike tours, and as a way to bring catharsis, health, comradery, and meaning to my life. My experiences on a bike have often left me wondering…

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Changing the Scope of Coach Education and Development – PHE America – Health Education Article

(2 Minute Read) Recently, FSU COACH Director Tim Baghurst wrote a PHE Quick Read on the concept that anyone can coach, but to do so safely and effectively, the coach needs to be well-trained. Unfortunately, most coaches in the United States, from the recreational to professional, lack any formal education in coaching. For example, according to the National Council for Accreditation of Coaching Education (2011), only 5-10% of youth coaches have received any formal training. Fortunately, a number of universities…

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A Concern for Basketball Players – PHE America – Health Education Article

(2 Minute Read) Proper hydration is a key component of effective athletic performance. However, the importance of hydration during a basketball practice or a game is often overlooked by athletes and their coaches. Many players don’t recognize the effect dehydration has on their on-court performance. As little as a 2% body weight loss during practice/game can reduce decision-making and basketball-specific skills, slow response times and cause tiredness to occur faster (Baker, Conroy, & Kenney, 2007; Baker, Dougherty, Chow, & Kenney, 2007; Dougherty,…

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Strong is Beautiful – PHE America – Health Education Article

(2 Minute Read) When we think of a high school weight room, we traditionally and stereotypically think of football players utilizing the weight room. In 2016 Hermiston High School (HHS) introduced an all-female athlete lifting class, which started with less than 30 athletes. Fast forward four years, there are now two all-female athlete lifting classes with more than 60 girls. The belief that lifting and being strong was only for the boys quickly changed when Coach Emilee Strot was promoted…

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Lessons Learned as a Young Coach – PHE America – Health Education Article

(1 Minute Read) I knew I always wanted to coach. Just like so many other people, I grew up loving sports from a young age. Being a coach has put me in a position to help athletes grow and develop. I often joke around with my athletes that I am much closer to their age than most coaches at our school.  I know that I do not have a lot of experience and need to keep learning.  All young coaches…

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A Practical Approach to Confidence – PHE America – Health Education Article

(3 minute Read) When I study confidence, I always come away with two distinct themes and one troubling thought. First, it is obvious that confidence is important, so important that even when we are tricked into having it, we perform better (Vealey & Chase, 2008). Second, it is almost always described as a feeling (Burton & Raedeke, 2008; Vealey & Chase, 2008; Zinsser, Bunker, & Williams, 2010). The part that always troubled me was why we would leave something so…

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Best Practices for Coaches When Providing Feedback – PHE America – Health Education Article

(3 Minute Read) Youth sport coaches are tasked with the difficult job of taking the abundance of knowledge they have and delivering it to athletes at various developmental stages in a way that makes sense. One way that coaches often deliver information is through offering feedback for both positive and negative behaviors. Feedback is used to increase the athlete’s performance of a movement and can come in many forms. However, not all types of feedback are created equal. While the…

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Lessons from My First Quarter as a PE Teacher – PHE America – Health Education Article

(2 Minute Read) Landing my first job as a physical education teacher was a whirlwind and my first year on the job has been just as hectic. Since beginning my first physical education teacher position in August 2019, I have quickly learned a multitude of lessons in relation to my students and myself.  Here are five lessons I have learned in my first quarter. 1. Establish a positive rapport with your students by immersing yourself in both the school and…

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Building a Cardio Room at Your School for Free – PHE America – Health Education Article

(3 Minute Read) For the past four years, I continually had students ask if we could have a class where they could work on cardiovascular conditioning instead of lifting weights.  At our small rural high school in Kansas, we offer Lifetime Conditioning and Sports Conditioning classes.   The classes are very popular, but based on student interest there was an immediate need for a way to teach cardio.  The dilemma we faced was where this cardio room would be in our…

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3 Tips for Generalist-Trained Teachers – PHE America – Health Education Article

(3 Minute Read)Although Physical Education (PE) specialist teachers have acquired in-depth knowledge about teaching PE, this is not so common for generalist-trained teachers (GTs). Even when elementary schools do employ a PE specialist, it is quite common for GTs to teach at least some of the PE classes to their students. Unfortunately, according to related literature, although GTs are certified to teach PE, they may not have acquired the confidence to teach specialized subject knowledge (DeCorby, Halas, Dixon, Wintrup, &…

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Make it Intentional – PHE America – Health Education Article

(3 Minute Read)There is a perpetual assumption in our society that something special takes place when a child or young adult is involved in sports.  We have been conditioned to believe that mere participation will develop in our youth the virtues that we hold dear; crucial life skills and habits of the mind that can lead to a more successful life trajectory. Tiffany Ozbun (Head Coach, Women’s Softball, Denison University)Photo credit: Brett Dunbar, Curtis Ashcraft, Brandon Morgan – Denison Sports…

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Plan Early for Retirement and Retire Early – PHE America – Health Education Article

(2 Minute Read) The moment came,As it comes to allWhen I had to answer nature’s call.~ Talking Vietnam Potluck Blues by Tom Paxton, 1970 Legendary folk singer Tom Paxton wasn’t thinking retirement when he penned these words, but he could have been. All of us at some time will retire. The problem is deciding when. And if you’re like many physical educators, health educators or coaches who love their jobs, that’s often a huge dilemma. It would be easier if…

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The Value of High School Sport – PHE America – Health Education Article

(2 Minute Read) Recently I had the opportunity to attend the USA Basketball Mini-Camp in Colorado Springs and observe the top high school boys’ basketball players from around the country;  potentially 80 future NBA players in the making.  As I was taking notes of basketball plays, drills, and interactions between players and coaches, I thought back to my own high school basketball program.  I asked myself, “What can I get from this weekend to help my team?” Photo Credit: Tyler…

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