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Drawing from the Strengths of Virtual Fitness Programs – PHE America – Health Education Article

The COVID-19 pandemic forced instructors to move classes designed for face-to-face delivery to remote delivery almost overnight. The shift resulted in challenges faced by students and instructors. Remote learning required students to approach their education using learning strategies differently, and during this transition, many students faced difficulties with a multitude of financial, emotional, and psychological issues related to the pandemic. In addition to being tested to adapt the delivery of content rapidly, teachers were also challenged to create and foster…

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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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Fundamental Coaching Principles – PHE America – Health Education Article

While anyone can grab a whistle and call themselves a coach, effective coaching involves understanding player development, implementing progressive coaching techniques, having knowledge of skill-appropriate drills, and committing to safety standards. LAS VEGAS, NV – JULY 31: Photos from the USAB Youth Clinic at the Doolittle Senior Center in Las Vegas. (Photo by Tom O’Connor/NBAE via Getty Images) As the national governing body for basketball in the United States, recognized by both the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) and the United…

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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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Effectively Utilizing Social Media With Your Sports Team – PHE America – Health Education Article

What often happens in the real world transcends the sports world. This is also true regarding social media. With today’s technology advances, it is essential for sports coaches to utilize social media platforms in teaching their athletes. Mullin, Hardy, and Sutton (2014) noted that Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Instagram, Foursquare, Tumblr, and Pinterest are the most popular social media platforms. Additional popular social media platforms include Snapchat, YouTube, WhatsApp, and LinkedIn. Social media enables us to watch and share videos and…

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Transforming School Culture Through SEL in HPE – PHE America – Health Education Article

Research has informed us that schools that embrace the whole child establish a foundation for academic success, improved school attendance, and a decline in disruptive behaviors among students. These gains are made possible with a specific focus on the unique role that quality skills-based health education and physical education play in a school setting. It is a very exciting time in health and physical education. After decades of trying to find our place in the educational landscape as a subject…

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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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Why We Cannot Cancel Physically Active Play – PHE America – Health Education Article

As we find ourselves at this time in the world where a pandemic has changed the intricate details of our lives, we are forced to focus on the essentials of life. Guidelines about how to safely interact with others and protect ourselves from the virus are governing the daily actions of people worldwide. Businesses, purchases, travel, and most activities have been labeled as essential or non-essential. Halting non-essential engagements has caused businesses to shutter, cities to become vacant, sports to…

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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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