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4 Gold-Nuggets That Will Improve Athletic Performance (PDF)

By David Benzel
As a parent of a young athlete, extra time is usually spent shuttling to and from practices and games — and of course cheering on your kid’s efforts.
We get it. And we’re here to help. Here are 4 gold nuggets from some must-reads in the athletic performance and mindset space – plus we’ll give you the real-life application.

Video: Better Than Duct Tape

What if I told you there’s one thing you do every day that has a huge impact on each of your relationships, and yet you’ve never been taught how to do it well? This one skill can help you get along with managers, coaches, sons, daughter, and your spouse…and the sooner you learn it, the nicer people will treat you
wherever you go.

Why and How to Help Your Team Practice Appreciation

By TrueSport
Teammates who regularly spend time praising, acknowledging, and appreciating each other will work better as a unit. And as the sport cliche goes, sometimes the best offense is a good defense. When coaching a team, creating a culture of appreciation is absolutely the best defense against bullying and other issues amongst teammates.

9 Easy Ways to Prevent Cliques on Teams

By TrueSport
When it comes to preventing cliques and bullying behaviors, it’s best to be proactive. While it’s easy to get caught up in drills, rosters, and logistics, coaches who focus on building strong team-wide relationships from the first day of practice are less likely to run into the social problems, like cliques, that hurt teams and players.

Quick and Easy 5-Ingredient Meals for Young Athletes

By TrueSport
Are you running out of time to cook dinner at night? Are you grabbing takeout because you didn’t have the ingredients for a complicated meal? Most parents of active children know the struggle of wanting young athletes to eat healthy but having little time to prep meals.