Supplement Series Part One: What is a Supplement?

Nutrition, Sports Psychology & Fitness Articles

Supplement Series Part One: What is a Supplement?

By TrueSport
Many athletes believe they need dietary supplements to perform at their best, but what do you think? Is this trust deserved? While it’s true that some supplements can be helpful in some circumstances, often, the benefits and safety of supplements are overestimated.

How to Regulate and Manage ALL Emotions

By TrueSport
As the parent of a young athlete, you’re probably used to seeing a whole range of emotions, from wild joy to intense anger to devastating sadness. While it’s tempting to try to help your athlete ditch the anger and sadness, it’s actually more important that you let your athlete experience, understand, and move through their range of emotions.

5 Healthy and Easy Meals Made with Chicken

By TrueSport
Chicken is a meal-prep staple for a reason. It’s easy to prepare in bulk and it’s basically a blank slate when it comes to how you want to prepare or season it. You can shift from Taco Tuesday to an Italian-style dish to a curry with the same batch of chicken breasts, so you skip food boredom while making life in the kitchen a lot simpler.

4 Questions to Help Change a Young Athlete’s Negative Thought Process

By TrueSport
As a coach for young athletes, whether they’re in elementary school or high school, you’re going to deal with the emotional rollercoasters that young people experience. A fight with a friend over the weekend can translate to feelings of despair on game day, and stress over a championship game can leave an athlete feeling paralyzed.

Coaching Language Builds Up or Tears Down – What’s the Impact of Your Message? (PDF)

By David Benzel
Every coach has the challenge of working with athletes of varying talents and different work ethics, but one thing is true across the board – the coaching message needs to be positive.

Lessons Learned After One Year of COVID-19

By TrueSport
It’s been a full year since the COVID-19 pandemic began, forcing coaches, parents, and athletes to change how they viewed team sports. Entire seasons, including practices and competitions, were canceled, and for many, the future of youth sport is still uncertain.

How to Help Athletes Have Difficult Conversations

By TrueSport
Whether you’re a child or an adult, a coach or a parent, a teammate or a team leader, difficult conversations are never easy. Having frank discussions that feel confrontational can be intimidating and emotionally taxing at any age, but fortunately, there are ways to improve your athlete’s ability to handle difficult conversations with teammates, coaches, and parents.

Nutrition Myths – Diet Trends

By TrueSport
When it comes to diet trends, it’s nearly impossible to keep up. One minute, juicing is the latest and greatest, and the next time you pick up a magazine, there’s a whole new food group to avoid. It can be easy for adults and young athletes alike to assume that the diet trend of the moment is a good idea. But of course, we know that the best diet is a healthy, balanced, sustainable one—and that rarely are trends healthy in the long term.

Avoiding Assumptions: How to Minimize Conflict Arising from Assumptions

By TrueSport
We all make assumptions throughout the day—it’s part of human nature. But young athletes sometimes make judgements based on assumptions that may or may not be true, and these misguided assumptions can hurt a team’s dynamic.

Video: How Confidence is Lost and Found

Your child’s swagger is based on specific beliefs. You can help build self-confidence if you’re reinforcing real progress. All praise should be specific, pointing out a behavior you truly believe is worthy of reinforcing. It’s important not to make up stuff.