Dartmouth shows how football can be made safer

Dartmouth shows how football can be made saferBrain injuries dropped after Dartmouth eliminated tackling during practices Dartmouth coach Buddy Teevens made the bold move 12 years ago to eliminate live tackling during all practices. It was a gamble because neither he nor anyone else knew if Dartmouth could still be competitive on game days after making the move. However, Teevens has plenty…

The sports media is dropping the ball on key issues

The sports media is dropping the ball on key issuesStop acting as PR agents for the sports leagues The mainstream sports media continues to avoid any serious examination of important social, cultural and economic issues in SportsWorld. Any reporting on sports policy issues is typically done at a very superficial level. At best, reporters identify the symptoms and then move on to lighter fare.…

Pickleball is taking over the world

Pickleball is taking over the worldMay even be destined to become an Olympic sport one day Pickleball, kind of a combination of tennis and ping pong, is the fastest-growing sport in the United States. The state of Washington, in fact, has declared it the state sport. Based on different reports, there are somewhere between five million and eight million pickleball…

Brain injury focus needs to move from NFL to high schools

High schools need to find the money to fund a full-time athletic trainer who is nearby for practices and games

Brain injury focus needs to move from NFL to high schoolsThe fact Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa was allowed to return to a game against the Buffalo Bills after clearly suffering a concussion is terrible. The fact he was allowed to play four days later in a Thursday night game against the Cincinnati Bengals, in which he sustained a second concussion, is worse. And it…

Beware the psychological risks for kids in youth sports

Here are a few psychological risks parents should look for

Beware the psychological risks for kids in youth sportsWhen people ask me what I think about youth sports today, I often say there’s “too much adult in youth sports.” When adults are heavily involved in youth sports, ego-and-greed-based decisions and activities are sure to be part of the environment. Win-at-all-costs (WAAC) and profit-at-all-costs (PAAC) mentalities and policies are increasingly part of the youth…

Making a strong case for more phys-ed in Canadian schools

Students with daily activity requirements are physically and emotionally healthier and perform better academically

Making a strong case for more phys-ed in Canadian schoolsJosh Fullan is the executive director of Maximum City, a national education and engagement organization based in Toronto. He recently wrote a compelling opinion piece on the need for more physical education in schools for The Globe and Mail. Fullan outlines the physical, mental and academic benefits of regular exercise. He emphasizes the academic and…

Greed drives pro golfers to align with Saudi sportswashers

LIV Tour is a PR tool for a reprehensible government seeking to wash away its human rights abuse

Greed drives pro golfers to align with Saudi sportswashersThe things people will do for money … The way Greg Norman, Phil Mickelson, Dustin Johnson, Graeme McDowell and other professional golfers tap dance while trying to come up with reasons to justify their move to the new LIV Tour is embarrassing. The LIV Tour has nothing to do with growing the game of golf,…

The willingness to fail is key to success in sports

Accepting that you can fail leads you to handling failure during a competition

The willingness to fail is key to success in sportsAs an athlete, coach and sports fan, I’ve long been enamoured with the subject of confidence in sports, more specifically, how you get it and maintain it. I’ve been equally enamoured with the phenomenon of choking in the sports arena. Why do our minds sometimes sabotage our efforts to perform well by feeding us self-doubt…

College sports faces a growing mental health crisis

Perfectionism has been shown to be a leading cause of depression and, thus, suicide

College sports faces a growing mental health crisisAs Shalise Manza Young pointed out in a recent column for Yahoo! Sports, at least five National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) athletes in the United States have died by suicide in the last couple of months. One young person committing suicide is a tragedy. Five young student-athletes with bright futures taking their lives in such…
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