Posts Tagged 'athletes'

The Up & Down Emotions of a Diagnosis Part V: Lesson Learned

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Did I make the right decision by not going to the camp?

Posted by Jess May 27, 2011 Posted in Disability No Comments

One Legged Wrestler Never to Give Up

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Anthony Robles from Mesa, Arizona was born with no right leg. He was given a prosthetic leg and at the age of 3 he removed the prosthetic leg and has never put one back on. When he was 12, he set a record at his local elementary school for the most push-ups completed by any member of the school. “I really don’t see missing my leg as a handicap. My parents raised me strong and they didn’t give me any special treatment.” He worked very hard to do different exercises to keep his body strong.

Posted by Jess May 04, 2011 Posted in Uncategorized 1 Comment

Coaching beyond the cliches of sports

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Sports language is full of clichés. Too often we hear that an athlete has given 110 % in a game – as if effort is something that is easily measured and converted into a percentage. 

Posted by guest Mar 28, 2011 Posted in Uncategorized No Comments

The challenge is always there. It’s up to you if you want to tackle it!

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It’s common; way too common. You ask someone to do something or you ask them why they didn’t do something & you constantly hear excuse after excuse for a person not being able to do something or even trying.

Posted by Jess Mar 23, 2011 Posted in Uncategorized No Comments

Weighing in on Inclusive vs. Disability-Specific Sport Settings

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There is often a question of whether it is better to have sports specifically for people with disabilities or to include people with disabilities in sports with others who do not have disabilities.

Posted by Carolyn Mar 22, 2011 Posted in Uncategorized 2 Comments

Are you a teacher, coach or educator of sports for special needs athletes?

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Are you a teacher, an educator or a coach of sports? Is there any difference? The distinctions between the three are not necessarily obvious. Not all coaches are good teachers. They may have an excellent knowledge of the sport, understand its skills and tactics, and yet be very poor at sharing their expertise with their athletes. Likewise, not all teachers are good sports coaches; they may have a sound grasp of pedagogy (how an activity can best be delivered) but lack the insight and experience a coach might bring to the sport.

Posted by guest Mar 21, 2011 Posted in Uncategorized 1 Comment

Participating by design: A method of teaching special needs athletes

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In last week’s blog I discussed to importance of adapting an exercise program to the unique needs of the athlete. Today, I would like to expand on that theme. Let’s assume that a special needs athlete asks you to coach them. How would you go about designing an exercise program that is challenging and yet respectful of their capabilities?

Posted by guest Feb 21, 2011 Posted in Uncategorized No Comments

An Athlete first … not The Rain Man

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My sons have autism and yes I have seen film “The Rain Man.” If someone gave me $10 for every time I have heard that, I would be a wealthy man. I remind myself that I have to accept that not everyone carries an informed understanding of autism and its challenges. Sometimes I get mischievous and tell them that my eldest son – Michael – is an excellent card counter; cue the Rain Man in Vegas dialogue. The conversation usually concludes with someone saying“it’s amazing the math skills those kids have.” There seems to be genuine surprise when I tell people that my son has poor math skills (learning disabilities can often accompany autism), but he is an excellent distance runner.  Michael has won many races and is a joyful participant with Islanders Running Club – a club we started for kids that needed a bit of support.

Posted by Jennifer Green Jan 31, 2011 Posted in Uncategorized No Comments

Different Speeds and Different Needs

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About six years our youngest son Colin was diagnosed with autism. Not the greatest day of lives. I remember sitting quietly in an austere office trying to make sense of this news. My mind leapt from thought to questions to ill-informed attempts at answers. Do we really have a disabled son? I could accept the diagnosis but not the idea my son was without abilities.  I asked myself what would this diagnosis mean for our family? Of course, I had no idea beyond fear or imagination; but I knew that our lives would be forever different. My mind buzzed like an annoying fly around the question: “What could I do to help him?”

Posted by guest Jan 10, 2011 Posted in Uncategorized No Comments