Posts Tagged 'athletes'

Why relationships are important to athletes with challenges (part 2)

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A few weeks ago I wrote a blog titled “Teaching sports to special needs athletes: A tripod of influences”. In that blog I discussed how pedagogy (how you teach), content (what you teach) and relationships all contribute to the effectiveness of the athlete’s participation and enjoyment of sports. Positive athlete –coach relationships are particularly  important for special needs athletes. Coaches are in a powerful position to role model, mentor and advocate for athletes for whom the social aspects of sports present challenges. Research has shown that peer culture (especially in sports), when role modeled by a coach that values diversity, can support effective and authentic inclusion. The consequence is that athletes with challenges feel valued and accepted by teammates. Sadly, this is not the universal experience of some special needs athletes. Some of these athletes participate in “a culture of exclusion which posits that isolating and marginalizing someone is appropriate, acceptable and sometimes even laudatory” (Sapon-Shevin, 2003).

Posted by guest Jun 27, 2011 Posted in Uncategorized 1 Comment

The Power of Teamwork: Part 2

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As I sit here, on a fairly monochrome twin bed somewhere in the right kidney of the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, I can take a breath of knowledge and feel that my concept of teamwork is being transformed, much in the way that I anticipated.

Posted by Ryan McLean Jun 27, 2011 Posted in Disability No Comments

Why relationships are important to athletes with challenges (Part 1)

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The exponential growth of Facebook, and other forms of social media, have powerfully demonstrated the importance we human beings place on feeling connected to others. Successful participation in this interconnected world now requires us to be capable of swift and articulate interactions with others. The rewards for competent practitioners of these social skills are considerable: They can influence social status and elevate the individual’s sense of well-being.

Posted by guest Jun 08, 2011 Posted in Uncategorized No Comments

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