Posts Tagged 'disabilities'

Helping a Special Needs Athlete with the Unwritten Rules of Sport

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In soccer it is a convention that you kick the ball out of bounds if an opponent has become injured; thus you stop the play. When play resumes, the attacking team is expected to give the ball to the defending team as a mark of good sportsmanship. In ice hockey you must not “spray” the goalkeeper with ice using your ice skates; if you do, you will likely attract the anger of the goalkeeper’s teammates. In a track running race, it is expected that you are two strides in front of a rival before you move directly in front of them (i.e. you are not allowed to interrupt the stride of your opponent).

Posted by guest Mar 07, 2011 Posted in Uncategorized No Comments

How to create a specific exercise program for a special needs athlete

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What elements should be included in an exercise program? The question seems straight forward enough – but the answers that I have heard in my 30 years of teaching and coaching range range from the helpful to the bizarre. I have benefitted from a running program carefully designed to develop speed, strength and flexibility. But I was also once advised to fill a backpack with heavy rocks and sprint down hill so as to “stress my bones.”   That advice cast a new application for the theatrical phrase: “Break a leg!”

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

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

Fire at Estonian home for children with disabilities, 10 killed

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According to a rescue service spokesman, a fire raced through an orphanage for children with disabilities in Western Estonia on Sunday, killing 10 of them.

Posted by Jennifer Green Feb 21, 2011 Posted in Uncategorized No Comments

[VIDEO] A Personal Take on the Fashion Industry and Disability

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According to the organization, Models for Diversity, a volunteer only group, discrimination in the modeling & fashion industry has been a problem since the 60’s when the beautiful but super skinny Twiggy first graced the catwalks. From that moment on the Industry set a standard… an unrealistic standard that is not in tune with the modern woman.

Posted by Jennifer Green Feb 18, 2011 Posted in Uncategorized 8 Comments

Getting through the winter by planning ahead for your Summer Vacation!

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Just about this time, when it has snowed for the seventh gray day in a row, (in the third month of a gray and bitter winter) I start thinking nostalgically of summer. I have almost forgotten about mosquito bites and sunburn, and fondly recall the way I can just run out of the house without boots, hats, gloves, a ski parka and pashmina. Not to mention chapstick and a snow shovel to dig out the car. Those were the days!

Posted by Tanya Feb 17, 2011 Posted in Uncategorized No Comments

Celebrating Different Abilities

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Meet Me At The Mountain (MMATM) is a special children’s book. The book sends a positive message by celebrating people’s different abilities. Each of the characters in the book has a different disability. The story highlights the importance of teamwork and friendship.

Posted by Jenny Carlton Feb 17, 2011 Posted in Uncategorized No Comments

What about Pedestrians? Fall Prevention During the Winter

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The Center for Disease Control and multiple other studies show that more than a third of older adults fall each year.[i] Research also shows that between 10 to 20 falls cause injuries such as fractures and head traumas[ii].

Posted by Kerry Feb 16, 2011 Posted in Uncategorized No Comments

The Art of Coaching a Special Needs Athlete

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Last week I wrote a blog about the application of the principles of “The Tripod Project”. This is something that identified three themes that supported the development of an athlete (or student): the exercise program’s “content”, the skill of the coach / teacher in delivering the content (pedagogy), and the importance of  the athlete – coach relationship. Over the next weeks I will post blogs on each of these themes starting today with “content”.

Posted by guest Feb 15, 2011 Posted in Uncategorized No Comments

Teaching Sports to students with special needs: A tripod of influences

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In 2002, Harvard University Professor Robert Ferguson was interested in understanding why some students seemed to underachieve at school – especially boys from different ethnic backgrounds. Ferguson initiated the Tripod Project to evaluate a “tripod” of influences that he believed were essential for successful learning: Content – what you teach; pedagogy – how you teach it, and the importance of relationships in the life of the student.  A simple logic underscored The Tripod Project: Each “leg” is important and balances the other.  When applied to a sports coaching and teaching context the implications were clear: You may be a coach with a deep knowledge of sports (content), but if you don’t know how to effectively teach this content, the tripod is unstable.  You may have excellent teaching skills but if you are poor at building and developing relationships with your students (athletes), again, the “tripod” is not balanced.

Posted by guest Feb 07, 2011 Posted in Uncategorized No Comments