Posts Tagged 'sports'

Burnout for People with Disabilities in Athletics

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Burnout is a subject that has been widely researched in the Health, Sports, and Fitness disciplines. Recent studies show links between burnout and musculoskeletal diseases including chronic neck and back pain and osteoarthritis for women and cardiovascular disease in men.[i]

Posted by Kerry Jun 24, 2013 Posted in Disability 2 Comments

An Even Playing Field: Sports for All In Pittsburgh

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Dr. Darla Clayton contributed to this article (The Mobility Resource)

The value of sports for all was demonstrated at a recent event co-hosted by Strong as Steel Adaptive Sports, and Allard USA with an assist from Children’s Hemiplegia and Stroke Association (CHASA) who provided a “Think Big Grant.” Several volunteers came to help out, many from Allard USA traveled from NJ to assist, and a group from Ohio Wheelchair Sports drove all the way to Pittsburgh to help out.

Posted by Chris Miller Jun 07, 2013 Posted in Disability No Comments

The future of diversity …

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I teach a sport sociology course at James Madison University (JMU), and in class the other day I posed this question: What will diversity in sport look like in 30 years?

Posted by Josh pate May 31, 2013 Posted in Disability No Comments

The Offseason

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The off-season is where players can develop as individual athletes.

Posted by Jared Rehm Apr 16, 2013 Posted in Disability No Comments

End of the Season

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We have one week left of practice. Soon all that will be left of this season is numbers on a page and memories.

Posted by Jared Rehm Feb 27, 2013 Posted in Uncategorized No Comments

Finding a balance in exercise and play

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The fitness industry understands only too well that many people will register for programs may be attend a few practices, then drop-out, or some cases simply not show up.  The best of intentions require a long commitment to see the goal fulfilled. For some organizations, their goal is to sell lengthy membership terms – often well in excess of their capacity if all members attended at the same time – in order to maximize profits.  Such business models rely on the fluctuating motivations of their members. Some fitness clubs / groups sports, especially those that have a fitness or weight loss focus, will expect a lack of exercise adherence from many of their participants, and a few – unethically – will not do much about it.

Posted by guest Jul 25, 2011 Posted in Uncategorized No Comments

Coaching a reluctant participant in sports

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Recently, my young son expressed an interest in participating in a highly competitive track meet. The best students from across the city were going to gather  for a big event and close to one thousand runners would fill the stadium with noise and frenetic energy. Although Michael has autism he is a very capable young athlete who has enjoyed success against his peers. We both agreed he was ready for the challenge. As the track meet approached I noticed that he was becoming increasingly anxious. Soon, with any mention of the track meet, his tears would start to flow. No amount of calming or reassuring words could alleviate his anxiety.  He decided not to participate – this was something that I fully supported – and Michael’s sense of relief was almost palpable. I could not easily explain his change of heart. After a few days of gentle questioning I discovered that Michael was anxious about the length of the university track (400m) and his belief that it was much bigger than the track we practice on (also 400m). He had allowed this belief to undermine his confidence.

Posted by guest Jul 11, 2011 Posted in Uncategorized 2 Comments

Who is out there exercising?

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Hardly anybody! According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics only about 16% of teens and adults report that they participated in sports or physical activity on an average day. The number of people in the same age range that reported they watched TV on an average day? 80%

Posted by Tanya Jul 07, 2011 Posted in Uncategorized No Comments

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

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