Posts Tagged 'sports'

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

“Sticks and Stones” : How they influence learning in sport

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“Sticks and stones will break my bones but names will never hurt me!” You are probably all familiar with that ridiculous rhyme that is thrown about as if it is some sort of protective device against verbal bullying.  Name calling, slurs, and insults do hurt, of course, and people with disabilities and challenges have almost certainly had their share of such experiences. Unfortunately, sports do not have a long history of promoting acceptance, inclusion, or recognizing the value of special needs athletes. The combination of intolerance and exclusion tends to encourage athletes to use harsh and judgmental language to ridicule the performances of an athlete that does not measure up to a particular standard.

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

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

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

The Value of the Struggle

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Success in sports enriches our lives and provides us a sense of accomplishment when we achieve our goals.  The thrill of a race finished, a goal that has been scored, or the completion of a task that was considered too difficult spurs us on to ever greater sporting ambitions.

Posted by guest Mar 14, 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

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

Why coach special needs athletes?

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I want you to think about your favorite PE teacher or sports coach. What was it about that person that made sport fun? How did they make you feel like you were a valued member of the team? Was it the way that they taught you? Perhaps they had a lively almost comical style that made you laugh. Did they make you feel that it was okay to make mistakes in practices?  Did you like that coach because they would not allow teammates to tease you?

Posted by Jennifer Green Jan 24, 2011 Posted in Uncategorized 2 Comments

Winning, Losing, and Disabilities: Finding a Context for Participation in Sport

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Sport is taken very seriously by our society with enormous financial rewards available to those that reach its highest levels of achievement. Yet the vast majority of us – with or without disabilities – will never come close to reaching those standards. Our participation in sports is almost certainly for other reasons; whether it is fun, friendship or fitness, understanding these motives and then shaping programs around them will likely determine the degree of personal success that a young athlete experiences.

Posted by Jennifer Green Jan 18, 2011 Posted in Uncategorized 3 Comments