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Talk Your Way to the Top: Developing the Mental Skill of Performance Enhancing Self-Talk [ARTICLE]


Student-athletes continually engage in conversation throughout the course of their days. These conversations include telling jokes with their friends...... Continue

A Recruiting Blueprint: The Art and Science behind Successful Collegiate Recruiting [ARTICLE]


Eleven years ago I accepted the position of Associate Head Cross Country/Assistant Track & Field Coach at the University of Mary in Bismarck, North...... Continue

Coach Communication Guidelines Self-Assessment [ARTICLE]

by Human Kinetics on

1. Messages should be direct. Coaches who are weak on this quality avoid straightforward, direct communication. Their athletes may not know where they stand. These coaches...... Continue

Group-Centered Coaching: Addressing the Whole Team [ARTICLE]


We live in an era of athlete-centered coaching. Athlete-centered coaching aims to educate and positively influence the athlete in body, mind and...... Continue

Motivation - Learning From Steve Prefontaine [ARTICLE]

by Human Kinetics on

The story of Steve Prefontaine remains a huge source of motivation for young runners who have seen the movies Prefontaine or Without Limits. Some kids have his poster in their bedrooms or read inspirational quotes by him. I remember him as an...... Continue

Growing Pains: The Effects of the Adolescent Growth Spurt on... [ARTICLE]


The four of them stood somewhat awkwardly together at the end of the cross-country race, the coach, the father, his wife and their daughter, the young athlete we'll call Liz. The father looked at his daughter and said, "I don't know what's the...... Continue

How Paul Sprangler Went from Walk-On Runner to Florida Assistant Coach [ARTICLE]

by Zach Dirlam - on

Despite winning the 3,200 meters state title in 1992, his junior year at Hernando (Fla.) High School, Spangler never got a recruiting call from Florida. Florida State University passed, too... ... Continue

Highest Effort Doesn't Always Equal Highest Performance [ARTICLE]


Any given performance requires some sort of effort. Generally, higher level performance requires more effort and vice versa. Many times the leap of logic is to assume the highest (perceived) effort must indicate the highest level of...... Continue

Stepping Up - Correcting errors to improve [ARTICLE]


The triple jump had a banner year in 2015 as Christian Taylor won in Beijing with an American record 18.21 meters (59-9) and Cuba's Pedro Pichardo twice exceeded 18 meters (59-0 3/4). But 30 years after I set a world record of 17.97 (58-11 1/2)...... Continue

Enhancing performance through effective cues [ARTICLE]


Every coach wants his or her student athletes to achieve their best performances during any contest. This is especially true at meets as they are quantifiers, the sole measurement of production. As a coach, how can you enhance both immediate and...... Continue