Reading is an excellent way to exercise your brain and keep it healthy. While we all read for different reasons, sometimes we forget that reading is actually good for our mental health.
Sports and athletics are a great way to stay healthy, disciplined, and focused. Athletes, like anyone else, can experience periods of low motivation, and as a coach or mentor, it is your responsibility to help them get back on track. According to a report by the Aspen Institute, around 70% of kids in the United States quit organized sports by the age of 13. Another survey by the National Sporting Goods Association found that the dropout rate for kids in sports is highest between the ages of 11 and 13. The main reasons cited by kids for quitting sports include lack of enjoyment, too much pressure, and poor coaching.
We all experience times when we're just not "feeling it." The reason why could be a variety of factors, but all in all, the connection between your mind and body isn't as strong as you'd like it to be.
In my experience, I've often found that simply refreshing your perspective can quickly change your mindset. That could be listening to a speech, having a "heart to heart" with a friend or family member, or reading a book.
The Impact of Sports on Young People
It's 2023, and we're probably all suffering from some form of ADD. With information and entertainment at our fingertips twenty-four hours a day, is it really a surprise when young athletes feel compelled to check their cell phones every ten minutes at the gym?
Motivate, Empower, & Inspire
I first met David Cooks in the fall of 2005 during my junior year of college. Cooks, at that time, was the head boys basketball coach at Milwaukee Marquette High School. Ironically, two of my college roommates had attended school there and spoke highly of him.
Sports Psychology Books to Read in 2023
The mind is such a powerful weapon for athletes and coaches alike. When we talk about training, for years, the focus was always on the physical. As different forms of mindfulness training have become more popular, more people are starting to see the value in training their minds.
John Willkom is the author of Amazon best-selling basketball books: Walk-On Warrior and No Fear In The Arena. John is an avid reader, sports fan, and father to two incredible little girls.
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