How to Help Athletes Have Difficult Conversations

Apr 16, 2021

Having difficult conversations is never easy, but it is important for young athletes to learn this skill, as it offers benefits in both sport and life. These tips will help parents and coaches prepare their athletes to have difficult conversations and find effective resolutions.

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How to Minimize Conflict Arising from Assumptions

Apr 09, 2021

We all make assumptions throughout the day—it's part of human nature. But young athletes sometimes make judgments based on assumptions that may or may not be true, and these misguided assumptions can hurt a team's dynamic.

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Lessons Learned After One Year of COVID-19

Apr 01, 2021

It’s been a full year since the COVID-19 pandemic began, forcing coaches, parents, and athletes to change how they viewed team sports. Here are some lessons learned and takeaways from TrueSport experts, coaches, and athletes after one year of COVID-19.

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How to Fuel for Two-a-Day Practices

Mar 26, 2021

While this can lead to great sporting success, it makes eating right throughout the day more difficult. Here, TrueSport Expert Kristen Ziesmer, a registered dietitian and board-certified specialist in sports dietetics, offers some tips for how to keep your athlete satisfied and ready to head to practice for the second time in a day.

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Regulating Anger On and Off the Field

Mar 19, 2021

In order to avoid aggressive outbursts as a result of anger, Dr. Kevin Chapman recommends sharing and practicing a three-point check system with your athlete to help them reframe their internal dialogue in frustrating situations and respond in an effective way.

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Four Quick Meals to Make After Sport Practice

Mar 12, 2021

While getting in the kitchen and cooking healthy meals after practice might seem daunting and unreasonable, it doesn’t have to be hard with these quick and easy meals that will provide your young athlete with plenty of carbohydrates to refill glycogen stores, protein to promote rebuilding and recovery, and healthy fats that are essential to an athlete’s development.

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Are Plant-Based Meats Created Equal?

Feb 26, 2021

Plant-based meat products have become ultra-popular in recent years, with many of the standard fast food places now offering a vegan meat option. Unfortunately, not every plant-based patty is going to be a healthy substitute. Here’s what you should look for when considering which faux meat to give your young athletes.

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Uncomfortable vs. Unsafe: How to Tell the Difference when Working with Youth Athletes

Feb 19, 2021

Adults are responsible for keeping kids safe, but it’s important for both adults and young athletes to recognize the difference between unsafe and uncomfortable so that athletes can face and grow from uncomfortable situations.

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Five Activities to Build Resilience in Youth Athletes

Feb 12, 2021

Developing resilience in the athletes on your team is critical, but it doesn’t have to be hard. Follow these five simple steps to help your athletes become more resilient.

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Three Risky Supplements Parents Should Make Sure Athletes Avoid

Feb 05, 2021

While it may be easy to assume that young athletes need supplements to recover and perform at their best, all supplements come with some amount of risk because their ingredients aren’t confirmed by the FDA. The riskiest supplements are those marketed for muscle building, energy, and weight loss, so parents should be particularly diligent to make sure their athletes aren’t using these products.

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