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Truth, reconciliation and sport

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Are you a coach that’s starting a sport program within an Indigenous community? Do you coach Indigenous athletes? Here are for tips to help with your coaching journey.

3 ways to make your sport environment more inclusive

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The invigorating smell of chlorine, high chairs looming over a tiled deck and echoes of boisterous laughter can describe most drop-in sessions at the Aquatic Centre at the West Vancouver Community Centre. However, this past March 23 wasn’t like any other day. This particular Thursday night marked the “Whatever Pool Party”, an all-bodies swim for LGBTQI2S youth and allies.

Social Media 101 for Coaches

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It's no secret that many coaches view social media as an unwelcome distraction. In a world where a single thoughtless tweet could spill a training secret or expose the team to negative media attention, is it possible to use social media to help your coaching career? Absolutely! With a little planning and thought, social media can become another tool in your coaching arsenal. In this article, we’ll discuss how to avoid social media pitfalls and harness social media’s power to help you improve team chemistry, interact with other coaches, athletes and more.

Staying properly hydrated during the summer heat

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Whether you’re doing high intensity training or simply enjoying the outdoors on a hike or a run, it is important to stay hydrated, especially when the mercury rises during the summer months. Stay safe and performing at your best in warm weather conditions with these hydration tips!

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Core Strength and Conditional Training

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Remember that commercial that showed an athlete doing a thousand plus sit-ups to train for a sport? The boxer is dripping with sweat from doing sit-up after sit-up. Strengthening the core used to be considered thousands of sit-ups and curl-ups. We now know that these exercises are not effective to train you for performance sport. In fact, they actually could hurt you physically and not help you perform your sport the best you can.

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Improving your speed

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Speed is needed in every sport. A football receiver needs it to run down a pass, a baseball player needs it to run the bases or track down a fly ball, a tennis player needs it to return a serve. It is important to maintain your speed training throughout the year so your muscles and nervous system always keep the feeling of moving fast. You can develop this skill using sprint drills - an effective way to train your body to move quickly.

Target Your Motivation

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Imagine what is possible if you were able to free yourself from doubts and fears. Allow yourself to dream big and imagine how successful you could be at your sport. Dream goals let you explore unlimited possibilities and strive to achieve your maximum potential. As long as you can envision that your dream is possible then you can challenge the impossible. Write down your dream goals and explore these strategies to help you move towards achieving your dreams.

When to hold and when to bounce a stretch

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During athletic activity, you use many muscles in your body for both weight-bearing and power-producing movements. To prepare for sport and repair from sport, your training program must include static and dynamic stretching exercises.

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Goal setting

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Whether it’s education, career, or fitness, people who are successful at anything in life set realistic and meaningful goals for themselves.

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The basics of training

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Moderation, consistency and rest are three important rules that will help to guide you through your new fitness program.

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