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Post Concussion Syndrome: Should I Be Worried?

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Have you ever heard of PCS, or Post Concussion Syndrome? No, well you are not alone. Most parents are unaware of this very real danger to their child's health. Post Concussion Syndrome, or PCS is a combination of symptoms that follow a concussion and may include: headaches, fatigue, dizziness, difficulties concentrating, trouble learning new things, vision impairment, memory loss, and changes to personality or emotional stability. PCS symptoms are often very difficult to link to an earlier concussion because they can develop weeks or sometimes months after the head trauma occurred. Additionally, the severity of the symptoms may not seem to match the level of the head injury, which causes additional confusion. When undiagnosed a person's new behavior, drinking, falling grades, or angry outbursts for example, can lead them to feel misunderstood by family and friends. Interventions may also be ineffective because they are not targeting the PCS.
Last Updated ( Tuesday, April 07 2009 10:46 )

The Benefit for Moms

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I swim daily through a sea of testosterone. I have 1 hubby, 2 sons and 1 intact male Labrador. It is no wonder my family considers me "One of the boys". While it is slightly flattering, it is also a little intimidating. I really have no clue what it is like to be a guy. This is very obvious at the times when I have to deal with something related to baseball. All 3 guys are catchers, and I personally was a softball outfielder (AKA a daisy-picker), so I haven't a clue about how baseball feels and progresses. Maybe you have felt the same way? There are so many ins and outs to helping your player progress from the fun, unbridled craziness of T-ball, Little League, to travel ball, high school, college and beyond. Even though my husband was a professional player, I often felt confused about where to find the best programs, coaches, teams and opportunities for my boys to keep going and getting to where they wanted to be.
Last Updated ( Tuesday, April 07 2009 10:42 )

Playing Not To Lose Is Often a Recipe For Disaster!

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In this ultra competitive world of athletics, one of the more critical psychological myths to dispel is: Playing Not to Lose. What often seems like a safe and sound way to prepare an athlete for success is more often a recipe for disastrous disappointment. And here's why...


When athletes play NOT TO LOSE there is an underlying fear of that potential loss. In order to battle through and conquer this fear, athletes often turn to thoughts of what they will not do as they prepare for a big competition. The NOT TO LOSE strategy often sounds something like this: "DON'T STRIKE OUT," "DON'T GET BEHIND ON THE COUNT," and most critical to the strategy, "JUST DON'T LOSE!" How could such preparation become a recipe for a loss?
Last Updated ( Tuesday, December 08 2009 15:54 )

Training For Perfection Can Be A Real Problem

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Most coaches, parents, and athletes are often in disbelief when I describe the likelihood that they are setting their team or athletes up for a failed and anxious experience when they train for Perfection. They will argue that training for a perfect swing, throw, or play is the only way to WIN. Some will shake their heads and scoff at the idea that Perfection is actually an unobtainable goal, which makes it more likely that the athlete will fall short of these expectations come game time. Athletes will also stand their ground that demanding anything less than Perfection is the equivalent of an excuse or copout.


Well, my question is if training for Perfection is so successful, then why are so many children, adolescents, and young adults ending their athletic careers because the fear of failure outweighs the fun of being in sports? If training for Perfection is the only way to go, then how do we tell a team after their first loss of the season that the year isn't over?
Last Updated ( Tuesday, December 08 2009 15:54 )

How To Handle Getting Cut From The Team

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One of the most difficult things for a coach to do is to make a cut list.  Conversely, the worst thing for a young player is to see his name missing from the list of players that have made the team.  There is nothing pleasant about it.  Before we make the cuts with our high school teams, we consider everything and we do what we can to seriously evaluate our athletes.  Coaches that have coached for any length of time can recognize talent.  Coaches may not always have a chance to get to know a player as a person prior to meeting them on the baseball field. 

What goes into making decisions?

Coaches look at a variety of things in order to make up their teams.  The physical abilities and talents of their players are always the most important part of decisions.  Some things that coaches will look for often include: Want the full article? Click here to become a TBB member today!
Last Updated ( Tuesday, April 07 2009 10:55 )