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Humility and Sports

Sports can be a school for the virtue of humility, but many aren't allowing this to happen. Fortunately, we can change this, if we are intentional about it.

Rebuilding the Brain From Concussions

By Harry Kerasidis M.D. on March 24, 2017 in Brain Trauma
Don't settle for "take two and call me in the morning." The brain responds well when we treat it well. Here's how to get those neurons firing on all cylinders.
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Why Does Autism Still Exist?

By Barb Cohen on March 07, 2017 in Mom, Am I Disabled?
Some gene variants associated with autism are also significantly associated with high intelligence. “Smart” genes are advantageous from an evolutionary standpoint, so they persist.

Regular Aerobic Exercise in Midlife Protects the Aging Brain

By Christopher Bergland on February 24, 2017 in The Athlete's Way
Regular aerobic exercise benefits the brain in surprising ways. New research suggests that regular aerobic exercise in midlife can optimize blood flow networks as the brain ages.

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Physical Activity May Protect Against Childhood Depression

By Christopher Bergland on January 31, 2017 in The Athlete's Way
Moderate to vigorous physical activity (MVPA) may reduce symptoms of major depression during middle childhood (ages 6-10), according to a new first of its kind Norwegian study.
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Six Phrases That Weigh You Down on Game Day

By Jim Taylor Ph.D. on January 31, 2017 in The Power of Prime
Imagine that, just before you enter a competition, someone forces you to put on a 50 lb. weight vest. How will you feel? Heavy and sluggish. And how will you perform? Poorly.

The First Day of Camp

Developing positive relationships goes a long in determining our effectiveness when working in teams. Here are some tips for effectively establishing strong relationships

Even Competition is Cooperative

By Bernard L. De Koven on January 30, 2017 in On Having Fun
Is winning the real goal of games?

Watching Football Is a First World Guilty Pleasure

By E. Paul Zehr Ph.D. on January 29, 2017 in Black Belt Brain
Many of us will tune into the upcoming Super Bowl. Enjoy it for what it is but also respect what these players go through. And see if there isn't a bit of guilt there too.

The Father of Modern Neuroscience Was an Athlete and Artist

By Christopher Bergland on January 27, 2017 in The Athlete's Way
Santiago Ramón y Cajal is the father of modern neuroscience. He was also an extraordinary artist. On Jan. 28, his artworks will be shown in an American museum for the first time.

More Needs to be Done to Address the Severity of Concussions

By Barry Southers, M.Ed. on January 19, 2017 in A Clearer Image of the Brain
Young athletes suffering from concussions may experience effects that can last for decades.
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Don’t Let Outside Forces Influence Your Sports Confidence

By Jim Taylor Ph.D. on January 19, 2017 in The Power of Prime
Confidence is the most important mental “muscle” in sports. It is is a rather sensitive mental muscle that is easily weakened or injured, and difficult to heal and strengthen.

Warriors’ Calm Coach, Steve Kerr

By Elizabeth Wagele on January 17, 2017 in The Career Within You
“Kerr credits his father for his demeanor on the sideline as an N.B.A. coach: calm and quiet, mostly, and never one to berate a player.”

Wonderful Wickenheiser Inspired Greatness in Girls

By E. Paul Zehr Ph.D. on January 14, 2017 in Black Belt Brain
An Olympic hockey champion and female trailblazer has retired. Hayley's interview in "Project Superhero" is excerpted here.

Edgy Goal Setting

SMART goals are a great idea. But how do you actually implement them? Interval Goal Setting is a straightforward way to use your own performance to set new goals.

We Need More Vulnerability and Empathy in Professional Coach

By The Research Lab on January 11, 2017 in The Fundamentals
The stressful environment of the coaching world. By Daron K. Roberts, JD.
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How Media Use Hurts Athletes

By Jim Taylor Ph.D. on January 04, 2017 in The Power of Prime
I now have a new pet peeve, namely, athletes having their phones with them and checking their social media during practice and at competitions.

Superagers Pursue Challenges with Gusto, Harvard Study Finds

By Christopher Bergland on January 03, 2017 in The Athlete's Way
What lifestyle choices and daily habits can keep your brain sharp well into old age? New research from Harvard Medical School offers some valuable clues.

Sports Psychology: Mind And Body

Is athletic performance only based on physical ability? Sports psychologists work with athletes to show that the mind (e.g., motivation) can also be a very important factor.

Picking a Winner

By Mark Borigini M.D. on December 30, 2016 in Overcoming Pain
These new research results should be of interest to those who suffer from chronic joint pain.

Rest or No Rest After a Concussion?

By Harry Kerasidis M.D. on December 22, 2016 in Brain Trauma
New research may confuse long-held beliefs of how to recover from a concussion. Here's the key, along with need-to-know answers to commonly asked questions about concussions.

Runners' Brains May Develop Greater Connectivity

By Christopher Bergland on December 15, 2016 in The Athlete's Way
Musical training and endurance running promote similar changes in brain structure and connectivity, according to a new study.

The Naked Truth About Breath and Brain

By E. Paul Zehr Ph.D. on December 08, 2016 in Black Belt Brain
While you are out and about this holiday season please remember to take a few deep breaths in through the nose. It really will help you think more clearly and calmly.

Make Peace With Your Losses

By Gary Smith Ph.D. on December 05, 2016 in What the Luck?
People who have not made peace with their setbacks are likely to make things worse, rather than better.

Fighting for Life

By Kirby Farrell Ph.D. on December 04, 2016 in A Swim in Denial
What do role-playing knights and princesses tell us about the unsettled American psyche?

“Why Me?”

By Greg O'Brien on December 02, 2016 in On Pluto
There was a time when Brooklyn was the world.

This Is What Happens When Kids Get Enough Exercise

The evidence is crystal clear: Physical activity is great for kids.

Sedentary Lifestyle May Undermine Boys’ Academic Performance

By Christopher Bergland on November 30, 2016 in The Athlete's Way
The combination of excessive sedentary time and limited physical activity is linked to lower odds of young boys' success in elementary school.

Study: Aerobic Exercise Leads to Remarkable Brain Changes

By Christopher Bergland on November 30, 2016 in The Athlete's Way
A revolutionary neuroimaging technique reaffirms that aerobic exercise significantly increases brain volume and improves cognitive function.

The Best Advice For Handling Concussions

By Harry Kerasidis M.D. on November 23, 2016 in Brain Trauma
Concussion misinformation continues in the sports world. So, I asked athletic trainers, who assess / treat concussions daily, to offer their top tips, along with a few of my own.
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4 Keys to Consistently Great Athletic Performances

By Jim Taylor Ph.D. on November 23, 2016 in The Power of Prime
Consistency is one thing that separates the very best in every sport from the rest. The best athletes in the world are able to perform consistently well day in and day out.

Batman & Brain Injury

By E. Paul Zehr Ph.D. on November 20, 2016 in Black Belt Brain
How much concussion exposure does big screen Batman actually have?

Winning the Battle Inside Your Mind

By Reid Wilson Ph.D. on November 16, 2016 in All about Anxiety
It’s 35 degrees this morning, and partway through a 3,000-meter race, I go into panic mode. I can’t breathe. Suddenly, the battle is not on the water but is inside my own mind.

Three Cheers for Female Athletes!

Today, more girls and young women are playing sports than ever before.