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January 29, 2015
It's no secret that athletic success is as much mental as it is physical. However, many coaches struggle to teach athletes how to generate a mental edge. Here are some tools athletic directors can share with coaches on optimizing this important aspect of sport. The Mental Peak Playbook: Practice Drills for Mental Skills By Anthony B. Lanzillo Anthony Lanzillo is a sports counselor and mental skills trainer. You can find more of his work at: sharpmentalsportsskills.blogspot.com. When coaching a... more
January 29, 2015
University of Southern California women's lacrosse assistant coach Devon Willis is about to make history. Willis recently became the first female drafted by a Major Lacrosse League (MLL) team. A goalie, Wills is set to join roster of the New York Lizards for 2014 season. "I think it's a huge honor and I am super grateful for the opportunity that Coach Spallina is giving me by picking me up," Wills said in a press release. "This is a huge opportunity to challenge myself. This is sports and I'm... more
January 29, 2015
Jim McLaughlin's success is easy to see. In his first 11 years as Head Coach of the University of Washington women's volleyball team, McLaughlin has won an NCAA Division I Championship and made three trips to the national semifinals--the latest coming this past season. He has also captured two conference titles and produced two national players of the year. If you go to a Huskies' practice, his motivational methods are also easy to see. The focal point in Washington's gym are three huge dry... more
January 29, 2015
Outdoor athletic facilities look much different than when we began publishing 25 years ago. Here are our picks for the 25 biggest innovations over the past quarter-century.By Dennis Read Dennis Read is an Associate Editor at Athletic Management. He can be reached at: dr@MomentumMedia.com. Whether it's a wind-blown fly ball in baseball, a football game played in pouring rain, or soccer fans enjoying a sun-filled day in the bleachers, the weather often plays a role in outdoor sports. So when we... more
January 29, 2015
An athletic department can add years to the life of its wood gym floor by adhering to a regular maintenance program and implementing procedures to prevent the likelihood of excess wear-and-tear on the surface. In this article, Dan Heney, Executive Director of the Maple Flooring Manufacturers Association (MFMA), provides tips on reconditioning and properly maintaining your maple wood surface. What is involved in resurfacing and reconditioning a maple floor? The MFMA recommends that a maple gym... more
January 29, 2015
According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA), indoor air pollution is "one of the greatest risks to human health." Indoor air can be as much as 100 times more polluted than outside air, and possible side effects of poor indoor air quality can include irritation, allergies, asthma, and cancer, as well as reproductive and developmental problems. The problem stems from many products used indoors, such as adhesives, glues, sealants, furnishings, construction materials... more

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