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  • Smart Goals for Peak Performance: a Quick Guide to Goal Setting for Young Athletes
    “People with goals succeed because they know where they’re going.” - Earl Nightingale Goal setting helps teach athletes that continued improvement is the result of dedication and effort in practice. Setting goals and achieving them enhances children’s motivation, focus, self-discipline and self-esteem. Coaches and parents can be very helpful in setting goals for their young athletes. Yet to be effective, the process of goal-setting must involve a collaborative effort. If coaches or parents set goals instead of kids, these goals become the adult’s dreams, not the athletes’ objectives. We hope this quick goal-setting guide can help you to assist your young athletes in mapping their road to success in sport. Enjoy! Step 1 - Define Goal-Setting and Explain its Benefits It all starts with discussing what goal setting is about. The simplest goal-setting formula is: “Goals usually start with ‘I will’ and have two parts – that is, what you want to accomplish and when you hope to accomplish it.” You can also explain your athlete that planning what you want to achieve is the…
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  • 7 Most Popular Myths About Rhythmic Gymnastics: Uncovered!
    Gymnastics is one of the oldest sports in the world, dating back thousands of years. It has evolved over long time to become the sport of many disciplines including artistic and rhythmic gymnastics, trampoline and tumbling, acrobatic gymnastics, aerobic gymnastics and parkour. Because of the exquisite routines and choreography, rhythmic gymnastics is one of the most closely followed and intensely competed events in the Olympics. Due to its popularity there are a lot of myths that have come up about it. Here are 7 most popular of them. Myth # 1: Any girl can be a gymnast it's not quite like that. Of course, any girl can practice rhythmic gymnastics and have fun while improving her body. But when it comes to professional rhythmic gymnastics training that’s quite different. Rhythmic gymnastics is perhaps one of a few sports in which an athlete must combine two of the most important qualities: strength and lightness. Add to these flexibility: the most successful gymnasts usually were naturally flexible. Attractive appearance and beautiful body are also very important in…
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  • 10 Healthy Pre- and Post-Workout Snacks for Young Athletes
    It takes nutritious foods to fuel kids through sports practices and help them recover afterward. Skip the protein bars and sports drinks and fuel young athlete with the best snacks for boosting energy. While all snacks should offer up a healthy punch of nutrition for kids, even the run-of-the-mill after-school snack, the best snacks for young athletes are ones that: Provide easy to access fuel for the active body Are actually eaten Cover hunger and appetite Snacks that contain just a carbohydrate source, like fresh fruit or crackers, are fine for shorter events or practices or even less intensive exercises, but they aren’t ideal for the young athlete who is exercising for several hours. The best foods to target include fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean protein sources, dairy, and healthy fats. Here is a list of snacks that have a healthy balance of protein, carbohydrates and healthy fat to refuel muscles, and replenish glycogen stores after activity. Pre-Activity (~100-300 calories) Whole grain pretzels Half a wheat bagel with jam Fresh fruit 1/2 cup raisins and…
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  • The 3 Best Supplements for Young Athletes to Improve Performance
    Should young athletes take supplements? As young athletes grow they require building blocks to support strong, lean, and powerful bodies and also vitamins and minerals to grow. Unfortunately, the average youth diet is often unbalanced and deficient in nutrient-rich foods. Therefore, many parents bombarded with performance enhancing supplements ads that claim to build strength and assist in recovery consider adding them into their child’s diet to meet their nutrient needs. Parents and athletes need to be aware that dietary supplements are not regulated by FDA. Studies looking at the purity of supplements find high rates of contamination with possibly harmful substances. Also, many products do not contain the ingredients listed on the label. However, there still are some essential “vitamins” that should be added to every young athlete’s diet in order to fasten recovery and improve performance. VITAMIN S - SLEEP Sleep is probably the best, and most under-rated and under-appreciated performance enhancing supplement. For young athletes getting at least 8-9 hours of this important supplement is vitally important. Lack in sleep is a momentum…
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