Podcast

Episode #15 – How Can I Help My Athlete Work On Their Mental Game?

What You’ll Hear in Today’s 15-Minute Huddle:   Today’s questions: How we can support our children and help them have an identity outside of their sport?   To help answer this question, I’m joined by Krista Horsmon who is a sports mom, former volleyball coach, coach’s wife and a mental performance coach. We discuss how we can help our athletes understand that the sport they play is not who they are.   How wrapping up your identity into your sport can be detrimental.   The importance of your role as a mom in guiding your athlete’s mindset about their sport.   How you can encourage and be there for your child without adding pressure or being competitive.   Why having fun while you are playing a sport is so crucial for young athletes and how you can encourage that balance.   Links & References:   You can connect with Krista:…

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Episode #14 -Mobility for Your Athletes: Why is it a MUST?

What You’ll Hear in Today’s 15-Minute Huddle:   Today’s questions: What does it really mean to raise an athlete who is supple, allusive and intuitive and where do we start?   To help answer the questions, I’m joined by Aaron Hannon who specializes in “Natural Athleticism”: a holistic approach to fitness and a lifestyle of movement and physical vitality. We discuss why mind, body and spirit is important for a well-rounded athlete.   How to set your children up to be lifelong athletes in a healthy way.   Why “supple” is so important as the very first step in your child’s athletic journey.   The importance of focusing on mobility and how you can find sources to help your athlete.   How the bigger, faster, stronger model may not be the best for developing a physically healthy athlete.   Links & References:   You can connect with Aaron: https://naturaletics.org/  …

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Episode #13 – Motivation vs. Mindset: Is One More Important?

What You’ll Hear in Today’s 15-Minute Huddle: Today’s questions: How are Mindset and Motivation different?   To help answer the questions, I’m joined by Andrew Simpson, founder of Player’s Fitness and Performance and a mentor to young athletes. We discuss how mindset and motivation affect student athletes. Why motivation doesn’t last and how we are constantly seeking it.   How we as parents can help bridge the gap between motivational changes and mindset changes.   The importance of mentors and coaches in your children’s lives who share your values.   What a self-limiting belief is and how to rephrase them into questions to help your student athlete change their perception of those beliefs.   Links & References:   You can connect with Andrew: https://www.playersfitnessandperformance.com   Andrew founded Player’s Fitness and Performance in Frederick, MD during the Summer of 2013. He has been a competitive athlete his entire life. Sports are…

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Episode #12 – How Do I Balance It All As a Busy Sports Mom?

What You’ll Hear in Today’s 15-Minute Huddle:   Today’s questions: How do you balance homework, practices, and games?   To help answer the questions, I’m joined by Janis Meredith a life coach for sports parents. We discuss how to find balance as a family.   Why core values are important to help you make decisions about activities.   How to sit down as a family and make decisions about what to get involved in.   Strategies for keeping family boundaries and values in place and when to know it’s time to start saying no to things.   How we can help our kids’ stress levels by setting a good tone for our family.   Links & References:   You can connect with Janis: https://jbmthinks.com/   Janis is a certified life coach who wants to help parents guide their children to get the most of their sports experience. As the wife…

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Episode #11 – Products We Love! Lion Latch: The Safest Way to Store Jewelry On-The-Go

What You’ll Hear in Today’s 15-Minute Huddle:   Today we are featuring a Product We Love: The Lion Latch!   To tell us about the Lion Latch, I’m chatting with creator, teacher and mom, Lerin Lockwood.   What makes the Lion Latch a unique product perfect for sports moms and athletes?   How Lerin created the Lion Latch and what she went through to get it to market.   Where you can get your own Lion Latch!   How Lerin runs her business while taking care of her family and working in her full time job.   Links & References:   You can connect with Lerin: https://lionlatch.com/   Lerin Lockwood is a high school art teacher and multi-sport coach. She uses her hands A LOT. Because she’s so active, she has several occasions each day where she has to take off her jewelry including her wedding rings. She needed a…

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Episode #10 – Is My Athlete Good Enough to Play in College?

What You’ll Hear in Today’s 15-Minute Huddle:   Today’s questions: What is required for a child to get an athletic scholarship (the basics)?   To help answer the questions, I’m joined by Bryan Drotar, of the Recruiting Code. We discuss what colleges are looking for in athletes for scholarships and how the recruiting process works.   The different attributes college coaches look for in student athletes.   How social media accounts can affect a coach’s perspective on a potential student athlete.   How to judge if your child is good enough to play sports in college and the other qualities that are important beyond just talent.   When to start marketing yourself to coaches and programs for recruitment and how to get yourself in front of coaches.   Links & References:   You can connect with Bryan: https://therecruitingcode.com/   Bryan has coached at all levels..high school, club, and college soccer…

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Episode #9 – Water? Sports Drinks? Hydration? Help!

What You’ll Hear in Today’s 15-Minute Huddle:   Today’s questions: Why is water so important? How do I find healthier options to sports drinks? And what should my athlete really be drinking immediately after a practice?   To help answer the questions, I’m joined by Amy Napoli.  We discuss why hydration is so important and how to guide your athlete to know what to drink and when to drink it.   How does hydration and dehydration affects our bodies? How much water do we need?   How can I encourage my kids to drink more water?   Are there any ways to tell if my athlete is hydrated enough?   Does my athlete really ever need a sports drink? And how do they affect your body?   Links & References:   You can connect with Amy: http://www.balancedhealthyself.com/   Balanced Healthy Self Facebook Group   Amy is a certified health and…

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Episode #8 – What Should My Athlete Eat Before Practice/Game?

What You’ll Hear in Today’s 15-Minute Huddle: Today’s question: How do I time meal/snack prior to game/practice? What foods should they bring to go from school directly into practice?   To help answer the question, I’m joined by Amy Napoli.  We discuss how to choose and plan meals and snacks to help replenish and nourish your athlete.   What should moms consider when choosing snacks for their athletes?   Is there a difference between off-season, pre-season, and game day plates and portions?   The importance of choosing foods to fuel your kids all the way from school to practice and some ideas to pack in their lunch bags.   Links & References: You can connect with Amy: http://www.balancedhealthyself.com/   Balanced Healthy Self Facebook Group   Amy is a certified health and nutrition coach who provides support, strategies, and encouragement to busy moms so they can nourish their minds, bodies, and…

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Episode #7 – Where’s Your Focus As A Sports Mom?

What You’ll Hear in Today’s 15-Minute Huddle:   Today’s question: How do we deal with the green-eyed monster?   To help answer the question, I’m joined by Deborah Johnson.  We discuss how to create community and connect with other sports moms no matter what level your child is in.   Deborah shares her wisdom and experience as a sports mom at all levels.   Why it’s important for you to develop a whole child not just an athlete.   How creating character is the ultimate goal of any sport.   Links & References:   You can connect with Deborah: http://jayrichardsonfoundation.org/   Coaching the Dream Book on Facebook   Coaching the Dream Book*     Deborah Johnson, or affectionately referred to as “DJ the Sports Mom,” is reaching and impacting the lives of thousands of parents and children through many platforms. She is a mom, storyteller, author, writer and inspirational speaker…

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Episode #6 – Are You Tuned In to Your Athlete’s Mental Health?

What You’ll Hear in Today’s 15-Minute Huddle:   Today’s question: How can we remove mental health stigmas?   To help answer the question, I’m joined by Ryan “China” McCarney.  We discuss how the pressure to compete and win is getting tougher at a younger age.   China shares his journey as a professional baseball player suffering from anxiety and depression.   Why China started the Athletes Against Anxiety and Depression foundation.   How we need to change our perception of mental illness for ourselves and others.   Links & References:   You can connect with Ryan “China” McCarney: https://aaadf.org/   Instagram and Twitter: @chinamccarney   Tell Your Story by Ryan “China” McCarney   The Pursuit of Perfection Podcast   All about Ryan “China”: Ryan “China” McCarney is the Vice President of Jaeger Sports, an Arm Care and Mental Training Company located in Los Angeles, CA. In June of 2016, he…

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