Tag Archives: performance

Let’s STOP Inappropriate Aggression in Youth Sport

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Over the past number of years we have witnessed an increasing level of aggression on our sports fields both locally and around the world and involving all stakeholders in the sports participation process. There is a wide variety of examples – a water polo player being punched in the face, deliberate fouling in the front […]

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Sport supplements and young athletes: part 3 – Natural High

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Our final article in this series focuses on vitamin, mineral and omega-3 supplements. VITAMINS AND MINERALS Young athletes’ needs for vitamins and minerals are greater than those of non-active children. Although the thought is often that supplements will enhance their health and performance through vitamin and mineral supplements, there is little scientific evidence to suggest […]

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Sport supplements and young athletes: part 2 – Performance Boosters

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Following our first article in this series, which focused on energy-related supplements, this 2nd article focuses on supplements that are deemed to boost performance. CAFFEINE Athletes often take caffeine through the intake of energy drinks, sports drinks or coke before and during training or competition. Claims: Caffeine will enhance endurance, performance, concentration, motivation and mental […]

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Sport supplements and young athletes, part 1- Carbo Kick

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Many young athletes take nutritional supplements, often without really knowing what they are or how they work. Do young athletes really need supplements? Are they likely to benefit or harm their performance? What are the possible effects on long-term health? The fact that many adult athletes take supplements does not mean they are safe or […]

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Emotions in sport – the highs and lows are both important!

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It may sound completely bonkers but it has often been said that it is “valuable” for a team to lose the occasional match. What? Surely a team should try and win each and every match played! Any sensible and sensitive parent never enjoys it when their child’s team loses! What about having to deal with […]

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Body image and eating disorders among adolescents 3

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Prevention Strategies In this our final article in the series we look at prevention strategies and some educational messages. Prevention is better than cure and strategies to prevent disordered eating should be implemented early to avoid body image dissatisfaction. It is more difficult to change unhealthy eating behaviour and disturbed body image attitudes once established. […]

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Fear of failure: What if your child loses?

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In contemporary sport, whether professional- or school-level, there is an overwhelming focus on winning results, the applauding heroes, ‘man-of-the-match’ performances, try-saving tackles, victory celebrations long into the night and, as the saying goes, “No one remembers who came second.” While this may be true for some instances, almost everyone remembers the person who missed an […]

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Body image and eating disturbances among adolescents 2

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In this 2nd part in the series we look at the causes and warning signs of eating disorders, how it affects performance and how to assist an athlete who presents with an eating disorder. Causes of Eating Disorders in young Athletes There is no single cause of eating disorders or disordered eating in young athletes. […]

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Hype about hydration 1

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This is the first part of a 2 part series on hydration and will focus on the need for adequate hydration and recognising dehydration in the young athlete. The importance of adequate fluid intake in sports is to avoid dehydration and maintain normal heart function and thermoregulatory (ability of the body to deal with heat) […]

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Visual performance training for all scholars

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EYEGYM – THE PROGRAM THAT WON 2 RUGBY WORLD CUPS Have you ever thought about training your eyes like you train your body? The Springbok (2007) and England Rugby (2003) teams did and it played a role in winning the World Cup. “Since our squad started using the Visual Performance Training drills, our accuracy of […]

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Let’s get them motivated

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How does a teacher/school coach motivate kids who are disinterested in sport/physical activity to get involved? This is a hard one…..as one cannot force individuals to doing something that they don’t want to do as it can work against you in the long run….Sport is not necessarily enjoyed by every child and it is therefore […]

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Long-Term Participant/Athlete Development (LTPD)

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As parents we recognise that sport and physical activity play an important role in the healthy physiological and psychological growth and development of our children. Unfortunately over the past number of years there has been a decline in physical activity in South Africa resulting in an increased risk for diseases such as diabetes and obesity […]

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Dangers of Doping

Performance Enhancing Substances

Another week, another story about the use of performance enhancing substances ranging from steroids to supplements and everything in between. The statistics are frightening. Here’s just a sample: * In a survey conducted at 18 of South Africa’s top schools, 21 out of 130 pupils (approximately 1 in 6) tested positive for a variety of […]

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Feeding Active Kids 2

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This is the second article of three in our current series, “Feeding Active Kids.” In our first article we looked at the need for proper nutrition to optimise growth and development as well as how to include adequate carbohydrate, protein and fat in your active kid’s diet. If you missed it, click here. In this […]

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Parental involvement and the effect on a child’s performance

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Case study: Johnny the swimmer I watched Johnny, a very talented 14 year old swimmer at a competition. Before Johnny competed I saw him going to the toilet at least 4 times. After his race I congratulated him but commented that I saw him going to the toilet a couple of times. He laughed and […]

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How do you know if your son is taking anabolic steroids?

Performance Enhancing Substances

The newspapers are confirming what most of us already know: more and more adolescent schoolboys are taking powerful anabolic steroids. And they’re not only taking them to enhance their sports performance but also “to look good.” So as a parent, how would you spot if your son is taking these dangerous drugs? Steroid use can […]

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Illegal or Ignorant? How performance enhancing substances can damage a career

Performance Enhancing Substances

Within the space of a few days in November 2010, three leading South African sportsmen (two rugby players and a cricketer) tested positive for substances prohibited by the World Anti Doping Association (WADA). Was this doping to enhance performance, ignorance on the part of the players and/or their medical teams or contaminated products? Whatever the […]

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