NDSU Professors & Graduate Students

Be Comfortable with the Uncomfortable

Coaches and athletes must be careful not to confuse comfortable with correct. Whenever one undertakes changes, he or she feels uncomfortable and it is easy to slide back into the comfortable, even though that might not be correct. This paper speaks to the process of...

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A Growth Culture in Sports

Mindsets, be they fixed or growth, are acquired over time and are deeply ingrained. Research has shown that when individuals believe they can grow their abilities, they are willing to take on challenges and not give up when setbacks occurred. Growth mindset followers...

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Developing a High School Coaching Mentorship Program

Mentoring has become an important aspect of professional development for young coaches. Too often young coaches are left on their own to develop their coaching skills once they leave college. For first year coaches, all the duties and responsibilities that go along...

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Frequency Asked Questions About Early Sport Specialization

Youth athletes, and often their parents, are enamored with the so-called benefits of sport specialization, but sometimes fail to consider the risks involved. The idea of receiving a scholarship after high school to play sports often outweighs the negative effects that...

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The Influence of Peer Connections in Youth Sports

The need for positive outcomes from peers is greatly amplified in teams with players from different school systems:  traveling teams, summer leagues, and youth sport camps and trainings.  Peer connections are an under-utilized tool offered to every sport team.  Peer...

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Learning from Losses