Category Archives for Mindfulness

Single season of high school football changes the grey matter within one’s head

Recreation and scholastic sports participation should make us better, not worse.

It took football 80 years, doctors, high tech diagnostic equipment, and years of scientific studies to figure out that smashing your head into each other at high velocity with high mass athletes causes damage to the brain?

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Go Krista!

Krista is a former swimmer I coached back in the day. She is a co-founder in a new business too, https://www.ourfuturelegacy.com.

Bio

Krista Hawkins earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Child Development with academic honors followed by a Master’s Degree in Counseling Education from Illinois State University. She is a also a graduate of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition as a Holistic Health Coach.

Early in her career, Krista was a counselor for addiction and adoptions, helping others to create new beginnings. During the last 21 years, she has worked with business owners and their teams in the areas of training, development, sales coaching, and building effective systems. Today, Krista travels the United States as a Leadership and Sales Coach for business owners and their teams, helping others to maximize their potential and become their best self! Krista empowers others through her holistic health coaching practice and is a Qualified National Marketing Director with the Juice Plus Company, sharing the benefits of healthy living with others since 2011.

Team Meetings at Swim & Water Polo with SDA18 include CIRCLES

Coach Mark at team meeting at Camp Langley.

Expecting both team meetings and circle time in our Swim & Water Polo Camp in 2018. Ideas welcome.

With Summer Dreamers in 2018, #SDA18, our regular, daily, Swim & Water Polo Team Meeting is going to include some circle time. This new program wrinkle comes on the wake of a school district push to Restorative Justice.

Mindfulness history

A few years ago, a friend, Richard King, PhD, helped to launch and lead a practice with circles with the students in a program he championed, Mindful Gardening. He is not leading any SDA activities in 2018., sadly.

Wishing for sanity and dialog in recent seasons

In 2017 as well as in the early part of 2018, I would have welcomed the on going use of restorative practices within PPS programs. The kids were fine. I needed the circles among a few of the adults who were going in different directions.

Circles and community slide from PPS training.

 

This offers a dramatic mind shift for some at PPS. With us at the swim pool, not so much. Sure, it is a new wrinkle. New touchstones are going to be needed. But we have always had an approach that gives students a voice, some choices, and builds upon respect.

Ideas and tools to implement the new circle time at Swim & Water Polo are welcome. We hope to document the process and offer more examples.

“I felt that a moment of a lifetime had come!”

Groove performance with body and mind

Insights

Nearly sixty years on and this video is still one of the most iconic sporting moments in history. Roger Bannister had intended to retire after the 1952 Olympics, but having only come in 4th in the 1500m final, he hung on for another two years to make an attempt on the holy grail of middle distance running, breaking the time of a four minute mile.

The video is a replay with the runner’s voice recounting the experience. He said twice, “he was full of running.” I love the quote, “I felt that a moment of a lifetime had come.”

Two other milers had the same intent of Bannister and were out to break that 4-minute-mile record: John Landy of Australia and Wes Santee of the USA. Bannister ran early in the season at the track called Iffley Road in Oxford, and, he was paced by his old friends Brasher and Chataway. He came home under the magical time, taking 2 seconds off of Gunder Hägg’s nine year old mile world record. Amazingly after all the hype, the Bannister record only stood for six weeks. Then it was to John Landy who ran 3:57.9 in Finland.

Bannister then went on that season to defeat Landy in the “Mile of the Century” in the Empire Games, before winning the European 1500-meter title and then retiring from the sport at the age of 25.

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