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Fit to Be Taught, Vol.17

Sports-Psychology Curriculum Focuses on Educating Athletes and Winning

Share To Mitch Lyons, an assistant coach of the Lasell College (Newton, Massachusetts) men's basketball team, high school and college sports are about much more than winning. Educating student-athletes about the psychology of sports produces life skills that benefit the student and the community. As a bonus, teaching the "science of sport" often leads to victory on the playing field or court.

By Mitch Lyons

If you are administering an interscholastic athletic program, you know that the desire to win is important to your team, your players, your program, and your school. The reality is that, in most cases, the coaches you hire have winning on their minds when they accepted their coaching positions.

Even though winning is important, most school athletic coaches still care about the kind of education their student-athletes are getting. They understand that winning and educating are not mutually exclusive. In fact, quite the opposite is true. The more players know about how to think to succeed, the better they will become. That is not a viewpoint or theory, it is a science.

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Keeping Faculty Fit

The Wellness Club at Pineview Elementary School in West Columbia, South Carolina, supports and enhances health, wellness, and prevention for the faculty, staff, students, families, and the community.

Faculty members earn points for positive behaviors -- such as wearing a seatbelt, not smoking, scheduling relaxation time, keeping a personal progress record, providing blood for screening, sharing healthful recipes, aerobic exercise (which earns the most points), mammograms, or participating in a safe weight loss program. Prizes are awarded based on the number of points earned. Prizes are changed each year and include cotton socks, healthy snacks (apples or microwave popcorn), or a t-shirt designed by a fifth-grade student.

The school offers many opportunities for staff members to learn new and relaxing hobbies, as well as participate in fun activities. These include a yogurt social and luncheons at school with healthful foods such as baked potatoes, salads, and soup. Healthful snacks are offered before faculty meetings, healthful breakfast or lunch offered on in-service days, and staff members share healthful recipes and ideas.

A variety of health screenings also are available at school during the year.

Faculty and staff members also participate in the Pineview Running Club, walking at school on the quarter-mile track with the after-school walking group, with students during the day, and at home.

Read more about this program at: Pineview Elementary Wellness Program.

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