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Josh Weir
Updated: Monday, December 28, 2015jackson_05

JACKSON TWP. For Jack Tirmonia, Northwestern University offers the best of both the athletic and the academic worlds.

The Jackson High School senior wide receiver with the good hands and the Ivy League-caliber brain is too smart to pass on that.

Tirmonia announced Monday that he has committed to play football for the Wildcats as a preferred walk-on after originally committing to Brown University in August.
Tirmonia said Northwestern began showing interest in him late this regular season. He was invited to the Evanston, Illinois, campus for a recruiting visit and saw the Wildcats — currently ranked 12th by The Associated Press — beat Penn State with a late field goal Nov. 8.

Then Northwestern offered him a preferred walk-on spot Dec. 16.
“It took a lot of thought and consideration over the last couple of months,” Tirmonia said. “But at the end of the day, this is where I think I’ll be the most comfortable and what will be the best opportunity for me. It was a gut-wrenching decision to not go to Brown and tell those coaches there. But I know I made the right decision.”

At Northwestern, Tirmonia, who finished his junior year with a weighted 4.3 GPA, gets to play FBS college football while receiving about as close to an Ivy League education as one can get without actually being in the Ivy League. He is leaning toward majoring in business.
The 6-foot-3, 185-pound Tirmonia caught 44 passes for 645 yards and eight touchdowns this past fall as the Polar Bears went 5-5. He earned first-team honors for All-Northeast Inland District and All-Federal League.

Playing Big Ten football has special meaning for Tirmonia. His grandfather, Jerry Krisher, is a Massillon product who played for Woody Hayes at Ohio State and helped the Buckeyes win the 1954 national championship as an offensive lineman.

When Tirmonia told his grandfather of his decision to switch to Northwestern, Krisher searched through his office and produced a recruiting letter that Northwestern sent him more than 60 years ago.
“It was really cool,” Tirmonia said.

Tirmonia is encouraged by the fact that one of the Wildcats’ top receivers (junior Austin Carr) arrived at Northwestern as a walk-on and now is on full scholarship. He also points out that the holder (junior Christian Salem) for the game-winning field goal against Penn State is a walk-on.
Said Tirmonia, “I know I’ll have a good opportunity to contribute there in the future if I work by butt off.”

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rsLogoAnthony Darmiento
Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach
United States Olympic Committee

As the National Strength and Conditioning Association states in their position statement on youth resistance training, “Strength training youth athletes needs to be safe, effective and enjoyable. In order for strength training to be safe it’s more than the method of strength training, but rather how it is being implemented.”

For example, important factors such as proper form when lifting and moving are overlooked when a coach simply follows a plan on a written document or tries to implement a training program they once performed.  For this reason, Responsible Coaches seek help and guidance from qualified strength coaches to assist in the development of athletes of any level to ensure that strength training is performed in a proper and appropriate manner.  The risks of strength training are similar between youth and adults and strength training is only effective when it is done in a safe environment with proper supervision.

In order for strength training to be effective Responsible Coaches realize that strength training must complement sport training. For example, eliminating practice time to introduce or implement an effective strength program and developing basic movement skills are safe investments. The off-season and preseason are ideal times to implement a strength program. Responsible Coaches recognize athletes need to have the appropriate motor control to perform basic exercises such as a squat, lunge and pushup before progressing to loaded exercises. Although these movements and others may seem rudimentary and common most young athletes lack the ability to execute them with proper form.  Another reason for stressing the importance of such training is that these skills and movements transfer to many different sports and across all levels of sport.

In order for strength training to be enjoyable two very important factors must be considered: Athlete’s must understand and see benefits from the strength program while also training in a fun and enjoyable environment. Any athlete is more likely to continue training when they understand the benefits and see results. This highlights the importance of a sound and effective program. This is especially important considering it may take a few weeks of progressing before performance increases are seen or athletes begin to feel the positive effects of training. Until then it is important to keep training fun and enjoyable by mixing in games or challenges that keep athletes focused. For example, performing walking lunges on a row of printer paper without stepping off could be enjoyable and challenging for younger athletes.

On the other hand older athletes might enjoy keeping a log of their vertical jump height as each athlete attempts to beat their own personal records over time. Setting goals that are both attainable and challenging for the team or each individual is very important when trying to keep athletes motivated and driven. Thus coaches should be prepared with progressions and regressions for different exercises or activities based on ranging abilities of their athletes. If all this is kept in mind it shouldn’t be hard to keep things in enjoyable and fun while still performing strength training in a safe and controlled manner.


Fagenbaum, A. D., Kraemer, W. J., Blimkie, C. J., Jeffreys, I., Micheli, L. J., Nitka, M., et al. (2009). Youth Resistance Training: Updated Position Statement Paper From the National Strength and Conditioning Association. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 60-79.

female athleteKate Carr
President and CEO, Safe Kids Worldwide
Posted: 08/05/2013 9:58 pm

Sixteen-year-old Anna didn’t hesitate when I asked her about her love of soccer. “It’s my life,” she said matter-of-factly, and her reputation backed it up. Through hard work, tenacity and dedication, Anna is one of the top high school soccer players in the Washington, D.C. area with realistic aspirations of a Division I scholarship.

That’s why it’s so sad that our conversation took place when she was lying on a sports rehab table so far from the game she loves. This is her third knee surgery, which is shocking but not as uncommon as you might think among female athletes. In fact, female athletes are three times more likely to have ACL injuries than male athletes.

There are plenty of theories for this discrepancy, ranging from physical differences to hormone levels. Either way, there are stretches and exercises all athletes can do to help prevent these injuries.

I was at the rehab facility to film a video with U.S. Women’s Soccer player Ali Krieger, who you might remember from her game-winning penalty kick in the quarterfinals of 2011 World Cup in Germany. Ali, who was recovering from an ACL (knee) surgery, helped demonstrate seven exercises female athletes can do to help prevent knee injuries.

It’s a must-see for all of the athletes in your life.

Safe Kids Worldwide and Johnson & Johnson are working together to reach parents, coaches and kids with tips that can prevent the more than 1.35 million ER visits that occur as a result of a sports injury. For more information, read our research report or visit

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youth-sportsby Rick Howard, MEd, CSCS,*D

Providing a safe and effective youth strength and conditioning program is only the foundation of their long-term athletic development.

The Path to Performance

All athletes have one thing in common – they either are, or were, youth. The youth strength and conditioning programs in which these athletes participate have long-term performance implications. So, whether you are a RSCC, CSCS, NSCA-CPT, sport scientist, or other allied strength and conditioning professional, here are three important youth strength and conditioning concepts:

  1. Develop physical literacy for youth by promoting a long-term approach to quality daily physical education and daily intermittent moderate-to-vigorous physical activity.
  2. Promote positive mental and psychosocial development as well as physical development with a properly designed strength and conditioning program.
  3. The Youth Resistance Training: Updated Position Statement Paper from the National Strength and Conditioning Association (2009) for guidelines on strength and conditioning programs that emphasize a long-term approach to developing strength and power.

A Model for ALL Youth

At the foundation of training youth is the philosophy that ALL children should be provided the opportunity to develop their physical, mental, and social skills. These physical, mental, and social skills must be considered simultaneously. Coaches must be aware of the nonlinear path of youth development and how this considerable variability of developmental stages has physical, mental, and social implications.

Training strategies for youth must be carefully planned based on the dynamic interrelationships of numerous variables such as number of sports being played throughout the year and during the same season, environment, ethnicity, self-efficacy, focus, etc. Strength coaches need to keep abreast of best practice and research-based program models for promoting the continuum of lifelong physical activity and sports participation for youth.

The Long-Term Athletic Development Model

The long-term athletic development (LTAD) model is a generic guide that can be used to plan the sport/activity specific plan. LTAD heightens coaches’ awareness that the focus should not be on early sport specialization but that a plan should be implemented to meet the individual needs of young athletes as they develop. LTAD is based predominantly on biological (physical) development and suggests training and competition strategies based on developmental and chronological age.

The LTAD-type program should contain developmentally-appropriate strength and conditioning as well as important elements of positive conditioning, active play, and unstructured play. Proper ratios of conditioning-to-practice and practice-to-competition are suggested and have been customized by national governing bodies to meet the needs of their sport (youth hockey and soccer, for example). Youth should participate in a wide variety of sports and activities that develop their physical, mental, and psychosocial skills– early sport specialization is discouraged.

Looking at the Individual Needs of Youth

Within a quality youth long term developmental program, differences in biological and developmental age of youth must be considered. Key measures of developmental maturation must be incorporated into the strength and conditioning program. This requires a cooperative team effort among coaches, parents, youth, physical educators, and strength and conditioning professionals to safely and efficaciously train youth along the developmental continuum.

Children will be at various points along the developmental continuum, even children of the same biological age, and those that excel at an early age need to be diversified to minimize overuse and burnout and those are considered “late bloomers” must be encouraged to continually improve. This will maximize the number of youth that are proficient in movement skills and can make their own choice to be active in sports and physical activity.

The environment in which training occurs needs to be proactive: fundamental motor skill development must be taught, coached, and assessed; positive feedback must continually and honestly be provided to youth so that skill acquisition and the positive benefits of strength and conditioning are always reinforced, and never should children be given exercise as punishment.

Strength coaches must focus on developing coaching cues for excellent lifting technique (and never sacrifice technique for increased resistance). Youth athletes must not be trained past the point of physiological benefit (e.g., making athletes vomit is not an appropriate measure of intensity).  The optimal balance of challenge and success leads to youth embracing the benefits of strength and conditioning programs (and sports programs too).

Resistance Training and LTAD

Resistance training for youth is safe and efficacious so long as important NSCA guidelines are followed. For example, participants must be able to listen to and follow directions, there must be quality supervision at all times, and exercise progressions must be developmentally appropriate. The focus of the prepubescent resistance training program is on the development of healthy habits of safe resistance training and the focus on technical performance (technique) over amount of resistance lifted.

Exercise technique is developed through body weight exercise, dowels, and light (2-3kg) medicine balls. Some youngsters that are very overweight or obese will need to use light weights before body weight, as their body weight is a significant challenge. Developmental progressions for a variety of strength and power exercises should be taught. Beginning resistance training is not sport-specific, but designed to develop health-fitness and skills-fitness attributes, which matches the philosophy of the long term development model.

What Can You Do?

NSCA-certified strength and conditioning professionals are uniquely qualified to provide properly supervised, developmentally appropriate strength and conditioning programs for youth of all ages and abilities. By following the guidelines listed in the NSCA Position Statement on youth resistance training and adapting an LTAD-type model to the specific youngster or team, you will provide a healthy, positive strength and conditioning experience that will benefit youth dually as exercise enthusiasts and athletes.

Multidisciplinary, longitudinal research is needed on LTAD, physical literacy, windows of opportunity, assessments, and dose response of strength and conditioning programs at various developmental stages. Furthermore, strength and conditioning programs should be evaluated based on whether they enhance performance for only the short-term or whether they promote long-term elite athletic development. Remember, the work you do to promote quality strength and conditioning programs for youth will have long-term performance implications.

About the Author

Rick Howard is a founding member of the NSCA Youth SIG, Immediate-Past Chair of the NSCA Youth SIG, and the Mid-Atlantic Region Coordinator for the NSCA State Provincial Director Program. Howard also serves on the NSCA Membership Committee.

Responsible Sports

This month, many of us who are involved with youth sports are taking a deep breath… another season completed or coming to an end!  If you’re a hockey parent, your team might have finished up last month, and the NHL hockey playoffs signal the end of winter and the beginning of spring/summer for you and your family.  If you’re a softball parent, you’re almost to the end and are dreaming of the last weeks in the drive to the Championship.  If you’re a soccer mom or dad, this spring season is almost done and summer vacation and summer camps are on your mind.  Somehow, come Memorial Day, many of us heave a big sigh of relief as school sports seasons and club sports seasons come to an end.

For a bit.  Because just when we think we have a break, we’re all on to the next sport, or the next season, or the next camp, or the next team!  What happened to the days of an off-season?  For some youth sports parents and athletes, there just isn’t one.  But the team here at Responsible Sports got to thinking: should there be?  Should we as Responsible Sport Parents and Responsible Coaches insist on an off-season?

There are good arguments on both sides of this valuable debate.  On the side of advocating for an off-season are those parents and coaches who point to examples of young athletes suffering burnout, or worse, injury, as a result of too much activity.

There is the story of Elena Delle Donne, the number one basketball prospect in the country who walked away from a full scholarship to women’s basketball powerhouse UConn because she felt burnt out.  In trying to explain her very personal decision to not only Coach Auriemma as well as the national media, Donne could only keep repeating “I just need some time off.”

There is the story of Matt Harrington, the young man who owns a record in Major League Baseball, not in the regular on-the-field statistics, but for being the only player to be drafted five times without ever signing and for turning down several multi-million dollar deals opting instead for a job paying $11.50 an hour.  Harrington’s story is one where everyone looks for someone to blame: an overbearing sport parent, a greedy agent, an unfocused young man.  But Matt’s comments themselves might be the most telling.  “I want to be home. I want to be doing the things as a family more than I want to be on the road all the time playing baseball.”

Our friends at USA Softball recently shared the story with us of a young woman who was a highly-accomplished collegiate player and a prospect for a spot on the U.S. National team.  But after the final game of her senior season, as the field cleared, she took her cleats, glove, helmet, jersey and gloves and laid them down on home plate and literally walked away from softball saying, “I’m ready for something else in my life now.”

Would the lives of these three young athletes, and the countless others that leave the game due to burnout, have been different if they had been given an off-season or given time away from the game during their youth sports season?  It’s purely speculation.

On the other side, the argument about avoiding specialization at an early age leads many of us to enroll our kids in many sports as they seek to “sample” what’s out there.  And how can you sample and experience new sports, different teams with different teammates and coaches, if you don’t embrace the idea of playing in multiple sports seasons?  Add to that, the arguments and very real data that supports everything from better health to better grades to better esteem when kids play sports.  If we embrace all of these wonderful outcomes from a youth sports experience, shouldn’t we give our kids the maximum exposure to all of this “goodness”?

The team at Positive Coaching Alliance grapples with these issues everyday in working with coaches, athletes and parents.  And their advice to Responsible Sport Parents and Responsible Coaches seems very sound to us: listen to your kids.

  • Sit down and talk about your goals as opposed to their goals for their youth sports experience.  Pay attention as much to what they say as to what they don’t say and the unwritten message in body language.
  • Talk about how your child can focus on effort and learning rather than on winning as a way to ensure their self-betterment and enjoyment are at the focal point of your child’s youth sports experience.
  • Talk before the season starts, before a game, after a game, and at the end of the season.  Bottom line: talk.  Keep the dialog open, truthful, and ongoing.

“Goodness” for each of us in youth sports is personal and comes from the dialog more than the outcome.  And thanks to Positive Coaching Alliance, we’re proud to serve up some tools and ideas for how to foster this kind of dialog.

Download: Responsible Sport Parenting Empowering Conversations
Introducing the ELM Tree of Mastery to Your Child
Introducing Honoring the Game to Your Children
Download: Responsible Sport Parenting Game Day Tips

And in the spirit of dialog, we’d love to hear what you think about youth sports off-seasons and the topic of burnout.  (And by the way, if you’re like us, you know that there is just as much sport parenting burnout and coaching burnout as there is athlete burnout.)  We’d love to hear your thoughts!  Write us at

Founder of the Institute for Integrative Podiatric Medicine
Posted: 1/20/12 08:25 AM ET

How many of you can relate to this? You are out walking (or playing a casual game of basketball) when all of a sudden — pow!! Your ankle gives out and it collapses under your body weight. You hit the ground hard. People gather around you telling you to get up and walk it off. Others are telling you to put ice on it. Others examine it with their unprofessional gaze and then tell you not to worry. If you can walk on it, it’s not broken. So you manage to limp home and get off your foot. A couple of days later, the ankle has become very swollen and painful. It’s all “black and blue.” So you go to the emergency room or to one of the “quick care” centers to have it checked. An X-ray is taken. You are told it’s not fractured and not to worry, it is only a sprain. They put an Ace bandage on it. No other care is rendered. And you spend the next couple of months dealing with swelling, pain, stiffness, muscle spasms and secondary pains from compensating for the ankle sprain. You tape it, you tie it, you wrap it, you soak it. And finally, it “heals.” Or has it?

Somewhere down the road, it happens again, and maybe again and perhaps again after that. You catch my drift here. This is an ankle that has never properly healed and is left with weakened ligamentous support, making you vulnerable to chronic ankle sprains and a life of chronic pain.

So why would something like a simple ankle sprain wind up creating chronic ankle instability? To understand this, let’s look at the actual dynamics here. An ankle sprain can lead to an over-stretched ligament that can cause bleeding in the “pulled-open” spaces of the tissue, it can cause a partial tear of the ligament, it can cause an avulsion (where the ligament is pulled off of its bony attachment) and of course, a complete tear of the ligament. Since there are numerous ligaments supporting the ankle on both sides, depending on the type of forces that have occurred, there can be multiple ligaments involved in the injury. The mistaken notion that if it’s not broken, it does not require treatment could not be further from the truth.

Ligaments are extremely condensed tissues. They have no direct arterial blood flow. They receive oxygen and nutrients from microscopic circulation. So in the best of circumstances, blood flow to ligaments is somewhat restricted. Since the healing of all injuries depends on good perfusion of the involved tissues, ligaments are at a distinct disadvantage due to their inherently poor blood supply. If you put this together with some other factors that I will enumerate, inadequate treatment may result in painful, chronic ankle instability.

So what are the other factors affecting healing in a case such as this? Most important would be compression and immobilization. Using an Ace bandage may limit some swelling, but it does not immobilize the ankle. Movement and the stress of weight-bearing on these tissues makes it that much more difficult for the ligament to heal. In most cases, I will use a removable walking brace which functions as a cast but can be removed for sleeping, bathing and therapeutic treatments. As I explained, since ligaments are poorly perfused with blood, therapy designed to increase blood flow into the microscopic circulation is very important. In my office, I use MicroVas® therapy, which is a bilateral high voltage stimulation treatment which dramatically increases blood flow to these injured tissues. It decreases healing time which also helps reduce the length of time the patient is forced to compensate and overuse the other limb, often leading to secondary pain syndromes. Learn more about it at (I have no financial relationship with this company).

Additionally, there are ways to assist the body in re-organizing and healing the injured tissues. I have been using a treatment known as prolotherapy for many years, which involves the injection of low level irritants into the area of the injured ligaments. The irritation leads to a more profound push by the immune system to heal these ligaments by fostering the migration of fibroblasts (which are the cells responsible for healing connective tissue) thereby increasing the collagen matrix. Prolotherapy also increases the rate of growth of new blood vessels to the injured tissues (known as angiogenesis) which further facilitates healing. When prolotherapy is not successful, we can improve outcome by using platelet-rich plasma injections. This is the injection of the patient’s very own platelets into the area of injury. Platelets are very high in growth factors which can be helpful with many difficult and stubborn cases.

Lastly, making sure that the patient is properly hydrated improves peripheral blood flow and assists in the delivery of nutrients and oxygen and the removal of inflammatory infiltrates from the area. This means drinking plenty of water and limiting dehydrating compounds such as caffeine, alcohol and salt. I have also found an improvement in healing my patients with the use of proteolytic enzymes (which also help break down inflammatory infiltrates and catalyze repair processes) as well as dietary sulfur, known as MSM, which is the bond/framework of connective tissue.

Treating the majority of ankle sprains in this fashion will dramatically improve outcome and prevent an enormous number of chronic ankle instability. However, once the condition is set as a chronically unstable ankle, many of these patients go on to ankle stabilization surgeries. My experience shows that a conservative attempt at healing this condition in this way is always worth the effort, as many of my patients avoided the necessity of surgical intervention.

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“I need to have a good week of preparation,” says New Orleans SaintsDrew Brees. ”The bigger the games get, you fall back more on your routine and preparation, the things that got you here,” according to San Francisco 49ersAlex Smith.  “We prepare during the week for these kinds of circumstances,” comments Denver Broncos’ Coach John Fox.  “We’re trying to prepare well and play well on Saturday. That’s our goal,” reports New England Patriots’ Coach Belichick.  Throughout this month as the NFL Playoffs have progressed, we all hear it: preparation.  It’s all about preparation.

But is there such a thing as Responsible Sports preparation? Yes!

For both professional and youth sport coaches, preparation starts at practice.  But practice isn’t just about skills and drills.  For Responsible Coaches, it’s far more.  Here are 11 steps to a successful practice:

1.   Coaches Preparation

        “Mental preparation is especially important for volunteer coaches who often come to practice from work.  If we’ve had a good day at work, it might be relatively easy to start practice in an upbeat mood.  But if it hasn’t been a good day at work, or if we’ve had to leave important tasks undone, we can easily let the negative feelings linger and affect the attitudes of our players.” Take a few minutes to leave the day behind you and bring your excitement and your A game to your team.

2. Objective & Priorities

        What do you want your players to have mastered by the end of practice?  (Remember: Responsible Coaches use a Mastery Approach).  Write down one to three objectives for your practice (it’s hard to accomplish any more than that), and put them in order to ensure you get to the most important items before you run out of time.

3. Opening Ritual

        Responsible Coaches set the tone right away with an Opening Ritual.  Want to know what one looks like?  Watch a youth volleyball coach lead her team in their Opening Ritual.  You’ll see that her Opening Ritual directly tells her athletes: leave school behind, focus on volleyball and your teammates, and be excited about practice.

4. Instruction / Skills and Drills

        Every practice includes instruction.  Our favorite piece of advice from the experts at PCA?  Teach new skills in the ‘whole-part-whole’ method.  “If you want to teach players a new play that involves different intricacies for each player, it’s a good idea to show them how the play is supposed to work at first.  Walk them completely through it, briefly pointing out things that each player needs to do to make it all work, and assure players that you’ll break it down for them so that they’ll be able to practice their parts later.  Then after each player learns their part, put the whole thing together again.”

5. Conditioning

        It’s critical.  And as Responsible Coaches, we know that.  But we also know that sometimes this part of the practice can be a drag for kids.  Make it fun!  Change the place you run each practice.  Have mini-competitions to see who can complete one segment of the run the fastest.  Pair up kids and have them talk to each other about a topic as they run, then discuss it when you circle back up.

6. Fun Activities

        Sports are supposed to be fun, remember?  Try to find ways to infuse fun into all aspects of the practice – from conditioning to Rituals and everything in between.

7. Scrimmaging

        Kids love playing in simulated game conditions.  (Don’t we all?)  But a Responsible Coach also considers what a proper scrimmage looks like.  Our friends at USA Hockey advocate cross-ice games.  Our friends at AYSO promote cross-field scrimmages.  Why?  Both of these organizations know that when kids get to touch the ball or puck more, they develop skills more quickly and have fun with the game.  Who wants to stands on a regulation size field on defense while all the action happens well away from you and you never get to put a foot on the ball?  No kid does.

8. Team Meetings as Conversation

          Teams come together when they gel.  When they participate with each other.  When they dialog with each other.  Legendary NBA Coach

Phil Jackson

        talks about allowing players to have the first word.  Head Coach Doc Rivers talks about quiet drills to reinforce the power of communicating as a team. According to Jim Thompson, “When a coach engages players in conversation, she is treating them like equals.  She is saying, ‘I am interested in what you think about this. This is a big tank filler, which contributes to better performance.”

9. Adding the Life Lessons Question

        Responsible Coaches seek to win both on and off the field; in sport and in life.  While the life lesson from practice might be obvious to you, it might not be so obvious to your athletes.  So talk about it.  Bring it up in your team meeting.  Let your athletes talk about it and engage with the topic.

10. Closing Ritual

        Just as the Opening Ritual set the tone for practice, the Closing Ritual helps set the tone for kids to take the positive experience of practice into their everyday lives.  Fill tanks.  We all need that in the face of occasionally harsh realities.  Kids especially need it!

11. Assessment

    Assessment happens both with your team and afterwards in a self-reflective manner.  How did practice go today?  What was your favorite part and why?  Is there something you got better at?  And as the coach: what did I learn about my athletes during this practice that can help me get better as their coach?  A Mastery Approach holds true for both athletes and coaches alike!

Preparation is certainly about making sure you know the playbook before the big game.  But preparation is also about how you master that playbook.  And how we as youth sport coaches teach athletes how to prepare for challenges – whether that challenge is a sport challenge, or a life challenge.

Want to learn how NFL greats have prepared?  Listen in to Jim interviewing NFL Hall-of-Famers Steve Young, Tony Dorsett, and Ronnie Lott, and former NFL coach Jim Mora, Jr.  Each one talks about the preparation they took in their own careers, as well as how their coaches prepared and how today they help the youth athletes in their life prepare.

Want to learn more?  Consider reading Jim Thompson’s book, The Double-Goal Coach. Or visit our Ask The Expert panel, where PCA experts can answer your specific questions on preparation.  And then join us on Facebook to share with us what things you do as a Responsible Coach to both prepare yourself and prepare your athletes for success on and off the field.