Brian Gearity, PhD, ATC, CSCS*D, RSCC, USAW, USATF level 3 sprints, is the founding Director and Assistant Professor of the Master of Arts in Sports Coaching program at the University of Denver. Dr. Gearity has been a strength and conditioning, speed coach or mental skills consultant for youth, high school, collegiate, and professional athletes, including stops at the University of Tennessee and the Cleveland Indians. Dr. Gearity is Editor–in-Chief for NSCA Coach and is Associate Editor-in-Chief for the NSCA Strength & Conditioning Journal. Dr. Gearity’s research uses sociological and psychological theory to enhance quality coaching.
Brian Gearity, PhD, ATC, CSCS*D, RSCC, USAW, USATF level 3 sprints
Links mentioned in the Podcast (Part 2, Sports Psychology and Sociology for the Amateur Aficionado):
Personal Life: Brian Gearity and his wife, Cayla, have three kids, Lorelei (9), Liam (8) and Lincoln (5).
Tips for Parents: Dr. Gearity advocates exploring the notions of “Play,” or “Deliberate Play” and suggests being open to trying new activities with and for your kids; working on communication and problem solving skills; developing values and emotional intelligence; and teaching the basics (e.g., push-ups, sit-ups, basic strength training; sprint work, and stretching).
National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) Youth Training and Long-Term Athletic Development (LTAD) Position Statement and Resources
From the NSCA website (See link above): Long-term athletic development (LTAD) is not merely a blueprint for the aspiring elite athlete; it’s an approach to physical activity and development for children and adolescents of all ages and athletic abilities. The backbone of LTAD is to ensure a safe progression of proper movement, physical literacy, adequate motor skills, and foundational muscular strength as a child grows and physically matures. LTAD addresses youth strength and conditioning, early sport specialization, overtraining, and injury prevention.
USA Gymnastics Association
Howard Gardner, Hobbs Professor of Cognition and Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education, Theory of Multiple Intelligences
Suggestions for specific books for parents or “amateur” coaches:
–Game On: How the Pressure to Win at All Costs Endangers Youth Sports, and What Parents Can Do About It, by Tom Farrey
–Changing the Game: The Parent’s Guide to Raising Happy, High Performing Athletes, and Giving Youth Sports Back to our Kids, by John O’Sullivan
Until It Hurts: America’s Obsession with Youth Sports and How It Harms Our Kids, by Mark Hyman
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Attribution for Intro/Exit Podcast Music: Travel Light by Jason Shaw from the album Audionautix: Acoustic, licensed under an Attribution 3.0 United States License. Available at www.FreeMusicArchive.org