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5 Character Lessons Kids and Teens Can Learn from the 2016 Rio Olympians

5 Character Lessons Kids & Teens Can Learn from the 2016 Rio Olympians It has been thrilling watching the 2016 Summer Rio Olympics these past 2 weeks.  It has been full of stories of dedication, redemption, comebacks, and unbelievable achievements as we have cheered our American athletes but also athletes from other countries.  Sadly, the [...]

Are Male Teen Athletes more likely to Abuse Girlfriends | University of Pittsburgh Study | Orlando Counselor Jim West

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Violent sports and dating abuse documented among college athletes and the this study sought out to see if there was the same correlation with high school athletes and the results were very interesting.  The study looked at 16 California High Schools and surveyed 1,648 male students. The study found "hyper masculine" students seem to be [...]

4 Sports Psychology Tips to Empower your Child or Teen through Athletics | Orlando Lake Mary Certified Sports Counselor

Just participating in sports does not automatically foster positive growth in children. Many factors play a crucial role in your child’s success with athletics. The top four factors that I have found to help encourage positive sports participation are: Fun and Constructive Atmosphere Appropriate Parental Involvement Having an Encouraging Mentor A Focus on Transferable Life [...]

5 Reasons why Hazing Still Happens & How to Stop Hazing | Robert Champion & Bria Shante Hunter

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Hazing: Bringing Unity Through Degradation and Violence? Bria Shante Hunter was beaten three weeks before Robert Champion died and Robert Champion told Bria not to give in to the hazing.  Bria, however, felt she had to put herself through the hazing to feel embraced and accepted by the Marching 100.  She was punched in her [...]

Red Sox Collapse | 3 Mental Toughness Tips for Coping with the Unexpected | Orlando Sports Psychology Coach

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What happened?  They had the Wild Card wrapped up with only one month to go and somehow they lost steam!  Today September 29, 2011 the sports world is shocked by the colossal collapse of the Boston Red Sox.  When the season began there was extreme hype because of their off-season acquisitions.  If one can remember, [...]