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Welcome to Connecting Coaches,
April 2015, Issue 4

Coaching Tips
Upcoming Events
In the News

Job Opportunities

Upcoming Events

Mick Byrne Presentation
Sunday 26th April 2015
Notre Dame High School, Red Deer
Cost $50.00
Register online
About Mick Byrne: Mick is currently working with the New Zealand All Blacks as a skills coach. The former Australian Rules Footballer has worked in International rugby as a coach with Scotland, England, Japan and New Zealand. Laterly Mick was the assistant coach/Forwards coach with the Blues in the Super Rugby competition.
2015 Physical Activity Forum
Let's Get Physically Active
Motivating People to Start and Maintain Physically Active Lifestyles.
Dr. Wendy Rodgers
Faculty of Physical Education & Recreation, University of Alberta
May 1st in Edmonton; May 4th in Calgary
Concussion Awareness Session
Tuesday May 5, 2015
Margaret Parsons Theatre, RDC
7:00 pm
View Poster or Register Online
call Gwen at (403) 342-3231 or
2015 Induction Banquet - ASHFM
Date: May 29, 2015
Location: Sheraton Red Deer
Tickets: $100/person  $800/Table
Ticket can be purchase through the office at 403-341-8614
The Leadership Centre of Central Alberta is proud to present
Central Alberta’s Third Annual Leadership Conference
A two-day event combining inspirational presentations and workshops with internationally acclaimed speakers
Sept 21st – 22nd, 2015
Red Deer Westerner Park
Long Track Program and Communications Coordinator
Organization: Speed Skating Canada
Deadline Date: April 27, 2015
Date Posted: April 13, 2015
Location: Calgary, Alberta

Sport Coordinator
Organization: Special Olympics Alberta
Deadline Date: May 3, 2015
Date Posted: April 10, 2015
Location: Edmonton

Receptionist - Full Time
Organization: Alberta Sports Hall of Fame and Museum
Position Dates: Full time; May 2015
Location:Red Deer Alberta.
Full Job description available HERE

In the News

The Registered Dietitians at Alberta Health Services would like to share a new resource titled Sports Nutrition for Youth: A Handbook for Coaches.
The handbook supports school and community coaches who wish to improve their knowledge, ability and confidence in teaching key nutrition messages related to sports and activity. The handbook targets coaches who work with healthy, recreational athletes but much of the information also applies to active youth in general who may not be formally involved in organized sports.  The recommendations within the handbook are based on current research and best practice in sports nutrition at the time of publication.

ASDC Services

After suffering a sport concussion, how long should a student athlete be out of school? A balanced approach that supports gradual return to classes and activities might be more beneficial than total rest and isolation. [Source: SIRC News Hub]

Join ASDC & RDC to learn more about Sport concussion and the return to play protocols.
ASDC Central is partnering with Red Deer College to host a Sport Related Concussion Session on May 5, 2015. Dr. Elena Antoniadis, Psychology Professor at Red Deer College will present an overview of her research on concussions, including understanding concussion effects, identifying concussion signs and symptoms, and helping injured athletes heal and return to play. Drew Coles and Doug Rowe will share their experiences with career ending concussions.  Please join us for a
FREE Sport-Related Concussion Information Session
May 5, 2015
Margaret Parsons Theatre
7:00 - 9:00 pm
Register online. For more information call Gwen at (403) 342-3231 or email

Drew Coles grew up playing hockey in Calgary, as well as the Central Hockey League and for a short time in the American Hockey League. Drew will share his personal experience with concussions and how it has impacted his life.

Doug Rowe is a high school counsellor who works with student athletes who are suffering from concussion related symptoms. He wrote a series of articles in the Red Deer Advocate last October highlighting some of the athletes he has worked with. Doug has also suffered from concussions and will share his knowledge and experience with recovery.

Coaching Tips

Strain Inoculation 3
Submitted by: Doug. Swanson – F.I.R.S.T. Place for Human Performance
When you are lying on your deathbed, one of the cool things to say is, “I really explored myself”.
(Patricia Miranda, in Mindset: The Psychology of Success by Carol Dweck)
Dear Umee (pronounced you-mee),
In February, strain leading to eustress or distress was introduced with a sentiment that we, for the most part, make a choice to be eustressed or distressed. We explored the inner and outer athlete by Dan Millman in March. I proffered that focusing on outcomes and self-acclaim creates a sense of entitlement and self-centredness which reduces / minimizes our possibility for healthy growth. I will introduce you briefly to Carol Dweck to expand our discussion regarding strain through her research on fixed and growth mindsets. Dweck defines fixed mindset as “…a belief held by the individual that one’s qualities are carved in stone”. I suppose like Popeye, I yam what I yam! A person with a growth mindset “…believes that your basic qualities are things you can cultivate through your efforts”. Related, Voltaire offers, “We cultivate our gardens”.
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What Elite Athletes Have in Common
If you want your child to play at a high-level, then the best thing you can do is help them find a sport that suits their abilities, and help create an environment that gives them the best chance of success. Evidence shows that environment is a multi-sport one.
Find out why…
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Coaches of Canada

Get Concussion Smart Today!
Making Head Way Concussion eLearning Series -
You can help to make sport a safer, more enjoyable place for our athletes.

The Making Head Way eLearning Series helps coaches gain the knowledge and skills required to ensure the safety of their athletes. Making Head Way is designed to help coaches reduce the incidence of brain injuries in team sports and to improve decision-making about when it is safe to return to play after a head injury.

The Making Head Way eLearning Series is now available free of charge to all coaches in Canada. During this 60-90 minute online program you’ll learn:
•    what to do to prevent concussions,
•    how to recognize the signs and symptoms of a concussion,
•    what to do when you suspect an athlete has a concussion,
•    and how to ensure athletes return to play safely.
Making Head Way is a National Coach Certification Program (NCCP) Professional Development (PD) program, developed by the Coaching Association of Canada as part of the Public Health Agency of Canada’s Active and Safe initiative with the involvement of medical experts Dr. Jamie Kissick, Dr. Mark Aubry, and Dr. Charles Tator.
Get Concussion Smart and take the
FREE Making Head Way eLearning module today!

Concussion Stories

In February 2012, during a hockey practice drill, Nathan Fraser, age 12, sustained a concussion. In the nine months since the accident, Nathan and his parents, Christine and Adam, have learned about the symptoms of concussion, the steps to take if a concussion occurs, and how to play safe to minimize the likelihood of a concussion.
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