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6 Outstanding Websites for Athletes To Improve Their Game

6 Outstanding Websites for Athletes To Improve Their Game

The Internet has already made a major impact on the way we learn today. However, this impact is modest compared to what awaits us in the coming years especially in education. Information technologies have changed our patterns of work and leisure.

What about sports? There are roughly 600 million competitive athletes and coaches worldwide and every one of them wants to get better and help their team win. Well, now you can learn and improve your skill regardless of where you live via the power of the information super highway

These are the best instructional sport sites you have to visit to help you win more games next season.

  1. CoachTube

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    Wouldn’t it be cool if you could learn from the greatest coaches in the world instantly from any device? Well, now you can. Just launched last year, CoachTube has become the go-to platform to power the very best coaches instructional training by providing them everything they need to coach online.

    It has hundreds of free courses along with hundreds of premium courses you can purchase and have a lifetime access too. CoachTube is not a platform solely for coaches to share their insights. Former athletes who also have an abundance of advice for current and aspiring athletes use the platform.

    1. Jr. NBA

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      The NBA website has some of the biggest names in basketball teaching basketball skills and drills. The is the official site of the National Basketball Association.

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      It includes news, features, multimedia, player profiles, chat transcripts, schedules and statistics. While yes, this is only one sport , it is a great resource to get started learning some of the basics from current NBA players.

      1. PlaySportsTV

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        If you have ever been a volunteer youth coach you probably are already aware of PlaysportsTV. This site is focused on helping the 6 million volunteer youth coaches with over 3500 instructional videos.

        This site is a youth coaches secret weapon to win more games and make a great impact on the youth they are coaching. PlaysportsTV online youth sports training is designed to make learning how to play sports easy and fun.

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        1. Glazier Vault

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          If you are a professional coach you have heard of Glazier Clinics, known for their high-quality clinic where you can hear some of the best coaches share their wisdom.

          Well, now they have a site in which you can access great training at home if you are a coach and want to have a better record next year. Glazier Clinics feature drills, coaching topics and speakers for every level coach.

          1. About.com

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            In the online world, About.com stands as the jack of all trades with the knowledge that influences every day’s lives of the online community.  Your sports team will never fall short of valuable tips and tricks with some of the great articles on About.

            With expert content that helps users answer questions, solve problems, learn something new or find inspiration you are sure to always be on top of your game

            1. YouTube

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              Created in May 2005, YouTube allows billions of people to discover, watch and share originally-created videos. YouTube provides a forum for people to connect, inform, and inspire others across the globe and acts as a distribution platform for original content creators and advertisers large and small.

              Forget the viral music videos, pranks, and fail videos you are accustomed to on YouTube. The site offers a wider range of sports lessons clips from virtually every sporting. YouTube has some excellent instructional clips as long as you don’t mind the barrage of advertising and have the time to scour to find the good ones. Several channels offer guidance on sports on the site and you only need to search one representing your sports team interests.

              Featured photo credit: athleticadminonline.ohio.edu via athleticadminonline.ohio.edu

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              Last Updated on September 20, 2018

              8 Ways to Train Your Brain to Learn Faster and Remember More

              8 Ways to Train Your Brain to Learn Faster and Remember More

              You go to the gym to train your muscles. You run outside or go for hikes to train your endurance. Or, maybe you do neither of those, but still wish you exercised more.

              Well, here is how to train one of the most important parts of your body: your brain.

              When you train your brain, you will:

              • Avoid embarrassing situations. You remember his face, but what was his name?
              • Be a faster learner in all sorts of different skills. No problem for you to pick up a new language or new management skill.
              • Avoid diseases that hit as you get older. Alzheimer’s will not be affecting you.

              So how to train your brain and improve your cognitive skills?

              1. Work your memory

              Twyla Tharp, a NYC-based renowned choreographer has come up with the following memory workout:

              When she watches one of her performances, she tries to remember the first twelve to fourteen corrections she wants to discuss with her cast without writing them down.

              If you think this is anything less than a feat, then think again. In her book The Creative Habit she says that most people cannot remember more than three.

              The practice of both remembering events or things and then discussing them with others has actually been supported by brain fitness studies.

              Memory activities that engage all levels of brain operation—receiving, remembering and thinking—help to improve the function of the brain.

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              Now, you may not have dancers to correct, but you may be required to give feedback on a presentation, or your friends may ask you what interesting things you saw at the museum. These are great opportunities to practically train your brain by flexing your memory muscles.

              What is the simplest way to help yourself remember what you see? Repetition.

              For example, say you just met someone new:

              “Hi, my name is George”

              Don’t just respond with, “Nice to meet you”. Instead, say, “Nice to meet you George.”

              Got it? Good.

              2. Do something different repeatedly

              By actually doing something new over and over again, your brain wires new pathways that help you do this new thing better and faster.

              Think back to when you were three years old. You surely were strong enough to hold a knife and a fork just fine. Yet, when you were eating all by yourself, you were creating a mess.

              It was not a matter of strength, you see. It was a matter of cultivating more and better neural pathways that would help you eat by yourself just like an adult does.

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              And guess what? With enough repetition you made that happen!

              But how does this apply to your life right now?

              Say you are a procrastinator. The more you don’t procrastinate, the more you teach your brain not to wait for the last minute to make things happen.

              Now, you might be thinking “Duh, if only not procrastinating could be that easy!”

              Well, it can be. By doing something really small, that you wouldn’t normally do, but is in the direction of getting that task done, you will start creating those new precious neural pathways.

              So if you have been postponing organizing your desk, just take one paper and put in its right place. Or, you can go even smaller. Look at one piece of paper and decide where to put it: Trash? Right cabinet? Another room? Give it to someone?

              You don’t actually need to clean up that paper; you only need to decide what you need to do with it.

              That’s how small you can start. And yet, those neural pathways are still being built. Gradually, you will transform yourself from a procrastinator to an in-the-moment action taker.

              3. Learn something new

              It might sound obvious, but the more you use your brain, the better its going to perform for you.

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              For example, learning a new instrument improves your skill of translating something you see (sheet music) to something you actually do (playing the instrument).

              Learning a new language exposes your brain to a different way of thinking, a different way of expressing yourself.

              You can even literally take it a step further, and learn how to dance. Studies indicate that learning to dance helps seniors avoid Alzheimer’s. Not bad, huh?

              4. Follow a brain training program

              The Internet world can help you improve your brain function while lazily sitting on your couch. A clinically proven program like BrainHQ can help you improve your memory, or think faster, by just following their brain training exercises.

              5. Work your body

              You knew this one was coming didn’t you? Yes indeed, exercise does not just work your body; it also improves the fitness of your brain.

              Even briefly exercising for 20 minutes facilitates information processing and memory functions. But it’s not just that–exercise actually helps your brain create those new neural connections faster. You will learn faster, your alertness level will increase, and you get all that by moving your body.

              Now, if you are not already a regular exerciser, and already feel guilty that you are not helping your brain by exercising more, try a brain training exercise program like Exercise Bliss.

              Remember, just like we discussed in #2, by training your brain to do something new repeatedly, you are actually changing yourself permanently.

              6. Spend time with your loved ones

              If you want optimal cognitive abilities, then you’ve got to have meaningful relationships in your life.  Talking with others and engaging with your loved ones helps you think more clearly, and it can also lift your mood.

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              If you are an extrovert, this holds even more weight for you. At a class at Stanford University, I learned that extroverts actually use talking to other people as a way to understand and process their own thoughts.

              I remember that the teacher told us that after a personality test said she was an extrovert, she was surprised. She had always thought of herself as an introvert. But then, she realized how much talking to others helped her frame her own thoughts, so she accepted her new-found status as an extrovert.

              7. Avoid crossword puzzles

              Many of us, when we think of brain fitness, think of crossword puzzles. And it’s true–crossword puzzles do improve our fluency, yet studies show they are not enough by themselves.

              Are they fun? Yes. Do they sharpen your brain? Not really.

              Of course, if you are doing this for fun, then by all means go ahead. If you are doing it for brain fitness, then you might want to choose another activity

              8. Eat right – and make sure dark chocolate is included

              Foods like fish, fruits, and vegetables help your brain perform optimally. Yet, you might not know that dark chocolate gives your brain a good boost as well.

              When you eat chocolate, your brain produces dopamine. And dopamine helps you learn faster and remember better. Not to mention, chocolate contains flavonols, antioxidants, which also improve your brain functions.

              So next time you have something difficult to do, make sure you grab a bite or two of dark chocolate!

              The bottom line

              Now that you know how to train your brain, it’s actually time to start doing.

              Don’t just consume this content and then go on with your life as if nothing has changed. Put this knowledge into action and become smarter than ever!

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