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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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              How to Focus and Concentrate Better to Boost Productivity

              How to Focus and Concentrate Better to Boost Productivity

              We live in a world of massive distraction. No matter where you are today, there is always going to be distractions. Your colleagues talking about their latest date, notification messages popping up on your screens, and not just your mobile phone screens. And even if you try to find a quiet place, there will always be someone with a mobile device that is beeping and chirping.

              With all these distractions, it is incredibly difficult to concentrate on anything for very long. Something will distract you and that means you will find it very difficult to focus on anything.

              So how to focus and concentrate better? How to focus better and produce work that lifts us and takes us closer towards achieving our outcomes?

              1. Get Used to Turning off Your Devices

              Yes, I know this one is hard for most people. We believe our devices are so vital to our lives that the thought of turning them off makes us feel insecure. The reality is they are not so vital and the world is not going to end within the next thirty minutes.

              So turn them off. Your battery will thank you for it. More importantly though is when you are free from your mobile distraction addiction, you will begin to concentrate more on what needs to get done.

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              You do not need to do this for very long. You could set a thirty-minute time frame for being completely mobile free. Let’s say you have an important piece of work to complete by lunchtime today. Turn off your mobile device between 10 am and 11 am and see what happens.

              If you have never done this before, you will feel very uncomfortable at first. Your brain will be fighting you. It will be telling you all sorts of horror stories such as a meteorite is about to hit earth, or your boss is very angry and is trying to contact you. None of these things is true, but your brain is going to fight you. Prepare yourself for the fight.

              Over time, as you do this more frequently, you will soon begin to find your brain fights you less and less. When you do turn on your device after your period of focused work and discover that the world did not end, you have not lost an important customer and all you have are a few email newsletters, a confirmation of an online order you made earlier and a text message from your mum asking you to call about dinner this weekend, you will start to feel more comfortable turning things off.

              2. Create a Playlist in Your Favourite Music Streaming App

              Many of us listen to music using some form of music streaming service, and it is very easy to create our own playlists of songs. This means we can create playlists for specific purposes.

              Many years ago, when I was just starting to drive, there was a trend selling driving compilation tapes and CDs. The songs on these tapes and CDs were uplifting driving music songs. Songs such as C W McCall’s Convoy theme and the Allman Brothers Band’s, Jessica. They were great songs to drive to and helped to keep us awake and focused while we were driving.

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              Today, we can create playlists to help us to focus on our work. Choose non-vocal music that has a low tempo. Music from artists such as Ben Böhmer, Ilan Bluestone or Andrew Bayer has the perfect tempo.

              Whenever you want to go into deep, focused work, listen to that playlist. What happens is your brain soon associates when you listen to the playlist you created with focused work and it’s time to concentrate on what it is you want to do.

              3. Have a Place to Go to When You Need to Concentrate

              If you eat, surf online and read at your desk, you will find your desk a very distracting place to do your work. One way to get your brain to understand it is focused work time is, to use the same place each time for just focused work.

              This could be a quiet place in your office, or it could be a special coffee shop you use specifically for focused work. Again, what you are doing is associating an environment with focus.

              Just as with having a playlist to listen to when you want to concentrate, having a physical place that accomplishes the same thing will also put you in the right frame of mind to be more focused.

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              When you do find the right place to do your focused work, then only do focused work there. Never surf, never do any online shopping. Just do your work and then leave. You want to be training your brain to associate focused work with that environment and nothing else.

              If you need to make a phone call, respond to an email or message, then go outside and do it. From now on, this place is your special working place and that is all you use it for.

              Every morning, I do fifteens minutes of meditation. Each time, I sit down to do my meditation, I use the same music playlist and the same place. As soon as I put my earphones in and sit down in this place, my mind immediately knows it is meditation time and I become relaxed and focused almost immediately. I have trained my brain over a few months to associate a sound and a place with relaxed, thoughtful meditation. It works.

              4. Get up and Move

              We humans have a limited attention span. How long you can stay focused for depends on your own personal makeup. It can range from between twenty minutes to around two hours. With practice, you can stay focused for longer, but it takes time and it takes a lot of practice.

              When you do find yourself being unable to concentrate any longer, get up from where you are and move. Go for a walk, move around and get some air. Do something completely different from what you were doing when you were concentrating.

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              If you were writing a report in front of a screen, get away from your screens and look out the window and appreciate the view. Take a walk in the local park, or just walk around your office. You need to give your brain completely different stimuli.

              Your brain is like a muscle. There is only so much it can do before it fatigues. If you are doing some focused work in Photoshop and then switch to surfing the internet, you are not giving your brain any rest. You are still using many of the same parts of your brain.

              It’s like doing fifty pushups and then immediately trying to do bench presses. Although you are doing a different exercise, you are still exercising your chest. What you need to be doing to build up superior levels of concentrated focus is, in a sense, do fifty pushups and then a session of squats. Now you are exercising your chest and then your legs. Two completely different exercises.

              Do the same with your brain. Do focused visual work and then do some form of movement with a different type of work. Focused visual work followed by a discussion with a colleague about another unrelated piece of work, for example.

              The Bottom Line

              It is not difficult to train your brain to become better at concentrating and focusing, but you do need to exercise deliberate practice. You need to develop the intention to focus and be very strict with yourself.

              Set time aside in your calendar and make sure you tell your colleagues that you will be ‘off the grid’ for a couple of hours. With practice and a little time, you will soon find yourself being able to resist temptations and focus better.

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