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Tending the fire; incorporating mindfulness into athletics administration, Part 3

William Woods EDU

“Concentration and mental toughness are the margins of victory.”—Bill Russell “Just as physical exercise must be performed with regularity to train the body for performance success, mental exercises must be practiced with regularity to benefit the athlete’s attention and well-being.” One recent study of Division I college football players looked into mindfulness therapy and relaxation […]

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September 18th, 2017

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Tending the fire; Athlete burnout and the athletics administration response, Part 2

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In a post last month, we began a series on athlete burnout and what it means for athletics administrators. In an article from the NCAA, “The state of burnout is often regarded as the endpoint of this breakdown process and is characterized by the absence of motivation as well as complete mental and physical exhaustion.” […]

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September 1st, 2017

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Tending the fire; Athlete burnout and the athletics administration response, Part 1

William Woods EDU

Practice, competition, and conditioning in the off season, maintaining academic success and more — the external and internal pressures on a student athlete can be fierce. It’s why athlete burnout is a growing topic among athletics administration professionals; it is an issue many coaches, trainers, athletic directors, teammates and athletes themselves deal with on a […]

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August 28th, 2017

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3 C’s of Great Coaches

William Woods EDU

Aside from the obvious, such as leadership skills and a deep understanding of the game for which they’re coaching, some of the greatest coaches of all time have a few interesting character traits and skillsets, that upon review may have led to their great success. They are creative. Professional coaching expert Wayne Goldsmith mentions creativity as […]

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August 2nd, 2017

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EDU Career Spotlight: What does an activities director do?

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From doing the hokey pokey to leading a mountainous backpacking trip, activities directors’ responsibilities can fit into just about anything that interests you. Last month, we highlighted what graduates of the William Woods master of education in athletics/activities administration do on the athletics side of the degree, but what about the activities side? Activities directors, […]

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June 12th, 2017

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Athletics administration and the law

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The Master of Education in Athletics/Activities program leads to the initial certification of the National Intercollegiate Athletics Administrators Association (NIAAA) and is one of the few to be recognized by the NIAAA as meeting the educational requirements toward becoming a Registered Athletic Administrator (RAA) or a Certified Athletic Administrator (CAA). Part of the road to […]

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April 5th, 2017

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The importance of physical education to student success

William Woods EDU

In recent years, despite obesity concerns and national initiatives to get kids moving, some schools have chosen to offer fewer physical education opportunities for children. In courses like EDU 527 Athletics/Activities Promotion as well as EDU 524 Current Issue/Common Challenges in Athletics/Activities Administration, William Woods M.Ed. students learn to both share their vision for how […]

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March 17th, 2017

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Fostering positive parent-coach relationships

William Woods EDU

The National Council of Youth Sports (NCYS) reports more than 60 million registered participants in organized youth sports programs in the United States. (That’s over 15 million more than the reported 44 million in 2008.) It’s no denying that youth sports is an integral part of growing up in American culture — from little league baseball […]

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January 31st, 2017

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Athletic Directors and a Culture of Student-First Athletes

William Woods EDU

In one National Collegiate Athletic Association advertisement, the NCAA famously states, “there are over 400,000 NCAA student athletes, and just about all of us will be going pro in something other than sports.” One goal from this ad: to promote the academic and professional opportunities provided to student-athletes. Secondarily, to educate viewers on the academic […]

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December 21st, 2016

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4 Ways to build relationships, morale among coaches

William Woods EDU

One of many responsibilities of an athletics director — whether at the middle school, high school, or collegiate level — is to create a positive and productive environment among coaching staff. Ensuring each coach is following the same principles and key goals can make a great experience for athletes, teachers, parents and other administrators. It sets standards […]

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December 7th, 2016

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