Sports Brain Daily April 23, 2014

Sports Brain Daily

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

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Concussion Newsstand for the week ending April 25, 2014

Concussion related articles and commentary, April 19th through April 25, 2014

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Sports Brain Daily April 22, 2014

Sports Brain Daily

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Every strong organization continues to learn.  Most organizations fail to take the time to continue to develop and improve their people (who are ultimately their most important asset).  In the ongoing quest to be able to help more of our clients, Sports Brain is taking today to work and improve our own staff so that we are better prepared to serve you.  We hope that you like the new format for our Sports Brain Daily and that you will find it easier to share with your friends on social media.  Have a great day!!

Roy Kessel

Roy@SportsBrain.com

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Sports Brain Daily April 21, 2014

Sports Brain Daily

Chicago Blackhawks Defenseman Brent Seabrook was suspended for 3 games for his hit in Saturday’s game.  Though intent appeared lacking, the 3 game suspension demonstrates the focus the NHL is putting on concussion issues.

Have a great week and enjoy all of the playoffs.

Roy Kessel

Roy@SportsBrain.com

Monday, April 21, 2014

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Sports Brain Daily April 20, 2014

Sports Brain Daily

When you see how the NHL is being officiated you realize how much has changed in light of the focus on concussions.  Brent Seabrook was kicked out of the game and he will likely be suspended for a hit that might not have even drawn a penalty 5 years ago.  Though it did not appear that there was “intent” to go after the head, the current rules require no intent.  You can expect Seabrook to be on the side for a number of games.  It will be interesting to hear how the NHL rules tomorrow.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

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Sports Brain Daily April 19, 2014

Sports Brain Daily

Saturday, April 19, 2014

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Sports Brain Daily April 18, 2014

Sports Brain Daily

It has been an interesting start to the NHL playoffs as you can see how intense the competition is, even during the first round.   Lots of close games, comebacks and overtimes.   The smallest plays make the biggest differences and the entire series can turn on one bad shift, line change or decision.  With NBA getting ready to start its playoffs too we will see more of the intensity stepping up though the early rounds of the NBA playoffs rarely approach the same intensity exhibited in the NHL

Enjoy the games.

Roy Kessel

Roy@SportsBrain.com

Friday, April 18, 2014

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Sports Brain Daily April 17, 2014

Sports Brain Daily

Thursday April, 17 2014

Today we debut our new format for the Daily Sports Brain.  We hope that you like this change and we look forward to your feedback.  Let us know what else you would like to see us incorporate here.  Thanks.

Roy Kessel

Roy@SportsBrain.com

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Concussion Newsstand for the week ending April 18, 2014

Concussion related articles and commentary, April 6th through April 18, 2014

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Sports Brain Daily April 16, 2014

Sports Brain Daily

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

We are excited to announce the debut of our new format of the Sports Brain Daily starting tomorrow.  We hope that you will like our new visual display which we think will make it more interesting and reader friendly.  We will continue the same high quality content and continue to incorporate your suggestions and requests.

Roy Kessel

 Roy@SportsBrain.com

Concussions

Fact:  A high school football player could receive 200 to 1900 hits to the head in a single season.

Tip:  If you’re easily distracted, try to do one thing at a time.   For example, don’t try to watch TV while doing your homework.

 

Cognitive

FactWhen it comes to remembering information for the long-term “cramming” a study session in the night before a big test is one of the worst things you can do.

Tip:  If you find yourself struggling to recall information you had previously learned, research suggests you are better off looking up the answer as opposed to struggling to remember and entering an “error state”.

 

Mental Toughness

Fact:  The opposite of a mentally tough person is not a mentally weak person but instead a Mentally Sensitive person.

Tip:  Mental Toughness is about being all you can be.  If you want to do something, go out and do it to the best of your ability and work hard to perfect your craft.

 

Motivational Quote
“The only way to do great work is to love what you do.”

 –Steve Jobs

 

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Survey

Don’t forget to complete our National Baseline Concussion Testing Survey.  We are getting responses from all levels of sports and from around the country.  This important initiative will allow us to help better educate all organizations and establish benchmarks.  The survey should only take 5 minutes to complete:  www.SportsBrain.com.

 

Upcoming Events

  • 4th Annual Traumatic Brain Injury Conference, April 16-17
  • Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Conference, May 7-9
  • Grove United Youth Soccer Tournament, May 23-26

 

Baseline Testing Calendar

 

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Sports Brain Daily April 15, 2014

Sports Brain Daily

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Tax day always brings a lot of stress and frustration.  But put a new spin on it for yourself for this coming year.  Think about the opportunities you created, the income you generated and make some new plans for yourself for the year ahead.  Starting early gives you plenty of time to plan and organize so that you don’t have to feel the last minute crunch that so many people run into at the tax deadline.

Roy Kessel

 Roy@SportsBrain.com

Concussions

Fact:  Many concussion events that require a visit to the Emergency Department will involve an imaging test.  Most imaging techniques can reveal skull fractures and internal bleeding and lesions on the brain, and they can be informational tests if the person is experiencing prolonged symptoms days and/or weeks following the injury.

Tip:  The two most important things you can do to facilitate a full recovery are rest and careful observation.  Resting your mind and body can be hard for busy, highly motivated students; however, taking shortcuts may compromise your ability to return to work and play at pre-concussion levels.

 

Cognitive

Fact:  As we age, we experience physiological changes that can cause hiccups in brain functions we’ve always relied on, and it begins to take longer to learn and recall information.

Tip:  Try and change your thoughts about a situation from negative to positive.  Instead of saying “The project we have to do for work is going to be long and hard” try changing this to “The project we are going to do for work will be a challenge but it will be a great experience and we should learn a lot.”

 

Mental Toughness

Fact:   “Mental toughness is not being affected by anything but what’s going on in the game or competition no matter what coaches, other players, or refs are doing. It’s being able to block out what’s not important.” – Jenny Brenden, Penn State Women’s Basketball

Tip:  Deal with stress.  Be aware of what triggers your stress and how you react.  You may be able to avoid some of the triggers and learn to prepare for or manage others.  Stress is a part of life and affects people in different ways.  It only becomes a problem when it makes you feel uncomfortable or distressed.

Motivational Quote

“Nothing is impossible, the word itself says, “I’m possible!”

 –Audrey Hepburn

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Survey

Don’t forget to complete our National Baseline Concussion Testing Survey.  We are getting responses from all levels of sports and from around the country.  This important initiative will allow us to help better educate all organizations and establish benchmarks.  The survey should only take 5 minutes to complete:  www.SportsBrain.com.

Upcoming Events

  • 4th Annual Traumatic Brain Injury Conference, April 16-17
  • Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Conference, May 7-9
  • Grove United Youth Soccer Tournament, May 23-26

 

Baseline Testing Calendar

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Sports Brain Daily April 14, 2014

 

Sports Brain Daily

Monday, April 14, 2014

Terrific  play down the stretch by Bubba Watson.  He was able to really turn the tables on Jordan Spieth with the 4 stroke swing in a 2 hole stretch.  Bubba’s length allowed him to set up some good opportunities but he made some big putts and some terrific chip shots.   As you hit the course this summer remember what happened at Augusta and keep your composure even after some mistakes early in a round.  A lot happens over the course of 18 holes so you have plenty of time to recover from early blunders.

Roy Kessel

 Roy@SportsBrain.com

Concussions

Fact:  A rotational concussions is one in which the head rapidly rotates from one side to another causing shearing and straining of brain tissues.  Much like with the other ways you can sustain a concussion, delicate neural pathways in the brain can become damaged, causing neurological disturbances.

Tip:  After a concussion consult with family members or close friends when making important decisions.

 

Cognitive

FactThe human brain continues to grow until about age 18.

Tip:  Fitness is great for your brain. Cardiovascular activity pumps more oxygen-rich blood to the brain, which is like giving a car a shot of gasoline.  With that blood comes nutrients such as glucose, which fuels every cell in the brain.

 

Mental Toughness

Fact:  Mental strength involves more than just willpower; it requires hard work and commitment.  It’s about establishing healthy habits and choosing to devote your time and energy to self-improvement.

Tip:  North Carolina Head Soccer Coach Anson Dorrance said “The vision of a champion is someone who is bent over, drenched in sweat, at the point of exhaustion when no one else is watching.” 

 

Motivational Quote
“In order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure.”

–Bill Cosby

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Survey

Don’t forget to complete our National Baseline Concussion Testing Survey.  We are getting responses from all levels of sports and from around the country.  This important initiative will allow us to help better educate all organizations and establish benchmarks.  The survey should only take 5 minutes to complete:  www.SportsBrain.com.

 

Upcoming Events

  • 4th Annual Traumatic Brain Injury Conference, April 16-17
  • Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Conference, May 7-9
  • Grove United Youth Soccer Tournament, May 23-26

 

Baseline Testing Calendar

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Sports Brain Daily April 13, 2014

Sports Brain Daily

Sunday, April 13, 2014

It should be an exciting conclusion to the Masters today with a lot of players within four shots of the lead.  The margin for error is razor thin as demonstrated by Justin Rose’s ball stopping inside the hazard inches from rolling back into the water allowing him to pull out a birdie.

 Enjoy the drama.

 Roy Kessel

 Roy@SportsBrain.com

Concussions

Fact:  Some studies have shown that females are more likely than their male counterparts to sustain a concussion, and they tend to have more symptoms and require more time to recover.

Tip:  After a concussion you should meet regularly with your academic advising office to discuss your symptoms and develop a plan to return to learn and return to play.

 

Cognitive

FactAttention is the ability to concentrate on one thing despite other things going on around you.  As we get older we become more easily distracted. 

Tip:  Take care of yourself.  Be active and eat well, these help maintain a healthy body.  Physical and mental health are closely linked; it’s easier to feel good about life if your body feels good.

 

Mental Toughness

Fact:  Mental toughness can come from within but it can also come from outside.  Having the right individuals around you is critical to achieving success.  Always surround yourself with like-minded people who are as driven as you are to push hard, be the best, and achieve success.

Tip:  To become more mentally tough you should practice Mental Imagery.  This will improve your physical skill and quell the what-ifs in your head.  See yourself making those impossible shots in golf or nailing those free throws.

 

Motivational Quote
“I attribute my success to this: I never gave or took any excuse.”

 –Florence Nightingale

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Survey

Don’t forget to complete our National Baseline Concussion Testing Survey.  We are getting responses from all levels of sports and from around the country.  This important initiative will allow us to help better educate all organizations and establish benchmarks.  The survey should only take 5 minutes to complete:  www.SportsBrain.com.

 

Upcoming Events

  • 4th Annual Traumatic Brain Injury Conference, April 16-17
  • Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Conference, May 7-9
  • Grove United Youth Soccer Tournament, May 23-26

 

Baseline Testing Calendar

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Sports Brain Daily April 12, 2014

Sports Brain Daily

Saturday, April 12, 2014

There are very few places in the sports world that carry the weight and tradition of Augusta National Golf Club.  Today I was privileged to be invited to attend the 3rd round of the Masters Golf Tournament.  I have always felt that Augusta National was a great example of certain characteristics that are rare within the sports world.  Augusta has stood up for the values that it felt were important. While I may not agree with their initial stance on admitting female members, Augusta has taken the lead on other initiatives, has resisted the over-commercialization which occurs at many sporting events and has protected the history and traditions of their event.  In an age where almost everything is getting sold off for money, it is nice to see one event maintain their traditions and values, even to their financial detriment.  The lesson here is that your long term value may be directly opposed to the inclination to maximize profits in the short run.

Enjoy your weekend!

Roy Kessel

 Roy@SportsBrain.com

Concussions

Fact:  Including practice and preseason, a professional football player can receive an estimated 900 to 1500 blows to the head during a season.

Tip:  Avoid flying after sustaining a concussionSome people report that flying in airplanes makes their symptoms worsen shortly after a concussion.

 

Cognitive

FactChildren who learn two languages before the age of five have a different brain structure than children who learn only one language.

Tip:  Challenge yourself mentally on a regular basis with a crossword puzzle, a word game, cards or trivia. You can maintain good intellectual potential as well as reduce the risk for age-related memory loss if you challenge yourself.

 

Mental Toughness

Fact:  Mental toughness during sports performance involves tuning out the opinions of others.  Missing a basket in basketball or throwing a bad pass in football can be discouraging, add in people watching and the pressure others put on you it can make things even worse.  A mentally tough athlete can tune out all of these distractions.

Tip:  A champion’s approach to overcoming adversity is “Play to Win” as opposed to the fear of making mistakes.

 

Motivational Quote
“We must believe that we are gifted for something, and that this thing, at whatever cost, must be attained.”

 –Marie Curie

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Survey

Don’t forget to complete our National Baseline Concussion Testing Survey.  We are getting responses from all levels of sports and from around the country.  This important initiative will allow us to help better educate all organizations and establish benchmarks.  The survey should only take 5 minutes to complete:  www.SportsBrain.com.

 

Upcoming Events

  • 4th Annual Traumatic Brain Injury Conference, April 16-17
  • Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Conference, May 7-9
  • Grove United Youth Soccer Tournament, May 23-26

 

Baseline Testing Calendar

  • Players U, Mt. Prospect, IL                                                           Monday nights         5 pm to 8 pm

 

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Concussion Newsstand for the week ending April 11, 2014

Concussion related articles and commentary, April 5th through April 11, 2014

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Sports Brain Daily April 11, 2014

Sports Brain Daily

Friday, April 11, 2014

Today I get the opportunity to speak to law students at the Florida Coastal School of Law in Jacksonville.    The topic for this year is launching a career in sports law and in the sports business.  Law students often have difficulty getting into the industry without a lot of experience.  In speaking to the students last night, you can see that many of them have the passion and desire to succeed.  So the question I always get asked is what sets apart those that succeed?  Typically, it comes down to a few traits.  One is hard work.  Nothing in the sport business world is easy.  A lot of people competing in every aspect.  The second is persistence.  Rarely do people get into the sports world on their first attempt to make it a viable business or career.   The vast majority of students and those aspiring to work in the industry give up very quickly.   Put those two traits together and you will be ahead of most of the competition.

Have a safe weekend.

Roy Kessel

 Roy@SportsBrain.com

Concussions

Fact:  Chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) is a degenerative disease of the brain and is associated with repeated head traumas like concussions.

Tip:  After a concussion you should avoid multitasking.  That can include watching TV while fixing dinner, fielding multiple text messages on your cell phone or doing paperwork while answering phone calls.

 

Cognitive

FactBeing part of a group of people with a common interest provides a sense of belonging and is good for your mental health.

Tip:  Join a sports club; a band; an evening walking group; a dance class; a theater or choir group; a book or car club.  Participate in shared interests with others.

 

Mental Toughness

Fact:  Mental toughness is likely to comprise of a combination of interrelated factors, which is congruent with recent authors, who have attempted to adopt more scientifically rigorous approaches to examining mental toughness.

Tip:  Look at failure as a stepping stone for future achievement.

 

Motivational Quote
“Fall seven times and stand up eight.”

–Japanese Proverb

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Survey

Don’t forget to complete our National Baseline Concussion Testing Survey.  We are getting responses from all levels of sports and from around the country.  This important initiative will allow us to help better educate all organizations and establish benchmarks.  The survey should only take 5 minutes to complete:  www.SportsBrain.com

 

Upcoming Events

  • 4th Annual Traumatic Brain Injury Conference, April 16-17
  • Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Conference, May 7-9
  • Grove United Youth Soccer Tournament, May 23-26

 

Baseline Testing Calendar

  • Players U, Mt. Prospect, IL                                                        Monday nights         5 pm to 8 pm
  • Keva Sports Center, Madison, WI                                            Thursday night       5 pm to 8 pm

 

 

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Sports Brain Daily April 10, 2014

Sports Brain Daily

Thursday, April 10, 2014

As a golf fan it is always great to watch the Masters.  There are a lot of terrific lessons that can be learned from closely following a golf tournament.  One is that every single player encounters difficulty.  Over the 4 days of competition, no player gets away without making mistakes or facing difficult recovery shots.  Though a lot of coverage and focus is placed on the leaders, some of the most interesting stories are played behind the spotlight when you see players with poor first rounds battling to make the cut.  And you see players with no hope of “winning”, fighting hard to move up the leader board to bolster their earnings.  While the TV coverage never shows either of these groups, this is where the true battles of mental toughness occur and where the players learn to survive.

Enjoy the beautiful day!!

Roy Kessel

 Roy@SportsBrain.com

Concussions

Fact:  For males, the leading cause of high school sports concussion is football; for females, the leading cause of high school sports concussion is soccer.

Tip:  After a concussion, your reaction times may be slower, so you should ask your physician when you can safely drive a car, ride a bike, or operate major equipment.

 

Cognitive

FactYour diet, exercise regimen, health habits, daily activities and lifestyle have an enormous effect on the health of your brain.

Tip:  Eating foods like fish, specifically Omega 3-rich fish such as mackerel, tuna, salmon and sardines can be a good way to promote a healthy brain. 

 

Mental Toughness

Fact:  Mental toughness is required during practice just as much as during a game.  There may be times when you don’t feel like training and you’ll need the tenacity and toughness to carry on.  At other times, you might be dealing with muscle soreness or a mild and irritating injury that doesn’t stop you from playing but does distract you.

Tip:  Staying focused on your own progress, ignoring distractions and pushing through all challenging moments can be difficult but is an important part of being mentally tough.   

 

Motivational Quote
“Every strike brings me closer to the next home run.”

–Babe Ruth

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Survey

Don’t forget to complete our National Baseline Concussion Testing Survey.  We are getting responses from all levels of sports and from around the country.  This important initiative will allow us to help better educate all organizations and establish benchmarks.  The survey should only take 5 minutes to complete:  www.SportsBrain.com.

 

Upcoming Events

  • 4th Annual Traumatic Brain Injury Conference, April 16-17
  • Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Conference, May 7-9
  • Grove United Youth Soccer Tournament, May 23-26

 

Baseline Testing Calendar

  • Players U, Mt. Prospect, IL                                                     Monday night         5 pm to 8 pm

 

 

 

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Sports Brain Daily April 9, 2014

Sports Brain Daily

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Quite an impressive feat last night as the U. Conn women run away with the Championship making it twice that U. Conn has done the double dip of Men’s and Women’s titles in the same season–a feat accomplished by no other schools.

And then shockingly you have that contrasted with the outlandish statement from Orioles Centerfielder Adam Jones.  Not that he is wrong about the poor conduct of fans running on the field and the inherent dangers in that activity, but it is another case of an athlete not using his brain to think about his statements before they are made.

It is a good reminder to all of us, be safe and be respectful at the games but more importantly give some time and consideration to what you are saying so that you don’t put yourself Jones is likely to be in by getting fined or suspended by MLB.

Hope your week is going well and kick it into gear for a strong finish!!

Roy Kessel

 Roy@SportsBrain.com

Concussions

Fact:  Athletes who have suffered at least one concussion are at an increased risk for another concussion.

Tip:  Athletes should not exercise or do any activities that may make the symptoms worse, like driving a car, reading, working/playing on the computer, playing video games, cutting the lawn, or other cognitively or physically taxing activities.

 

Cognitive

FactWhen memory loss becomes so prevalent and common, and so severe that it disrupts things like your relationships, social activities, hobbies or your career, you may be experiencing the warning signs of dementia.

Tip:  You should find ways to exercise your brain.  Set aside time for activities, hobbies and projects you enjoy.  Let yourself be spontaneous and creative when the urge takes you.  Do a crossword, take a walk in your local park, read a book, sew a quilt, draw pictures with your kids, play with your pets.  Doing new things is good for promoting healthy brain growth.

 

Mental Toughness

Fact:  Mental toughness has been described as one of the most used, but least understood terms in applied sport psychology.  Many athletes, coaches, and sports commentators have associated mental toughness with sporting success.

Tip:  If you never fail, you’ve never pushed yourself passed your comfort zone into deep waters.  Failure is one of the greatest character builders ever.  When you fail, you have to dig down deep and figure out where you went wrong, how you can overcome it, and how you can prevent failing in the future.

 

Motivational Quote
“Believe you can and you’re halfway there.”

 –Theodore Roosevelt

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Survey

Don’t forget to complete our National Baseline Concussion Testing Survey.  We are getting responses from all levels of sports and from around the country.  This important initiative will allow us to help better educate all organizations and establish benchmarks.  The survey should only take 5 minutes to complete:  www.SportsBrain.com.

 

Upcoming Events

  • 4th Annual Traumatic Brain Injury Conference, April 16-17
  • Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Conference, May 7-9
  • Grove United Youth Soccer Tournament, May 23-26

 

Baseline Testing Calendar

  • Players U, Mt. Prospect, IL                                                 Monday nights         5 pm to 8 pm

 

 

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Sports Brain Daily April 8, 2014

Sports Brain Daily

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

A terrific Championship Game last night.  Congratulations to The University of Connecticut on winning the title.  When you look at their run through the tournament you can see that they have really beaten an impressive lineup of teams.  While some say that the fact that two low seeds met in the Championship Game weakens the value of the regular season, our belief is that it reinforces the importance of persistence.  No matter how things start, most people only remember where you end up!!  Keep working hard, be diligent and continue to try and improve and you can reach the same level UConn did in winning the NCAA title—A fantastic accomplishment!!

Roy Kessel

 Roy@SportsBrain.com

Concussions

Fact:  Most people recover fully from a brain injury.  How quickly they improve depends on a variety of factors, including how severe their concussion was, what part of the brain was injured, their age, and how healthy they were before the concussion.

Tip:  When recovering from a brain injury it is import for adults to remember not to consume alcohol.  Likewise, children should not play video games.

 

Cognitive

Fact:  Scent is a powerful trigger for memory.  Studies indicate that a memory paired with scent can be recalled more easily.

Tip:  Parents and teachers who read aloud and talk often to young children are promoting brain development in the children.

 

Mental Toughness

Fact:  Successful athletes maintain their self-confidence during difficult times with realistic, positive self-talk.

Tip:  Use Self-Talk to help build your confidence, tell yourself what you are doing wrong, and help focus on your goal at hand.

 

Motivational Quote
“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail”

-Benjamin Franklin

Infographic of the Day

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Survey

Don’t forget to complete our National Baseline Concussion Testing Survey.  We are getting responses from all levels of sports and from around the country.  This important initiative will allow us to help better educate all organizations and establish benchmarks.  The survey should only take 5 minutes to complete:  www.SportsBrain.com

 

Upcoming Events

  • KEVA Summer Camp Open House, April 8th
  • 4th Annual Traumatic Brain Injury Conference, April 16-17
  • Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Conference, May 7-9

 

Baseline Testing Calendar

  • Players U, Mt. Prospect, IL                                                          Every Monday night         5 pm to 8 pm
  • Keva Sports Center, Madison, WI                                              Every Thursday night       5 pm to 8 pm
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Sports Brain Daily, April 7, 2014

Sports Brain Daily

Monday, April 7, 2014

Looking forward to a terrific Championship Game tonight between U. Conn and Kentucky.  It is always a terrific lesson for young athletes to watch these games and see how the overall success is made up of thousands of small actions and decisions.  When you look at everything that happens over the course of the entire tournament run, the number of decisions is enormous.  The speed with which each of those decisions must be made is very fast.  Make sure that you start training your brain early and often so that you are ready for the challenges and rigors of elite competition.

Roy Kessel

 Roy@SportsBrain.com

Concussions

Fact:  A repeat concussion that occurs before the brain recovers from the first, usually within a short period of time (hours, days, or week) can result in brain swelling, permanent brain damage, and even death.  This condition is called second impact syndrome.

Tip:  During the healing process, you should be extremely careful to avoid activities that could lead to another blow or jolt to your head.  Suffering from a second brain injury may cause serious problems later in life, including difficulty with concentration, memory, and/or physical coordination.

Cognitive

FactMemory is affected by numerous things including how alert you are when information is presented, how relevant or interesting the information is to you, whether the information is novel or is related to things you already know, how organized or detailed the information is, and the physical and mental context in which information is learned and later remembered. 

Tip:  Repetition is key to building and maintaining connections in our long-term memory over time.  For truly mastering a subject-area or skill there simply is no substitute for putting in the time to review and practice.  This should not just be mindless, mechanical repetition.  You need to really focus your attention‚ and ideally, your passion‚ on what you are trying to learn. 

Mental Toughness

Fact:  Mental toughness is a necessity in competitive sports. Competing against other athletes, or even against your personal best, can be a stressful process.  It’s one thing to enjoy playing basketball on your day off, but when you’re playing a game of basketball against a rival team and all eyes are on you to perform, mental toughness is often needed to overcome any stress and anxiety.

Tip:  Mental toughness requires staying focused on your own progress, ignoring distractions and pushing through all challenging moments.

Motivational Quote
“The will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your full potential… these are the keys that will unlock the door to personal excellence.”

-Confucius

 

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Survey

Don’t forget to complete our National Baseline Concussion Testing Survey.  We are getting responses from all levels of sports and from around the country.  This important initiative will allow us to help better educate all organizations and establish benchmarks.  The survey should only take 5 minutes to complete:  www.SportsBrain.com

 

Upcoming Events

  • KEVA Summer Camp Open House, April 8th
  • 4th Annual Traumatic Brain Injury Conference, April 16-17
  • Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Conference, May 7-9

 

Baseline Testing Calendar

Every Monday night         5 pm to 8 pm

  • Sports Brain Concussion Studio, Northbrook, IL

Every Tuesday night         5 pm to 8 pm

Every Thursday night       5 pm to 8 pm

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