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"We show, for the first time, that aerobic fitness may play a role in this cortical thinning," said Dr. Chaddock-Heyman. "In particular, we find that higher-fit 9- and 10-year-olds show a decrease in gray-matter thickness in some areas known to change with development, specifically in the frontal, temporal and occipital lobes of the brain."
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“We know from previous research that kids struggle to form complex associations in the moment, so we thought that with some time off and periods of sleep they might be able to do better,” said Dr. Darby. “And it turned out that when they had time to absorb the information, they did better.”
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"The drive to win underpins both gambling behaviour and competitive sport," said Dr. Belle Gavriel-Fried of Tel Aviv’s School of Social Work. "Most of the research within this area has been conducted on university athletes, but we wanted to dig deeper, find out whether the link between gambling and physical activities began earlier -- before other co-factors emerge -- and we found out that, in fact, it does."
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"You might think that's a really positive thing for the child [to encourage them to win], but that's creating a lot of worry [for the kid] as well,” said Dr. Kaye. “I don't think parents are necessarily thinking about that kind of thing." #YouthSports
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Dan,

This highlights a couple important points when it comes to young athletes performance. When an athlete has to focus on "beating" the opponent, they have to focus on their own performance and the performance of the opposition. However, as stated in the article, when focusing on only their past performances and striving to improve on them, the athlete understands that everything is in their own control, and they do not have to worry about the performance of someone else. For encouragement in young athletes I believe this it especially important to focus on improving themselves as opposed to simply winning because that competitive spirit does not fully come to fruition until later in their athletic careers anyways. With focusing on self-improvement they will be better positioned to win in the future as well. This in essence is a win-win scenario and will increase the confidence of a young athlete under positive circumstances.

Thank you for the read,

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Everyone at +Metrifit is proud to be partnering with Erik and the +Wisconsin Badgers as they advance through +NCAA March Madness Thanks Erik!
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"The fact is that kids are social beings; they perform physical activity in a social environment," said Dr Hillman. "A big reason why kids participate in a structured sports environment is because they find it fun and they make new friends. And this intervention was designed to meet those needs as well." #Parenting
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"The wrong or right use of words can send an athlete into a chain-reaction spiral of events--actions and reactions that can be positive or negative.  It just depends on the athlete."
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Kicking a football through the uprights of a goal post is slightly different than kicking a soccer ball into a goal but we didn’t have to completely relearn the kicking task when switching between the two sports. Researchers at McGill University took another step forward in understanding how the trial and error of practice teaches our brain to perform these complex sports skills.
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Adam Gazzaley is building a repertoire of games that could one day help us reduce or even reverse the impact on our cognitive faculties of disorders such as Alzheimer's, or deficits caused by brain trauma. At his neuroscience lab within the University of California San Francisco and his gaming company Akili, Gazzaley is attempting to discover whether "we can use this approach to really make a difference".
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“We showed it to Erik, and Erik loves it — he’s been tracking a lot of the same data for years on paper and pencil and Excel spreadsheets,” Peterson said.   #GoBadgers   #FinalFour  +Wisconsin Badgers 
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"It would be easier to win the Mega Millions lottery two times in a row buying one ticket both times than it would be to get a perfect bracket," said Jeff Bergen, mathematics professor at DePaul University. #MarchMadness
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Sometimes the obvious needs to be stated – youth sports can cost too much, require too much time and put too much pressure on our kids. Yet, when the other negative activities are taken into consideration that are always stalking kids off the field, the structure and camaraderie of being on a team minimizes the hassles. Two new studies out in the last month, looking at underage smoking and drinking, reinforce the obvious benefits of youth sports participation.
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Sports Cognition Coach - Designing cognitive assessment and training programs for developing athletes
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Athlete Performance, Skill Development, Cognitive Training, Mental Skills, Coaching, Sports Science, Fitness, Kinesiology, Biomechanics, Youth Sports
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    Owner and Sports Cognition Coach, 2009 - present
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    Director of U.S. Business Development, 2013 - present
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As a Sports Cognition Coach, I work with teams and clubs at the youth, high school and college level to design cognitive assessment and training programs that supplement traditional sport coaching.  Learn more: About 80% Mental
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  • University of Wisconsin - Madison
    BBA - Finance, International Business, 1981 - 1986
  • University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
    MS - Management Info Systems, 1995 - 1999
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