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Considering the Mental Health of Athletes

February 19, 2021

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The purpose of this article is to explore some phrases that strength and conditioning coaches may hear or behaviors they may witness, and provide some direction to identify which allied healthcare and performance professionals may need to get involved to best help the strength and conditioning coach and athlete elevate their performance.

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NSCA’s Coaching Podcast Special Episode – The Importance of Mentorship and Mental Health with Connor Agnew and Scott Caulfield

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Connor Agnew, Director of Basketball Performance at Appalachian State University, and Scott Caulfield, Director of Strength and Conditioning at Norwich University, joins the NSCA Coaching and Sport Science Program Manager, Eric McMahon on this Gatorade Performance Partner Special Episode, highlighting “The Importance of Mentorship and Mental Health” in strength and conditioning. The discussion emphasizes the need for coaches to cope with adversity and rely on trusted mentors along their professional journey. Connect with Connor on Instagram: @strengthcoachconnor or Twitter: @CoachConnorSC | Connect with Scott on Instagram: @coachcaulfield or Twitter: @scottcaulfield | Find Eric on Instagram: @ericmcmahoncscs or Twitter: @ericmcmahoncscs | To learn more and join the Gatorade Performance Partner Community, visit GatoradePerformancePartner.com. Find additional NSCA resources in the areas of mentorship and mental health, you can stream the NSCA Coaching Podcast and select conference sessions on NSCA.tv.

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The Role of Exercise in Anxiety and Depression: Background and Practical Considerations

June 1, 2017

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Evidence suggests a positive relationship between physical activity, exercise, and mental health. Exercise as a treatment modality is now being considered alongside psychotherapeutic and pharmacological approaches, and the role of specifically trained exercise specialists and personal trainers is an important component of the multi-disciplinary team.

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Strategies Aimed at Optimizing Mental Recovery from Training and Occupational Performance

April 30, 2021

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The purpose of this article is to provide education surrounding the importance of recovery in tactical populations, identify key aspects of the mental recovery process, and identify strategies Tactical Strength and Conditioning Facilitators® (TSAC-F®) can implement to promote mental recovery when working with athletes.

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Implications of Psychological Trauma for Tactical Athletes and Human Performance Professionals

March 11, 2022

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The purpose of this article is to explore trauma-related mental health issues and help human performance professionals more effectively train tactical athletes.

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Athlete Safety

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The top concern of strength coaches should always be athlete safety. For this reason, the NSCA has compiled a list of resources to raise the standard of care when working as a strength coach at any level. By reading and sharing these examples of standards and guidelines, policies and procedures, position statements on vital topics, mental health best practices, and more, strength coaches can push to increase the safety of athletes around the world.

How to Minimize the Risks Associated with Intensive and Specialized Sports Training in Adolescent Females

October 15, 2018

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Early sport specialization is often characterized by intensive training and is becoming increasingly common. Adolescent female athletes who train excessively and adopt poor diets are at risk of the female athlete triad, overuse injury, mental health issues, and overtraining.

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From the Field Two-Part Series: Part 1 – The Benefits of Alternative Licensure for Strength and Conditioning Coaches Pursuing Physical Education Teaching

March 1, 2024

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This article will explore the benefits of alternative licensure programs for strength and conditioning coaches aspiring to become physical education teachers.

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Concurrent Cognitive and Physical Fitness Training

December 8, 2023

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This article presents general information suggesting physical training as a means for improving cognitive fitness.

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The Benefits of Exercise for Adolescents with ADHD and Practical Recommendation for the High School Strength and Conditioning Coach

September 29, 2023

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This article highlights the benefits of exercise for adolescents with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). It also provides practical recommendations for high school strength and conditioning coaches working with ADHD student-athletes.

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