ATHLETICS

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Advancing Women's Leadership In Sports

While getting equal pay is not a goal that can be reached overnight, it's critical to keep all channels of communication open with both female and male coaches and work through such challenges through honest discussions in a supportive environment. Encourage women on your team or in your department to ask for they want and to build a case for themselves based on merit and reaching set goals. It's important to make the ask.
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Exercise Can Save You a Grand in Healthcare Expenses

A thousand dollars per person is a lot of money, and if we all exercised, the potential cost savings to the public system would be enormous. So over the next few weeks, while super-fit people are all over Toronto, and coverage of the Pan Am Games blankets the country, perhaps we can take it all, and Dr. Burton's study, as inspiration -- to get outside, to become a little more active. Because in a country like Canada, where most of our healthcare is provided by government-run insurers, exercise is something we can do to benefit all of us.
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Why We Shouldn't Force Our Kids Into Sports

The message that we're sending to our children is loud and clear: we want you to excel at sports, so you'd better do it. We want to see you become an athletic star, regardless of your interest (and often skill level). Until we let go of our collective dreams of athletic super-stardom, of touchdowns and home runs, we will continue to negatively affect our children's psyches.
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What Drives an Athlete?

What is it that makes some athletes persevere while others give up? What drives an athlete at all? It's of course impossible to know if an athlete will 'make it' until they actually do but, in my mind, the root of this perseverance is planted in four simple things: a love of the sport, the desire to improve, being satisfied with small, incremental improvements and patience. In a word -- grit.
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How to Find Your Inner Athlete

I know that becoming more athletic was part of how I managed to grow out of the unhealthy, unfit and unhappy teenage version of myself. I see this same pattern in many of my clients. The ones who have managed to make long-term lifestyle changes have all, in one way or another, found their "inner athlete." Here are some tips to finding your inner athlete.
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Canada's Track Team Has Tough Challenge

Predicting sport is a mug’s game. It’s the unpredictability that makes it exciting. But come August 3, when the track and field program begins at the Olympic Games, the 45 athletes Canada is sending t...

The Spark Is Gone

Continuing to compete wouldn't be fair to those who support me or to my coaches and teammates or, most importantly, to myself. It took a healthy dose of brutal honesty for me to admit that no matter how I slice it, I always come back to the same thing: it is quite simply, sadly, happily, the end.
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Happy Sports Day, Canada!

Is there a dollar amount that can be placed on the value of sports? I think not. Sport promotes learning capacity, confidence, resiliency and the empowerment of human excellence. As an athlete and doctoral candidate, I know first hand the power that sport has played in my life.