By: Stan Popovich Sometimes, fear and anxiety can get the best of us in sports.  The key is to know how to manage that fear and anxiety. As a result, here is a brief list of techniques that an athlete can use to help manage their fears and every day anxieties. Occasionally, you may become stressed when you have to perform in an important event. When this happens, visualize yourself doing the task in your mind. For instance, you have to perform in the championship game in front of a large group of people in the next few days....more

How to Make Gingerbread Hockey Players: A Jock's Guide Ep. 6

@Darcie :) Wouldn't THAT be nice! ;)more

When Bad Things Happen to Good People... A Post for Marcus

Now I know there are some people that probably think I'm bat bleep crazy for posting about a football player, but y'all, I live in South Carolina, and the one thing that binds us all (well, many of us!) together and drives us all apart down here is our love for college football! ...more

Stand By Your Man? Not This Time, Lance Armstrong

(Editor's Note: The news that Lance Armstrong has stepped down as chairman of the cancer support charity he founded has rocked the sports community.  Nike Inc has  dropped the disgraced cyclist over the doping scandal that will cost him his seven Tour de France titles and other sponsors are reviewing their partnerships. Pro triathlete Joanna Zeiger weighs in on the Armstrong controversy. ~js)...more
I mostly agree with you. But I used to know a guy who competed in high level cycling and he said ...more

How Katie Couric Inspired Me to Try Spinning at BlogHer '12

Mary Dell writes: In the realm of athletics I am a dud, both coordination and motivation-challenged. When I attended BlogHer '12 this summer and heard Katie Couric describe herself as “lazy” (regarding exercise) yet willing to ride a stationary bike in a spinning class, I began to wonder if this might be a good workout for me since I’m a little lazy, too....more
@BlogHer @katiecouric Seeing Katie was one of the coolest parts of my first BlogHer. She is such ...more

Why I Could Never Be An Olympic Parent

There’s a great commercial showing during the Olympic games.I watch that and my heart catches in my throat and my eyes start to water.  It’s a series of incredibly touching images.  And it’s true, that no matter how old our children get, we’ll always see them as our babies....more

Jenny is ready to jump!

So here we go….My name is Jenny and I am crazy about this sport. After nearly 8 years of watching from the beach, following Christophe’s developments and achievements, I was being faced with constant “NO! You can't kite, you are disabled”, “It is too dangerous”, “I can't help you”, or simply just ignoring me. I finally found a group of what I now call friends in Northern Ireland who made my dream possible and linked me to the GKF and to them I am forever grateful....more

The Sandusky Trial

Where do you begin? The horror of the children, now grown, retelling of the abuse of their mentor? How do we begin to make sense of this or make sure we can stop this kind of abuse? SO MANY CHILDREN ARE WALKING AROUND SHROUDED WITH TERRIBLE SECRETS!...more

Making the Olympic Team: An Unrealized Dream

It was August 16, 2005, 151 days before the 2006 U.S. Olympic figure skating team would be announced, and my head was buried deep in a toilet bowl.  Bulimia had taken over. Again....more
What a touching story, thank you for sharing your experience, your downfalls and your strength. ...more

A Crisis of Faith: Gender-Neutral Parenting in a Gender-Obsessed World

Driving down a rural road, tears welling in my eyes, my voice scaling octaves and my hands banging the steering wheel as the breakdown I never saw coming comes barreling toward me like a freight train.I was on my way to Kohl's.  To buy running shoes.Track shoes, to be exact, for my son.  The same son we drove hundreds of miles to Kansas for the national USATF meet last year.  Shoes that same son wasn't sure he wanted....more
I shared this on the Gender Neutral Parenting Facebook page :)more