Integration of God into All of Life

More Can be Accomplished with Integration
integration
integration

There were times where I gave up.  In my idealistic thinking, I envisioned the integration various objectives that could be implemented at the same time while teaching physical education. I resigned myself to a compartmentalized approach and had students make lines and simply run a straight line for 40 yards, then repeat it again. Other times I had them just run some laps around a field. What’s wrong with any of this? Nothing is wrong with it, but so much more could be done while conditioning. What do I mean that so much more could be done? I mean skills, lots of skills and concepts can be integrated with conditioning so that skill development and conditioning can be accomplished at the same time. Integration is a wonderful idea and can be wonderfully effective. But there has to be buy in. Continue reading Integration of God into All of Life

Get Up

Getting Hit and Knocked Down
Getting Hit
Getting Hit

Several years ago there was a world class sprinter, hurdler and all-around athlete. Along with his speed and athletic ability, he was surprisingly strong for his size. The NFL couldn’t help but speculate as to the possibility of how all of this ability might translate into being an outstanding football player. He hadn’t played college football, but a pro team decided to give him a tryout. During the tryout, it was evident that not only was he fast, but he was also gifted at catching a football. A lot of people thought that the team that gave him a tryout had hit the jackpot. Continue reading Get Up

Allowing Gifts to Operate

Both Were Great but Different Than One Another
a gift
a gift

There has only been one year in NFL history that an NFL team went undefeated from the first game of the season all the way through the Super Bowl.  The team that accomplished this feat was the 1971-72 Miami Dolphins. As you would imagine, the Dolphins had a lot of great players. Among them were two running backs named Larry Csonka and Mercury Morris. These were players that that others would try to emulate if they wanted to be a great running back. Continue reading Allowing Gifts to Operate

Reflexes

Stretch Reflexes Add Power
checking reflexes
checking reflexes

Many athletes and coaches are aware of the stretch reflexes that are built in to the body and have an understanding that the stretch reflex can be used to one’s advantage for speed and power. When quickly bending his or her legs in preparation to jump, the jumper’s patellar tendon is stretched which sends a quick impulse to the quadriceps muscles to contract. The tendon also acts like a rubber band that exerts force to return to its original position after being stretched. The effect of the stretch reflex is to generate added force and power into a person’s ability to jump. If the jumper does not immediately respond to the impulse of the reflex by immediately springing up into the air, the reflex dies and jumping power is lost. Continue reading Reflexes

A Picture is Worth A Thousand Words

Remembering Sports Scenes
putting up pictures
putting up pictures

If you enjoy watching sports, you can probably remember a scene or a picture that sticks out in your mind because it represented a moment of victory or outstanding performance. Having grown up only a few miles from Madison Wisconsin, it was very significant to me that Eric Heiden was also from Madison Wisconsin and went on to win five gold medals in Speed Skating during the 1980 Winter Olympics. This being so, I can still see the picture in Sports Illustrated within my mind, where Eric Heiden was coming around a turn on the speed skating track while heading for another Olympic victory. Of course the scenes and pictures of this were celebrated all over the world while commentators and writers made frequent references to his great accomplishment. Continue reading A Picture is Worth A Thousand Words