TrueSport Expert Series

The TrueSport Expert Series is an in-depth look at youth sports from experts, ranging from coaches, to doctors, to nutritionists, to sport psychologists, on topics examining the performance, values and health of youth athletes. Click each image to play the videos.

New Expert Advice

Celia Slater on Bringing Play Back in Sports

To help coaches shift the youth sport culture from a win-at-all-costs mentality, Celia Slater, founder of True North Sports, shares the importance of developing an authentic coaching strategy that focuses on values, regardless of results of a game, to have a positive impact on the young athletes on your roster.

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More Expert Advice

Alicia Kendig on Trending Diets

Alicia Kendig, U.S. Olympic Committee sport dietitian, explains why young athletes should ditch the idea of trending diets and focus on the basics of eating whole foods as a life-long approach to developing healthy eating habits.

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Trevor Tierney on Mentoring and Role Modeling

When coaches show up, young athletes notice. Trevor Tierney, President and Co-Founder of LXTC Lacrosse Training Center, reflects on the power coaches have to shape their players into great athletes and even better people.

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Dr. Matt Fedoruk on Energy Drinks

Do you know the difference between an energy drink and a sports drink? U.S. Anti-Doping Chief Science Officer Dr. Matt Fedoruk explains the difference between the two and why young athletes should be cautious about consuming energy drinks.

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Sophia Herzog on Sportsmanship

Sportsmanship unites people at all levels of sport. Sophia Herzog, two-time World Champion and Paralympic silver medalist in swimming, explains how sportsmanship and positivity can keep young athletes committed and enjoying sports, while also teaching them valuable life lessons.

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John Kessel on Character Building

Youth sports provide a learning environment where young athletes can develop and improve both their athletic skills and life skills. John Kessel, USA Volleyball Director of Sport Development, explains how creating a coaching culture of guided discovery that embraces failures can help athletes continue to grow.

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Roberta Kraus on Mental Toughness

Do you know how to best support your athlete? Roberta Kraus, PhD, shares how you can start the conversation with your athlete about what they need to perform at their best.

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Travis T. Tygart on Sportsmanship

Creating a competitive youth sport culture that prioritizes sportsmanship is a challenge in today’s society where winning seems to be everything. Travis T. Tygart, CEO of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency and TrueSport Parent, talks about the benefits for young athletes who practice the Golden Rule at all levels of competition.

Learn more about Travis T. Tygart.