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.

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Lori Hill on Role of Coaches and Parents

TrueSport expert, Lori Hill, of the Landsharks Running Club, explores ways that coaches and parents can communicate goals and expectations to improve their young athletes’ physical and mental health.

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John Kessel on Respect

Demonstrating respect in sport is a requirement of all parties who participate. John Kessel, USA Volleyball Director of Sport Development, explores the ways respect can be shown between athletes, coaches, parents, and referees to create a better sporting environment.

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Travis Tygart on Role Modeling

Travis Tygart, CEO of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency and TrueSport Parent, discusses role modeling in sports and how parents and athletes can be accountable to uphold the best values of sportsmanship on the field and on the sidelines.

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Alicia Kendig on Snacking

Alicia Kendig, the USOPC’s Senior Sport Dietitian, examines the role snacking plays for athletes in a balanced nutrition plan.

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Trevor Tierney on Developing Leaders

Leadership skills can be developed at an early age through youth sports. Trevor Tierney, President and Co-Founder of LXTC Lacrosse Training Center, explains how athletes can cultivate leadership skills through actions that demonstrate respect for their teammates.

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Dr. David Conant-Norville on Depression & Suicide

Dr. David Conant-Norville, a board-certified child and adolescent psychiatric physician, explains the signs that parents and coaches can look for in young athletes going through depression and how to support them as they go through difficult times.

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Celia Slater on Coaching Communications

Celia Slater explains how coaches can consistently model and promote confidence and values in youth athletes.

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Sally Roberts on Accountability

Sport can teach young athletes many lessons, including accountability. Sally Roberts, former elite wrestler, sport psychology consultant, and founder of Wrestle Like A Girl, discusses how being accountable through sport helps to prepare young athletes for the challenges they’ll face in adulthood.

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Trevor Tierney on Team Building

Contributions from players come in many forms. Trevor Tierney, President and Co-Founder of LXTC Lacrosse Training Center, talks about how every player contributes to the team’s success, even when they don’t see active playing time.

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Noah Hoffman on Fair Play

The drive to be successful in sport sometimes leads to cheating. Noah Hoffman, two-time Olympian in cross-country skiing, discusses how to be both passionate about success and passionate about being an ethically responsible athlete.

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Dr. David Conant-Norville on Bullying

Bullying is a form of victimization that takes many forms. Dr. David Conant-Norville, a board-certified child and adolescent psychiatric physician, explains how bullying has evolved in recent years through the advent of the internet and social media.

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Alicia Kendig on Balanced Eating

Alicia Kendig, the USOPC’s Senior Sport Dietitian, recommends best approaches to balanced eating, including how to work with picky appetites for athletes of all ages and levels.

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Lori Hill on Developing Youth Athletes

Lori Hill, of the Landsharks Running Club, addresses how to shape young athletes’ perspectives on winning and success in order to develop healthier mindsets in sport and life.

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Sally Roberts on Self-Respect

Sally Roberts, former elite wrestler, sport psychology consultant, and founder of Wrestle Like A Girl, talks about how young athletes can develop respect for themselves, which helps them create a safe environment where every athlete can thrive.

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Travis T. Tygart on Sport Parenting

Travis T. Tygart, CEO of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency and TrueSport Parent, talks about the benefits of enjoying sport as a family and a parent’s role on the sidelines.

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Dr. Matt Fedoruk on Supplement Marketing

U.S. Anti-Doping Agency Chief Science Officer Dr. Matt Fedoruk explains how supplements are marketed and the warning signs to look for when it comes to evaluating products that your athlete may consume.

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Lori Hill on Teamwork in Individual Sports

Is there such a thing as an individual sport? Lori Hill, of the Landsharks Running Club, discusses team building and support systems in both individual and team sport environments.

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Alicia Kendig on All-day Event Nutrition

Proper fueling is essential to an athlete’s complete training routine. Alicia Kendig, USOC’s Senior Sport Dietician, addresses meal and snack options, along with timing of fueling for peak performance.

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Celia Slater on Coaching Communications

Celia Slater explains how coaches can communicate with parents to establish a healthy team culture and behaviors that positively reflect the program.

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Sally Roberts on Leadership

Leaders aren’t made overnight. Sally Roberts, former elite wrestler, sport psychology consultant, and founder of Wrestle Like A Girl, explains how coaches, parents, and all role models play a part in developing leadership skills in athletes that help them and their communities.

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Noah Hoffman on Attitude

Sport not only teaches us how to be better athletes, but better people. Noah Hoffman, two-time Olympian in cross-country skiing, shares how his teammates taught him a huge lesson on attitude.

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Dr. David Conan-Norville on Anxiety

Sports challenge young athletes to push themselves past their self-imposed physical and mental limits. Dr. David Conant-Norville, a board-certified child and adolescent psychiatric physician, explains how coaches can help athletes build confidence and manage the anxiety that comes with high expectations in youth sports.

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Dr. Matt on Supplements

It’s always important to be an informed consumer, especially when it comes to dietary supplements. U.S. Anti-Doping Agency Chief Science Officer Dr. Matt Fedoruk explains why supplements are so risky and how you and your athletes can minimize the risks of supplement use.

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Sophia Herzog on Resilience

Youth sports provide a training ground for athletes to develop mental toughness. Sophia Herzog, two-time World Champion and Paralympic silver medalist in swimming, explains the importance of learning how to deal with setbacks and shares how a positive team environment can change an athlete’s outlook on success.

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John Kessel on Leadership

As a coach, developing great leaders often starts with empowering athletes. John Kessel, USA Volleyball Director of Sports Development, explains how coaches can create a self-reflective learning environment that enables leadership development in all players.

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Roberta Kraus on Success and Failure

How do your athletes handle failure? Roberta Kraus, PhD, talks about the benefits of shifting the focus of the game from results-driven to effort-oriented, and the impact positive experiences have on young athletes.

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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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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.

Learn more about Trevor Tierney.

Dr. Matt Fedoruk on Energy Drinks

Do you know the difference between an energy drink and a sports drink? U.S. Anti-Doping Agency 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.