Chalk Talk EP 11 - Post-Game Recovery

Chalk Talk – Episode 11 Post-Game Recovery

Chalk Talk – Episode 11: Post-Game Recovery

A lot of our focus is spent on practices, workouts, and competition, but what about recovery? Recovery is one of the most important factors when it comes to optimal performance, and we need to have a plan to prepare for when recovery will occur. 

Coach Breslin and Coach Reno come on to today’s podcast to chat about recovery in a given day, week, and season to get the most out of our athletes’ hard work.

Podcast Highlights

  • Planning: Making time for recovery (0:40-5:20)
  • After the game and the 24 Hour Window (5:20-10:55)
  • Sleep and Foods Role in Recovery (10:55-14:20)
  • Culture of Recovery-Make it Important (14:20-19:10)
  • Adapt with Feedback from Athletes (19:10- 23:10)
  • What am I doing to be best prepared?  (23:10-27:00)
  • Ability to Adjust Year over Year (27:00-33:15)

Want to see an example of some In-Season recovery options? Go download the full In-Season Training Guide today!

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Molly Collins Coaching

The New Age of PE: Purpose, Passion, & Pride


Molly Collins
Meet the Author: Molly Collins

Molly is a high school physical education teacher and coach at Pennfield High School in Michigan. She is also recognized as a PLT4M Coaches Club Ambassador.

Thank you, Molly, for your contribution to the world of physical education and athletics! 

 

 


 

The New Age of PE: Purpose, Passion, & Pride:

I believe everything in life is connected like a puzzle. In my life, I have three words to live by.

Purpose. Passion. Pride. I use them in my everyday life but also at school. I call it “P3 Fitness.”

It’s a way to embrace what’s important and start the chain reaction to an impactful life. A life that is your story, as flawed and imperfect as it may be. It’s a life being built through trial and error. 

How do I define P3 Fitness? Let me explain. 

What is Purpose? 

Purpose is your “why.” It’s different for everyone, yet everyone’s purpose is impactful. We all have a purpose in life, and for a young student-athlete, you most likely don’t have a clue of what your purpose is yet. Setting goals can often help develop that purpose. 

Through Physical Education, my goal is to challenge my students in ways they have never been challenged before. In other words, find the pieces to the puzzle. 

What is Passion? 

Passion is being strong and in control of your emotions. As young student-athletes, there are a lot of variables that come into play on a daily basis. 

Physical Education gives students the opportunity to push themselves past comfortable and to remain physically and mentally strong. In addition to controlling negative thoughts and staying positive, your passion follows and fuels your purpose. 

What is Pride? 

Pride means confidence and respect in one’s self and in others. It’s the key that leads to purpose. Having pride in yourself is to love and trust yourself.

High school can be a tough place. For most students, self-confidence lacks. Yet, day in and day out, when you are able to accomplish small goals while being surrounded by others doing the same, a school can become a powerful place. 

Pride fuels your passion to help you find your purpose. 

My Class and the PLT4M Connection:

How does my P3 Fitness philosophy blend so well with PLT4M’s mission? 

PLT4M has given me the chance to teach to the student, not just to the group. With large class sizes (up to 40 students), providing detailed individual instruction can be difficult. Yet, it’s what every student deserves. 

Through PLT4M, I am not teaching anything different in terms of lifts or exercises, but I am using technology to help reach more students at the level they individually need.

From a starting varsity lineman to the student who has never stepped foot into a fitness class, everyone can get their needs met by having access to in-person and online training. The app allows for the students to go at their own pace, yet face similar challenges daily.

Personalized weights for each exercise help challenge my students, and we have, in turn, seen personal growth through their individual log sets. The students all have goals, and fitness testing and leaderboards allow for those goals to have a purpose.

Finally, PLT4M allows for the students to see growth, not only in their physical appearance, but mental as well. This growth gives them confidence and self-respect to follow their purpose, all while having passion when doing so. PLT4M is for everyone!

Don’t Take My Word For It.

As part of our final exam, my students wrote their thoughts about the class. Some students’ thoughts were: 

 “This class helped me to just be myself and express myself. It also helped me develop better relationships with my friends. It taught me to always give my best no matter what anyone else does and to always push myself.” 
“This class helped me by giving me a winning attitude towards sports and school. Through hard work, commitment, and consistency, I can achieve whatever I set my mind to.” 

That is what Physical Education and PLT4M are doing in the lives of young students and athletes today. When focusing on developing purpose, passion, and pride, these students are going to be the ones that are truly prepared for the future and will be able to impact others. 

Teaching and coaching is my purpose and why I love my job.

 

Coaches Club

PLT4M Coaches Club

The PLT4M Coaches Club consists of ambassadors across the country who are recognized for their dedication to high school athletics and physical education. The Coaches Club is comprised of Strength Coaches, Sport Coaches, Physical Education Teachers, Athletic Directors, and Athletic Trainers. PLT4M Coaches Club

We’re excited to share their experiences and successes. Stay tuned for podcasts and videos to come! #PLT4MCoachesClub 

Meet Our Coaches!

Physical Education Teachers

  • Justin Contois @JustinContois (VA)
  • Rusty Fuller @rfullerfootball (NE)
  • Brad Rohling (WI)
  • Molly Collins @phscollins (MI)

Strength & Conditioning Coaches

  • Emily Plucker @motherpluckr (SD)
  • Malach Radigan (MO)
  • Jeff Lindeman (IL)

Football Coaches:

  • Larry Cox @CoachLarryCox (OH),
  • Matt Finn @matthewfinn14 (IA)
  • Jeff Drake (NJ)

Athletic Directors:

  • Devin Wendel (VT)
  • Billy Hewig (MO)

Learn more about our teachers and coaches!

EP 10 - Sport Specific Training

Chalk Talk – Episode 10 – Sport Specific Training: Myths vs. Reality

Chalk Talk – Episode 10: Sports Specific Training: Myths vs Reality

Sport Specific Training can get every coach talking, and maybe even a little red in the face. Instead of turning red, Coach Breslin and Coach Reno discuss logistics and get specific about Sports Specific Training. 

In today’s episode, we talk about basketball, cross country, and baseball, but this is certain to be a good listen for any sports coach or strength coach. 

Podcast Highlights

Link to Coach Breslin’s “Training the Multi-Sport Athlete”

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Episode 9 - Nutrition

Chalk Talk – Episode 9: Nutrition w/ April Liles RD

Chalk Talk – Episode 9: Nutrition w/ April Liles RD 

As teachers and coaches, we know nutrition is something worth talking about with our students and athletes. But for most of us, we do not know where to start….April Liles joins the podcast to help PLT4M get started talking about nutrition!

April Liles, Registered Dietitian and Food Service Director at Waltham Public Schools breaks down for us how, what, and why nutrition is a key for every student that we work with. 

Note from the host: 

This was an awesome start the wide world of nutrition, and we know there is so much more to unpack! Sport drinks, pre-game meals, added sugars….when I was talking with April my mind was racing on what to talk about with her next time she stops by!!

For that though, I need everyone’s help! Please share with us questions or topics you want to hear covered with April in future episodes: Chalk Talk Episode Suggestions.

Thanks again to everyone for tuning in!! #InPursuitofBetter — Doug Curtin

Podcast Highlights

Part 1: Starting to Talk Nutrition

  • Who is April Liles? (0:45-3:51)
  • Food Service Options (3:51-7:35) 
  • Talk about Nutrition (7:35-9:10)

Part 2: Macronutrients: Talking Basics (9:53-11:30)

  • Carbs: Good, Bad, Grab and Go! (11:30-15:10)
  • Proteins: “Not all equal, but all very good” (15:10-16:15)
  • Fats: “Essential Building Block” (16:16-17:25) 
  • Micronutrients: Real Food Matters (17:50-18:50)

Part 3: Real-World Implications

  • Making Nutrition a Priority (19:20-23:37)
  • Eating Real Food (23:37-27:00)
  • Exposure and Education (27:00-35:40)**

**Towards the end of the episode, April talks about Fearless Foodies and the video campaign she worked on for her elementary students. Check out an example video here: Fearless Foodies making Overnight Oats!  

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GameDay Lifts

Chalk Talk – Episode 8: GameDay Lifts vs. Lifting on Game Day

Chalk Talk – Episode 8: GameDay Lifts vs. Lifting on Game Day 

It is game day and just a few hours before the big competition. Time to lift? While some coaches are jumping into “Game Day Lifts”, Coach Breslin and Coach Reno suggest we take a step back and think about what our goal is. 

This episode breaks down everything from when to lift, when not to lift, and why pre-game prep does not mean we need a barbell in our hands.

Check out our full article on Game Day Lifts written by Coach Reno. 

Podcast Highlights

Part 1: What Are Game Day Lifts?

  • Game Day Lifts vs Lifting on Game Day(0:30-7:00)
  • What is PAP? (7:00-12:14)
  • What is actually happening? Advantages and Disadvantages (12:14-17:16)

Part 2: Recommendations and Considerations: 

  • Game Day Prep: Getting Loose and Feeling Good (18:00-22:30)
  • PE Class on Game Day-What do with In Season Athletes  (22:30- 28:00)
  • Identifying Priorities in the Weight Room-Not All About Intensity (28:00- 30:25) 
  • Pre-Game Warm Up…the Real PAP (30:25-34:52)
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