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September / October 2020



Strategies: A Journal for Physical and Sport Educators

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Free Access Article
Where are the Moms? Strategies to Recruit Female Youth Sport Coaches
– Krista Diedrich

There are numerous benefits to sport participation among children and adolescents and coaches play a significant role in getting youth, especially girls, involved in sports and continuing participation in sports. Despite the advances of girls and women in sport participation since Title IX, the majority of youth sport coaches are men. Female coaches can be important role models for all youth in sport. The purpose of this article is to describe the benefits of having female coaches and potential strategies to encourage more women to coach. 

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Young Minds and Young Bodies: Supportive Teaching Strategies for Children with Mental Health Concerns 
Claire Mowling and Dayna Watson 

Physical educators can expect to work with students experiencing a mental health concern. Mental health concerns are prevalent among children and adolescents in the United States. An estimated 13-20% of US children meet the diagnostic criteria for an emotional or behavioral disorder. The purpose of this article is to provide physical educators with specific strategies to work effectively with students experiencing a range of mental health concerns. Described are key warning signs for identifying students that may be experiencing a mental health need, specific communication techniques, class environment considerations, and creative ways to use games to promote student mental health and wellness.  

Extending Youth Pitching Arm Care: The Next Step in Baseball
Bradford Strand and Brady Schwab 

This article discusses what we currently know about overuse arm injuries, current recommendations and guidelines that are in place, and proposed universal guidelines for number of pitches, days of rest, and post-pitching positional play for youth baseball players through the age of 18 in the United States. 

LaVell Edwards: A Transformational Leader
William Nixon 

The purpose of this article is to use transformational leadership theory to analyze and define the leadership style of legendary BYU football coach LaVell Edwards. This article will introduce a brief history of leadership theory in sport, including the development of Chelladurai’s (1993) Multidimensional Model of Leadership. Then, analyze the transformational behaviors and characteristics of Edwards, using the coaching philosophy outlined in his professional memoir LaVell: Airing it Out, as well as other sources that highlight the essential elements of his leadership style.

Physical Educators’ Role in Communication in Return to Learn Post-Concussion 
Craig Stewart 

The physical educator can play an important role in the successful RTL process for young athletes’ PC recovery. In addition to a key component on the school’s management team, the physical educator can serve as another source in identifying those young athletes who suffer a concussion in sports outside the school. Games often occur where medical staff are unavailable, and with coaches ill-prepared to deal with serious injuries (Kim, Leeman, Connaughton, & Lee, 2018). Many of those coaches have little if any communication with their athletes’ schools. The physical educators in those schools are better prepared to monitor students’ participation in any sports and develop personal relationships so injured athletes are identified quickly. This is not meant to increase the official responsibilities of physical educators, but to make them aware of the need to identify any young person who needs a managed RTL process. 


Don’t Reinvent the Wheel. Spin it for Advocacy
– Robert Knipe

This article expands previous recommendation to “be proactive” by providing practical examples that have the potential to encourage stakeholders to value HPE programs before these programs are threatened with reduction or elimination. The aim is to capitalize on positive aspects of programs that are already in place to maximize publicity within communities.

Simple Strategies to Reinforce the Importance of Physical Activity and Physical Fitness 
– Greg Bert

This article describes how a high school in Washington has implemented a simplistic approach to enable students to apply and remember the what and the how in order to implement both physical fitness and physical activity into their lives.

Why Wait for Warm Weather?: Adventure in the Wintertime 
– Matthew J. Fencl

Adventure units that are included within an encompassing physical education curriculum are often structured during warm-weather months when conditions are “ideal” for outdoor class time. This article describes how to implement an adventure education curriculum in a cold-weather outdoor environment that may provide additional welcoming challenges for their students.