Archive for September 2012

Coaching: Organized Functional Training, A Format for Athletic Success

REPOST from May 8, 2010 If you are an athlete wanting to become better, more successful, maybe even of state or national caliber, you will likely find a multitude of things, or pieces of the puzzle, that need to be addressed in order to reach the level of attainment you are seeking. It can become... Read more »

Health: Is Doping Becoming a “Public Health Issue?” Examines the Possibility

“If we believe that around three percent of high school boys in the U.S. are taking a steroid or growth hormone, then that’s a public health issue,” That is a quote from Dr. Timothy Armstrong of the WHO (World Health Organization) in the recent piece, Doping is now a public health issue, conference told.... Read more »

Youth Sports: Tommy John Surgery Next Elective Performance Enhancement…Say What???

So the pendulum continues to swing in the WRONG direction. That is certainly my take on the report from, Tommy John surgery: The next student steroid? Seriously…are people (student athletes, and possibly some parents) that misinformed and misguided? I suppose so. Take a look at this quote from the referenced piece above: “In a... Read more »

Sports: Oak Brook Barnes & Noble Hosts Kirk Mango and "Becoming a True Champion"

As an adult, did you ever think to yourself “man, if I only knew then what I know now?” At one time or another, most of us have. Well…that is one of the reasons behind the writing of my book Becoming a True Champion. It gives athletes a more conducive path toward athletic excellence, all... Read more »

"Coach" Like a Genius

No, I’m certainly not about to make any personal claims of coaching prowess. Nor am I about to anoint any coaches to genius status, although many have been given that moniker –  and some may really fit the bill . The late great Bill Walsh of the 49ers got the nickname “The Genius”…and it was probably pretty... Read more »

Sports Inspiration: Never Give Up, Never Give In Attitude of Chad Jones Keeps NFL Dream Alive

Most all of us, in one way or the other, face some type of adversity during our lives. Circumstances that force us to find out just what we are made of, who we really are on the inside. They are “life lesson” type situations that teach us…well, about life. However, sometimes, for some, these hardships…difficulties,... Read more »

High School Football: Inspiration Takes Many Forms, But This One…Better Bring Kleenex!!!

I am so lucky to work with colleagues that understand the inspirational side of sports. You know, the intrinsic piece that helps to push athletes to the edge of their capabilities…and sometimes beyond. Yesterday, toward the end of the school day, a colleague of mine (Tony Nevrly, someone I respect and would call a good... Read more »

Sports: “Legal” Performance Enhancement that Stanford Says is Better than Steroids

Some argue that human genetic athletic potential is nearing its peak. That, without allowing the use of chemical enhancements, improvements in athletic performance will need to be measured in thousandths of a second (or more) to see any difference, if they are to occur at all. Of course, one could argue it is not the... Read more »

Naperville: Becoming a True Champion and Kirk Mango at Anderson’s Bookshop in Naperville

I would like to offer an open invitation to all interested in attending my Meet & Greet Book Signing for Becoming a True Champion (BATC) this Wednesday evening at Anderson’s Bookshop in Naperville. There will be plenty of books available for sale and I look forward to signing any copies purchased that evening. Getting BATC... Read more »

Major League Baseball: Jose Canseco Says “Steroids Don’t Make You a Super Athlete” Using Brother as Proof

No matter where I look, this steroid controversy keeps popping up. Most recently is the Lance Armstrong thing and my highlight on some strong evidence against Lance’s claims of innocence. Now there is this Jose Canseco claim where he points out that steroids did not help his identical twin brother become a superstar athlete, thus,... Read more »