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James Ryan
James Ryan

James Ryan
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. . . . Having been up til 5 a.m. the night before (third night in a row where I only got about three hours sleep), I woke up a bit groggy and panicked to make my way down in time for what ended up being a full day’s worth of meetings. Personally, I’ve...
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Well, it’s certainly been an event filled day here in Regina, and just to let you know…this is a blog post at about 5:00 a.m. (yes, I need to wake up in three hours for a full days worth of meetings), which means that I get to speak in my own voice without being...
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I’ve been coaching just long enough to know that players, parents, and even sometimes coaches, can all let their emotions get the better of them out there on the football field, especially if they’re not careful enough to control themselves, no matter how upset or angry they might be. Unfortunately, this type of behaviour...
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From an awareness standpoint, life is a whole lot different now than when I was growing up in the 70′s and 80′s. As young athletes, my friends and I were constantly pushing our physical boundaries, with very little regard (if any) for our own personal safety. Between martial arts, “kill the man with the...
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. . . . “Winning isn’t everything. It’s the only thing.”—Vince Lombardi via UCLA coach Henry Russell Sanders We all know that football is a game of winning. Any coach, player or fan who has in any way familiarized himself with the culture of American football over the past few decades has been bred...
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Sitting in my home office today, which overlooks the park, I overheard a woman cursing (f*%$ off!) and repeatedly uttering the words “shut up,” which were obviously directed at someone that I can only assume was a person that she didn’t like very much. So I stood up from my chair, only to see...
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“Wait a minute, Doc, ahhh… are you tellin’ me that you built a time machine… out of a DeLorean?” Personally, I think it’d be cool if I could just jump into a scientifically engineered, racecar time machine, and instantly transport myself 20 years into the future, just to see how far the Shintani Wado...
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“Courage is the discovery that you may not win, and trying when you know you can lose.”—Tom Krause For many people around the world (depending on your specific religious beliefs, I suppose), Monday April 25th was a day of Easter celebration—a chance to spend some “quality time” with the crazier members of your families,...
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Earlier today, Aaron Brooks of Hagerstown, Maryland, smashed the world record in the bench press for his age and weight. The previous bench press record for eight and nine-year-olds in the 88 pound weight class was 77 pounds. Aaron now holds the record at 99.21 pounds, which is more than 22 pounds greater than...
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“Current research indicates that resistance training can be a safe, effective and worthwhile activity for children and adolescents provided that qualified professionals supervise all training sessions and provide age-appropriate instruction on proper lifting procedures and safe training guidelines. “Regular participation in a multifaceted resistance training program that begins during the preseason and includes instruction...
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“The best lesson I ever learned from my father was not how to fight, but how to never be lazy.” – Royce Gracie, UFC Champion Never was this statement more important or more accurate than in 2007 when my 10-year old son, Jacob and I, went on our second Annual father-son canoe camping trip into...
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Change is stressful. Changing jobs (or being unemployed and job searching) can be even more stressful, particularly if you have major responsibilities in your life such as a mortgage to pay for or children to feed. The emotional toll of joblessness can weigh heavily upon a person’s shoulders and this can deeply affect a...