Protect Your Head and links to other mandated courses for coaches in PA

Take this course and learn about head injuries and concussions. The course comes from the CDC and is without charge. Great for parents, coaches, officials and even athletes.

Launch the Heads Up Course and give it your attention. It is short. Get the app as well.

Volunteer coaches need to take this course too. The course is one that meets the requirements for scholastic coaches concerning the mandates of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania pertaining to concussion. Another course is required for cardiac education.

Every coach, Every year

These courses cannot be taken before July 1st of each year. Coaches don’t have to renew these for each season or sport they coach, but must complete one concussion course and the cardiac course before their first season of coaching. If you took the course last year you still have to take it this year.

Turn those certificates in.

CONCUSSION courses:

Sport Safety International has partnered with the Pennsylvania Athletic Trainers’ Society to offer the ConcussionWise series of educational programs. These programs have been peer-reviewed and are consistent with the latest science and practical applications regarding the prevention and management of concussion. ConcussionWise™ AT for Athletic Trainers This version of ConcussionWise™ AT is at this link.

  • http://www.nfhslearn.com/electiveDetail.aspx?courseID=38000
  • NFHS Learn

    The National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Learning Center is an education tool that offers courses to high school coaches, administrators, officials, students, and parents. It provides a variety of program initiatives that reach the 18,500 high schools and over 11 million students involved in athletic and activity programs.

    CARDIAC COURSES: (Only need to take one of the cardiac courses.)

    CardiacWise Online Education, Sport Safety International

    Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness Training from NFHSLearn: Sudden Cardiac Arrest is the number one cause of death in the United States for student athletes during exercise. Caused by a structural or electrical problem.

    Google Applied Skills

    Grow with Google, a new initiative to help develop the skills to find jobs and grow business. A new G Suite certification has been launched to validate proficiency with tools like Drive, Gmail, Hangouts Meet, Docs, Sheets and Slides. The Applied Digital Skills curriculum is a great place to start to prepare learners for this exam.

    Get started on the courses

     

    • Go to g.co/applieddigitalskills
    • Click “Sign In,” and sign in with their Google account
    • Select “I am a learner”
    • Enter class code 94goes
    • Put on headphones and watch the first video

     

     

    Learning more about prescription drugs and getting a grip on the pain-killer epidemic

    It is vital for kids, guardians, teachers and all citizens to grow in their understanding of how to prevent perscription drug abuse. This topic is covered in this course from Everfi.

    Prescription Drugs: Misuse & Abuse Prevention for High School

     This online, health course takes less than two hours. It empowers students with the skills and knowledge they need to make safe and healthy decisions about prescription drugs.

    Getting students started is easy.

    • Go to everfi.com/register to register to get started.
    • Once already registered,  just enter this code: b40085b4 to their dashboard.

    Curriculum guide is seven pages.

    Tip: Just take the course and experience it for yourself rather than reading about its educational insights and curriculum.

    Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention.CurriculumGuide

    Prevention Matters

    One in three teens believe it is okay to use prescription drugs once in a while.

    Presciption Drug Abuse Prevention.OnePager

    Click the arrow in the box to turn the pages within the PDFs

    PDAP_Choosing an Evidence-Informed Curriculum

    Registration Guide

    Student Reg Guide

    Thunderbirds hosting SKWIM & Water Polo — Special event on Saturday, July 15, at South Side’s PPS Cupples Stadium

    Save the date. Saturday evening. Our athletes are getting to take the field at 5:30 pm with the professional team, the Pittsburgh Thunderbirds. Show up after 5 pm and before 5:30 to visit with the coach and volunteers.

    Handout to Campers:

    Our swimmers, water polo players, SKWIM athletes, staff and lifeguards — plus family and friends — are invited to join together for a special event this Saturday evening, tomorrow, July 15, 2017, at South Side’s PPS Cupples Stadium for interactions on the field with Pittsburgh Thunderbirds, a city’s professional ULTIMATE team.

    Arrive after 5 pm to check in with Coach Mark, and be ready to hit the field from 5:30 to 6 pm with the players. Then we’ll stay to watch and cheer for the team at its 7 pm game.

    Meet up at the gates of the stadium AFTER 5pm and before 5:30 pm. Youngsters should be accompanied by an adult. This is an optional event. Everyone has to get there on their own.

    Tickets (generally $10 each) to the game between the Pittsburgh Thunderbirds vs. Detroit have be obtained by Coach Mark for our group. Everyone who can attend the game needs to reserve their family’s tickets by doing ONE of the following:

    • EMAIL Mark@Rauterkus.com with the names of the people who are attending.
    • TEXT Coach Mark at (412) 298-3432 with the names of the people attending. OR,
    • Go to the site, http://Play.CLOH.org/ (you are here) and do “web join” and then leave a comment with the names and number of tickets of those who are attending.

    At the game, Coach Mark hopes to visit with guardians and players and share some other insights into additional activities to come in our normal sessions slated for this summer — plus some other optional activities too.

    Thank you Pittsburgh Thunderbirds. The game of ULTIMATE is a disk-game much like our aquatic game of SKWIM. Seeing these players and their teamwork, passing, defense, hustle and sportsmanship can inspire our play and help us become better athletes.

    In other news:

    We’re going to be playing SKWIM and water polo from 6 to 7:45 pm every TUESDAY and THURSDAY evenings for the weeks to come at the outdoor Citiparks AMMON Swim Pool, Bedford Ave & Memory Lane, Hill District. — Weather permitting.

    Mark Rauterkus     Mark@Rauterkus.com
     PPS Summer Dreamers' Swim & Water Polo Camp Executive Coach
     Swimming Coach with The Pittsburgh Project
     Varsity Boys Swim Coach, Pittsburgh Obama Academy
     Pittsburgh Combined Water Polo Team
     http://CLOH.org
     (412) 298-3432 = cell

     

    Connected Writing Ideas

    Students and even coaches are encouraged to write within the Swim & Water Polo program. Open ended questions follow:

    How did practice go today?

    Was it good? — That’s sorta boring. Why was it decent, or amazing, or not. However today’s practice was for you, try to learn from it. What did you gain? Can you turn a bad practice-frown upside down? Can you capitalize on the momentum of a good workout?

    What are some of the things you need to do to guarantee that you’ll have a great practice the next time you are at the pool — or even in the classroom?

    What about sleep? Can you put yourself to bed early? Sleep is often the best supplement for your growth and improvement. If you are training hard, you need quality sleep too. Play hard and rest hard.

    Do you have a favorite going to bed routine? A favorite pillow? Do you have a favorite blanket? How can you get two extra hours of sleep tonight? With good sleep, you recover more deeply and improve brain functions. You’ll be more focused and attentive in training and boost your immune system.

    Talk about water. How about hydration? Can you drink a bunch of water today?

    Do not drink the pool water, of course. But, drink from the fountain. Drink at meals. Drink from your own water bottle. Take care of it. Don’t play with it, but treat it as a valued asset to guard and consume. It’s hard to remember to drink an adequate amount of water over the course of the day. Being properly soaked with water, inside and out, makes for a great day.

    Performance declines happen when you sweat and body weight drops. Cramps and headaches can be more frequent. And your rate of perceived effort goes up. That means you think your efforts are hard. Don’t make the hard workout feel harder than it has to feel. Hydrate!

    Write a goal for your next practice.

    Most campers walk into an activity and can only brace themselves for the challenges ahead. You can do more to prepare so you are ready to perform. Don’t just react to everything that comes you way. Be brave getting in. Decide that for yourself. Be attentive to the coaches and instructors and absorb every word they say. Start to listen to them even before they speak. Be ready to catch on what comes next.

    Go to practice with a specific goal in mind. The goal doesn’t have to be crazy. Tell yourself to do extra dolphin kicks on push offs the wall. Setting yourself a little goal will give you a sense of ownership and pride in your swimming. Sit down with some paper or onto the web site or tablet and make a training journal note. Write what you are going to accomplish tomorrow.

    Tell the world a few things you are grateful for.

    As you communicate your ideas about the things in your life you are grateful for, you’ll find that you’re doing one of the best stress-busting techniques ever. Keep perspective. Be grateful.

    Writing down a few things you are grateful helps us stay positive.

    Pick one piece of self-talk you want to change.

    Becoming a mentally tougher is a challenge. Learning how to struggle without quitting. Press on when your heart and chest are telling you to take a break. Use visualization to help remind ourselves what we were saying to ourselves in these battles. What can we do for ourselves to be better for the next competition?

    One thing you can do now and write about is to pick a piece of self-talk to use at practice tomorrow.

    Controlling your self-talk is one of the biggest steps in developing a tougher, high-performance mindset.

    What are some of the things you have said to yourself or others during tough practices in the pool? What negative things went through your mind? Write it out, and do some mental judo to give that negative self-talk a positive tone.

    “I’m tired and I don’t feel like I can go faster…”

    Vs.

    “I’m tired, but so is everyone else. Let’s give the next play an awesome effort and take things from there.”

    Write about the future and explain what tomorrow’s great workout can look like.

    Visualization and imagination are big concepts that can be used to improve yourself. Just “daydream” about your swimming. Then daydream about tomorrow’s time at the pool. Instead of goofy daydreaming, take control of it.

    Spend a few minutes visualizing what you want your stroke to feel like in pool tomorrow. See in your mind’s eye, the top-of-the-water, clean, smooth energy with your arms and legs. Picture your body zooming along the surface.

    Go!

    Link to input form.

    Quiz Pre-flight for SKWIM Level 1 to Level 4

    Test your knowledge, and the delivery of these questions and answers concerning aquatic’s safety and surf knowledge by taking these four multiple choice quizzes for a whirl. They are new and may need to be edited. Your suggestions and feedback is desired.

    Every question has an opportunity to comment. You do need to register with a username and password. You need to take the tests in order.

    Level 1 Quiz for SKWIM’s surf safety:


    Level 2 Quiz for SKWIM’s surf safety:


    Level 3 Quiz for SKWIM’s surf safety:

    Level 4 Quiz for SKWIM’s surf safety:

    Recap: Special SKWIM event at the Oliver Bath House and post-game open house was a blast

    Our event and visit to the historic, Citiparks’ Oliver Bath House on South Side was a big success.

    Citiparks Lifeguards and VIPs from The Pittsburgh Project and Mel from PPS / State Rep Gainey’s office, along with hosts, Coach Mark of Pittsburgh Obama and Kevin, SKWIM’s inventor from Washington.

    Extended Game Video

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