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Avoid sports injuries with these 3 simple tips


It’s the taboo of sport that no one likes to talk about – injuries! Sports injuries can break athlete's hearts and cripple dreams. The harsh reality is that most young athletes will be affected by injury at some stage in their early lives.

The National Athletic Trainers Association (USA) recently found that 50% of youth athlete injuries could have been prevented by an appropriate physical preparation program. Injury may be unavoidable, but it is an educated game of risk management. The smaller the risk, the less likely you are to be injured. It’s that simple.

As mentioned earlier, although injuries cannot be totally prevented, we can reduce the risk of them occurring by implementing preventative methods. Studies have shown that injury prevention training programmes can reduce our injury rate by 40-50% (Soomro et al., 2015).

Topics: Sport

3 reasons why you should apply for US college scholarships

Scholarship amount can increase over time

Topics: US college life

What you need to know about athletic profiles

Just like a work resume, a sport resume has a purpose and should be contextualised for this. Its purpose is to allow a coach or key figure in a sporting opportunity to learn about who you are as an athlete, what your qualities are (athletically and personally) and why you deserve a particular sporting position.

Topics: Sport

3 qualities college coaches love in student-athletes

Every coach has a different set of athletic qualities that stand out to them when assessing their players. US college coaches, however, are often looking for similar qualities.

Here are just three of the key characteristics that coaches love and look for in potential recruits.

Topics: Sport

4 diverse student-athlete pathways to US college


Topics: Sport

2 key things to remember about US college scholarships

While there is an extensive range of information out there about collegiate scholarships, my history in collegiate sport as both a student and a coach gives me an insight into the process involved in researching, applying for and obtaining US college scholarships.

Therefore, I'd love to impart some of my knowledge on you and your family to help you understand with clarity the reality of a college scholarship, in order for you to navigate the system with some direction.

My mission here is to explain 2 essential facts about college scholarships that you may not have known that might help you progress towards a US college pathway as an international student-athlete.

Topics: Education

Why the US collegiate sport pathway could’ve been for me

I wish I knew about the limitless opportunities out there when I was in year 12 and took the time to explore them in depth. Let me explain why. I hate to bore you, but I feel that it's necessary to first tell you what I did after high school and then explain why I think a different pathway could've been more beneficial. So, bear with me for a moment!

Topics: US college life

6 secrets behind getting college scholarships to study overseas

An increasing number of students are taking the opportunity to follow an international education pathway

The appeal is understandable; travel, education and an alternative opportunity all in one pathway. Still, the cost of an overseas education continues to concern some and deter others from actually following through with the opportunity.

So, if you knew some tips and unique insights to help you obtain college scholarships and make a study abroad pathway more realistic for your budget, would that alleviate some of your concerns about embracing overseas education? 

I thought so. 

Topics: Education

Why you shouldn't stress out over an average ATAR score

Want to hear a funny story? Of course you do.

If your high school was anything like mine-a generic public high school with the demographic of students ranging from uninterested drop-outs to academic geniuses-an average ATAR score above 70 was considered a great result.

Yet for me, the stress of year 12 and the pressure that the future implications an average ATAR score placed on me, meant that my 86 ATAR score left me in tears.

Yep, I cried. I got 86, what some would consider an impressive result, and I locked myself in my bedroom and blubbered like a baby for hours, completely inconsolable.

Topics: Education

6 benefits gained by Australian's studying abroad in US high schools

Going to high school in the US is an appealing pathway for many young students, but few know the long-term benefits they gain from it.

If you knew all of the advantages you would get from simply going to school internationally, I'm sure the idea of high school in America would become highly appealing to you and your family.

No, I'm not talking about getting to eat tater tots every day and wearing a Bulls jersey, I'm talking about the kind of benefits that materialise later down the track after experiencing a US high school opportunity.

Topics: International experience

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