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#212 Early Specialization, Diversification, and the Battle to Provide Healthy Youth Sport Experiences with Dr. Joe Baker and Sandy Mosher

Way of Champions Podcast

This week on the WOC Podcast we ae so excited to welcome back Joe Baker from York University in Canada, along with one of his PhD students Sandy Mosher @sandymosher. You can follow Joe at @bakerjyorku on Twitter. This was a very challenging podcast, as you all know what an advocate I am of sport sampling and Joe Baker did much of the early research in this space. Joe’s research focuses on optimal human development, largely to understand how someone gets to, and stays at, the highest levels of performance. He is one of the worlds foremost experts in talent identification and skill development, and his book Developing Sport Expertise is a must have for any talent developer. He looks at various psychosocial and environmental factors influencing athletic skill development across a range of sports with a goal of  building better theory/models and construct superior learning environments. Sandy Mosher is a PhD candidate studying under Joe at York, and her recent article with Joe and Jessica Fraser-Thomas entitled “Is it too early to condemn early sport specialization” has caused quite a stir as you might imagine, so I knew I had to have them on to discuss. Sandy’s research in this area has found that we have potentially been making some false assumptions around early specialization, namely that if early specialization is bad, early multi-sport participation must be good. She says this is not necessarily the case as far as the evidence goes, and that there are actually many barriers to multi sport participation, and that some of the things we accuse early specialization of causing, such as injury, may be attributable to poor training more than specialization itself. Like I said, it is controversial stuff. In our talk today we speak about many of these problematic areas, such as what exactly is early and what exactly is specialization, as we actually have no definition. In other words, if we go simply by the research, we cannot say that specialization is bad, nor can we say that diversification is good. HOWEVER, what is really clear after this talk is what is really bad for our kids are youth sporting environments that take away enjoyment, autonomy, and connection, do not teach multi movement skills, and over train athletes at far too young an age. It's a fascinating talk, so I hope you are ready to listen closely to this one. Way of Champions Conference 2021 This weeks podcast is brought to you by the 2021 Way of Champions Leadership Conference, August 21-22, being held virtually this year. We have put together a lineup that is out of this world for our event, and just added Tara VanDerveer, the legendary Stanford Women's Basketball coach who just broke Pat Summits all time wins record on NCAA hoops. Other guest speakers include Steve Kerr of the Warriors, Quin Snyder of the Utah Jazz, multiple time NCAA Champion coaches Anson Dorrance, Cindy Timchal, and Jenny Levy, and mindfulness expert George Mumford. Click here to learn more or register before we sell out! Become a Podcast Champion! This weeks podcast is also sponsored by our Patreon Podcast Champions. Help Support the Podcast and get FREE access to our most popular online courses, a $300 value. If you love the podcast, we would love for you to become a Podcast Champion, (https://www.patreon.com/wayofchampions) for as little as a cup of coffee per month (OK, its a Venti Mocha), to help us up the ante and provide even better interviews, better sound, and an overall enhanced experience. Plus, as a $10 per month Podcast Super-Champion, you will have access to never before released and bonus material, including: Downloadable transcripts of our best podcasts, so you don’t have to crash your car trying to take notes! A code to get free access to our online course called “Coaching Mastery,” usually a $97 course, plus four other courses worth over $100, all yours for free for becoming a patron. Other special bonus opportunities that come up time to time Access to an online community of coaches like you who are dedicated listeners of the podcast, and will be able to answer your questions and share their coaching experiences. Thank you for all your support these past four years, and a special big thank you to all of you who become part of our inner circle, our patrons, who will enable us to take our podcast to the next level. https://www.patreon.com/wayofchampions

1hr 14mins

21 Mar 2021

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Is it too early to condemn early specialisation? - a conversation Joe Baker and Sandy Mosher

The Talent Equation Podcast

Joe Baker is Professor at the School of Kinesiology and Health Science at York University. He makes a welcome return to the podcast along with his research associate, Alexandra 'Sandy' Mosher. Joe's research team focuses on optimal human development to understand how someone gets to, and stays at, the highest levels of performance. His previous research in this area has considered various psychosocial and environmental factors influencing athletic skill development across a range of sports to catalogue the extensive range of factors affecting an athlete's capacity to maximize their potential. In this episode with unpack some fascinating new research which challenges the commonly held suggestion that early specialisation is "the villain of talent development", how it might be possible to experience 'healthy early specialisation' and why the link between early specialisation and burnout and injury is not what we think it is. It is a fascinating discussion...I hope you enjoy

1hr 17mins

12 Feb 2021

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Orientation and Mobility Specialist and #1 Sister Sandy Mosher

Have A Seat...Conversations With Women In The Workplace

"Tell me and I forget; teach me and I remember; involve me and I learn."Today's show was super special because I got to chat with my sister, Sandy Mosher! Sandy is an Orientation & Mobility Specialist with a school district in Orange County, CA. I thought I knew enough to answer the question of what an O & M Specialist does, but after today's interview I realized I didn't know near enough. I hope you enjoy this show, it meant a lot to us to collaborate together and we had such a good time doing it too.Definition of an O & M Specialist as provided by Sandy:An Orientation & Mobility Specialist teaches individuals with visual impairments to travel safely, confidently and independently in their environment. They work with infants, children and adults, usually one on one, in the students' home, school or community environment. If you're interested in learning more about what an Orientation & Mobility Specialist does have specific questions for Sandy, have ideas on the show or if you would like to be a guest yourself, please feel free to contact me at: haveaseatconversations@gmail.comThanks for listening!https://www.haveaseatconversations.com/Logo photo credit: https://burst.shopify.com/@sarahpflugphotoSupport the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/haveaseat)


27 Jan 2020

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Episode #9 - Should your child specialize in one sport? w/Sandy Mosher (MSc)

Fandom Science Podcast

Should children specialize in one sport, or play multiple sports? What offers the best chance at becoming a professional athlete? Can specialization really lead to burnout and dropout?


25 Feb 2019

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