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About The Author

Phil is an Emmy-nominated writer who frequently contributes to The Inertia, SUP the Mag and Canoe & Kayak. He is the co-author, with Dr. Kelly Starrett, of the forthcoming books Flight Plan and Waterman 2.0, and is also collaborating on Game Changer with University of Michigan football performance director Dr. Fergus Connolly and Bridging the Gap with Sue Falsone, the first female athletic head trainer in Major League sports. His other books include Whistle Stop, which Larry King said, “I can’t put down,” and Our Supreme Task, which The Times Literary Supplement called “Illuminating.”

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Recent Posts



Youth Sports Part 3: Tapping into Learning Styles

By Phil White | Wed, Jan 30

Earlier in this series, we gave you some tips for how to establish and reinforce boundaries so parents don’t turn your coaching dream into a nightmare. Next, we brought in leading nutrition expert Stacy Sims to bust some myths on sports hydration for young athletes (and advise what to do instead).

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Youth Sports Part 2: Drink to Thirst Doesn’t Work & Other Surprising Truths About Hydration for Young Athletes

By Phil White | Tue, Nov 27

In the first part of this series, we explored how coaches can prevent the dreaded sports parents from becoming a distraction on the sideline and turning their children into trophy kids, as well as some tips to head potential problems off at the pass by improving communication, setting expectations, and enforcing protective boundaries.

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Youth Sports Part 1: Getting Bad Sports Parents to Behave Better

By Phil White | Fri, Oct 26

If you caught even a snippet of Chris Bell’s HBO show Trophy Kids, you likely winced at the scenes of tennis moms and golf dads behaving very badly.

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