OMG ..I’m Deaf Dumb and Blind and why you should be too. February 6, 2019 | Coach John

I am Deaf, Dumb and Blind and Here’s Why You Should Be Too          – Coach John 

I am DEAF because I have never much cared about the thoughts, commentary or opinions of those who are outside of my (personally selected) circle of influence. This hearing impairment has allowed me to function freely and clearly without the distracting noise from Monday morning quarterbacks, back seat drivers, copycats, and internet trolls who are more than happy to dedicate endless amounts of time and resources commenting on what I’m doing. I hear my inner voice almost exclusively and on the rare occasion, I’m not 100% locked into hearing it, I only hear the voices of my team.

How much time, energy, and emotional resources do you waste on listening to the opinions of others allowing those outside voices to play so loudly that they drown out your own voice? How much damage has this done to your self-esteem causing endless doubt and inner turmoil?  Stop it! Learn to hear your voice then learn to listen to it.

I am DUMB because, unlike many people in my position and “status”, I don’t allow myself to accept that I know more than anyone else. Instead, I focus almost entirely on what I call my two A’s; Acquisition and Application. I seek to acquire as much freakin’ knowledge as I can and apply as much of it as I possibly can EVERY DAY! This keeps me focused on the attributes of self-growth and dedication to mastering my craft. I could care less about “status”. I want to use everything I have to change the world and leave this rock better than I found it. 

What drives you to do what you do? Are you doing it how you want to be doing it? Usually the gap between what and how is knowledge. Dedicate yourself to mastering your what and don’t allow your hunger to be satisfied. Every day wake up hungry for growth and improvement and go to sleep full. Be full with the knowledge of having learned and applied as much as you could.

I am BLIND because in direct opposition to how we’re being “conditioned” I don’t have the majority of my vision blocked by mediocrity. I consciously choose to stay blind so I am free to give my full attention to the extraordinary. I want to surround myself with it because extraordinary is what reshapes the world and changes lives.  So no, I didn’t read that latest edition of so and so magazine because I was deciphering research that will further accelerate my team’s progress and solidify our position as global leaders in human performance.

How are you utilizing your time? Are you surrounding yourself with mediocrity or the extraordinary? Are you consuming or creating?  Be aware of what you consider extraordinary and decide when to consume it and when to create it. Consuming and creating are both important, but proportion is the key. 

Be deaf, dumb, and blind. Hear and listen to your own voice, acquire and apply knowledge everyday, and surround yourself with the extraordinary so you too can function freely and clearly, directly increase your growth, and reshape the world. In other words…

DOMINATE don’t compete. 

Reliability and validity of a motion-based reaction time assessment using a mobile device

Information processing speed is often altered following a concussion. Few portable assessments exist to evaluate simple reaction time (SRT) in hospitals and clinics. We evaluated the use of a SRT application for mobile device measurement. 27 healthy adults (age = 30.7 ± 11.5 years) completed SRT tests using a mobile device with Sway, an application for SRT testing. Participants completed computerized SRT tests using the Computerized Test of Information Processing (CTIP). Test–retest reliability was assessed using intraclass correlation coefficients (ICC) between Sway trials. Pearson correlations and Bland-Altman analyses were used to assess criterion validity between Sway and CTIP means. ICC comparisons between Sway tests were all statistically significant. ICCs ranged from 0.84–0.90, with p-values <.001. A one-way analysis of variance (ANOVA) revealed no significant differences between trials (F3,104 =  1.35, p = .26. Pearson correlation between Sway and CTIP outcomes yielded a significant correlation (r = 0.59, p = .001). The mean difference between measurement methods was 43.7 ms, with limits of agreement between −140.8–53.4 ms. High ICC indicates Sway is a reliable method to assess SRT. A strong correlation and clinically acceptable agreement between Sway and the computer-based test indicates that Sway is suited for rapid administration of SRT testing in healthy individuals. Future research using Sway to assess altered information processing in a population of individuals after concussion is warranted.

Baseline concussion testing in youth sports

With the beginning of every school year, sports activities kick off immediately, with vigour and enthusiasm from young sports lovers, making it more important than ever to take precautions against concussions.

Baseline concussion testing in youth sports

With the beginning of every school year, sports activities kick off immediately, with vigour and enthusiasm from young sports lovers, making it more important than ever to take precautions against concussions.

Sports-related concussion is a subject of importance. These are common injuries to children and youth who engage in sports and recreational activities. In the United States, nearly 175,000 children and adolescents are treated each year in the emergency room (ED) because of a sports-related head injury.

According to reports by the U.S Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there has been a significant increase in the level of reported cases of concussions in the past decade. Reports by the American Academy of Pediatrics show that emergency room visits for concussions involving children between the ages of 8 and 13 years, has doubled. Likewise, reported cases of concussions have soared to 200% among teenagers, aged 14 – 19 in the past 10 years.

47% of all reported sports concussions have been linked to High school football, while 33% of concussions occur during practice. Football poses the most significant head health risk, with ice hockey and soccer following close behind.

Concussion signs and symptoms can be subtle, and athletes, coaches, instructors, parents, and even health professionals can easily ignore them. Injured athletes who do not recognize concussion signs or symptoms may not report or seek medical advice.

Baseline Testing for Concussion

It is very important for the brain function level of an individual to be measured after a concussion occurs, as data gotten can go a long way in helping doctors plan a rehabilitation program that is suitable and effective . However, to properly manage a concussion, a smart approach would be to start collecting data before the injury actually occurs. Thus, a well grounded Baseline Concussion Test is ideal, the first step to proper concussion management.

What is a Baseline Concussion Test?

It won’t be wrong to view Baseline Concussion Testing as a form of insurance. It serves as a preventive measure, applied before the sport season kicks off, due to the fact that in this period, athletes have not yet been exposed to any competition or training. During the course of the sport season, if any athlete suffers head trauma , the same test is applied again, which will allow the comparison of results from before and after the injury, helping doctors to better ascertain  the level of damage and the best action to take in a bid to manage the situation. 

The baseline and post-injury tests are computerized evaluations or assessments that measure things such as: memory capacity, reaction time, the executive functioning of the brain and the speed of mental processing. In addition, they also serve to record baseline concussion symptoms, while providing detailed and comprehensive information about the athlete and his/her history with concussions.

Why is it important in youth sports?

One of, if not the biggest challenges when dealing with an athlete who has suffered a concussion is, determining when he/she has fully recovered. There is a high risk of recurrent concussions, as well as more severe brain damage, if full recovery is not achieved in the first incident. And this is one advantage that a baseline concussion test brings to the table.

It’s scary just to think that our kids can damage their brains with ease while being involved in recreational activities, or even while playing at home. But this is a possibility we have to accept and work towards optimal rehabilitation, should an accident occur. Baseline concussion tests are extremely valuable in this process. With it, health professionals are able to identify the effects of a head trauma and make more informed return to school, as well as play decisions. 

Futhermore, baseline testing is excellent in providing athletes with an important opportunity to gain knowledge and proper education about concussions and safety play protocols to follow, in order to avoid and better manage head injuries. 

Sports-related concussion is a subject of importance. These are common injuries to children and youth who engage in sports and recreational activities. In the United States, nearly 175,000 children and adolescents are treated each year in the emergency room (ED) because of a sports-related head injury.

Baseline Testing for Concussion

It is very important for the brain function level of an individual to be measured after a concussion occurs, as data gotten can go a long way in helping doctors plan a rehabilitation program that is suitable and effective . However, to properly manage a concussion, a smart approach would be to start collecting data before the injury actually occurs. Thus, a well grounded Baseline Concussion Test is ideal, the first step to proper concussion management.

What is a Baseline Concussion Test?

It won’t be wrong to view Baseline Concussion Testing as a form of insurance. It serves as a preventive measure, applied before the sport season kicks off, due to the fact that in this period, athletes have not yet been exposed to any competition or training. During the course of the sport season, if any athlete suffers head trauma , the same test is applied again, which will allow the comparison of results from before and after the injury, helping doctors to better ascertain  the level of damage and the best action to take in a bid to manage the situation. 

The baseline and post-injury tests are computerized evaluations or assessments that measure things such as: memory capacity, reaction time, the executive functioning of the brain and the speed of mental processing. In addition, they also serve to record baseline concussion symptoms, while providing detailed and comprehensive information about the athlete and his/her history with concussions.

Why is it important in youth sports?

One of, if not the biggest challenges when dealing with an athlete who has suffered a concussion is, determining when he/she has fully recovered. There is a high risk of recurrent concussions, as well as more severe brain damage, if full recovery is not achieved in the first incident. And this is one advantage that a baseline concussion test brings to the table.

It’s scary just to think that our kids can damage their brains with ease while being involved in recreational activities, or even while playing at home. But this is a possibility we have to accept and work towards optimal rehabilitation, should an accident occur. Baseline concussion tests are extremely valuable in this process. With it, health professionals are able to identify the effects of a head trauma and make more informed return to school, as well as play decisions. 

Futhermore, baseline testing is excellent in providing athletes with an important opportunity to gain knowledge and proper education about concussions and safety play protocols to follow, in order to avoid and better manage head injuries. 

LET’S HUNT THE DEVIL July 29, 2017

Coach JW

Most interestingly these questions/concerns come not from a place of pro-activity and the desire to express one’s self to the fullest (offensive) but from a fear and insecurity based position (defense). Sadly this is where the greatest divide exists between the great ones and everyone else. My response(s) were for the most part varied but as I often do in the quiet moments I reflect on interactions and work my hardest to extract a new level of understanding and enlightenment I identified several common threads one of which I will encourage, no CHALLENGE, NO..wait…DARE YOU to pull on, seeing where it leads you.

Stop being scared….. Go, Hunt the Devil

Here’s what I want you to do:

Sit in a quiet place with a pen and paper (yes you must actually use your handwriting ability and write it). Now, envision in detail the worst possible outcomes from your situation and write them down.

For example, If I don’t pass this chemistry test:

1. I will have to do 2-3 hours of boring make up work to save my grade in this class.

2. Hear my mom and dad yell at me about how I am lazy and get the usual lecture.

3. Lose my car borrowing privileges

4. Have to sit on the bench because coach will be furious

Okay, now that you have written down every possible negative outcome that you can imagine, begin shifting your attention to the answer to these questions:

What must I do?

How can I best prepare today?

What do I need in place to avoid these negative outcomes?

Once you have these answers and you have done these things, then move on to answer these final questions:

You have identified the negatives, done what is required to prevent and prepare so….

Do you have an actual reason to be worried or concerned?

Are these reasons so big that they deserve your complete and total attention to be solely centered on the problem in order to solve it?

Most likely not; most of the time we perceive fear or uncertainty and believe that the reasons for feeling these things is actually real when in fact they are the magnification of emotional associations, increasing the amount of anxiety we feel. In other words we think then feel then act; unfortunately we’re thinking the wrong thoughts, which lead to the wrong feelings which actually limit our actions. By actively engaging the ideas and emotions we can begin “hunting the devil” so that we’re able to take a pro active approach instead of simply being reactive to the information that our imagination creates. When you embrace this concept you will find the shape of your situation changes. You stop having problems and begin living only with challenges. You detach overwelming emotions from the challenge and begin only seeing the steps leading or preventing you from reaching your goal(s).

Gear up, and buona caccia  (Happy hunting)