Welcome to Prime Athlete

August 26, 2015

by Frank L. Smoll, Ph.D.


Most mothers and fathers are productive contributors to their children’s well-being in sports. Unfortunately, however, the negative effects of a small minority of parents are all too obvious. The good news is that incidents of parental misbehavior are not the norm! In fact the majority of parents are able to channel their genuine concerns and good intentions in a way that heightens the value of their children’s sport experiences.

How can you become a successful sport parent?

August 22, 2015

by Aaron Goldberg

Many times in sports, it’s the little things that stand out or make the difference between true success and mediocrity. It’s the efforts away from practice that can prove to be the most beneficial. Nutrition falls under this category, and, further yet, “superfoods” represent the epitome of an underrated difference-maker at all levels of athletics.

June 12, 2015

Content by the Korey Stringer Institute


Exertional Heat Stroke (EHS) is a severe condition characterized by an extremely high core body temperature of above 40 C (104 F), central nervous system (CNS) dysfunction, and multiple organ system failure brought on by strenuous exercise, often occurring in the hot environments.

EHS is a medical emergency and can be a fatal condition if the individual’s core body temperature remains above 105 F for an extended period of time without the proper treatment.

June 11, 2015

by Dr. Mara Smith

Most athletes, particularly teen athletes, are mentally under-trained.  While they acknowledge that the mind is very important to their sport, they don’t have a plan to integrate mental skills into their physical training. Just as with individual physical skills, there are some mental skills that athletes have, and some that they need to learn.

June 11, 2015

by Steve Boyle


While I've worn many coaching hats, one of my most recent ones was as a volunteer assistant with my daughter’s travel basketball team. On the court, I experienced lots of memorable moments, but none unexpected, even as the girls progressed through their tumultuous middle school years.  But what I experienced off the court, watching three much younger kids—not even on the team—proved to be a revelation.