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2020-2021 Athletics Registration
Turner Neal

Athletics registrations are right around the corner! Get registered early so that we can provide the best program possible! 

Be on the lookout for next year's Athletics Registration, which will be done via SchoolsBuddy. Students who are currently in grades 8-11 will be able to register for sports in all three High School seasons starting next week. The registration will remain open throughout the summer. 

It helps us tremendously if you register early! It allows us to hire the right number of coaches, assign the right facilities, and just provide a better overall experience for your children.

If you have any questions about the registration process, please reach out to Mr. Turner Neal.

Season 2 Celebration
Turner Neal

Remember and celebrate the accomplishments of our Season 2 students with Mr. Neal

It was our hope to hold our Season 2 Banquet back on campus this year in order to celebrate the accomplishments of our students. We now know that we will not be able to make that work. Instead, Mr. Neal has prepared some remarks which can be found at the links below. Additionally, coaches or the Athletic Department will be in touch regarding team awards that would have been given out.

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NFHS Learn for Parents
Turner Neal

Parents can now get into the action by taking their own NFHS Course: Positive Sport Parenting

Last week I shared a link to the NFHS Learn Captains Course, which is designed for students interested in leadership and becoming a team captain. This week we have a great example for our parents who may be missing out on the Home-Based Learning fun.

A common emphasis at our Parent Orientation meetings is Sportsmanship. As you may know, Concordia has done quite well in the past when it comes to winning Sportsmanship awards, which is something that our coaches and staff are extremely proud of. Although we can't always control the outcome of a game, we can control our behavior and reactions to difficult situations. Parents are a huge part of that and can help create a positive atmosphere for our students to learn and grow. Help us continue to build that culture by taking this course today!

NFHS Positive Sport Parenting

Learn to be a Captain with a free course from the NFHS!
Turner Neal

Take a free course today from the NFHS on how to be a captain!

Learn to be a Captain with a free course from the NFHS!

The National Federation of High School Leagues, which governs the High School leagues across the United States, have put together some great courses for coaches, students, and even parents! 

Check out the Captains Course which provides great information and has interactive activities for learning what it takes to be a captain on a High School team. 

Tiny Little Action Steps - Breathing
Turner Neal

Dr. Rizzo has written another article in her series of Little Tiny Action Steps.

Little Tiny Action Steps: Diaphragm Breathing 

Dr. Jennifer Rizzo

Normally we don’t think about our breathing, it happens naturally. When we breath efficiently there are many benefits including creating a full oxygen exchange, meaning you take in more valuable oxygen each time you breath. It also lowers stress, reduces blood pressure, decreases heart rate, prevents overusing muscles in the shoulder and upper back and improves core muscle stability. Diaphragm breathing is the most efficient type of breathing and promotes all of the above benefits. 

The anatomy of how we breath helps us understand why we should be diaphragmic breathing. The diaphragm is a dome shaped muscle at the bottom of the rib cage. Take your fingers and trace the bottom on your ribs, that is the same shape of the muscle. The diaphragm pulls air into the lungs when it contracts and pushes the air out when we exhale.

When we breath the top of the dome of the diaphragm contracts and pulls the muscle down toward the base of the rib cage, so it is almost in a straight line. The movement of the diaphragm pushes the internal organs in the abdominal cavity together and forces the belly to bulge outward. In order for the belly to bulge our abdominal muscles need to be relaxed. When we breath out, the abdominal muscles contract and the dome of the diaphragm rises pushing the lungs up, air out and the internal organs move back into a resting position. Movement of the organs during breathing is like a massage every couple seconds and very important to help move fluids and toxins through the organs.

 

**This diagram demonstrates what the diaphragm muscle is doing while breathing.

See how the diaphragm muscle pulls down and then rises as the person breathes

forcing the belly is rise and fall as well. It is not blowing out your belly, rather

 allowing it to rise and fall naturally.

How to diaphragm breath:

·      Lie on your back on a flat surface (or in bed) with your knees bent. You can use a pillow under your head and your knees for support, if that's more comfortable.

·      Place one hand on your upper chest and the other on your belly, just below your rib cage.

·      Breathe in slowly through your nose, letting the air in deeply, towards your lower belly. The hand on your chest should remain still, while the one on your belly should rise.

·      Tighten your abdominal muscles and let them fall inward as you exhale through pursed lips. The hand on your belly should move down to its original position.

·      You can also practice this sitting in a chair, with your knees bent and your shoulders, head, and neck relaxed.

·      Practice for five to 10 minutes, several times a day if possible.

Like anything, diaphragm breathing takes practice. For those that have been chest breathing for years, this habit will not go away easily. To start, practice diaphragm breathing while meditating or being still. After you are able to breath lying down then practice sitting, standing and eventually while working out. This can take a while to master, practice often!

 

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Concordia by the Numbers

Concordia athletics had 412 participants during the 2015-16 school year across the fall, winter and spring seasons.

Across the three seasons, 30 teams represent Concordia in 11 sports.

As Concordia's sports programs progress more student athletes have the opportunity to pursue their athletic passions at the collegiate level.

Since joining the APAC conference in 2008 Concordia has won 10 APAC championships.

Concordia athletes have won 55 SISAC titles since the beginning of the athletic program in 2002.



All varsity teams compete in the APAC conference, which embodies 12 international schools from five different countries.