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I dislocated my shoulder last week playing a three-on-three basketball game. The first thing that comes to my mind trying to describe this experience is pain I would not want to feel again. So with this article, I will start a series of posts about the most common sports related injuries and how to treat them, but most important, how to prevent them. I will call this: The Basketball is my Passion Injury Prevention System. You can look for this articles on the site menu under “Injury Prevention System”.

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The Basketball is my Passion website is inspired by the works and leadership of not only the greatest professional coaches and players the game has ever seen, but also by all those coaches and players that work hard every day in their communities to promote good sports and life values in our society.
This article shares 10 tips for coaches on their path to greatness.

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This is a guest post by my friend Lamar Hull of inspirationalbasketball.com who is dedicated to provide great content for young players, parents and coaches to improve in the game of basketball. Parents and coaches around the world face a great challenge in motivating young kids to continue training basketball for many years and Lamar shows us a proven way to do that. I hope you enjoy it:

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“Be not afraid of greatness. Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and others have greatness thrust upon them.”

― William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night

To be better at something, constant practice is necessary. And if you want to achieve greatness, you will have to forge desire, determination, mental toughness and perseverance together into your own self to be one of the Greats.

The following are great ideas to become a better and great basketball player, extracted from Alan Stein´s The Coaching Nuggets Volume 10. More great ideas and coaching tips can be found at Alan´s website: StrongerTeam.com

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Never give up.

We all have a natural tendency to compete and the desire to be victorious after any game or challenge. Nobody likes to lose, at least nobody that I know. The final purpose on the basketball court is to win the game. But it is almost inevitable not to lose a game, or two, or maybe too many. And sometimes after feeling bad of losing so much, we want to quit. It is like we also have a natural tendency to give up too soon.

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I am a Winner

A winning attitude gives you the advantage in everything you do in life. It is half the victory accomplished even before the start of the game. If you prepare to win and want to win, you will simply succeed.

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Winning Coaches

Winning teams are known for having a winning foundation. A coach with a winning attitude is one of the main pillars to guarantee success in battling the challenges of the season.
I read the following Ideas for Winning Coaches from our friend’s coaching toolbox website. Make sure you visit them as the have tons of valuable resources for coaches and players.
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“Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.”

 The wrong attitude can take away your enthusiasm for training. So, how do you stay motivated to train without distractions when your mood is getting in the way?

Here are 10 proven techniques, in no specific order, to keep in mind every day to achieve positive long term results from training:

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“The strong take from the weak, but the smart take from the strong.” So said Pete Carril’s father, a Spanish immigrant who worked for thirty-nine years in a Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, steel mill. His son stood only five-foot-six but nonetheless became an All-State basketball player in high school, a Little All-American in college, and a highly successful coach. After twenty-nine years as Princeton University’s basketball coach, he became an assistant coach with the NBA’s Sacramento Kings. In 1997 he was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
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In order to achieve something, anything you want, you have to be motivated. You have to be determined and strongly desire that, which you want to attain. That powerful desire is called Ambition.

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