Our recent interview for the Performance Concepts Chat podcast is with former CFL player and public speaker, Angus Reid, on the subject of football in the development of life skills for young athletes. In 2016, Angus delivered a TEDx talk in Vancouver entitled, “Why We Need High School Football”, outlining the reasons why high school football made a difference in his life and how it can be a viable sporting option for almost any young athlete. Angus speaks regularly on this topic and provides valuable reasons to coaches, teachers, parents and athletes as to why football is still a great means of developing transferable life skills such as commitment, dedication, teamwork, leadership and problem solving.
In our conversation, we talk about how football has received a lot of negative publicity around the issue of head trauma and brain injury, possibly resulting in longer term damage in the form of CTE. There are many things that can be improved in the game of football, particularly at the youth levels, with more effort going into education and the delivery of quality coaching, skill development and mentorship. Because football can provide so many positive lessons in life, Angus believes that it is worth the effort to continue promoting the sport, while making improvements wherever possible to enhance safety and provide a valuable life experience for athletes of all ages.
Angus Reid performs speaking engagements on a regular basis throughout North America. He can be reached at www.angusreid64.com and on Twitter via @angusreid64. To view his original TED talk on “Why We Need High School Football”, please select this link Angus Reid – TEDx West Vancouver.
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