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In this replay of a brilliant episode from year 2 of the podcast, we welcome Dr. Stephen Norris to the show. Norris was the Director of Sport Physiology & Strategic Planning at the Canadian Sport Centre Calgary for the three Winter Olympic cycles (2002, 2006 and 2010), focusing on Canada’s winter sport teams. He acted as the central performance consultant for the Own The Podium initiative leading up to the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver, B.C.  He has worked with Hockey Canada for the past 20 years, most notably with the National Women’s Team program for 15 of those years. He has also worked extensively with the PGA on their youth development initiatives.

In addition, Norris is a member of the Sport Physiology Group/Altitude Research Group, headed by David Smith, within the Human Performance Laboratory at the University of Calgary. He is a recognized authority on long-term athlete development and talent nurturing systems. Most recently, Norris was appointed adjunct professor (applied physiology) at Mount Royal University in Calgary, Alta., after being an adjunct assistant professor (applied physiology) at the University of Calgary for the past decade. He has been on the Board of Directors for Swimming Canada, Cross Country Canada/Ski du Fond Canada and Bobsleigh Canada Skeleton, and is also a strong advocate for sport and recreation both locally and nationally.

On today’s episode we discuss when it comes to setting up classrooms for children, we get it. Everything in the school, including the restrooms, are kid-sized, because we understand they are not adult-sized. Why do we continue to insist on full-size fields, big equipment, and adult rules when it comes to youth sports? Why do we insist on comparing our kids to others when we know everyone grows and develops differently? And so much more.



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