Char Polanosky (charp)



charp's Favorite Sports:

Swim, Golf, Gymnastics, Ice Hockey, Summer Games

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Tips and resources for raising a happy, healthy athlete.

How to Coach Your Athlete at Home
I read an article by Asha Forster Grebenik this week titled “How to Coach Your Gymnast at Home” – it honestly should be required reading for all sports parents – feel free to substitute your child’s sport for the gymnastics r...[Read on]
How to Know if it is a Sprain or a Break?
If you have an athlete, there is going to come a time where they get injured. Ankle injuries are VERY common and can happen when you least expect it. So how do you know if it is a sprain or a break? That photo is of my daughter’s ankle a few week...[Read on]
Athletes and Back to School: 8 Things Parents and Coaches Can Do To Make It Easier
Note: I originally published this a few years ago but find it very helpful to revisit at this time of the year! Our kids go back to school soon but many of our mid-west friends have kids who go back to school this week.  For us the first week of s...[Read on]
Free Printable Summer Camp Packing List
I originally posted this list a few years ago, but it continues to be a very popular post, so I decided to give it a quick update – especially as we start getting my daughter packed for camp. Summer is here and I know there are athletes all over t...[Read on]
Hockey A Men’s Sport? Four Women Who Are Changing That Perception
Hockey is mostly known as a sport for men only, but with the increasing interest of women, this is no longer the case. There is a long list of male hockey superstars and great teams but little attention has been brought to the growing eminence of female h...[Read on]
Talking with Dara Torres and Swim Today about The FUNNEST Sport – Swimming
If you ask kids what the FUNNEST sport is, you will get a lot of different answers – from soccer, to gymnastics, softball and everything else in between. Not a lot of them will raise their hand and say swimming. But if you ask the question a diffe...[Read on]
Amy Purdy – An Inspiration to Everyone
For those familiar with Amy Purdy and her story, her success on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars should come as no surprise. Purdy hasn’t just been overcoming obstacles since the double amputation of both her legs at age 19 – she’s bee...[Read on]
Two Former Track Stars Persevere and Find a Home on 2014 U.S. Women’s Olympic Bobsled Team
Guest post by Kate Voss The road to Olympic victory is not an easy or painless journey. However, for some athletes who found defeat in one Olympic sport, including former track stars Lolo Jones and Lauryn Williams, an alternative route for Olympic succ...[Read on]
BBC Sochi Trailer is Seriously EPIC
The Olympics are just a few days away and the commercials, trailers and other press are really doing a great job of overshadowing the fact that Sochi may or may not really be ready for an event of this size. The BBC trailer for the Sochi games is so aw...[Read on]
Falling Down Makes You Stronger – P&G;Thank You Moms Commercial
With the 2014 Sochi Games right around the corner, of course P&G has a new commercial that gives tribute to sports Moms everywhere and the incredible journey athletes take to get to the Olympics. Take a look.     Obviously there are ple...[Read on]