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The LTAD Network Podcast

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A podcast for Parents, Sports Coaches, PE Teachers, Support staff and anyone else interested in Youth Athletic Development! Our mission is to support grassroots coaches in the development of youth athletes.Here you'll find interviews with technical coaches, support staff, researchers and former athl… read more


Jason Avelar (Prescott Junior High School): The Motivation Factor Legacy

Jason Avelar has been a PE teacher for the last 8 years at Prescott Junior High School, considered one of the best physical education schools in America. Prescott was featured in the popular documentary “The Motivation Factor” which stresses the importance of being physically active and explores the unique PE program founded at La Sierra High School in the 1960's. Jason holds Bachelor's in Science in Physical Education from the University of Mary, as well as a Masters in Best Practices from National University. He has been a Physical Education Teacher for 12 years, High School Football Coach for 12 years, as well a Junior High School Basketball and Track coach 8 years. He is also a Blue Belt in Jiu Jitsu. 

In this episode Jason discusses: 

  • How he found his own escape in sport and exercise in his youth. 

  • The Fitness based model of PE Curriculum delivered at Prescott. 

  • The unique system of coloured shorts or "trunks" to identify physical achievements. 

  • How the program was altered for younger age groups and those who don't "level up" 

  • How recording personal records and progress across 20 fitness tests is motivating for adolescents. 

  • How this personal improvement translates into other academic areas. 

You can keep up to date with Jason via Instagram: @coach_ave34 and Prescott Pride via @prescottpride . You can read Jason's article on Strong First here and learn more about the Motivation Factor Documentary here

As always you can keep up to date with Athletic Evolution via our website, Instagram and Twitter.

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