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ABSO University

Trainings on variety of sports related topics provided by ABSO. 

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Every Home-Field's Different: Parenting in Sports

This workshop goes into the relationship and role of parents in sports. More specifically, the training will highlight the benefits, responsibilities, impacts, and attitudes of parents when their children play sports. The workshop will highlight the overarching responsibilities of being a parent of an athlete, as well as the reasons why so many athletes’ parents are so (often, overly) involved in their children’s sports. Also, the impact of the way that parents act at sporting events and the consequences of their actions. Strategies top tips and suggestions for parents to have a healthy and positively involvement. 


Game Over – The Transition

Career transition is an extremely challenging stage in life for anyone involved. It comes with its ups and downs both mentally and physically. When athletes transition out of sports, it is often an overwhelming journey as they feel a loss of their identity. Athletes are trained to see themselves as winners who follow a specific routine in their daily life. This familiar pattern breaks when they transition from athletics and into another unexplored area of their life. While any change is difficult to endure, this specific career transition can be more demanding for athletes. This workshop is designed to help athletes transition from athletics with more ease and confidence.


Race In Athletics

This workshop will discuss implicit bias, and the differences between equality and equity, what do equitable practices look like. Conversations about race constructively within the game environment and with families, athletes, coaches, officials, and administration. Participants will gain opportunities and next steps for applying concepts and strategies to advance racial equity on and off the athletic fields. Participants will discuss the impact of the game and how it relates to race, racism, diversity. Discuss how biases and discriminatory practices and its impact. Explore strategies to help improve and understand race.


The Officiating Life

Sports has been an integral part of our lives for a very long time now. Every one of us would have gotten our hands dirty with some sort of sport in our life. Sports is often viewed as a place where people come together and enjoy the game and hold high spirits of sportsman. In fact, sportsmanship is one of the highest regarded characters. Considering all these critical things happening in sports, and how highly sports is held in society, it is critical to say that games do not always go with sportsmanship. It is the role of referees or umpires to hold the standards of the game and ensure the game is played fair and square. In this course, we will discuss and understand the history of sports officiating. Workshop will provide an understanding of sports officiating history, education on sports officiating, and the laws and guidelines of officiating sports.

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Sports Trafficking 

Most sports are seen as gentleman or women’s game. But it is seldom the truth if we learn more about it. Sports is a lucrative industry for many aspiring athletes, especially in developing countries. People with talent and aspirations to grow in sports and live in developing countries are often victims of several frauds and other nefarious activities. This workshop will provide a detailed outline and understanding of how sports trafficking is taking over the dreams of hundreds of thousands of young athletes across the globe.

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Social Work & Mental Health Meets Sports

This workshop will discuss how athletes, as a group, are generally a more vulnerable and susceptible population who are more prone to mental health issues whether by injury or environmental factors and have more prevalent social work-related needs. This also impacts coaches and officials. All have not received proper social work or mental health treatment because they are deemed to be “free of mental health challenges and social problems.” These vulnerabilities that exist at the various levels of sports and further explore the vulnerabilities of this involved with athletics.


We Do It All! Women in Sports

Women have been playing sports for centuries, but only recently have they begun to get recognition and respect in the sports world. Women have achieved amazing feats in sports and continue to make strides towards gender equality within the industry. They are now visible in all areas of sport – from playing, coaching, managing, and owning teams to creating innovative products and services. The term ‘sports’ is not specific to any gender. However, over the years, we have begun to associate the word sports with men. Sports has evolved to be a male dominated field. This workshop is designed to help understand the reason women hold more than their own in sports. 


Competing In The System: Fostering Athletics

Foster children often face many obstacles in obtaining the opportunity to participate in sports. Unfortunately, many of these children are unable to participate due to circumstances and constraints beyond their control. Participating in sports can provide numerous benefits to children, including improved physical health, socialization, and a sense of belonging. This workshop will explore the challenges and benefits of involved foster children in athletics plus more. 


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