GEN The 10 - Tablet hand tappingFootball practice started across much of the country this week, and it starts next week for high schools almost everywhere else. Please remember to take steps to decrease the risk of heat stroke. Follow the practice guidelines that limit equipment and the number of sessions early. If you are an athletic trainer or coach, watch the players closely, and make sure they know to report any symptoms. And make sure plans are in place to rapidly bring an athlete’s body temperature down on site.

Now, check out some great articles and books before you go out into the heat!

Book I read this week: The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg. I read this book last year, but I wanted to revisit it. I have recently become fascinated by persuasion. In his classic book, Duhigg shows how much of our behavior is automatic, based on habits that have developed over time. If you haven’t read it, it’s worth your time!

Book I’m reading next week: Writing Riches: Learn How to Boost Profits, Drive Sales and Master Your Financial Destiny With Results-Based Web Copy by Ray Edwards. I heard about Ray’s copywriting work recently. He has worked with Tony Robbins and Jeff Walker, among others. I am excited to learn from him!

Sports Medicine
More data on the risks of UCL injuries: Study shows connection between fastballs and Tommy John surgery by Mike Vorkunov in USA Today

Controversial article. What do you think? Here’s What We Don’t Know About Head Injuries And Sport by Tom Chivers in BuzzFeed

Another reason to have a cup of coffee in the morning: A New Health Perk for Coffee Drinkers? by Steven Reinberg in WebMDCup of coffee and coffee beans

Read these “golden rules of drug therapy”: Older Medications May Be Better Than Fancy New Ones by Beth Skwarecki in Lifehacker

Social Media and Communication
I love the tip to declutter slides! 3 ways to create better presentation slides by Denise Graveline in Ragan

Are you using Snapchat? 11 Entrepreneurs on Snapchat Who Are Doing It Right by Chirag Kulkarni in Inc.

Productivity and Self Improvement
Understanding how you will use your time at work is key. If Money Doesn’t Make You Happy, Consider Time by Alice LaPlante in Stanford Business

I am trying to minimize distractions from my phone, but I haven’t tried this idea: Want to Stop Checking Your Phone So Much? Turn Your Screen Gray by Alyssa Raiola in Greatist

Did you like one of these articles or books? Do you have any others to share? I’d love to hear your thoughts below!

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