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Ken Taylor (@TheSpeedDr) played for the Super Bowl Champion 1985 Chicago Bears and is now a private coach, specializing in speed training. He was a three-time Pac-10 Academic All America at Oregon State University as a football player and triple jumper/sprinter, while also earning a bachelors degree in exercise physiology and sport science.

In this clip, Ken explains that negative coaching is not conducive to the type of work he does in coaching youth athletes through speed training. One of his first steps is to help youth athletes get to know themselves "from their point of view, so that they can better understand their own personalities" and apply that knowledge to sports, school and family life.

From there, Ken helps the athletes improve their focus and understand, for example, how many reps it tends to take them before acquiring a skill. That way, if they know it takes 10 reps in an athletic skill, they can anticipate needing 10 reps on math problems.