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4 Tips to Avoid Junk Food When Traveling for Sports

  
  
  
4 Tips to Avoid Junk Food When Traveling for Sports

Traveling for an away tournament can be a huge team bonding experience and tons of fun for any youth sports team. But as much fun as it can be for the players we as parents and coaches know that planning, organizing, and coordinating an away tournament means keeping track of a thousand and one details, including ensuring that your team is getting the right nutrition to play their best.

3 Nutrition Tips for Youth Athletes

  
  
  
3 Nutrition Tips for Youth Athletes

In order to perform at their best, youth athletes need to have the right food fueling their bodies. You are what you eat and what your child eats before they go to practice or a game has a dramatic impact on how much energy they will have on the field. We know that plenty of sports parents are rushing from one activity to the next, and you may not always be able to have a proper sit down dinner, but eating the right things at the right time is so important for youth athletes!

SportsSignup Interviews Craig Sigl, The Mental Toughness Trainer

  
  
  
Craig has personally worked with thousands of professional and amateur athletes on the mental side of their game.

He is an author and creator of 7 mental toughness programs sold in 28 countries and writes to over 16,000 athletes in his emails and on his blogs.

Are Female Athletes Getting Hurt More Frequently than Male Athletes?

  
  
  
Are Female Athletes Getting Hurt More Frequently than Male Athletes?

While young girls can easily "keep up" with the boys when it comes to sports, around puberty the physical differences between a young female athlete and a young male athlete really start to show. Higher levels of testosterone allow boys to add muscle and get stronger quickly. But in turn, they become less flexible. Girls, as their estrogen levels increase, tend to naturally add more fat than muscle and have to train harder to get stronger. However, estrogen helps makes girls’ ligaments lax, meaning they typically outperform boys when it comes to overall body flexibility. And while flexibility is a huge advantage in some sports, especially gymnastics, it also represents greater risk for injury when female athletes don't have sufficient muscle strength to keep their joints in stable, safe positions.

Why Unstructured Playtime Is So Important for Young Athletes

  
  
  
Why Unstructured Playtime Is So Important for Young Athletes

Even though numerous studies have pointed out that unstructured playtime, like recess, improves children's fitness, as well as benefits their social-emotional growth and academic performance, many schools across the country are cutting gym classes and shortening or even eliminating recess all together. Some cite budget concerns, others are worried about student safety, while other schools want to use that time to focus more on academics so America students don't fall behind when it comes to testing compared to other countries. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics,

A New Year and 4 New Sports to Try

  
  
  
A New Year and 4 New Sports to Try

Millions of kids play baseball, soccer, and football each year. But maybe these “mainstream” sports just aren’t for your child. Some kids might prefer an individual sport like tennis, fencing, or karate. But maybe your child just wants to try something totally different in 2014! Some of these sports are a little off the beaten path for most youth athletes, but they might be just what your child is looking for!

How Youth Athletes Can Build Better Mental Strength

  
  
  
How Youth Athletes Can Build Better Mental Strength

According to the American Psychological Association, “sport psychologists help professional and amateur athletes overcome problems, enhance their performance and achieve their goals.” Athletes might be extra nervous during competition, so much so that they can’t perform. Or maybe they are choking during critical moments. Or perhaps they are having trouble controlling their temper during the game. Athletes seek out sports psychologists for a multitude of reasons, and a big component of any sports psychology program focusing on building up the athlete’s mental strength.

Steroid Abuse in High School Sports

  
  
  

Earlier this summer reports surfaced showing that now-defunct anti-aging clinic Biogenesis supplied performance-enhancing to professional baseball players like Alex Rodriguez. According to the New York Daily News, Porter Fischer, who originally leaked documents about Biogenesis, told ESPN "Outside the Lines" that founder Anthony Bosch supplied human growth hormone and Sermorelin to high school age athletes, some of whom were accompanied by their fathers when they visited the clinic.

Keep Your Fall Sports Season Injury Free

  
  
  
Keep Your Fall Sports Season Injury Free

It’s September! In many parts of the country that means falls is on its way in and with changing leaves comes the fall sports season. Whether your youth athletes is playing football, soccer, or giving cross-country a go it’s important to remember that most sports injuries can be prevented with a little planning. Although accidents can and do happen, sports parents and coaches can do a lot to keep players safe this fall season.

The Impact of Energy Drinks on Youth Athletes

  
  
  
The Impact of Energy Drinks on Youth Athletes

According to the Official Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics, energy drinks are consumed by 30% to 50% of adolescents and young adults. And while Gatorade and Red Bull might be sitting next to each other on the grocery store shelf the two are not interchangeable! While sports drinks contain carbohydrates, minerals, electrolytes, and other vitamins designed to help athletes combat dehydration, energy drinks leave out the electrolytes and add stimulants like caffeine, protein, and amino acids to give people that “boost” of energy.

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