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Even if Your Child Loves to Play, Should They Play All Year-Round?

  
  
  
Multisport Hands In

Earlier this year ESPN ran a story showing that most kids playing sports do love playing...but is loving the game enough to justify the year-round play (and possible consequences) that comes with high-pressure travel teams?

3 Tips for Preventing Heat Illness Among Athletes

  
  
  
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Summer is in full swing, and with temperatures easily climbing into the 80s and 90s youth athletes are certainly feeling the heat! A study by Andrew J. Grundstein, an associate professor in the department of geography at the University of Georgia, found that 123 high school football players died of heat-related illnesses between 1960 and 2009. While every death is heart-breaking, what's even more frustrating that all of those deaths were totally preventable. Heat illnesses including cramps, exhaustion, and even heat stroke are completely preventable and treatable given parents and coaches keep an eye on their players for the signs and symptoms and immediately give them time to cool down if it looks like an athlete is in rough shape.

The Importance of Casual Play

  
  
  
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From one generation to the next youth sports has changed dramatically. When we (meaning current sports parents) were young, sports was something you did in the summer because your parents wanted you outside. Maybe you played sports in high school, but you might have played a different sport in the fall and in the spring, not just one sport all year round. Or you didn't belong to any "real" team, but you played pickup games with the neighborhood kids every weekend. But in recent years youth sports has changed dramatically. Even those who are against early specialization can't argue that more and more kids are playing one sport all year round, are getting onto more high-powered (and costly) travel teams, and getting very serious about their athletic career at a younger and younger age.

Carbohydrates AND Protein: A Youth Athlete Needs Both to Succeed

  
  
  
Carbohydrates AND Protein: A Youth Athlete Needs Both to Succeed

Let's be honest. Getting kids to eat a well-balanced meal three times a day sometimes take nothing less than a miracle, especially if your child is a picky eater or you're constantly running from activity to activity and don't have time for a sit-down meal. But youth athletes need a healthy diet in order to perform at the top of their game. And that means finding the right balance between carbohydrates AND protein.

The Risk of ACL Injury Among Female Athletes

  
  
  
The Risk of ACL Injury Among Female Athletes

Approximately 80% of ACL tears occur without any physical contact with another player. Instead, the tear happens when a player lands from a jump, decelerating suddenly, or quickly changing direction. Since these actions are so common in soccer and basketball, it's those players that are the most at-risk. And female athletes have the greatest risk of ACL injuries, with rates 4 to 6 times as high as for their male counterparts in the same sports. While ACL injuries are uncommon among younger players, the rate starts to pick up once girls turn 12.

SportsSignup Interviews Chrissy Barth, founder and CEO of Live.Breathe.Nutrition., LLC

  
  
  
Chrissy Barth

Chrissy Barth, MS, RD, BHT, RYT, is a registered dietitian, yoga teacher and communications expert in the field of holistic nutrition who is passionate about teaching others about optimal health and performance by taking the confusion out of nutrition. She is the founder and CEO of Live.Breathe.Nutrition., LLC, a nutrition coaching and consulting practice in Phoenix, Arizona, where she serves as a nutrition consultant to the Arizona Cardinals.

Helping Your Youth Athlete Mentally Recover from a Serious Injury

  
  
  
Helping Your Youth Athlete Mentally Recover from a Serious Injury

Approximately 8,000 children are treated in emergency rooms each day for sports-related injuries. Obviously some of these are relatively minor--things like sprained ankles and jammed fingers are definitely no fun and can be painful, but they aren't typically season-ending or life-threatening. The recovery process might be a few days or a few weeks and youth athletes are back on their feet like nothing ever happened. But other injuries, like a torn ACL, can take months to physically recoup from. But even as they physically recover from a serious injury an athlete's mental health also needs attention.

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.

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