For Athletes in Weight-Sensitive Sports: Food for Thought + MORE

For Athletes in Weight-Sensitive Sports: Food for Thought + MORE

Pop Warner youth football under fire after court allows case to proceed + MORE

In 2011, thirteen year-old Donnovan Hill was paralyzed in a Southern California football game and, as the family says, it was because his coach allegedly taught the youngsters to tackle by leading with their heads. For a while, the claims were dismissed because parents must provide and sign a parti.... More »
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Can 6 Questions Predict Elbow Injury Risk For Young Pitchers?

By Dev K. Mishra, M.D. President, Sideline Sports Doc Clinical Assistant Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, Stanford University Key Points: We are gaining more knowledge about the factors responsible for overuse injuries and catastrophic elbow ligament tears in young pitchers It is far better to moni.... More »

COMMUNICATING WITH THE PARENTS: The Magic – and Power – of Email from Coaches

Using Email to Communicate With the Team’s Parents (Part One) By Doug Abrams  Community youth sports programs and their coaches increasingly seek to maintain open lines of communication with parents before, during, and sometimes even after the season. The term “transparency” is in vogue in p.... More »
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Seven Reasons to Cheer For Iceland

Are you looking for Seven Reasons to Cheer For Iceland? Iceland National team advanced to the Euro Cup quarterfinals with a historic win over England. First time qualifiers for the tournament, Iceland was a big underdog against the heavily favored English team. But as Leicester proved, strange thing.... More »

YOUTH BASEBALL TRENDS: “Can’t Anybody Here Play This Game?”

When Casey Stengel was managing the hapless New York Mets in their first year of existence in 1962, Casey became so frustrated with his team’s lack of fundamental baseball that he once exclaimed in frustration: “Can’t anybody here play this game?” That moment was well over 50.... More »
While many athletes yearn to be leaner and lighter, some athletes have to be leaner and lighter. If you compete in a sport with weight classes (i.e., wrestling, lightweight rowing) or in a sport that is sensitive to weight (cycling, running), you likely put pressure on yourself to achieve a weight that might defy your genetic physique…

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How Adults’ “Referee Rage” Imperils Youth Leaguers’ Safety
By Doug Abrams
Under the headline, “Referee Shortage Tied to Lack of Respect,” the New York Times ran an article late last month about the acute shortage of experienced youth sports officials in many communities. The Associated Press reported that “[b]y all accounts, finding and retaining referees is becoming more and more difficult” because of “growing animosity and poor behavior among fans and coaches…

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