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DANGERS OF CONCUSSIONS: New Study Suggests More Concussions in Girls Soccer than in HS Football

There was a recent study published headlined by a medical professor at Northwestern University who says that girls who play HS soccer suffer a much higher incidence of concussions than boys do – even those boys who play HS football. As you might imagine, I was somewhat stunned by this. After all, .... More »

Sports Parenting Podcast: Why TEAM is so Important–in Sports and in Life + MORE

To listen to the podcast, click on the above arrow.  In this episode I am featuring Jenn Starkey of www.MVPleadershipAcademy.com and FastpitchFit.com. Jenn is a Best Selling Author and the founder of FastpitchFit.com, a division of MVP Leadership Academy. She is here to help give you tools that.... More »

DEALING WITH FINANCIAL CONCERNS: The Built-in Value of Used Equipment Banks for Kids + MORE

Used-Equipment Banks: One Way to Reduce Costs and Boost Enrollment  By Doug Abrams Much has been written lately about the escalating costs of playing youth sports, particularly at the travel and elite levels. Commentators have described burdens imposed by interstate travel and lodging, handsomely .... More »
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How To Interview And Choose The Right Coach

As the summer winds down and you’re preparing for fall, it’s critical to ensure your kids have a coach whose style and philosophy builds their confidence. Whether your young athletes are already on a team or will be with a coach for the first time, it’s important to consider how a coach affec.... More »
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CoachUp Introduces The +1 Program: Save Money, Train More + MORE

CoachUp Introduces The +1 Program: Save Money, Train More At CoachUp, we’re always looking for ways to improve your training and efforts to become the best athlete you can be. We understand that your training comes from different budgets, time constraints, and academic pursuits, but our +1 Program.... More »
Technology
Over-rated: Trendy Gadgets
Don’t get me wrong – gadgets like Fitbit, and Jawbone are cool. They track your sleep, steps, calories and much more. But do you actually do something with all that data? Does it help you run faster? Unless you’re using the changes in heart rate and sleep patterns to determine when you need an extra recovery day or reassess what you’ve planned for your interval workout, these tools are cool gadgets with a lot of information…

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New York Daily News baseball writer Andy Martino wrote an interesting blog post this week about getting too close to his subject. The headline is a bit long, so I’ll give it its own paragraph:
Really trying to understand why I was so wrong about NY Mets’ Lucas Duda. What are the challenges of separating reporting from personal feelings?
Martino writes about the position battle at first base for the Mets over the last few years between Ike Davis and Lucas Duda…

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Ted LigetyTwo years before he stood on the Sochi Olympics podium with a gold medal around his neck, alpine skier Ted Ligety took a trip to Alaska.  There was no qualifying race or Team USA training session, but rather a heli-skiing trek in the Chugach Mountains with a film crew from Warren Miller Entertainment…

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Dr. Bob Schafer (seated) of Prophecy Sciences at SSAC14One of the unmistakable takeaways from the recent MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference is that teams across all sports are looking for the “next big thing” that will offer a competitive advantage.  For most of the 2,000 attendees at this year’s event, the holy grail was assumed to be buried somewhere in the Big Data world of sports statistics and their endless permutations and combinations…

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Going into the start of football season, there is plenty of expert commentary on what makes up the “right stuff” when evaluating quarterbacks. Everything from arm strength to height to foot skills to the size of their hands was measured and dissected to find the magic combination of variables. While the body mechanics of delivering a football on target are vital, QBs rely even more on their vision both before and after the ball is snapped…

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Has this happened to you?  Your daughter comes home from soccer practice and defiantly declares, “I can’t stand my coach, my team is awful and I don’t even like soccer.  I quit!”  Your parental thermostat kicks in as you try to gently lower the temperature in the room with those responses that all kids despise, “Oh, come on now, it can’t be that bad” or “But you’re good at soccer” and finally, “You know our rule, once you start something, you have to finish it…

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Now that it’s mid-April, thousands of amateur runners are realizing the time has come to get serious about their Spring marathon training plans.  The easier 4-6 mile weekday jogs increase quickly into 10-15 mile weekend long runs.  For those new to endurance distances, this jump in mileage can put a strain not only on the legs but also on the heart…

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