Study Finds Few Doctors, Schools, and States Use National Preparticipation Physical Evaluation Form + MORE

Study Finds Few Doctors, Schools, and States Use National Preparticipation Physical Evaluation Form + MORE
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Proper Helmet Fit in Boy's Hockey: A 12-Point Checklist + MORE

To provide maximum protection against head injuries, helmets worn by athletes in contact sports such as youth hockey, need to fit correctly, but a new study of boy's hockey players age 8 to 14 years found that less than one third of hockey helmets are properly fitted. (Williams, 2014). Because .... More »

The Fencing Response + MORE

Originally posted January 7, 2011 this was one of the first places to examine and educate people about the Fencing Response, since that time this post has been viewed nearly 50,000 times. This is a great resource. ========== The fencing response is an unnatural position of the arms following a concu.... More »

What to Look for in Your Kids’ Sports Drink

What’s the best kids’ sports drink for your child to consume? There are so many that claim to be the best, how’s a parent to know? Let’s start with a simpler question: are sports drinks even necessary? A couple of weeks ago, I was one of the speakers at the Elite Soccer Summi.... More »

ABUSIVE COACHES: A New Trend is Developing in Holding Coaches Accountable + MORE

Ever since the debacle of the Rutgers men’s basketball program a few years ago and the dismissal of Mike Rice for verbally and physically abusing his players, something new has evolved. And it’s a good trend. Coaches at all levels are now coming under more scrutiny than ever before. Ther.... More »

SPORTS PARENTING TRENDS: Are We Witnessing the Slow Decline of Youth Baseball? + MORE

As we approach the latter half of August, it’s ironic that as Little League Baseball from Williamsport becomes more and more popular each year on ESPN, the sad truth is that youth leagues all over continue to lose players. For years, it was thought that many American kids were just opting for .... More »
More Troubling News About Abuse of Referees
By Doug Abrams
Last week, a newspaper reported about a local youth soccer league that is “suffering a severe shortage of referees because too many are dropping out due to abuse from the sidelines.” The paper identified the usual abusers – parents and coaches…

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The medical community is largely unaware of national sports preparticipation physical evaluation (PPE) guidelines and only 11% of athletes at US high schools are guaranteed to receive a PPE fully consistent with the national standard, finds a 2014 study.

The findings come despite the 2010 endorsement of 6 national medical societies of a single PPE form as part of an effort to standardize the screening process, and nearly unanimous public support for PPE screening by a qualified health care professional before participation in a consistent manner across the country…

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There is good news about eating disorders. As a friend, parent, or coach, you can help prevent them in young athletes!

The ugly stuff: eating disorders are harmful!

But before we get to that good news, let’s take a look at the ugly
stuff.  Too many athletes (of all ages) struggle with food…

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My March "Youth Sports Hero of the Month" column honored 12-year-old Matthew Marotta for his sportsmanship at the end of a hard-fought pee wee hockey tournament game in Winnipeg, Manitoba on February 16.

For readers who might not have read that blog entry yet, the Nanaimo Clippers edged Matthew’s Prince George Cougars, 3-2, on a hotly disputed goal in the final moments of double overtime…

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