“Welcome to a historic event.” Is how Associate Executive Director, Kurt Gibson opened the first meeting of its kind in Illinois and for the Illinois High School Association (IHSA). With the vast majority of the Council present it did not take long for all of us to get to “workR.... More »
Steve Jobs once once concluded a short speech on the value of dreamers with the line, “…the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world – are the ones who do!” Pradyut Voleti, founder of Dribble Academy in Gejha village, India is one such dreamer. He star.... More »
On January 24, 2016 the International Olympic Committee announced new guidelines for transgender athletes’ eligibility to compete in the Olympics. While hailed by one trans athlete as bringing the IOC "into the modern world," the applause for the IOC may be premature.
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By Dev K. Mishra, M.D.
President, Sideline Sports Doc
Clinical Assistant Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, Stanford University
Muscle recovery after exercise requires a combination of carbs and protein.
Muscle is believed to recover better if refueling starts in the first hour or two aft.... More »
Staying Sharp During the Dog Days of Summer Just because children have long forgotten about homework during the summer, that doesn’t mean they should also forget about all they’ve worked towards in sports. The warmer months are no excuse for children to fall out of the habit of training, but wit.... More »
The Bracket: Week 1 Results (SEE FULL BRACKET)
The first week is complete in our search for the greatest fictional coach of all time. There weren’t too many surprises. There were only two matchups in which the lower seed didn’t win.
Teamwork is encouraged by youth sports teams everywhere. But of those thousands and thousands of squads, how many of them are doing team the right way? As a sports mom for 21 years, I watched my kids play on over 100 teams and if I am being honest I will have to admit that a lot…Read More
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To all the fathers who brave outdoor high school football stadiums during the dead of winter just to see their son sit on the bench the entire game, we say, “Well done”. To all the dads who sit on rock hard folding chairs to see their daughter’s two minute part in a two hour play, we say, “Well done”…
When football trick plays work, they’re a lot of fun to watch. A well-run trick play might make the local news, and the better ones can go from a lot of hits on YouTube to a viral sensation.
Trick plays can also change the outcome of games. In addition to plays resulting in scores, the plays can be demoralizing for opponents…
Jan Schaffer, director of J-Lab, published a piece last month about journalism education. The headline: Journalism Education: It’s Time to Craft the Gateway Degree.
Schaffer’s concerned about university journalism programs losing enrollment and suggests they find a new way to market themselves…
This is probably the most common question that I get asked by athletes across every sport. “In practice, I’m relaxed, focused and everything seems to just come easily. However, in games, I start getting flooded with negativity and doubts, I tighten up, everything seems so rushed and I can’t get my body to do what it knows how to do!” “So what gives?”
The main reason this happens to athletes is because of the differences in their concentration between practice, when it is perceived to “not count,” and games, when now the athlete tells him/herself “it really counts!”
When you perform to your potential, this is most often a result of you focusing on what is important…
Too often, coaches treat female athletes differently than male athletes. Coaches tell females to act more like men.
But, truth is, girls and women don’t approach sports in the same way men approach sports, says Joan Steidinger, author of “Sisterhood in Sports: How Female Athletes Collaborate and Compete…