Accountability or Unnecessary Confrontation for Youth Athletes?

Accountability. The word, and the concept, get thrown around so much, it’s become a cliche. But are we using accountability with youth athletes more like a blunt object than a sharpened tool to sculpt success? Much has been said and written about the value of accountability in training and sports. So much, in fact, that… Continue reading Accountability or Unnecessary Confrontation for Youth Athletes?

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Side Hits to Head Can Lead to Brain Damage, Concussion

Play contact sports for any length of time and at one point or another you’re probably going to have your ‘bell rung’ by a powerful blow to the head from a hard hit or fall. Rising awareness of the severe, abiding repercussions of strong impacts to the head — concussions, mild traumatic brain injury, neurological… Continue reading Side Hits to Head Can Lead to Brain Damage, Concussion

Steal This Book! (Sort of)

A few years back, I was asked to be part of a project with a huge task. Our goal was to produce a book that provided a “definitive guide” to what it meant to help young athletes develop successfully and safely. I got to co-author with some amazing youth fitness professionals. It was an honor… Continue reading Steal This Book! (Sort of)

Blood Biomarkers May Help Predict Concussion Recovery Time

A study of high school and college football players suggests that biomarkers in the blood may have potential use in identifying which players are more likely to need a longer recovery time after concussion, according to a study published in the July 3, 2019, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy… Continue reading Blood Biomarkers May Help Predict Concussion Recovery Time

Podcast: 5 Deadly Sins Parents and Coaches Commit in Training Youth Athletes

I’ve been around the Youth Training and Fitness field for 20 years and I’ve made enough mistakes to know I don’t know everything.However, I DO know that parents and coaches are still committing some “deadly sins” when it comes to training youth athletes!Listen in as I share 5 of those “deadly sins.” Find out: Why… Continue reading Podcast: 5 Deadly Sins Parents and Coaches Commit in Training Youth Athletes

New Protein Guidelines for Track and Field Athletes

A review led by a sports scientist at the University of Stirling has set out new international guidelines for protein intake in track and field athletes. The findings of the paper form part of the updated International Association of Athletics Federations’ (IAAF) consensus statement on Sports Nutrition for Track and Field Athletes. Dr Oliver Witard,… Continue reading New Protein Guidelines for Track and Field Athletes

The Scoop on Bedtime Protein for Bigger Gains

Drinking a casein shake just before overnight sleep increases gains in muscle mass and strength in response to resistance exercise. But to date, no study has directly addressed whether this effect is due to increased total protein intake only, or if a bedtime beverage is better. According to a review published in Frontiers in Nutrition,… Continue reading The Scoop on Bedtime Protein for Bigger Gains

NFL Players Hearts Show Abnormalities Decades After Retirement

While elite athletes are often at peak fitness, they are not immune to—and may even face a higher risk for—potentially detrimental heart conditions later in life. Former National Football League (NFL) players, particularly those with larger body sizes, were found to have heart abnormalities specifically associated with high blood pressure in a study being presented… Continue reading NFL Players Hearts Show Abnormalities Decades After Retirement

Half of Youth Sports Injuries Caused by Overuse and Preventable, According to Doctors

It stands to reason that young people who play organized sports are going to get injured. But while young athletes are susceptible to the ankle sprains, wrist fractures and other acute injuries that are common among competitors of all ages, numerous studies indicate that approximately half of the sports-related injuries among children and adolescents in… Continue reading Half of Youth Sports Injuries Caused by Overuse and Preventable, According to Doctors

Podcast: A Simplified Guide to Protein Intake for Athletes or Fat Loss

Protein. A simple macronutrient that spurs one of the most common questions in fitness. “How much protein should I eat?” There are also dozens of other questions like “how often?” and “what about vegetarians/vegans?” Whether you’re trying to lose stubborn body fat or maximize those gains, protein is essential to your success! In this episode,… Continue reading Podcast: A Simplified Guide to Protein Intake for Athletes or Fat Loss