I’ve been around the Youth Fitness and Training arena for over 2 decades. I’ve learned a lot in that time, especially from my mistakes. That’s why it pains me to see the same mistakes being made over and over in the training of young athletes and children in general. In many ways, parents can be… Continue reading 5 Deadly Sins Parents and Coaches Commit in Training Young Athletes
Nearly 6% of athletes and non-athletes were found to have the neurodegenerative disorder chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) in the largest, and broadest, study conducted of the disease to date. The findings were published June 14 in the international journal Brain Pathology. “Generally our findings point to CTE being more common in athletes and more common… Continue reading Study Finds CTE in Both Athletes and Non-athletes
A first-of-its-kind comparison between elite pro athletes suggests higher overall mortality among NFL players compared with MLB players. NFL players also appear to have higher risk of dying from cardiovascular and neurodegenerative causes compared with MLB peers. The differences warrant further study of sport-specific mechanisms of disease development. Clinicians treating current and former NFL players… Continue reading NFL Players Show Higher Disease, Mortality Risk
Whether or not an NCAA Division I athlete is likely to report concussion symptoms depends on factors including their vested interests, their understanding of health implications, and their team culture and societal influences drawn from narratives of performance circulating in media, according to a study published May 8, 2019 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE… Continue reading Why Athletes Hide Concussion Symptoms
Researchers from Children’s Hospital Colorado and the University of Colorado School of Medicine in Aurora, Colorado, have found that abnormal performance on the Romberg balance test can indicate that children and adolescents will experience prolonged symptoms following sports-related concussion. This finding is reported today in a new article by David R. Howell, PhD, and colleagues… Continue reading Simple Test Predicts Prolonged Symptoms of Pediatric Sports Concussions: Study
Researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and partners have found strong evidence that rates of heat-related illnesses, such as heat cramps and heat strokes, were reduced by half in states that had mandated guidelines to reduce exertional heat illness among high school football players. This is one of the first studies… Continue reading Pre-season Guidelines Sparing High School Football Players From Heat Illness
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
Adolescent athletes who sustained concussions while playing a sport recovered more quickly when they underwent a supervised, aerobic exercise regimen, a study published Feb. 4 in JAMA Pediatrics has found. The study, by University at Buffalo researchers and colleagues, is the first randomized clinical trial of a treatment in the acute phase after a sport-related… Continue reading Adolescent Concussion Recovery Sped by Aerobic Exercise: Study
Speed testing is a huge part of sports. Whether you agree with it or not, athletes get tested on how fast they can run. The 40-yard dash is the centerpiece of the NFL Combine and the 60-yard dash has become the gold-standard in baseball. Even Major League Soccer now tests the 30 meter sprint, and… Continue reading Speed Testing Mastery: New Course From the IYCA!
Early Sports Specialization is a phrase every coach and trainer has heard. Even many parents are familiar with the term. But what does it mean? Is it a bad idea? What are the risks? Are there rewards? On this episode, I offer a few thoughts about early specialization and what it can mean for athletes.… Continue reading Podcast: Early Sports Specialization: A Path to Burnout and Injury?