Massive tournament-ready facilities and public private partnerships have turned the youth sports industry into a multi-billion-dollar real estate development boom. Whether this serves the interest of the children playing the sports or serves the corporate shareholders involved remains to be seen.
Your kids just put in a great game! Win or lose, they went all out and worked their tails off. Now it’s time for a post-game snack! They earned it, right? It’s a tradition, after all. But is it a tradition that’s actually making your kids fatter and less healthy?
Youth sports, especially in the US, has taken a lot of criticism lately. Not so much for the actual playing of the sports themselves. The criticism usually involves the behaviors, attitudes and actions of the adults involved. Generally, it’s always been thought that playing sports is good for kids. Most people who’ve played youth sports… Continue reading Podcast: Youth Sports and Kids Emotional Health: Study Review
The statistics are staggering. There’s nearly 3.2 million children age five to 14 who received medical treatment for a sports-related injury in 2017. More than a million of those needed emergency room treatment. Yet we continue to hold up youth sports in America as a solution. To what exactly? I’m trying to figure that out.… Continue reading Why Your Pre-Teen Is Weak And What To Do About It
This game is called the “Escape Game” or “Gate Game.” It’s been part of my training repertoire since before All-Star opened our doors in March, 2008. This is an absolute favorite among athletes and across all age groups. Athletes from every sport and even a lot of “non-athletes” love to play. So simple to set… Continue reading The Escape Game For Speed, Agility and Quickness For Athletes
If you sampled most adults, at least those over about 35 years old, they’ll tell you that playing organized sports is a good thing for kids. Elementary school-aged kids can get plenty of exercise, learn to get along with others, learn the value of competition and how to win and lose with dignity. While youth… Continue reading Youth Sports Participation Linked to Reduced Risk of Emotional Difficulties
While it is unlikely that concussions and the risk of head injuries will ever be completely eliminated from football and other contact sports, scientists at the University of California Santa Barbara, the US Army Research Laboratory and HRL Laboratories report that they’ve developed a material that might significantly reduce those risks. The material is composed… Continue reading New Football Helmet Material May Reduce Head Injuries
Top-level e-sports gamers are athletes, too! Or at least, they apparently feel the same levels of stress and pressure as pro athletes when competing in top-flight tournaments. Performance anxiety, communication tangles and even “brain farts” are common among these competitors under the stress of tournament play. University of Chichester researchers looked into the psychological challenges… Continue reading High Level E-Sport Gamers Stress Like Pro Athletes
Football has taken a beating in recent years. Scandals, questions and deep-seated fears revolve around concussions and CTE, mental health and cognitive disorders that are believed to occur as a result of those concussions. By extension other youth contact sports, including ice hockey, lacrosse, field hockey and even soccer have come under fire for the… Continue reading Do Youth Contact Sports Lead to Cognitive and Mental Health Problems?
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