Soccer is the most widely played and watched sport in the world. It’s rules are essentially universal in every nation. But ask die-hard fans of any team about a given match and you’re likely to get differing views, depending on the outcome and which team’s fans you ask.
Athletes, especially top-level athletes, know that competitive play carries a risk of injury. The risks can be mitigated with proper physical training. But what about the lasting damage from physical or sexual abuse? Can those scars increase the risk of injury, too?
As sports begin to be played at all levels, athletes are excited to return to play. Many have been training on their own during the coronavirus lockdowns. But factors other than training and conditioning may lead to a much greater risk of injury during the return-to-play phase.
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