Podcast: Friday Happy Hour With Lyle McDonald – The Sequel

If you heard the first one, you already know this one is going to be fun! Lyle McDonald joins me once again for a lively shout at some clouds! In this episode, Lyle shares: How he got his start as a Karaoke superstar! His thoughts on “sport-specific training.” When early specialization might actually help. Why… Continue reading Podcast: Friday Happy Hour With Lyle McDonald – The Sequel

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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)

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

5 Deadly Sins Parents and Coaches Commit in Training Young Athletes

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

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

Quality of Life Matters for Injured or Concussed Youth Athletes: Study

When we think of the recovery period in adolescents with a sports injury, we tend to focus on milestones marking relief from symptoms, restoration of strength, and perhaps return to play. But what about the effects of sports injury on other aspects of the young athlete’s life? How is the young athlete’s quality of life… Continue reading Quality of Life Matters for Injured or Concussed Youth Athletes: Study

Podcast: Early Sports Specialization: A Path to Burnout and Injury?

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?

Youth Football, Concussions and Brain Injury – The Real Danger

Every autumn weekend in the US, thousands of youngsters as young as 5 years old strap on their pads, lace up their cleats and get after each other on the football field. However, fewer and fewer of them are playing tackle football. Parents are concerned about concussions, brain injuries and brain damage. Proponents of the… Continue reading Youth Football, Concussions and Brain Injury – The Real Danger

Kids Concussion Symptoms Last 3X Longer Than Adults: Study

Concussion symptoms for children under 13 years old typically last three times longer than they do for older teens and adults, but keeping them out of the classroom during recovery is not necessarily the preferred treatment, according to a comprehensive research review in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association. Parents should be aware that… Continue reading Kids Concussion Symptoms Last 3X Longer Than Adults: Study