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Young Athletes

The 'Devastating' Effect Of Being A Young Athlete And A Celebrity

OWN | Lisa Capretto | Posted 05.12.2016 | OWN

Some young athletes power through the start of their professional careers with their heads down and their eyes focused on the work itself. Others -- f...

The Rookie Who Took the IMCA Title From His Dad and Kept Going

Julee Morrison | Posted 05.09.2016 | Sports
Julee Morrison

Engines have been part of the Howard genetics for generations. They build them, modify them and ultimately race with them. It started with motorcycles...

The Immature Parent in Youth Sports

Fred Engh | Posted 03.30.2016 | Parents
Fred Engh

Immature parents are what give youth sports a black eye. These kinds of parents don't anticipate the consequences of their boorish behavior but just act impulsively without thinking. Immature parents don't take responsibility for their behavior but instead blame the referee.

Concussion at Play: Get Involved to Protect Young Athletes

Debra Houry, MD, MPH | Posted 09.18.2016 | Impact
Debra Houry, MD, MPH

Why is the number so high? In the realm of sports, there are many different voices that influence young people--parents, coaches, health care providers, school professionals, teammates, and even spectators.

5 Eating Habits That Can Ruin a Young Athlete's Performance

Maryann Jacobsen | Posted 07.09.2016 | Parents
Maryann Jacobsen

If you've got a promising young athlete, don't let these bad eating habits get in the way! They are sure to curbside your young athlete's hard work, on and off the field.

'Little Ballers' Is A Documentary The Whole Family Needs To Watch

The Huffington Post | Chanel Parks | Posted 02.01.2016 | Black Voices

Different players across the NBA have something in common: they once played basketball with the AAU, aka the Amateur Athletic Union, a non-profit orga...

The Mental Abuse Of Young Athletes

Tyson Hartnett | Posted 04.15.2015 | Sports
Tyson Hartnett

A bruise or slap will heal. A young athlete hearing that he is "selfish and not good enough" will last much longer. I can still hear the terrible things my high school coach told me, and I've been out of high school for years.

Cultivating Our Young Athletes

Tyson Hartnett | Posted 04.06.2015 | Sports
Tyson Hartnett

If a player is a star in high school, the idolization starts early. The loudest voices in the athlete's ear say, "You'll be a pro someday! Yes, do your schooling, but you don't have to work too hard because one day you'll be rich!"

The Anxiety And Depression Of Young Athletes

Tyson Hartnett | Posted 03.01.2015 | Sports
Tyson Hartnett

When I was 10, basketball was just a fun sport to play with friends by running up and down a court. But today? The pressure is excessive, and it's starting earlier and earlier.

Why Children Should Not Have Low Back Pain

Dr. Joseph Horrigan | Posted 02.10.2015 | Healthy Living
Dr. Joseph Horrigan

Parents should not dismiss their children's complaints of low back pain, and the same advice applies to coaches, athletic trainers and school nurses: if an athletic child complains of nagging low back pain, you should have him/her examined by a doctor who specializes in sports medicine, spinal injuries or pediatric orthopedics. A lifetime of suffering could be avoided with timely and appropriate care.

These 6 Inspirational Athletes Show Us How To Beat The Odds

The Huffington Post | Avery Stone | Posted 08.28.2014 | Sports

What if you fell in love with a sport, but there was a large obstacle in your path, threatening to prevent you from playing it? These athletes know ex...

Parents of Young Athletes Need to Keep Everything in Perspective

The University of Central Florida Forum | Posted 10.07.2014 | College
The University of Central Florida Forum

You should be your kid's biggest supporter. But for parents of high school athletes, in particular, it's important to maintain perspective. Don't lose sleep worrying about catering to every need of your athletic child.

One Family's Journey and Joy: The 2014 Special Olympics Makes More Than One Kind of Impact

Steve Mariotti | Posted 09.16.2014 | Impact
Steve Mariotti

A few weeks ago, I stumbled upon something wonderful happening in Central New Jersey: it was the 2014 Special Olympics. Of course, I've heard of the g...

Grassroots Passion for the Special Olympics

Chris Komisarjevsky | Posted 05.05.2014 | Sports
Chris Komisarjevsky

We marvel at the courage, determination and sportsmanship when so many talented individuals work their hardest and push themselves to do their very best.

A New Kind of Abuse in Athletics

Tim Elmore | Posted 09.17.2013 | Sports
Tim Elmore

Over-indulging a student athlete is one of the most insidious forms of abuse. Failing to be honest with them about how life works is a crime. They deserve caring adults who see the big picture and the long-term affects of a win-at-all cost culture.

Growing Moral Intelligence in Athletes

Tim Elmore | Posted 08.21.2013 | Sports
Tim Elmore

Moral intelligence is simply a scientific term for character and ethics. It's the courage to make decisions based on what's right, not what's beneficial or convenient. Those who have it are determined to live their lives by values, regardless of what others do who have no moral compass.

Along With Gold and Glory, Injuries a Growing Pain for Female Athletes

Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D. | Posted 10.06.2012 | Los Angeles
Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D.

Energy isn't an issue for women in athletics. But we also know that female athletes are at a much greater risk for certain musculoskeletal injuries than their male counterparts.

She Played 40 Minutes Of Soccer... With A Broken Ankle

Posted 07.09.2012 | Teen

Soccer star Brianna Stelzer will go down in Lakeville South High School history as not just a talented athlete, but a player with exemplary sportsmans...

5 Tips for a Healthy and Confident Lifestyle

Bethany Hamilton | Posted 08.11.2012 | Teen
Bethany Hamilton

When I was 13, I was attacked by a 14-foot tiger shark while surfing in Kauai, Hawaii, and lost my left arm. Through hard work and perseverance, I went on to win a national surfing title and turn pro.

My So-Called Concussion

Anne Hilker | Posted 03.24.2012 | Home
Anne Hilker

Recently I hit my head while going for the ball in a basketball game. I felt fine so I kept playing, but the next day I had frequent headaches.

The Making of a Champion

Dr. Jim Taylor | Posted 08.26.2011 | Sports
Dr. Jim Taylor

I was asked recently by a sports parent, "What does it take to make a champion?" I thought for a moment and then responded with three words: "Genes, motivation, and support." So let's explore these three essential components to athletic success.

Helping Young Athletes Catch the Stars

Tamika Catchings | Posted 08.09.2011 | Sports
Tamika Catchings

I was a little girl growing up with a hearing problem, speech problem and big hearing aids enveloping my ears. I vowed never to go back to school but when my parents kept telling me I had to go back to get smart, I chose the next best thing: sports!

The Dark Side of Youth Sports Superstardom

Dr. Jim Taylor | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports
Dr. Jim Taylor

People don't realize that, for every precocious talent, there are thousands of young prodigies with "unlimited potential" who never reach the pinnacle and often pay a severe price in its pursuit.

Education in Chicago: Our Sports Madness Puts Tens of Thousands of Child Athletes in Danger

Bill Sweetland | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Bill Sweetland

Let's get rid of that national monument to flaunted hypocrisy: intercollegiate athletics. Let's start over, with voluntary intramural sports only.