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Youth Sports

7 Actions Parents Can Take When Sports Coaches Act Like Bullies

Dr. Kate Roberts | Posted 03.19.2014 | Parents
Dr. Kate Roberts

As a society and culture, we are undecided as to whether coaches need to be bullies in order to motivate athletes.

The Super Bowl of Parenting Insanity

Rachel Braun Scherl | Posted 04.02.2014 | Parents
Rachel Braun Scherl

Here's what I don't believe in. Team cheers that start with the coach saying (mind you to 8- and 9 -year-olds), "I say rip, you say heads. RIP HEADS!!RIP HEADS!!

4 Unexpected Upsides to My Son's Obsession with Football

Jordan Lloyd Bookey | Posted 03.19.2014 | Parents
Jordan Lloyd Bookey

When I met my husband 14 years ago, he turned me into a football fan. He was passionate about his team, and I joined his bandwagon. Now, our 4-year-old son has done the same. But he, well, he has taken it to an entirely new level.

Youth Sports World Is Insane

Ken Reed | Posted 03.12.2014 | Sports
Ken Reed

As a whole, our youth sports system is broken. As the country's performance culture increasingly focuses on the development of elite athletes at the youth sports level, our kids are burning out emotionally at a greater clip and at an earlier age.

How Can Sports Help to Promote Youth Employment?

Matthieu Cognac | Posted 03.10.2014 | Sports
Matthieu Cognac

Understanding how soft skills that can be developed through sports -- for example ethics, attitudes and communications -- are relevant to the world of work provides an interesting perspective on youth employability.

My Sports Influences

Jessica Aney | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Jessica Aney

I think it is very important that coaches and parents understand what a young athlete really wants at a given stage and not push him or her too fast or too far so that the love is lost.

Moms, Sports Have Their Benefits!

Anjali Varma | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Anjali Varma

Although it has taken time for me to adjust to a world of 24-7 sports, I have realized that there are many educational, physical and emotional benefits to my children's love of sports.

The Moral Price of Belonging: What Can We Learn From the Dolphins' Locker Room?

Clark Power | Posted 01.23.2014 | Sports
Clark Power

The debate swirling around Jonathan Martin and Richie Incognito has gone well beyond the sports pages and involves far more than the "code" of the NFL locker room.

It's Time to Bench Tyrannical Coaches

Ken Reed | Posted 01.23.2014 | Sports
Ken Reed

Vince Lombardi's coaching style and the negative impact it's had on sports in America -- from the professional to the youth level -- is arguably the worst thing that's happened to sports in America.

When It Comes to Your Kids, Choose to Lose

Greg Schwem | Posted 01.23.2014 | Comedy
Greg Schwem

Considering I just spent two hours on a soccer field sideline, soggy wool blanket draped over my shoulders while sleet pounded my face and successfully circumvented my winter coat and nestled against my bare skin, I'm perfectly OK with failure.

Treating Concussions in Young Athletes: Why Age Matters

Dr. Joseph Horrigan | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Dr. Joseph Horrigan

With sports-related concussions making front page news on an increasingly regular basis, public concern is at any all-time high for the safety of athletes. As physicians, we see this injury occur across the age spectrum -- from the pros and college to high school and younger -- but there's a question as to how each case should be managed.

Olympic Athletes, Private Foundations and Corporations Work to Fill the Gaps In Youth Sports Opportunities

Alicia Jessop | Posted 01.23.2014 | Sports
Alicia Jessop

Parks and schoolhouses used to be the breeding ground of Olympic athletes. Coaches didn't used to come with a high price tag, but were P.E. teachers who volunteered for positions after school.

Physical Activity In Schools Is Essential To Reversing Childhood Obesity

Nate Whitman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Nate Whitman

Physical activity and movement are critical components to obesity prevention. Yet, the large majority or our children do not achieve the recommended 60 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous activity each day.

Let's Put the 'Youth' Back in Youth Sports

Ken Reed | Posted 01.23.2014 | Sports
Ken Reed

Let's relax, and more importantly, let our kids relax. Research shows that nearly 80 percent of all children who play adult-organized youth sports drop out by the time they're 12. The reason most often cited is that it's no longer fun.

Let's Rename Dolores Park for a True Supporter of the Neighborhood's Kids

Emil Guillermo | Posted 11.26.2013 | San Francisco
Emil Guillermo

Of course, most of our parents were immigrants, and probably saw Rich as just an older kid. In some ways he was. He was like our Peter Pan, and we were the Lost Boys, although not all that lost.

Are We Having Fun Yet?

Kevin K. Wong | Posted 11.13.2013 | Hawaii
Kevin K. Wong

Hawaii loves volleyball. It is our state's sport. We play indoor, grass, and beach volleyball. In fact, Duke Kahanamoku and friends invented the sport of beach volleyball on the sands of Waikiki beach back in 1915.

Moms, Relax... and Ditch Snack Duty!

Sarah Smiley | Posted 11.05.2013 | Parents
Sarah Smiley

What we've taught today's children is that they get a trophy and a snack simply for showing up. We've taught them that everything should be celebrated with food and a party. And we've taught them that ordinary days -- with no treats or parties -- are somehow lacking.

Teaching Positive Life Lessons Through Sports

Kevin K. Wong | Posted 11.04.2013 | Hawaii
Kevin K. Wong

Sports are faster than life. A three-month season is an epic journey of victories and losses, and ultimately of growth. Through practice and play there are more teaching opportunities per minute in a sporting arena than nearly any other venue.

Congressional Staffers Discuss Sexual Abuse In Youth Sports

AP | PAUL NEWBERRY | Posted 08.28.2013 | Politics

-- Congressional staffers met with representatives of the U.S. Olympic Committee and USA Swimming on Wednesday to discuss ways to reduce the risk of ...

Female Athletes Up to 8 Times More Likely to Have ACL Injuries -- This Video Can Help

Kate Carr | Posted 10.05.2013 | Healthy Living
Kate Carr

Female athletes are eight times more likely to have ACL injuries than male athletes. There are plenty of theories for this discrepancy ranging from physical differences to hormone levels. Either way, there are stretches and exercises all athletes can do to help prevent these injuries.

Why I Let My Kid Quit

Kristen Levithan | Posted 10.05.2013 | Parents
Kristen Levithan

When I walked over to put my hands on his shoulders to try and calm him down, I could feel his heart racing through his thin polyester jersey.

High Cost of Youth Sports | Posted 08.21.2013 | Parents

For the 45 million children ages 6 through 16 currently participating in youth sports, many parents are having to reach deep into their pockets to cover the rising costs of equipment and sports-related activities.

Violence in Sports: Promoting Character Development in Youth Athletics

Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz | Posted 07.29.2013 | Sports
Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz

Sports and regular activity are great for physical and mental health, learning leadership lessons, and engendering teamwork, but many modern sports are also dangerous and prone to conflict.

Death in a Gymnasium: The Tragedy in Moore, Oklahoma

Clark Power | Posted 07.24.2013 | Impact
Clark Power

If we are willing to build gymnasiums and ball fields for our children to play in, shouldn't we be willing to invest as well in their safety and welfare? We shouldn't stop at building safe rooms in areas like Moore.

Wrestling Needs to Get a Grip!

Anita L. DeFrantz | Posted 07.17.2013 | Sports
Anita L. DeFrantz

Youth sports remains an activity in which boys receive more resources and opportunities than girls. The road to equality in youth sports would be far smoother if elite sports organizations took the lead in committing to greater girls' and women's participation.