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Back to School, Back to Sports, Time to Huddle Up About Sports Safety

Kate Carr | Posted 08.14.2014 | Parents
Kate Carr

Youth sports are, and should always be, a valuable experience, filled with challenges, competition and fun. But too many kids are stuck on the sidelines because of an injury that is preventable. In 2013, 1.24 million kids sustained a sports injury severe enough to go to the

When a Little League Injury Is a Major League Problem

Don G. Aaron, Jr., M.D. | Posted 08.12.2014 | Sports
Don G. Aaron, Jr., M.D.

Kids as young as six and seven now routinely play one sport all year round, not just to the detriment of their experience, but increasingly at their physical peril.

What Parents and Young Athletes Need to Know About Marfan Syndrome

Dr. Joseph Horrigan | Posted 07.29.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Joseph Horrigan

Marfan syndrome is a diagnosis easy to miss unless one deliberately considers it and pays a great attention to detail. If your young son or daughter is playing basketball or volleyball and you are hearing the comments above, please take him or her to a physician for the appropriate tests -- at the very least to rule the condition out and have some peace of mind.

If Soccer Parents Ran the World Cup

Greg Schwem | Posted 07.02.2014 | Comedy
Greg Schwem

FIFA, I've read the World Cup rule book. Save yourself future agony and consider making the following changes, preferably immediately, but at least before the 2018 tournament commences.

When It Comes to Sports, America's Youth Are Goal-Driven

Richard-John Mensing, Jr. | Posted 06.30.2014 | Sports
Richard-John Mensing, Jr.

These statistics tell only part of the story, as does the continued investment into these sports on the professional, collegiate, high school and youth league levels from heavy hitters like TV networks, top brands and advertisers.

Are You Pushing Your Kid to Play Sports?

Caren Chesler | Posted 08.10.2014 | Parents
Caren Chesler

The skating teacher tried to pry Eddie off the wall, but he held his grip. She then backed away and held her hands out, asking him to skate toward her. He was reluctant at first, but slowly let go of the wall and began marching in her direction, arms out like an airplane, knees bent.

Confessions of a Baseball Mom

Debra Pickett | Posted 08.09.2014 | Parents
Debra Pickett

It was like I'd just hopped out of my station wagon with a cocktail in one hand and a cigarette in the other, leaving a toddler rolling around, unbuckled in the back. In some places, not having your entire life's schedule dictated by your 7-year-old's sports team makes you kind of a bad a**.

How I Became One of THOSE Moms

Mimi James | Posted 08.05.2014 | Parents
Mimi James

Soon, I, the carefree, all-about-personal-convenience mom, was driving my son to different cities around California for weekend tournaments.

Money and Happiness

Anita Casalina | Posted 08.05.2014 | Impact
Anita Casalina

We've all heard that money can't buy happiness. It may interest you to know that Michael Norton of the Harvard Business School says, "If you think money can't buy happiness, you're not spending it right." His study found that what generates happiness is spending it on others.

Everything I Need to Know About Parenting I Learned From Baseball

Sarah Trillin | Posted 08.04.2014 | Parents
Sarah Trillin

It seems to me that during the past decade, there have been endless discussions about how we as parents are failing to let our kids fail.

This Mouthguard Knows If You're At Risk Of Concussion

The Huffington Post | Joe Van Brussel | Posted 06.03.2014 | Technology

When Anthony Gonzales received a hard tackle while playing rugby in 2011, he didn't know if he had a concussion -- despite showing possible symptoms. ...

Still Think Kids Can't Handle Keeping Score?

Sarah Smiley | Posted 08.02.2014 | Parents
Sarah Smiley

The umpire swept home plate. An announcer tested the PA system. A parent propped open the concession stand door. And the tiny round lights of the scoreboard flickered on. When the boys ran to the dugout, more than a few screamed in excitement, "They're going to keep score tonight!"

A Call to Action for Kids: Play Sports Safe and Strong

Kate Carr | Posted 07.30.2014 | Parents
Kate Carr

Every three minutes, a child is seen in an emergency department for a sports-related concussion. And every year, 2.6 million kids ages 19 and under receive medical treatment for sports and recreation injuries. This is an urgent issue.

Obama Says Sports Concussions Need More Attention

AP | DARLENE SUPERVILLE | Posted 05.29.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Saying he wants kids to play sports but play safely, President Barack Obama called Thursday for more and better research into the ...

Obama To Announce Initiatives To Reduce Youth Concussions

AP | The Associated Press | Posted 05.29.2014 | Politics

Some of the commitments President Barack Obama will announce Thursday at a White House summit on youth sports concussions: RESEARCH AND DATA COLLECTI...

Why (Soccer/Baseball/Lacrosse) Moms Wish for Rain

Kerry Lyons | Posted 07.14.2014 | Parents
Kerry Lyons

I'm hoping for cancellations. Dreaming of flooded fields so we can hit snooze on Saturday, snuggle in front of a movie on Sunday or simply get to bed at a decent hour during the week. And if the chatter on the sidelines in our little town is any indication, I'm not alone.

What Our Kids Could Figure Out -- If We Could Get Out of the Way

Michael Mulligan | Posted 07.07.2014 | Parents
Michael Mulligan

Give kids back their youth, and let them learn the joy of movement and friendship and fairness without your butting in. Our children can do this, but our constant adult oversight keeps them from learning how.

Amateur Golf's Quiet Savior

Kai Sato | Posted 07.02.2014 | Sports
Kai Sato

Being that golf is one of the most expensive sports to play, pricey items like golf clubs, attire, and greens fees often make the game cost-prohibitive for today's youth. Not surprisingly the National Golf Foundation has reported a precipitous decline in participation, threatening the game's future.

A Lesson in Perspective from a Boy Named Daniel

Kevin K. Wong | Posted 06.21.2014 | Hawaii
Kevin K. Wong

The Spike and Serve U13 team won their first tournament on Sunday. They played fearlessly. They battled with so much heart. They displayed a new perspective, inspired by a boy named Daniel.

7 Actions Parents Can Take When Sports Coaches Act Like Bullies

Dr. Kate Roberts | Posted 05.19.2014 | 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.